Wisdom from Winnie the Pooh

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come to you; you have to go to them sometimes."

"When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."

"When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish."

"When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don't eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out."


Today I stumbled upon Jen's blog. She is an incredible artist, a wonderful photographer, and a sweet person. A couple of weeks ago she posted about her favorite ways to relax and calm down when life gets overwhelming. I was inspired to post my own little list.
  1. I pray. I tell God all about my concerns, my fears, my worries. I put them into His hands and remind myself that He is in control, not me.
  2. I turn on some music. My favorites are: the soundtrack to Pride & Prejudice (2005) and George Winston's December. I sometimes close my eyes and breathe deeply.

  3. Make some tea! I am convinced that drinking tea is the most relaxing physical thing you can do (As opposed to spiritual and mental things.) My favorite is, suprisingly, a Lipton. It's called "Island Mango". It's so delicious and works wonders for sore throats. Trust me. I know (Can you say, "Duet in front of people whose opinions you care about and have to see for 2 1/ days straight and you can't leave and you're super nervos AND have a cold"?)
  4. Do something mindless. Some of my favorite activities are knitting, lying on my bed silently, doodling, coloring in a picture (My last one was of the Seven Dwarves!), and excersizing. I also like to clean. I'm most efficient when I'm mad, by the way!
  5. I take a walk. Where I live, we have washes all over the place with a bike trail and fields with phone towers and even though you can see the busiest road in my town from it, somehow it's still incredibly relaxing to walk there. Sometimes no one will be around and I'll belt out heartfelt lyrics with my iPod and don't care, because only God is listening. Often times I'll take my camera with me. Click here to see one of those photographs (I'd post it, but Blogger is being freaky. Speaking of which, so sorry that the header is kinda out of wack. But until a miracle occurs or I become magical, y'all will have to deal. Sorry again!)

What relaxes you?


Originally uploaded by Bethany Mae Photography
This is my dream shot. I've alwways wanted to take one like this, and all the others from this session as well.

Natasha looks gorgeous, no? She is a real dancer-- she's had experience in nearly every form of dance, and we're beginning together at a new studio (sort of) next week. We are so excited! We plan on doing some classic photos in the studio, which I'm looking forward to. Combining my two loves is so fun.


Originally uploaded by Bethany Mae Photography
I never realized how easy it was to become bitter towards someone you've never met and know next to nothing about. I put myself in someone else's shoes tonight. And I found myself having a pretend conversation with the person who has given them a lifetime of hurt and questions and confusion.

"Why, God?" I asked. "Why does she have to hurt?"
"She will grow." was the answer.

With trials in a Christian's life, comes growth. And though we may not understand and though we may ask "Why?" over and over again, God still reigns on His throne. And He is still good.

I still don't understand why. And I probably never will. And that imaginary conversation? It is better left unsaid.


Originally uploaded by Bethany Mae Photography
New photos coming this evening.

Think: black, pink, ballet, tutu, and Odile.

Yes. I'm doing a shoot of Tashi in her tutu from her preformance in The Nutcracker last December. I'm so excited, as we both share a love for dance. She has lovely technique, beautiful lines, and flexibility. Not to mention she is as gorgeous as it gets.

This photo has nothing to do with this afternoon's shoot. But I really like it and felt like putting it up.

I'm redoing my room this summer to make it more of my studio. Right now two walls are lavendar and the other two are a pale green. The curtains on my windows and my closet are purple. It's been this way for about 5 years. I am so tired of it, and so excited to start redecorating! Since two of my biggest interests are photography and dance, those will be incorporated into my room.

I'm going to paint the walls a light aqua. I'm getting a new bed, so I'm going to make sure that the headboard and footboard are white. I'm going to get a bookcase which will also be white, as well as curtains that are white. I'm going to put red and pink accents throughout the room as well.

I can't decide where I want my bed and desk and future bookcase. Ah, decisions, decisions. I don't like my desk anymore, but I don't have any choice but to keep it. Hmmmm!

So, I was invited to a wedding today. In Tulsa, Oklahoma. I wish I could go! The bride was one of my small group leaders for awhile, and a great rolemodel. She is beautfiul, inside and out, and I only wish I could be there on that day! I missed my other small group leader's wedding in August of last year. She is now pregnant and living, well, not here! Sad. :( However, I do get to go to a wedding in July. The groom is the older brother of a friend of mine, and sorta a friend to me as well. Actually, he's a freind to almost everyone... Anyway, I've known the bride's sister for several years too, so I have no doubt it'll be a spectacular wedding. I'm so excited.

I'm getting Do Hard Things today. Sooooooooooooo excited. This book, I have no doubt, will be amazing.

I am so bored.

I should do some math or clean my room. Cleaning my room sounds more fun. I am lame sauce. Oh well! :P


What Bethany Means
You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

Pretty true, I guess. Although, I'm not daring. Hardly bold. I may be authoritative, but no one ever listens. I do get carried away with my thoughts, and I am most definitely prone to paranoia. I don't like being fenced in (Living in a valley with visible mountains all over doesn't help!) and right now I'm facing the idea of settling down somewhere other than PBC. Yeah, this is be. But I don't think I'm suprising to anyone-- I'm too readable!