Life is Better When You're Intentional About Looking for Beauty

Over a year ago I started getting intentional about looking for beauty in my life. Fresh off of a season of deep loss and maybe even some mild depression, I needed something to help me takes my eyes off of myself...something that could breathe life back into the places in my heart that had run a bit dry.

Beauty inspires me to say “yes” to God. It reminds me of the goodness of the God Who made me, even when I’m surprised by life, or it hurts too much to comprehend. So I decided to challenge myself to take a picture of one beautiful thing each week. One beautiful thing to inspire me. One beautiful thing to lift my spirits. One beautiful thing that brings healing.

Life happened, and for a time I put my camera down. But friends starting asking me how my photography was going, or what new things I was learning, and started noticing that I wasn't carrying my camera everywhere with me anymore.

And then, back in February, a dear friend asked me about the One Beautiful Thing link-up and why I wasn't doing it anymore. She quoted something to me that I had expressed to her about a year earlier:

"If something feeds your soul, you ought to make time for it."

Photography does feed my soul. I'm not a professional by any means, and I really only have one decent lens. Sometimes, when life gets busy, or I'm in a bad mood, nothing looks beautiful, but taking time to document the beauty that surrounds me on any given day really does cause me to see it.

And seeing beauty makes my life feel more beautiful. That, my friends, is probably the best, most potent anti-depressant you can get...and pretty cheap too.

So I'm starting again.

To go on the beauty hunt, to search for light, to document those moments that catch my eye and cause me to think "that's beautiful."

I hope you'll join me. We'll officially start one week from today (6/10/13). Each Monday I'll work hard to post one beautiful thing that inspired me the week before, and I'll add a linky so that if you want to get inspired by the beauty all around you, you can do the same.

Beauty inspires me to say “yes” to God. It reminds me of the goodness of the God Who made me, even when I’m surprised by life, or it hurts too much to comprehend. So I decided to challenge myself to take a picture of one beautiful thing each week. One beautiful thing to inspire me. One beautiful thing to lift my spirits. One beautiful thing that brings healing.

This photo was taken with my iPhone at Claytor Lake over the Memorial Day weekend. Looking at it now, my composition eye tells me it would be SO much better if I had only moved a little so the flag was in the blue sky instead of the trees. But you know what? It struck me as beautiful, so I took it. And I was so comfortable where I was sitting that I didn't want to move. That's the essence of One Beautiful Thing.

Beauty inspires me to say “yes” to God. It reminds me of the goodness of the God Who made me, even when I’m surprised by life, or it hurts too much to comprehend. So I decided to challenge myself to take a picture of one beautiful thing each week. One beautiful thing to inspire me. One beautiful thing to lift my spirits. One beautiful thing that brings healing.

*For rules and guidelines, read here.