Taking A Break

Tight schedules to obey, feeling swamped by many deadlines at work, have to brave the crazy traffic jams every day, need to reboot your brain in between important presentations within a day, juggling to decide which one is the “first thing first” when you have a long list of things to do; just a few from a long list of hectic life that surely makes us wish to have more than 24 hours a day.

The next thing? We long to for  a break. We think about taking a two days off or annual leave so that we could be able to recuperate, to breath again. We so look forward for a simple well-spend weekend to rejuvenate our body and mind.

I know some people finding it hard to take  even a day off because their works so demanding. I have met some people that even don’t know how to enjoy their days off because they have been the workoholic ones.

Hhmm… taking a break has become an uneasy thing to do nowadays. Why? Isn’t it because we have a tendency to complicate our own life? My friend confessed how sadly he has forgotten on how to take a little break that actually it is easy to do in between his hectic life. He, then, shared this reminder on how to take a simple break on our daily life.

I’m pretty sure this reminder will benefit us in a long run.
Enjoy this exercise!

 

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Challenge

A couple weeks ago a friend of mine challenged me to participate in a 5 day Black and White photo challenge. Hhmm… ay or nay? Should I? Shouldn’t I? I didn’t reply straight away. I took a bit of time to think about it as it is about commitment. At least to myself. The challenge itself is informal, just for fun between friends who love taking pictures.

I had thought a lot about it before I said “yes” to myself then my friend. First, as much as I love photography, I haven’t taken deeper dip into this genre. Secondly, I haven’t been really in the mood of roaming around with my camera lately. However, since I believe on learning something different everyday, finally with a long deep breath I replied to my friend, “Thank you. It’s an honour.”.

So here are those five shots I took within five days.

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Just like I always firmly believe, taking up challenge it’s more about learning than boasting yourself. In the course of five days, I managed myself to be diligent in taking one brand new shot a day in black and white. Not just desaturated old pictures into black and white. I seized the day, was constantly thinking what kind of object I should take today. I decided to just simply taking some new shoots that I could find around me. I got solid reason to go out although the weather was not up to my preference.

On the third day, I learned to enjoy taking black and white photo, not just admiring like I have always been. I learned more about black and white photography. Then the best outcome of this challenge for me was I could beat my own lazy mood in taking pictures. No more not-in-the-mood mode occupying my head. Yes, I didn’t carry my big camera around. But thanks to that handy camera phone and little tweaking with one photography app, I was a happy shooter. They surely worked like a charm.

Now my dear readers, what have you challenged yourself lately?

 

 

 

 

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