Hello! Thank you for checking out week 24 of the 365 More People Pictures project!
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Day 161 - Garret & Bella
This is Garret & Bella.
I waited until after the game to go out in search of a subject and I knew it was going to be a challenge to find someone in downtown Vancouver. Everyone would be at home or in a bar celebrating the Seahawks NFC Championship win! After wandering around for a while, I finally spotted Garret. Ok, really, I spotted Bella and after admiring her, I noticed she also had a nice-looking human at the end of her leash.
The happiest thing happening in Garret's life right now is that he's moving to Austin soon! He's transferring there for his work.
I asked Garret if he's recently performed an act of kindness or if he's been on the receiving end of an act of kindness. Garret's first visit to Austin left him feeling like he's been on the receiving end of kindness. Garret said that in Austin, you can be walking down the street and people will greet you and ask how you are, and they really mean it! They have a genuine interest in how you're doing. Garret feels like he's already made friends there.
"Try everything once," Garret answered, when I asked if he has a personal mission statement or life's purpose.
When I asked Garret something about himself which he considers to be a success, he answered that it was the advancements that he's made at his job. Garret started from the bottom and worked his way up. He said he started, literally, sweeping floors, and now he's made such progress, his employer is transferring him to Texas! Way to go, Garret! Wishing you luck and success in Austin!
I was bummed about the pictures. I had two adorable subjects, but just didn't manage to show you that. One downside of this project is that because the original challenge was to have a continuous 365 day streak of taking a picture of a person, every single day, I
sometimes often end up posting pictures that I don't love. Garett is quite good-looking, almost strikingly so, but I failed at conveying that to you.
There have been times I've felt like I've done a bad job of conveying a person's something-special. Sometimes, I even manage to make a very attractive person look less-attractive than what they really are.
What I learned in the workshop I attended a couple weekends ago, is that we shouldn't show our "bad" pictures to the world. When I start a new project or new blog, I will do just that. It will be a carefully and deliberately selected collection of images and I will only show, what I think, is my best work. This project/challenge is a little unique, however, because of the added pressure to go for a continuous 365 Day Streak. In order to maintain the streak, I've had to share "reality" with you. I've had to share that some days I can do better than others. You've seen my entire one-step-forward-two-steps-back process. Although I cringe when I have to post something I don't love, for now, it's ok. It's like you're right along with me and helping me through the learning process.
Day 162 - Bob
This is Bob.
"This...just getting my picture taken," Bob said, when I asked the happiest thing happening in his life right now. Bob actually has some exiting things happening as he's getting a re-start in life.
I asked Bob if he's recently performed an act of kindness and he said that he had just given money to a street kid at a bus stop downtown.
Bob didn't have a personal mission statement but he's definitely a man on a mission! Bob wants to be healed enough to start his job search and start working a new job, and then when he finds a new job, he wants to buy a car. Bob then joked that when he's accomplished that, "then, I'll be looking for a woman." I liked Bob so much, I called my Mom after meeting him and told her that if she moved up here, I'd "allow" her to date Bob.
When I asked Bob something about himself which he considers to be a success, he answered, "raising 5 kids, pretty much, successfully." When I questioned his use of the phrase, "pretty much," Bob explained that he had a Son whose life was way too short. He died at age 27, but it was 27 years longer than they expected. His son battled for his life since birth and they didn't know if he'd even make it out of the hospital when he was born. Bob's son spent quite a while in the hospital. Bob and his wife lived close to an hour away from the hospital and Bob would work all day, then he and his wife would drive into Portland, in his old truck, and stay with his Son as long as they could before going home and repeating the journey again the next day. Looking back, they didn't know how they did it but they just made it through.
Thank you for sharing yourself, Bob. Wishing you good health and good luck on your job, car and lady search.
Day 163 - Heath
This is Heath. He had barely parked his bike and taken off his helmet when I approached to ask if I could take his picture.
"My relationship is so good...my life is really good," Heath answered, when I asked the happiest thing happening in his life right now.
Heath's recent act of kindness is that he helped a woman to expand her non-profit organization by networking and connecting her with a friend. Way to go, Heath!
When I asked Heath if he has a personal mission statement, he answered that he has a personal outlook which he adheres to - "to be grateful for what I have." Heath then remarked that he feels like he has a lot for which to be grateful! I mentioned to Heath that what little I've read about positivity and the laws of attraction, is that the simple act of gratitude attracts even more abundance. When we appreciate and are grateful for what we have, we attract even more for which to be grateful. Heath said it's working!
When I asked Heath something about himself which he considers to be a success, he explained that he's overcome failures and instead of creating barriers, he's opened new doors.
Thank you, Heath!
Day 164 - Sheari
This is Sheari. We met at the bus stop. Sheari was so sweet. We weren't quite finished with the interview when the bus arrived but Sheari decided to skip that bus and just catch the next one. I couldn't believe that she was willing to do that! I'm glad she did though, she was a genuinely kind person and I'm glad we met.
The happiest thing happening in Sheari's life right now is that she's about to move to LA!
When I asked Sheari if she's recently performed an act of kindness, she explained that she works in social services. Sheari's life is devoted to serving others. It's her hope that when she moves to LA, she'll be able to work with and serve the people who need it most - skid row.
"To leave the world a little bit better than I came into it," Sheari answered, when I asked if she has a personal mission statement. You're already doing that, Sheari!
When I asked Sheari something about herself which she would consider to be a success, she answered, "my independence." Sheari left her small town and her Country to pursue her passion helping others.
Thank you, Sheari! You're making a difference.
Day 165 - Jules
This is Jules.
He was part of a crew filming near my work. I was a little nervous about marching onto a set to see if I could find someone to be in the project, but since they were taking up practically an entire block, they couldn't expect that people wouldn't need to walk through the area. Remembering that I had just spent an entire weekend learning to be more confident, I decided to just go for it! Plus, I was hoping they were filming Grimm and that I'd get a glimpse of some of the action. (Jules told me it was a commercial but considering the huge production, I wonder if he was just telling me that to keep things a bit of a secret.)
When I asked Jules the happiest thing happening in his life right now, he answered, "my career is picking up!"
Jules' recent act of kindness is that he gave a friend her big break by getting her into the industry.
Jules' personal mission statement is: "Work to learn. Learn to play. Play to live."
When I asked Jules something about himself which he would consider to be a success, he answered, "my community." Jules clarified, his community of friends.
Jules has a really good squinch! It was actually cool to look back through the photos and see what a difference it made when he squinched. I gave up trying to direct everyone to squinch because it's really hard, and some people just can't do it at first. And, often times we would end up laughing so much that it became a distraction. But, I could tell Jules had squinch in him. I didn't even have to go through the whole spiel about a squinch. I think Jules must have heard of it before because all I had to do was demonstrate a squinch, and ask him to raise just his lower eye-lids, but not to the point where he would look like he was glaring or mad at me. He nailed it! I love it when I'm able to contribute some direction because then it feels like we actually created the image together. I didn't take a picture, we created it.
Thank you, Jules.
Day 166 - Shawn
This is Shawn. We also met at the bus stop.
"I have a really good job that I like," Shawn answered, when I asked the happiest thing happening in his life right now. In a really strange coincidence, Shawn and Sheari are co-workers! The world is definitely getting smaller.
Shawn's recent act of kindness was a bit of a surprise. Shawn recently put out a fire on the patio of a bar/restaurant! The bucket they have set out for cigarette butts caught on fire. He explained this was the second time he had seen this happen there, so he was calm and knew exactly what to do.
Shawn's personal mission statement is a quote by Kurt Vonnegut: "The wreckers against the builders, there's the whole story of life."
When I asked Shawn something about himself which he would consider to be a success, he answered, "I'm legitimately happy." Shawn recognizes that he truly happy with life and knows that not many people can say that.
I was so glad to have met both Shawn and Sheari. They work for an organization which I've intended to check out for a few years and after meeting them both in a matter of a few days, I've recognized it as a sign that I need to attend and participate in some of the community events they offer. Meeting Shawn was also like meeting a friend who I should have had in my life all along.
Thank you, Shawn!
Day 167 - Tabatha
This is Tabatha. She was on break from her job inside the mall when I approached to ask if I could take her picture.
"I got a job," Tabatha answered enthusiastically, when I asked the happiest thing happening in her life right now.
When I asked Tabatha if she's recently performed an act of kindness or if she's been on the receiving end of an act of kindness, she said that she's been on the receiving end of kindness. Tabatha explained that she's received a lot of help from her friends recently; one friend is letting her stay at their house, and another friend got her the job she has now. I hoped to encourage her a little by telling her that her friend must believe in her to recommend her for a job. I have no doubt Tabatha is doing great, judging from as much enthusiasm and appreciation she has for her job.
"I want to do good and help others," Tabatha answered, when I asked if she has a personal mission statement. Tabatha then asked me if that's what everyone says. Everything else aside, no matter how the words are packaged, the answer is yes. One of the most common objectives of everyone in this project boils down to this one statement. We are all the same - we want to do good and help others. We're all connected in this way.
When I asked Tabatha something about herself which she would consider to be a success, she answered, "I'm very family oriented. I'm the glue that holds my family together." Wishing you and your family lots of love and happiness. It's a tough job, being glue.
Thank you, Tabatha.
Here's the summary of the personal mission statements and life's purposes of the subjects from this week:
- Try everything once.
- To be grateful for what I have.
- To leave the world a little bit better than I came into it.
- Work to learn. Learn to play. Play to live.
- "The wreckers against the builders, there's the whole story of life."
- I want to do good and help others.
Thank you for following along another week, and thank you to every subject in this project. If you'd like a copy of your picture, please don't hesitate to email me.