Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Photo

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[ THE ] Châteauneuf-du-Pape. France.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, June 22, 2009

This is the 100th 'what'?

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BLOG
Pronunciation: \bläg\
Function: noun
Etymology: short for Weblog
Date: 1999
: a Web site that contains an online personal
journal with reflections, comments, and
often hyperlinks provided by the writer
;
also
: the contents of such a site
blog·ger noun
blog·ging noun
IMAGE ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Photo

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Fiji.
Clown fish and anemone.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, June 18, 2009

If it's not yours

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Wow. Just volunteered at SilverDocs Film Festival at the AFI here in Silver Spring. Missed out on the film CONVENTION as it was sold out. But noticed I can't see a slew of the other films either... they are too heart-wrenching. One that turned my stomach was called, MINE. It's about a family who left to escape Katrina. Their dog was left behind, but did survive (this is where I would have to leave if I saw this film). You see, there was a family who rescued that dog from the hurricane... which while admirable at that level, is disgusting to me when you learn that the family does not relinquish the dog back to its original owners (who've already been displaced, lost their house, etc. etc).

Are my rules of life too simple?

If it's not yours. Don't take it. And better yet, try to give it back.

We can't take ANY of this with us when we 'go'... so why this need to possess? It's tempting to get clingy with things, embellish their faux importance. But its a much better exercise to trust. Trust that the things we truly need in our lives will be there. They will be provided. Even in tragedy, when things get taken away.

Then with people...

Look at the people you cherish in your life. Family, friends... and other connections. The relationships that reach the inner core of who you are. That lift you. Chances are that you didn't have much say in them stumbling into your life. Or you into theirs, for that matter. But if they're meant to be there, if they're meant to stay there... they will. Don't question. Don't compare. Don't over-analyze.

The things and the people we truly need in our lives will be there.
Have a little faith. And a little trust.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Where dreams start

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Where do dreams start? They start when we're playing. When we're free to run around and romp around. That's [the magical, precious, delicate, sweet moment*] when we imagine we're bigger than we are.
— RULES OF THE RED RUBBER BALL

[And until we can imagine it, we can't head toward it*]
* MY TWO CENTS

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Faith

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Faith is being sure 0f what we h0pe f0r
and certain 0f what we d0 n0t see.
— HEBREWS 11:1

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just do it

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Look at your to-do list.
What are you dreading the most?
Do it first.

Now it's done.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Sunday, June 14, 2009

To grow...

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Plant yourself where you'll bloom.
— WENDY HUDGINS
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Photo

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Venice, Italy
Trying to gain some perspective during D.C.'s current monsoon season of rain.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, June 11, 2009

People need to funnel better

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I wasn't planning on blogging today, but have heard from many of you about the shared disgust at the Holocaust shooting here in D.C.

In my email today to a friend near Chicago, here was my take on it:

Yes, I actually learned of the shooting this morning. Seriously, folks, I'm not even saying don't have the twisted feelings you have (even though I think HATE is so useless and such an energy-sucker), this IS America, you are entitled to feel what you want. But go paint, sculpt, write a book a movie or a poem, compose music. DO NOT take someone else's life. Period.

Ugh.

Seriously, think of some of the greatest, even most controversial and movement-starting creations, or songs, they were BORN out of strong passions, intense (even unfair) conflict...

It's a shame that people can't funnel [their energies] better.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Breadcrumb about a breadcrumb in a breadcrumb

B R E A D C R U M B S
How did "I" not see this before??

I have just completed the design of a website for a client: waterlilyinteriors.com. They found me through someone I used to work with at Discovery Channel, and they needed a simple website. I needed the experience. Breadcrumb. Done and done.

But for this sassy southern freelance Art Director fluent in InDesign, this whole 'converting over to web design' is not as simple as you might think. I definitely have an aesthetic intuition and marketing savvy about web design, which gave me the confidence to take on the project in the first place. But there is a lot of technical 'junk' that I still am trying to wrap my head around. Think, teaching yourself Algebra. Ugh. BUT THAT (or ANY other obstacle) MUST NOT KEEP YOU FROM JUMPING INTO THE DEEP END. THE WATER WILL BE COLD. BUT YOU WILL ALSO ACCLIMATE. YOU WILL ADAPT.

Have have. I did.

Separately, this past Monday I met for our very casual "Mondays at Mayorga" with some folks from my church, Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. One of the things that was brought up was, how do we get through those things/times in our lives that we don't think, or know if, we can handle? Or when there is too much on our plates. How do we do it?

Someone's comment was, "it will ALWAYS be this way." When we have just a little more than we can handle, two things happen: We grow. And we lean on and trust in God.

And in my book, those are both good things!

So, in this ongoing modus operandi of my life right now of seeking out breadcrumbs, leaning on my faith, and upholding my crazy optimistic outlook on life...

how could I be surprised

that the headline

of the PRESS article

on the first website I designed...

references the very characters in that original story, Hansel & Gretel.



Beautiful... and, 'of course.'

Life does reward us when we risk. And little breadcrumbs in projects like this web one, are like the water stops along a marathon. Reminders that 'you can do it.' 'Cause ya know what? YOU CAN.

So [in the voice of Bill Engvall], "Here's yer 'breadcrumb!' "

I'm so very grateful to those of you who have sent freelance clients my way, please keep 'em coming! wendyhudgins.com

Monday, June 8, 2009

Waiting

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The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.
— ANDY WARHOL

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Photo

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Escaping from Hurricane Frances. Atlanta, GA.
In the hurricane season of 2004, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and
Jeanne battered the Orlando area, where I was living at the time.
As June officially kicks off hurricane season, I hope it's a mild one.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Order of importance

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Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.

Wow. The Paris-bound flight that has seemingly now ended in tragedy, that exact event, is the very the reason I almost never went to Europe. Ask my best friend, he'll attest to that truth. By the mid 90's I had traveled around the states but had never had a compelling drive to visit Europe (apologies to any of you who just fell out of your chair, but it's true). And on top of that lack of desire was a fear... I'd never flown over that much water. What if the plane crashes? No one could visit the area, much less reach us in time to save anyone. Whereas over land, there are people and resources scattered all over this country. But now logging well over a dozen trips to France, here I am. Sitting safe and sound at my computer typing these little thoughts of mine into this little blog of mine.

Whenever that kind of a tragedy happens, my heart just aches for the families. The unknowns, the loss, that anticipation of seeing a long-lost relative or spouse, or parent, or child being replaced with the realization that you will never see that person again. It's so final. Yet so incomplete. We cannot even imagine that kind of pain and I'd wish that no one ever had to feel it at all.

But to those of us remaining, events like this are ALWAYS a stark reminder to live.

Back in the day-to-day struggles of each of our lives I think those three words from a veteran pilot on television Tuesday morning were brilliant. He was asked about why the crew didn't send out a May Day call as they went through 'turbulence.' He replied, saying it's possible with that intensity of turbulence, they had to funnel all focus and available resources onto trying to control the out of control plane. He went on to say, "there is a priority when you are in charge of a plane: Aviate. Navigate. Communicate." Essentially:
  1. STAY SAFE
  2. STAY ON COURSE... then
  3. STAY IN TOUCH
Priorities that simple transfer quite easily to other aspects of life.

I've drifted temporarily from someone very important to me in my life, as I'm using all my available resources to sustain the first two things right now. Like the plane out of reach of radio or radar, sometimes we simply have to do this navigating on our own. I pray they understand.

In life, all of our destinies are ultimately the same. But when we stay safe and healthy; remain focused on what we need to do and where we need to go; and finally, after those two things are secured, get in contact, we should be able to enjoy a long, safe 'flight.' It's a one way trip. And the end is so final. Our work will be incomplete. There's always more to do. So live. Fly. Soar. Hug. And just do it. This 'trip' flies by much quicker than we know.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins
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