Greetings from beautiful Minnesota. I can not believe how warm and dry it’s been lately. The temps are cooling a bit from the 80’s of this past weekend, but God is good and knows that farmers like dry weather to harvest our crops!
Now that I’ve become a blogger, I have become immersed in this whole blog culture that I never really knew existed. The whole community that is a part of blogging is rather amazing to me. An awesome blogger and photographer I follow, Cassie, recently put up some gorgeous pictures as part of a monthly blog challenge called Facing Myself. Facing Myself is hosted by a gal named Jess at The Old Nichols Farm, who is also an awesome photographer!
In Jess’ words “Facing Myself is a monthly self-portrait adventure. Everyone is welcome to join in, regardless of photography skill or type of camera. All you need is yourself and a camera.”
I looked at some of the past pictures and corresponding thoughts people have shared, and I was amazed at the honesty and insight people looked at themselves with. Now, I’m not a great photographer. (I actually take many of my blog pictures on my iPhone because it’s always with me, and I’m snapping photos out in the barn.) I also don’t share a lot of photos of myself because I’m usually the one taking them. So I’ve decided to embrace this challenge, and maybe I’ll start looking more carefully at myself in the process.
What are some of the roles I play? I’m a wife, a sister, a daughter – all important ways I relate to other people. My beliefs also identify me – I’m a Christian, an optimist (and I won’t share any particular political affiliation ;-)). What about the things I do? Being a dairy farmer, a blogger, a runner, a pianist – these also help define me. I’d been thinking about a picture to share, and I wasn’t quite sure what.
So the other day I came in from a run. I was blotchy, sweaty, and quite happy about it. I also decided that I was looking very “real” – make-up melted off, pony-tail hair, and my ugliest baggy shorts. Maybe in future months I’ll get the hang of the timer on my camera, but my trusty phone did the trick for this shot.
Thanks to Jess for starting up this fun adventure, and thanks to Cassie for sharing it on her blog so I could find it! Check it out at:
Aside from busily doing sweaty self-portraits on my iPhone, I have been a busy lady at the farm too. I won’t make excuses about harvest or lots of calves. Instead, I’ll leave you with a picture of he whom some of you have expressed a crush on…