I'm always amazed when someone throws what all say is a fantastic event or travels to an exotic corner of the world and there are no photos! No photos? For me, photos of beloved places, people and creations -- especially when they are easily accessed digitally -- are comforting and inspirational. They bring me closer to loved ones far away, remind me of my accomplishments and instantly take me on a world tour to all the places I love.
A photo, other than a heartwarming memory, is probably the least expensive souvenir one can take home and keep forever. But isn't it funny how we think we remember a situation and then look at a photo and realize an extra person in the group or a strange item poised oddly in the frame? I always try to have a camera with me at all times since it never fails that I fall upon a perfect photo op when I don't have one of my digital cameras (I have two: a tiny one that slips in my pocket and a larger SLR type) in my possession. I love touring the world from my sofa as the snow falls outside my window. I visit my family in Independence, Missouri; dear friends in Croatia and California; and jet off to my favorite destination on the planet: Paris.
Don't let this photo fool you: I'm in New York City today. But as I project on the new year that has arrived, I remind myself of the places that always inspire and revive, the people with whom I never seem to spend enough time, and all the new ideas, fun projects and fabulous adventures that I am open to receive....and share.
Have a happy and healthy 2010.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter