How to improve your self-esteem in 5 steps

Some people spend their lives worrying about what other people think about them and spend all their time trying to figure out what everyone else expects of you. You can't possibly believe that you're doing what you want with your life when you are always walking around worried about the judgments of others are putting on you. Click here to start at the beginning of this series. 

We all worry about what other people think of us. Some people worry about it so much that they never take the time, to be honest with themselves. You need to take time out to yourself and ask yourself are you happy with who you are and what you represent. Instead, they decide in accordance with other people's wishes not their own.

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7 tips for taking amazing scenic photographs

An obsessive pursuit of the perfect photo can become a kind of calling. I have grown my skills in photography since I was in high school. My passion grew as I started to realize the beauty that I am surrounded by living in Oregon. I'm a little bias since I was born and raised here. Over the past year, I have been traveling around taking pictures and writing a journal to share my experience and the history behind each place. Here are 7 tips I have learned throughout my life about taking photographs that show the beauty in many different settings. 

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What challenges you face when starting on new business website

No one tells you how hard it is to run and maintain a blog much less starting a new online business. But as a photography business there's a list of things i have to do behind it. It's not like you can take photos, transfer to your laptop, upload them to your website, and then write a post. Sounds easy! And most bloggers write topics that are not the whole truth behind any other types of business that are involved with more than just writing content and making printables. The hardest part is designing a beautiful easy to navigate website and learn how along the way too.

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How Communication is the key to building relationships

Communication is a the key importance that I couldn't stress more on. It doesn't take much time to ruin a relationship, even a relationships that you're trying to build a connection with. All relationships are successful or unsuccessful depending on how well we communicate. There is a right way to say the same thing--- and yes it does make a difference to those we care about.

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DIY reclaimed wood nautical beach wall decor

Do you like to try new crafts that take only an hour and are easy to do? First, you must find unique items to create a beautiful, quick, and easy craft project. That isn't as easy to do. I found this reclaimed wood while I was taking photos of the railroad tracks along the back roads that are being repaired or I think just debris left over that hasn't been touched in years. 

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"Behind the Scenes" Basketry Making

My love for making sea kelp baskets is an art in which I have started since I was in grade school with learning how to make my own materials and furthermore complete the process in areas that take years to learn among practicing techniques that are part of the history behind basketry making. I wanted to share how I have built my crafting business in areas that I have started to expand in vast areas that reflect my talents and artistic ability. To illustrate a better understanding of the materials used and the history of basketry following my own summary of my skills I decided to give you a more detailed history of my knowledge of what my ability in this area that has made my reputation behind designing and creating every basket. Another reason is I have been working on making my baskets into more ways and using new materials to create designs from my experience I have learned over the years to broaden my skills to move up my level of expertise.

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Best Places to visit in Brookings Oregon

Brookings is home to several beautiful beaches. Located 6 miles from the northern California border on highway 101 in Oregon is just the beginning of the Oregon Coast Trail. This area is abundant in its natural attractions with miles of coastline, wild scenic rivers, state and city parks, and an attractive port. The cities of Brookings and Harbor are nestled on either side of the Chetco River where it meets the sea. GREAT for FISHING`Brookings is an incorporated city, while Harbor is not. They are in an area often referred to as the "banana belt" of the Pacific Northwest, thanks to its sunny and temperate year-round climate. This makes Brookings a welcome reprieve for travelers in a region otherwise known for rain and fog. Highway 101 runs through the town all the way to Gold Beach where Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor stretches 12 miles long with hidden spots in between the marked points of interest.

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How to learn by listening

How do we learn? Anyone can learn to do anything. Do you believe it? The answer is yes. We are products of our own environment. Anyone can learn new, and change old habits through spaced repetition. Even a parrot learns to speak English through spaced repetition education. Think what could you learn and accomplish for the better in your personality and character if you can just decide to change and were patient enough to work hard until you developed a new habit. It's true! We learn through repetition

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5 sayings for the best advice on love

"Love is patient"

True love is a process. True love requires personal action. Love must be continuing to be real. Love takes time. 
Too often we expediency, infatuation, stimulation, persuasion, or list are mistaken for love. How hollow, how empty if our love is no deeper than the arousal of momentary feeling or the expression in words of what is no lasting than the time it takes to speak them.

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How to Weave a Basket Using Sea Kelp

The art of weaving basketry takes years to become an expert in creating exceptional designs using different eco-friendly materials and added in colors of sinew, twine, raffia, and dying any materials that are used for basketry. Growing up I learned many skills and crafts and with that background, it's made it easier to move up by professional artistic abilities in these areas. I thought that I would use sea kelp to weave a basket that I'd normally used with materials such as wicker, willow bark, reeds, that are much stronger and durable that make it easier to work with when weaving. I decided "why not be unique and use sea kelp." What a difficult and long process that took me to figure out how and then to complete the project but, Oh What A Blast!

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The Best Advice Dealing With Stress

A young  lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, "Half empty or how full?" She fooled them all; 'How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

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Monthly newsletter June

As many of you can see that the last 6 months has been moving from blogger to wordpress to squarespace. This has been a major transition into each platform when you realize things aren't always as easy as you thought. My website will be going through new changes as the next few months go by. The reasons why are coming up that are in drafts waiting to have a little more tweaking done on them. As I learn how to work with squarespace, I can start off by saying it's much easier than wordpress from my own experience. (coming up).

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Gold Hill Oregon Bridges

The Rock Point Bridge (wikipendia) is an early major arch bridge completed under the design auspices of Conde B. McCullough, Oregon’s noted bridge engineer. McCullough designed the Rock Point Bridge, originally on the old Pacific Highway, to conform with and complement the local landscape. The structure is 505 feet in length, and the main span is a single 113 foot open-spandrel, rib-type reinforced concrete deck arch.

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How To Transform Your Life By Transforming Your Thinking

"Throughout this series we will conceive the notion that we should laugh--and also take time each day to smile, think, feel, and perhaps even cry. It's therapeutic and important to our mental health. We need to take time to be stimulated and motivated to smell the roses!"

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DIY Dritwood Nautical Wall Art

Whenever you go to most coastal beaches, you can see piles of driftwood among other debris piled high and I always wanted to try and learn how to make driftwood items. I see my fellow designers and artists that can make stunning driftwood art pieces and wondered how they can come up with ideas when all I can't see beyond the pieces what pieces would look good for designing new art pieces. One of my favorite shops is DriftingConcepts on Etsy

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