Sunrise Salutations for 2015


Happy New Year!  I was so excited that I made it to my destination to watch the first sunrise of 2015!  I love the quiet in the morning when most people are sleeping and the time to just reflect on God’s awesome creation.  In the dawn of a new day, I can reflect and connect with my Creator.  It is a very personal time for me!  (Now this is the first time that I am noticing this little yellow dot in the photos – any insight on how to avoid that in the future will be appreciated!)

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Life is an Exquisite Journey:

Some great tips on how to care for your natural silver tresses from one of my Silver Sisters, Mildred Bean @NaturalSilverSista

Originally posted on HAIR LOOMS:

Some ladies have decided that all that glitters is not gold…but it’s silver! This week, Hair Looms introduces Mildred Bean who proudly and confidently sports her silver strands. Her story is a spin-off of the Gray, Gray Go Away Hair Looms post. According to Mildred, the steps to embrace  your gray and make it shine brightly are as simple as 1-2-3.

Pete Monsato Photo by Pete Monsato,, @NaturalSilverSista

Here’s what Mildred recommends:

  • Keep your hair cleansed;
  • Use products that are either clear or white. Avoid products with artificial and/or deep natural color (I no longer use EVOO); and
  • Avoid flat irons and curling irons. If you’re not careful they can discolor hair by burning or “baking” products into the hair.

Let’s read more about what she shared with Hair Looms:

Jeff Brooks Photo by Jeff Brooks

How were you able to embrace your hair color?

In my late twenties/early thirties, I started seeing strands of silver hair…

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Tips to Avoid Blurry iPhone Photos


If you are like me and probably most anyone with a cell phone these days,  you are snapping photos left and right!   Over the past couple of years, I have been intentionally taking photos of our everyday activities.  The reason I named my blog Life is an Exquisite Journey was to be able to capture some of the exquisite moments that me and my children experience on our collective and individual journeys.

It is amazing to me how much more attentive I have become to the details of life and the beauty around me while viewing my world through my iPhone camera lens.  My iPhone cameras has been the gateway to my actively engaging in my love for photography.  I’ve always admired the work of other photographers and now I am developing an eye for my own personal artistic perspective.  I devour every new piece of information that I receive to be able to incorporate a new technique or strategy for the next photo opportunity.

Today, I ran across this article,    How to Never Take A Blurry iPhone Photo Again, by Emil Pakarklis.  Emil shares several key points to remember when taking your photos:

1.  Don’t Rely on Auto-Focus

2.  Keep Your iPhone Steady

3.  Reduce the Effects of Movement

As I was leaving the Salamander Resort & Spa early this morning, I tried to grab of photo of this piece of art.  It is a map of Virginia framed in metal and filled in with corkscrews!  It represents the myriad of Virginia wineries that are sprinkled throughout the state.  The detail and variant colors of the corkscrews is what really attracted me to the piece.  However, I tried to take the photo while I was walking through the room.  Instead, I should have “reduced the effects of movement” as Emil suggests and stopped to manually focus the image in my camera lens, while keeping my iPhone steady.  I  would have gotten the desired result – a photo capturing the detail that I could see with my naked eye.


Emil provides great visual images of the PROBLEM PHOTO and the PHOTO with the SOLUTION applied.  Great tips as I try to work towards perfecting my craft.  I thought you might be interested in Emil’s suggestions as well!

Meanwhile, I need to make plans for my next visit to Salamander Resort & Spa to retake this photo and many other exquisite captures!

Hugs and Blessings!

Life is an Exquisite Journey




You May Qualify for SAT Fee Waivers and College Application Fee Waivers


Life is an Exquisite Journey:

High School Seniors – it’s time to get organized for the final PUSH!

Originally posted on Family College Coach:

Students that qualify for the national free and reduced-price lunch program may be eligible to receive a fee waiver for the SAT Program and up to FOUR college application fee waivers.

“a student must be either an American citizen or a foreign national who is testing in the United States or U.S. territories. Eligibility is determined by family income or by participation in a public assistance or other program for economically disadvantaged families.”

If you think you qualify, you have homework! I want you to make an appointment with your high school counselor to discuss the options below and to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity!

College BoardSAT fee waiver form

Studentscan takeadvantage of the College Board’s SAT® Fee-Waiver Service — which covers the basic test fees for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests™ — studentsmay also be eligible for up to four application fee…

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16 Things You Need To Know Before You Date An Introvert

16 Things You Need To Know Before You Date An Introvert

It is very important to appreciate the personality differences in one another. It helps us to build stronger, lasting, fulfilling relationships. I am very much the introvert and these reminders on how to relate with us are right on point!

Zola’s Exquisite Journey as a Classical Double Bassist


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NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

“The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute is a four-week festival of orchestral and chamber music for young people ages 14-21 at the Kennedy Center. Musicians from around the country participate in the Institute, which consists of orchestral and chamber music coached by NSO musicians, conducting and master classes, private lessons with NSO musicians, and additional enrichment sessions. Several of the local students are graduates or current participants of the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, an orchestral training program for talented young musicians. Also included are students participating in the Young Artists’ of Color national training initiative of the Kennedy Center.”   – NSO – SMI website.

My daughter, Zola, a classical double bassist, had the distinct honor and pleasure of performing with the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra the past two years.  What an amazing experience and opportunity!  If you have any young musicians in your life, encourage them to apply for the NSO Youth Fellowship.  It includes housing, a stipend, and intense training and performance experiences!

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the final performance of the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra which was held in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.  Simply PHENOMENAL!  It is always a WONDER for me to sit in front of the Double Bass Section and watch my daughter transform right in front of my eyes.  She fully immerses her soul and her being into this gift that she has been given.  I am thankful for the doors that have been opened for her through her dedication, hard work and talent.  May Zola continue to inspire others along her Exquisite Journey!

Enjoy  last night’s performance!