|Sara and Sam; Living the Good Life!|
Sara is my neighbour. But she is much more than that in reality. She often helps out with community initiatives when time allows. She absolutely loves animals as well as taking photos, and some of her most vivid snapshots integrate these dual passions. Both her winged and furry friends are routinely showcased in a variety of natural settings. And yes, she loves nature.
Upon my request, she endured first a rainy day, then a scorching hot day, to collect some memorable images from two Car Free Sunday events held in 2011 and 2012. Her photographs depicted some health, wellness and recreational activities happening in the middle of Dundas Street, as well as tracking a historical walking tour of the area. Sara also helped with the 2011 provincial election campaign in which I was involved as a candidate. She captured some nice shots of the skate park grand opening, as well as an assortment of other picturesque memories of the four week election period. She was an awesome sidekick, pitching in not only with public relations but with some of those mind-numbing administrative tasks which truthfully, I would rather slough onto someone else anyway! Just keeping it REAL!
|Woodstock Public Library - Kaleidoscope of Colour!|
The only catch was that there had to be a ‘hint of green’ in each photo submission and it had to be taken in the contest time-frame. Some folks took our rules quite literally, others rather loosely! Luckily Sara is great at checking out 'photo sources' and much to my surprise, let's just say a few were a little antiquated. Sara became the administrator behind the scenes for this month long contest, setting up the Facebook event page and contest email, while also continually monitoring event page and email communications and of course, serving as a tag-team judge!
|Wings A Flutter at Board Silly Game Night|
Sara has also helped me 'mass assemble' creative little workshop prizes and props for my business. She is much better handling a hot glue gun than me, I think! The luxurious aroma of fragrance and essential oils wafting through the main floor as we scented pounds of epsom salts I hope was payment enough. Now mind you, I did send some home with her! And Sara was helpful in setting up, (and tidying up!) for my Board Silly Game Night. The plan? To leave electronics at home and savour the beauty of natural surroundings and of course, board games! At this particular evening event, Scrabble ruled!
Isn't it lovely when we have opportunity to express our talents in a free-wheeling and spur of the moment fashion by embracing the many moments made available to us each and every day? That said, also recognize that budding talents can be developed and offered in a much more conscious and strategic manner, which is an added bonus that helps not only our communities, but in our own personal and career development! You can 'Make it Happen'!
In closing ... Let's face it, sometimes, 'Whatever will be, will be' while fun, is not always the 'SMART 'est way to approach some aspects of our lives! SMART in this case is a play on words (and an acronym) and refers to conscious and strategic goal setting: S-Specific; M-Measurable; A-Attainable; R-Relevant; T-Timely. Learn more about SMART goal setting by checking it out online! It can help you make things happen.
p.s. When Sara is not behind a camera or a counter at work, you will quite possibly find her with her nose in a book reading yet another fascinating story. And did I mention she loves to write? After all, creativity and talent is not one-dimensional! You go, girl!
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