Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charleston Workshop 2017 Success!


Last week (Jan. 22 to Jan. 28) we had the team back together again for another great Food Photography Workshop in Charleston, S.C.  Host and teacher - Helene Dujardin, Chef John Ondo, and me. John gave me the title of Chef de Cuisine (to me that is pretty high praise, but I'll take it.)


This, I believe, is one of the best workshops around.  Where else could you get morning instruction; practice shooting time with one-on-one time with Helene (food photographer & author); a cooking demo from Chef John (restaurant owner & chef);  beautiful accommodations & meals; in one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.  (Can you tell I am just glad to be there.)  The 3 of us together are definitely friends, but we are so much more.  We are family. We love working together and it shows.

To add to the fun Gina Homolka, author of "Skinnytaste" cookbooks and Skinnytaste blog, was a guest.  She added to the fun with tips and demos from her new book "Skinnytaste: fast and slow" (which Helene was the photographer).  
So added benefits, back in the beautiful Charleston, beach access, working along side family.  Score! on all counts.

But, what is a workshop with out attendees?  Nothing.  People from all over the world and all walks of life.  I will tell you that each workshop I have participated in, the attendees have been great.  This one was no exception.  Such a fun group to serve.  By the end of the week it was like we had known each other for years.  Best part is I get to add them all the my list of life-long-friends.  
Jennifer Carr
of
jennifercarrphotography.com 
Alice Choi
of
hipfoodiemom.com
Joanne Grewe 
Sheena
of noshtashic.com
Maryanne Cabrera
of
thelittleepicurean.com


After this week of fun (not work), friends, and great food it takes at least 3 days for me to adjust back to my home life.  There are usually 3 stages: the exhaustion stage hits, then there is the winding down stage, and the least favorite of all is the reality stage.  You begin to miss your family and your new friends.
To bring this post to a close I want to Thank all those involved in making last week so wonderful and so much fun!  Helene, John, Gina, Jennifer, Alice, Maryanne, Sheena, and Joanne.

Thank you and Blessings,
P.S. to all who read this - check out the great blogs that I have posted.  

















Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Looking Back at 2016

When I look at the photographs of 2016 my mind reflects on that moment in time.  There is a saying that 'the good times out way the bad'.  It's funny how true that is - I seem to remember all the fun time; the travel, the family reunions, the days spent with my grand kids, time spent with my Mother, the building of our new house.  Yet, I cannot seem to recall any of the bad (and I am sure there are some - life just doesn't work like that.  How would we ever grow with out some kind of challenge or adversity?),

One thing I do know is that in 2017 I am still looking for my purpose in life.  That one thing or things; that one job that I can say "It's pure joy".  I have read - if you are doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life.  For me that has always been true.
I have had so many wonderful jobs and opportunities in my life.  I have been very blessed. I am just looking for that one next thing.  I am not just sitting around waiting for something to happen, but I do know that I am still a work in progress.

As I share my wonderful life lived in 2016; my prayer is that myself and everyone out there will find a blessing and God's purpose for life in each new day.
**If the video will not play or you see no video - click on the Looking at 2016 and that will take you to the flipagram video.  









Thanks for being here,
Libby Stephens


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Everyone Needs A Little Inspiration



Walking away from 2016

I feel that anyone alive; breathing and doing needs a little inspiration; a few uplifting words.  Heaven knows with all this doing and living there are times we fail - if you are human.  And then, it is all in the handling of the failure.  
The thing is - to fail does not mean to quite, but to pick yourself up and start a new.  Try a new way to get to the final goal. Whatever that goal may be. 

Thomas Alva Edison Story
Edison had a very specific attitude towards failure.
It took him 10,000 attempts to refine the
light bulb.  
He had many successful patients,
but there were many failures.  He continued
to try and try again.

Edison said, "I can never find the things that work best until I know the
things that don't work."  

Keep trying, trying, trying and persevere.  That dream - that may not have surfaced yet could be right around the bend.

Catching the Dream


I have a copy of a devotional that I keep with me and read to give me a lift; a little push; that encouragement to keep pursuing that dream.

"God doesn't give you the dream without giving you 
the courage to take action to pursue it."  (Guidepost 2016)

Let's bring in the year 2017 with that courage to pursue our dreams.

"For with God nothing will be impossible."
 Luke 1:37 (NKJV)
Excited about 2017


Happy New Year!