When I was a teenager I had this amazing book called “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” It sounds a little dramatic but it changed my life. Or at the least, my attitude. Amidst the teen angst, life dramas, school workload and general tensions of growing up, it was my little retreat. A place I could go and despite anything I had going on I could feel good about the world because of the stories of compassion, kindness and friendship I read about. It gave me a special feeling, glad to be part of the world and wanting to contribute my own little bit of good.
I still have my copy and I dip in and out of it occassionally but as I’ve got older I have discovered a different means for reaping and sewing seeds of joy and happiness. People. The people you surround yourself with should be a reflection of you and the person you ultimately want to be. Well I am a creative soul so I love to be around creative and passionate people. I need to exercise my creativity or I go slightly crazy so spending time with people who feel this way too makes me feel a little more sane. I think everyone feels like this from time to time. We all have a passion or skill, something you love to do that feeds your soul!
Wanna guess what mine is? I suppose it’s probably obvious. Photography! What really inspires me is when i’m with people in their element whether they’re musicians, performers or a little boy or girl engrossed in their own imagination.When I get to capture the beauty I see in people I feel refreshed, inspired and alive.
I have a friend who allows me to do just that. Jenny makes amazing food and writes a really wonderful blog about her baking adventures. You can read about her food and recipes here. She’s just restyled and it looks great so go leave some nice comments! Anyway back to the point. I don’t photograph food that often, unless it’s with Instagram or as a record of amazing deliciousness, so getting to experiment with Jenny’s ingredients and props was so much fun. I will have to get round to taking some portraits of her one day but her food is equally as beautiful!
Thanks Jenny for being a wonderful friend and an inspiration to me.
What is the chicken soup for your soul everyone?