As I celebrated a half century of life last week, I thought about what I could do to slow down and take in all that life has to offer. The first 50 years have been a blur in some ways.
So, I've decided to post one black and white photo a day on Twitter (@gettoit11) and Instagram (shedenk11) for the next year. These pictures will not be of people but rather items of importance, scenery, and experiences. Feel free to follow me if you would like to see the daily photo.
When I look at color photos, I just glance over them. But when I look at a black and white photo...well, it's just a completely different perspective. I see details more clearly. I take the time to really see what is there.
Each week I will choose one photo as a focal point for a blog post. My S'well bottle gets the first honor. This bottle represents the only water bottle I own. I used to have several of them, but this has been my staple for well over a year. I got rid of the rest of them. It also serves a dual purpose. Not only does it keep my water cold but it also keeps my coffee hot. I use it as a thermos in the morning and when I'm done with my coffee I switch over to water.
In addition to being functional, I love the design. It represents the mountains, and when I think about mountains I think about Colorado. I love to visit whenever I can, because it is the epitome of peace for me.
Even though you can't see the bottom of the bottle, if you could you would see the writing is pretty much worn off and it has several dings in it. That's how you know it gets used over and over and over again.
This bottle also represents my journey toward minimalism. How many bottles do I need when this one takes care of both hot and cold beverages on my travels? If you guessed one, you're right.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.