Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things

This is my submission for Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things.

Patti said, “This week, you have the chance to showcase your favorites–people, places, activities, animals, food, hobbies–just about anything that brings you happiness.”

Buying notebooks makes me happy. I always think I’ll have a lot to write about. However, to journal or not to journal is a constant struggle. For me, journaling is a good way to connect to (maybe even pamper) myself, unless an entry is written as a letter to someone as I, once in a while, do.

I can’t believe I bought two more notebooks last week. Most of these are half empty (half full?) and a couple of them are totally blank. Maybe I should sign up for a 12-step program.

Sunshine makes me happy, too. It has the magic to turn anything into my favorite thing.

Of course, I love my D750!

Thank you, Patti. The best part of having this challenge is that it really makes me think. After doing this challenge, I realize that, nowadays, a lot of things bring happiness to me. I am so grateful.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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19 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things

  1. Tina Schell says:

    A really interesting response Helen – wouldn’t have thought of it but you’re right. A great way to be in touch with ourselves.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Tina. Wow, reading old journals and getting to know that younger me is a lot of fun. 😉
      To my surprise, I struggled a lot for this challenge, and finally got somewhere when I saw all those notebooks on the shelf 😉 Life is good when you are no longer wondering what could/would bring happiness to you, I guess. 😉
      Have a wonderful evening.

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  2. serendipity says:

    Some notebooks can be very pretty so you can’t help buying them.

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    • Helen C says:

      Exactly! But keep buying them and not filling them up is not good.
      I have this problem. I love journaling, but knowing there is a chance that someone else may read it makes me not-wanting to write. So it was on and off thing. After doing this challenge, I read some old entries; it was a lot of fun… particularly reading things my daughter did when she was little. SO, on one hand I wish I have written more; but on the other hand, if I don’t think I can be honest when I am writing, it doesn’t make sense to write.
      I talk too much ;-( Sorry.
      Have a wonderful day.

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      • serendipity says:

        I used to have the habit of journaling when I was a student. I didn’t write it every day but still would write when I wanted to. Later on when I was a church goer, I still had the habit. It was until a year or two ago this habit is no longer a habit. Now if I want to write anything on paper, it would probably be out of anxiety and I am trying to release the emotions and thoughts.

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  3. Lady Oscar says:

    When I go to any bookstore, I get some notebooks… ^^

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    • Helen C says:

      Exactly!!!
      Please see my reply to Serendipity. Do you have same problem? I mean keeping a journal? There is more… does 放下 mean not journaling? I am easy to get confused.
      Have a wonderful day.

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      • Lady Oscar says:

        I am still journaling now. ^^
        I don’t write everyday. And, usually it is about what I have learned from Buddhism practice, sometimes something about my daily thoughts. I write both in English and Chinese…
        it is a good question! I have a feeling that journaling helps 放下 . We write, we think, we experience, and we realize that what we have undergone has no actual form and shape… nothing we can really grasp. Then, we finally learn 放下 .
        Thank you for the nice question. I thought a lot… ^^

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  4. Leya says:

    We have something in common…notebooks and cameras. I am afraid I am stuck with notebookmania as well – they are so beautiful and the empty pages look so inviting!

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  5. A very flash camera Helen! 🙂

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