I hold myself to a high standard. I want to achieve a lot in my life time. But too often I am hard on myself for not measuring up to my expectations.
I feeling like I constantly need to be working on something. I chastise myself for little things I say, interactions I could’ve done better or allowing myself to be attracted to things.
I’ve been told by others and I know myself that I need to less hard on myself. So here’s to easing up and forgiving myself. Life is beautiful, I am working towards my goals and thankful for everything I do have.
This summer has been a real vacation for me. First, my family and I went to Spain a few weeks ago and now a cottage weekend with friends. We rented a quaint little place on a waterfront property in the Kawartha Lakes area.
I gave myself once more the task of being resident photographer and captured a few moments of our time.
I love photography but feel like an amateur at best. I also struggle to sit around and do nothing. So during my two week vacation in Spain, I spent the time on a practical course in picture taking to improve my skills.
Whether I was out and about with the family or with my youngest sister on a morning walk around town, I brought the camera and tried to snap something interesting. These photos are the ones I feel are my best work.
I just got back from a two week family vacation in Spain. Getting there and back is a specific experience almost everyone has been through and recognizes. I decided to document the process capturing moments people go through but may not always think about.
A friends recently visited Morocco and brought back this scarf. The fabric is soft, the colours are gorgeous and it feels amazing against my skin.
But is there a purpose or reason for these photos? Besides being an exercise in keeping at it and looking fabulous, nope.
A while ago a gentleman from the UK reached out to share his story with me. He’d been in a motorcycle accident that left him with an injury to his right hand. An injury very similar to mine: we both aren’t able to open our right hand at the knuckle joints.
Rather than start from scratch, he hired a team of specialists who created him a custom solution. Take a look at the photos below to see how it works.
What’s great about his splint is that it is low profile and simple. Unlike the exoskeleton that I’ve been working on, his has very little moving parts and generally the more moving parts, the more that can go wrong.
So rather than continue further down the road with my exoskeleton, I decided to switch lanes and try make my own version of his splint. I put it together, tried it out and it looks like it works for me too.
Watch the video below to see the results of my latest creation.
In the last version of my hand project, I had the exoskeleton to a point where it could fully open and close with my hand.
This time I included a few hooks in the design so that I can add an elastic that pulls back on my finger. It does a good job below the middle joint but in the next version I need to get it to pull the whole finger back and open.
The song in my video — Crawl Before You Ball by Saafir — really explains how I feel this project is going.
I don’t like branded T-shirts. I don’t care to wear a random logo of a company I know nothing about.
Sometimes though I find tees that have great graphics such as the one below. It is of a Mayan King sitting on a throne of Mayan people being gifted large presents by Mayan subjects. Just ridiculous enough for me to dig it.
The shirt was also an XXL and terrible fabric but I purchased it with the intent of turning it into a bit of a DIY fashion project.
I placed the graphic on the front of the shirt but I really liked the large gold letters and thought I could do something interesting with them. I put out a call on social media for suggestions and a friend came back with a great word with the perfect definition.
adj.) To be fly, impressively dressed, attention seeking through the way you’re clothed. To wear nice attire.
A bonus is that the word itself — popularized by Bun B — is rooted in Hip-Hop music.
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