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13/52 Portraits – Balance

Finding balance in my life has always been a challenge for me.

My nature is such that I tend to focus really hard on one thing at a time (blogging, art, spiritual exploration, work) and let everything else go by the wayside. My bipolar condition also trips me up on occasion… self-care goes down the drain and unstructured times are difficult for me when I get depressed or anxious. I have spent years learning how to balance my life.

Right now I am juggling my artistic exploration, emotional and spiritual recovery, remodeling the ranch house and developing a healthy and fit lifestyle. I’m doing pretty well actually, and luckily my dog Cooper keeps me on schedule each day. He reminds me to eat, take exercise breaks and get up and go to sleep at the same time each day.

I’m a lucky girl to have a husband who likes to work hard AND play! I forget to play sometimes (besides doing my art). It’s important to get out of the studio and house. To illustrate this I took a portrait of myself in the reflection of hubby’s helmet, on the back of a motorcycle ride last week.


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Motorcycle rides are such immediate sensory experiences. I feel exhilarated at the speed. I enjoy the visual delights I see that I don’t in a car. My mind travels to all sorts of places and the silly daily chatter blows away. It is also an exercise in trust… I fully trust and love my dear husband to keep us safe and sound. The whole experience is delicious joy, bringing more balance into my life.

I love that this post is about balancing my life, and we are balanced in the photo… on two wheels!

Thank you my pooch and hubby for helping balance my daily life, and my online community for keeping me honest, inspired and on task. How do you keep your balance in your life?

I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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6/52 Portraits – Coffee or Tea?

It’s week 6 of 52 weekly self portraits.

Coffee or Tea or?? Showcase your love for that one drink that helps carry you through your day.

Coffee for me please! I’ll have an iced mocha… Low acid coffee with stevia chocolate syrup and a splash of rice milk.


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Here I am perusing my extensive Coffee Coffee & More Coffee Pinterest board remembering when I could drink all those steaming hot designer coffee drinks without irritating my tummy. A year plus of pain meds for my osteoarthritis before my hip replacement left my stomach pretty sensitive. Nothing serious, but not interested in making it worse! 😉 Oh and red wine is off the menu for the same reason, that’s been replaced by fizzy water. Ce la vie!

At least I’ve found a coffee hack that works! And it’s better for the budget!

What do you love to drink? Can you get it commercially or do you have your own recipe?

It’s nice this week not to be going through a catharsis with my self portraits! Phew. Until next week…

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet