9.22.2014

Why Aren't You Smiling?


The concept of life is a strange, strange thing, but I think a shift is happening. It seems that more and more people are starting to get it; to become enlightened... to realize what it's really about. Jhene Aiko is certainly one of them. I heard this song for the first time this morning, and almost immediately the tears started to flow. Not because I was sad, not because I was happy. Simply because of the truth I was hearing -- feeling -- in her words. Nothing's real... yet nothing isn't real. Everything keeps going... it'll never stop. You have to embrace it, flow with it. Take it in and live it with everything you are. Life is just... life. Life is. There's not reason not to smile.

19 comments :

  1. Hey hummusbird,

    What camera do you use?

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    1. HiI! I use a Canon 60D -- usually with this lens: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12140-USA/Canon_2515A003_50mm_f_1_4_USM_Autofocus.html

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  2. Hi Brigette,

    I have been following your blog for sometime now but it wasn't until recently that I constantly search for inspiration and guidance. The way you set yourself free from the stress of everyday life inspires me and I find so much hope in your words. How you describe yourself two years ago is how I feel in this very moment. I work 60 hours a week, I am in a constant anxious state, I can hardly focus on the things I love, and I have a hard time taking care of myself the way I should – no matter how good my intentions are. I constantly aspire to work towards the changes you are making and I was hoping that you could shed some light on baby steps I can take to get there. Working less is something I don't see in my future anytime soon but there has to be some words of encouragement you can provide to help me figure out a happier, healthier, more fulfilling day-to-day grind.

    Thank you in advance!
    Chelsea

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    1. It really really breaks my heart to hear that you're in a similar situation right now. It's the worst way to live -- it really feels like you're not living at all. It's like life is controlling you instead of the other way around... but you can totally reverse it. And the fact that you're actively looking for the right steps to take means that you've already made the very first step -- which is realizing that you can change all of this. So, here's a little plan for you. FIRST, take a look at what you're eating. Food is the best way to start because you have total control of what you put into your body. Take away grains. All of them if you can, or at least drastically reduce them. Same with refined sugar. And don't eat anything processed. No alcohol either. All of these things clog your brain (in addition to billions of other horrible things), and make it harder for you to function in a situation that's ALREADY difficult to function in. If the things I've listed make up a huge part of your diet currently (they did for me in the past), you might want to remove them just a little at a time, so it's not a shock for your body. Try to buy organic whenever you can. I know it's expensive, but if you're going to spend money on anything, let it be on the food that fuels you. Just do the best you can! It also takes lots of time and preparation to eat this way, but you'll get into a groove with it, and it is WORTH it. NEXT, get yourself to the best holistic doctor you can find. They'll pinpoint what your body needs and help you get there physically. My natural doctor is the main reason why I'm feeling so much better these days -- if you're in the NY area I can give you his info! He's a lifesaver. And then make sure you're doing physical activity. You probably feel like you have NO time at all since you work so much, but even if you can do a brisk 30-minute walk, 3 times a week, that's an awesome start. TRY to make time for it. Again, it's so worth it. Once you start to get the physical aspects sorted out, take a look at what else your life consists of. Remove yourself from any negativity the best you can. If that means cutting ties with someone, you might have to do it. It's so unhealthy to be around negativity -- mentally AND physically! Then.... start thinking about your job. I have no idea what your situation is at all, but 60 hours a week sounds like no fun. Ask yourself why you can't work less than this. Really ask yourself. Find out the reason you're working so much, and figure out a way to change it. Can you get a new job? Start an entirely new career? Why not? If ever you find that it's a fear that's holding you back, plow through it... because fear isn't real. Whatever the hurdle may be, try and see if you can come up with a solution to get past it. It's really scary to think about making a huge change careerwise, but if you can break it down little by little and be logical about it... you might find that it's not as out of reach as you thought. I feel kind of silly giving life advice like this because I certainly do NOT have my life figured out, but I do feel like I'm getting there little by little, and I hope this can help you in some way! Let me know if you have any questions at all!! <3

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    2. I can't thank you enough for getting back to me so quickly. That all sounds so amazing. I fully understand it is a process but I am looking forward to getting to a much more balanced life. You better bet that I will be checking back often for inspiration and motivation to keep it up. I have tried many things in the past. You know, the whole "Today is the day I get my life together" pep talk each monday today but then just as quickly as I can get the sentence out, life takes over. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the encouragement Thank you.

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    3. What's so bad about grains though? It's grown from earth after all. I know Americans don't eat it as much as white bread but whole grain (bread) is extremely good for the body, metabolism and it makes you feel full for a long time keeping your blood sugar occupied long.

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    4. Hi Brigette,

      I have been processing your reply from earlier in the week and thinking about how I can work a change into my daily life. I was wondering what some of the foods are that make up your diet on a day-to-day basis and how you manage them when you're on the go?

      I strongly believe this is the best place for me to focus first because I have the most control over it.

      Thanks again for the help here!

      Chelsea

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  3. Hi Brigette! Well, first i must say i love the way you see the life and the world. You are such a inspiration! It's great see that inspiring messages and the changes you do in your life <3

    I wanna ask you something. I know it's very personal, but I'm a photography enthusiast and love your pictures! I see you use a Canon 60D, right? And the editions? Do you use Lightroom or Photoshop? Your photos are really beautiful!

    Kisses!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much!! Yes, I use a 60D and edit in Photoshop. Lately I've been obsessed with doing a solid color overlay (usually a deep bluish green) and then making it an "exclusion" overlay. Then I amp up the contrast and brightness of the photo beneath the overlay. Try it!! I'm not formerly trained in photography or editing whatsoever, so mostly everything I do is an experiment of some kind, haha! <3

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    2. Oh, thank you! You're really sweet! <3

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  4. Hey there!
    Just stumbled upon this blog and I especially loved this post!
    The colors here and photography are great, but I am very drawn to your words here and found them just so genuine and wonderful. I'm a philosophy major at UC Berkeley, so perhaps I'm a bit biased as to loving these this line of thinking and such, but that aside, you really have quite a way with words and your aesthetic is so lovely.
    Excited to follow along now, thanks for becoming my new favorite blog!

    xo,
    Kiana

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  5. Also!
    Do you have any idea what kind of plant/flowers those are? They're so delicate, simple, and lovely

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words!! I have no idea what kind of plants these are.. just found 'em in my front yard :)

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  6. Love these images Brigette!!!! Miss you!

    xx Cher

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  7. Great shots, your photography is amazing.

    www.TheFollowFashion.com

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  8. I love the feeling of calm and insight that breathes through your posts.

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  9. I completely feel the same way, there is a shift floating in the air. I'm automatically drawn to people who get the enlightened part when I identify them, however I find it hard to find these people. I want to be in contact with them because I'm struggling with my own enlightened state, and I feel like a student in search for a teacher. Do you have any advice on where to turn? I love love love your blog by the way, it makes me feel wonderfully calm <3

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    1. To be totally honest, I don't know that I can advise you because I have the same struggle. But I think that the *desire* for enlightenment is an incredible first step, and you're already there. I think it's just about being open, letting ourselves flow through life, and recognizing that every experience is an opportunity to open our eyes a little more. <3

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