Today’s post, I’m directing you over to my photography blog, but first let me explain.
Last week, I was up in our local mountains for Girls Camp. I had some quiet time before the calvary of girls and noise arrived, so I ran up the hill to the top of the camp to have some wonderful moments alone in the woods.
I wanted to create something pretty to hang on my walls for inspiration and peace. I reveled in the quietness of the mountains, going from tree to tree, snapping pics. I had a specific picture in my mind, and it involved those beautiful aspen trees mixed in with the pine trees. I love the look of Aspen trees. I love the white trunks with the brown, jagged lines and the green leaves that jingle in the wind. They are so stinking beautiful! It took me about 35 minutes of looking and taking pictures until I found my mental picture, the one at the top of this post. I remember looking at the picture on my camera LCD screen after I took it, thinking ‘That’s it! That’s the one. I found it!’. I was so giddy.
At a women’s conference, Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a great church talk about creating. Here’s some great snippets:
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”
If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.
But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy. 4 Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. 5 The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.”
I love to create. In the mountains for that brief quiet time, I just looked around at all the gorgeous nature. I listened to the wind blow through the trees, humming birds that whizzed past me, a whole chorus of birds singing above my head, the crunch of the pine needles and twigs under my feet, and a quiet stream trickling nearby. I laughed at myself for getting such a huge kick out of being alone in the quiet peace. Having kids sure has changed me. Raising them is such hard work, and it’s made me slow down and enjoy the simple things better. The things I don’t get to do as often as I did when I was single and had less responsibilities. Nevertheless, it’s a good chapter of my life to be in.
Anyways, I just wanted to create something beautiful. Head on over to my photo blog to see the rest of the pictures. If you’d like these pictures in your home too, just comment below with your email, and I’d be happy to share them with you.