• coffeejitters year in review 2014
    Blogging,  Business,  Creating a Living,  Inspiration,  Living Well,  Photography,  Seattle,  WW

    2013 – Year end wrap-up

    2013 was a rough year – full of health issues, surgeries, and hospital stays, but there was so much more to my year than just health related news. I was selected as a Voice of the Year by BlogHer for my post, Just Breathe.  By the way, my little niece mentioned in the post is thriving now, and just celebrated her first birthday. My little girl reminded me to dance, and live in the moment, on the anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I got a little lesson in perspective. We tiptoed through the tulips I experienced a parenting rite of passage. My little girl turned 4. I spent a weekend…

  • Business,  Creating a Living,  Inspiration,  Photography,  WW

    That thing that scares you… do it.

    I toyed with the idea of a photography show intermittently for a couple years, but something always stopped me. I couldn’t imagine working up the courage to approach someone about showing my work. I wasn’t sure my work was good enough. I was scared – scared of both failure and success. Then one day in the middle of a conversation with the owner of a coffee shop that I just adore, I took a deep breath and then blurted out a question that was something along the lines of “how do you select artists for your exhibits?” I can’t remember exactly how I asked, I could hear my pulse in…

  • Photo Exhibit Judy Schwartz Haley
    Creating a Living,  Inspiration,  Living Well,  Photography,  Seattle,  WW

    Blooming – My Photo Exhibit at C&P Coffee Company

    I’ve been busy lately. Very busy. In addition to getting back into the swing of school, I’m two weeks away from opening my first photography exhibit. It will run through the month of October at C&P Coffee Company. There is so much to do, but I’m so excited. If you’re in the Seattle area, come check it out. Lovely cafe, great coffee, and my art on the walls 🙂 What’s new in your life? Let’s Connect . . . .  .  . . . . WW linky is on page 2.

  • Adventure,  Living Well,  Photography,  WW

    We tiptoed through the tulips

    One of the most enduring and notable rites of spring around the Seattle area is the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The entire month of April is dedicated to all things tulip, and the valley is colorblocked in fields of red, yellow, pink and purple blooms. As usual, we were a little late to the party this year, partly because of poor planning, and partly because I abhor crowds. We showed up  the first week of May. Most of the tulip fields were already plowed under to prepare for the next crop, but we still found plenty of beauty to go around. What are your favorite signs of spring. Do…

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    2012 – A year in review

    A look back at the year that was. I introduced my little girl to one of my favorite pieces of public art in Seattle. I dove into the Winter/Spring semester as a full time student. I went to New Orleans to attend the Conference for Young Women affected by breast cancer.  It was so powerful to be in a place with nearly 1000 other young women living with breast cancer. It’s not where you’re going, or the conditions along the way; I learned that what really makes a difference is your traveling companions. A friend I never met passed away. I lost my inspiration, and then found it again at…

  • blooming
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    Blooming

    We officially head into summer this week, and flowers are blooming all around us. These photos were taken last weekend on my retreat to Harmony Hill on Hood Canal. I have so much to say about that retreat, but I’m still processing. I’ll write something up when I’m ready (Update: here it is). In the meantime, enjoy these blooms. Let’s Connect . . . .  .  . . . . See page 2 for the WW linkup.

  • Monday Morning
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    Monday morning, from 10 to 11

    The magic happens every day, even on a Monday morning, but I don’t always take the time to stop and notice. In just an hour of paying attention: The air is the perfect temperature – not so warm or cold as to demand attention. Watching an artist become The little one exploring – getting familiar with Mother Nature And Mother Nature says hi right back. A mama bird feeding her chicks… A perfect rosebud… Mother Nature reclaiming a chair… I find the magic every time I look for it. I just have to remember to look. Every day is a gift.   ww linkup is on page 2