Goodbye from Eat my Bones

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When Boris asked me to join the Stuck in Plastic adventure 3 years ago, it was an honor but also a challenge for me.

Why?

Because « filling my to-do list to the overdose » is a bad habit of me, leading me to do half of it by lack of time. And…yes, also by procrastinating.

And here we are, 3 years later, and, well, I didn’t succeed all that well in this challenge.
I was not able to be an active member as much as I wanted to be and it has brought me more stress than pleasure in this adventure.

Some health issues and some big work on our house have also put aside my skeletons. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed my lack of posting in these last months.

Sometimes we need to step back and understand that we cannot do all we wish we can do. It’s not easy but it’s necessary.
This is why I’m leaving the crew of Stuck in Plastic.

This pictures was from the Denmark safari, in 2019. I’ve published it in…february 2021, quite late!

But it’s only a goodbye!

The spring virtual safari has reminded me how fun it is to take pictures and talk with friends/people with the same passion. The postcard exchange is something I absolutely want to continue. And when I will have more time for it, I will also write on the blog as a guest :) (or should we say a close friend)

I do want to thank the Stuck in Plastic crew for their kindness, their jokes and all the good time we had on our monthly calls. I will miss them for sure. And on the safaris. I thank them also for having given me the opportunity of building some nice Lego sets.
I’ve almost started a new addiction, haha.
And for all the joy you bring with nice projects (virtual safari, postcards exchanges, and many more).

Safe journey to all of you, and I hope we will be able to see each other next year on a real toy photography safari !

One of my pictures for last year challenge

Rainy Day Activities

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Weather or not

As my northern hemisphere friends gloat of warm weather and sunshiny days (maybe not my UK friends) I find myself bunkered down indoors with the fire lit as sheeting rain pummels the roof.

I like the rain. It’s good to us. It fills our watertanks. It feeds our veggie patches. It replenishes our lake.

Nevertheless, the rain now presents a new dilemma for me with the recent acquisition of a “real“ camera. Continue reading “Rainy Day Activities”

Inspiration – where do you find it?

When I am taking photographs, I don’t know if it is the start of a new project or only a series of pictures. It all depends on different things, like how the idea works out, if and when I get inspired and my ability to stick to the idea. You probably recognize this.

When I’m in this position – looking for inspiration to start, I tend to find myself procrastinating waiting for the tricks that usually get me going and generally inspire me. Even though I believe that Mike is right, the more I photograph the more inspired I get. Continue reading “Inspiration – where do you find it?”

Procrastination

This past week I have been in full blown procrastination mode a la Avanaut. I find myself doing practically anything instead of working on those large, self imposed, projects I set out for myself.

My procrastination is so bad, I am actually tackling the dreaded and tedious task of sorting LEGO, cleaning out my closets and of course escaping into the nearby wilderness with kids and friends in tow. Sure my house is cleaner, my LEGO is getting a much needed major reorganization and I have certainly enjoyed taking mini figure photos in some spectacular scenery; but those projects I set before me to do are still begging for my attention.

In fact there is a very cute little brown faced figure sitting on my desk, staring at me, wondering when we are going to get started on our project. I have to tell my little friend to be patient a little longer because I think this down time, this procrastination, is a good thing.

One of my favorite authors, Hillary Mantel, said this about procrastination:

Imagination only comes when you privilege the subconscious, when you make delay and procrastination work for you.

While I am working so hard not to work, I know my subconscious is busy working out the problems ahead of me. Instead of running head long into an impasse, I am slowly figuring out the work arounds. I think this is what Ms Mantel was talking about when she says: “make delay and procrastination work for you.”

I am learning to embrace these white spaces, the down time, and have faith that when the time is right, the photographs I am looking for will flow effortlessly.

In the mean time, I will leave you with a couple of very recent images that I couldn’t be happier with.

~ xxSJC

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Enjoying the Moment

Procrastination Vol.X (The Sunday Edition)

I must say I have reached new heights with avoiding work. This, even though I love my job! This weekend was horrible, I had so much to do, a deadline on monday, this and that, odds and ends… the list is long.

But what is it all about, really? I mean, working while avoiding work?

Continue reading “Procrastination Vol.X (The Sunday Edition)”

Procrastination

Procrastination is a most intriguing  word.

A word I gave a complete different meaning, and for some weird reason always had a religious connotation to it (it is Easter today – another religious connotation with a wide range of meanings and cultures).

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before a deadline. Now it is out and we all (read me) what this word of the Shake-spearing language means. I would have called it being an opportunist, or a slacker, yet there may be more to this fancy word as some may say the  pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks …

Continue reading “Procrastination”