100 Cameras

You know, I’m big into photography. So when my friend and neighbor showed me this charity, 100 Cameras, I was super interested.

   The organization was established in 2009. Their mission is to empower    children in unjust situations. How?

                       With cameras!

People donate cameras or money for cameras. They go in (currently they have some in Sudan, Africa and Lower East Side, New York City) and give basic photography lessons to a few kids. After that, they leave a camera with the child and let them take pictures of their everyday surroundings and lifes. Then the pictures they take get put on the 100 Camera website for people to buy prints. You can buy all sizes of prints and stuff, and the money goes back to the kids!

      

            

So, this is a pretty sweet organization. At least, that’s the view from the fishbowl! 😉

                                    Blessings,

                                                  Goldfish

My Sky

One thing I’m fascinated with is the sky. I love looking at the stars at night for no reason. They’re so gorgeous, and it’s a new view every night. Although it’s a new view, it’s also always the same. That’s part of why I like them. As someone who travels a lot, I’ve been forced into situations involving readjusting to new surroundings quickly. My location can be drastically different, the food, the weather, the people, even the langauge can change. But, in all the places I’ve been, I can always see the sky. Whether I see the stars or the clouds, it’s always there, and it’s always the same. Plus, I know that wherever my loved ones are, they see the same stars. It’s kinda comforting some nights. Especially times like once last year; I was talking on the phone to a friend while we both looked at the stars, and figured out we were looking at the same constellations. It’s just a nice cure for homesickness, because you can never be homesick for the sky. Sometimes it feels like it could belong to me, my sky, because it’s always wherever I am. Ever thought of it that way before? And yet, one of the best things is that it’s shared between everyone. No matter where you are.

All of this is really just leading up to a picture I took of the clouds, so go ahead and have a look at it.

The Silver Lining

The caption there is a quote I got in a fortune cookie once. I thought it fit. Look at the bright side of things, and the bad stuff won’t appear so much!

So, long story short: I love the sky, and you should smile.

That’s the view from the fishbowl, anyway… 😀

Blessings,

GoldfishErin

Little Mess

One of the pictures I’m pretty proud of taking is of a little boy in a mountain village on the outskirts of my city. The village is unreachable by car, has no real roads, and is basically a mountain that has a few houses and a one room school. The only electricity in the whole village is one single solar panel for the school, provided by the government. I call the picture little mess, for obvious reasons:

Isn’t he just the sweetest mess you’ve seen?

The phrase “Little Mess” has developed a new meaning for me lately. The past couple months have been crazy stressful for me, for a number of reasons. When I was listening to an online radio station a few weeks ago, I came across a song by Francesca Battistelli called “This is the Stuff.” It really hit me.

She starts off mentioning all those little annoyances that we all face and that can just drive us up the wall sometimes if we aren’t careful. Losing your keys, losing your phone, speeding tickets, etc. But it’s the chorus that I really like:

This is the stuff that drives me crazy, this is the stuff that’s getting to me lately.
In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.
This is the stuff that gets under my skin, but I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing.
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
So break me of impatience, conquer my frustrations, I’ve got a new appreciation, it’s not the end of the world…
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
(You can listen to Francesca’s song Here. :))
That’s how I feel sometimes. Everything is going wrong, and I feel like my world is just going to crumble under my feet. But sometimes, in the middle of our little messes, we just have to step back and look at how big we’re blessed. All of us, we all are so richly blessed! I’m having trouble remembering that this week, and the past few weeks. Sometimes I just need a little help remembering. But it’s so true, regardless of my own little messes.
At least, that’s the view from the fishbowl!
Blessings to all, through your little messes that aren’t quite as cute as the one up there. ^^
Goldfish Erin

Suchitoto Church

This weekend, my family went to a little town about an hour away from us called Suchitoto. We’d been crazy busy the weeks before that, and I’d been sick, so it was nice to get away. In Suchitoto was this famous old Catholic church building, and lemme tell you that it could be a photographer’s dream. I only got to take one good picture, but I’m pretty excited with how it turned out!!

 

Blessings,

Goldfish Erin