Project Alicia : WW: Reclaiming Joy

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WW: Reclaiming Joy

I was thrilled to receive my complimentary copy of Artful Blogging in the mail and even more gratified to be featured in the 2013 Summer Edition. It's truly an honor.

The clouds finally parted long enough for me to sit and browse the pages for a few moments without the threat of rain. I was in desperate need of some sunshine and something about soaking up the beautiful magazine with the breeze in my face and the waves crashing against the shore in the distance was invigorating. I could have done without the enormous snake.

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In the article I touched on my battle with depression and shared the story of my evolution...

"Living in the Midwest, where winters were long and brutal, I suffered from seasonal depression. It was cold and dark, and often-times so bleak that it was difficult to force myself to venture outdoors..."

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"I’m not sure exactly when it happened. I don’t remember a specific day, but somewhere along the way something changed within me. Days were still chilly and void of sunlight. I still saw silhouettes of trees barren of leaves, exposed fields, bleakness, and blah. But beneath the shrouds of winter, I discovered beauty beyond comprehension. When I looked through that lens, it was as if a veil had been lifted, and for the first time in my life, I was able to recognize photo ops that had previously been hidden to me."

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"...so much of my life’s journey is paralleled in my photography. I can see my times of darkness as well as my times of joy. And as I flip back through the years I can see myself evolve and come into my own."

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"I am still learning and evolving as a person and as a photographer— I’m not sure that will ever end — but it’s fun to glance back from time to time and witness the growth."

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I also divulged a few lessons I've learned along the way. The most important one to date being, "...we mustn’t let self-doubt or discouragement prevent us from creating." 
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Thanks so much to all who have stuck by me over the years to witness the evolution of Project Alicia. It is still a work in progress, as am I, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.

I also wanted to let you know how happy I am to be spotlighted alongside Kristy of Life-n-Reflection in this beautiful edition. Included are breathtaking photos and words of her life on the prairies. Definitely worth a read.

It is available in both digital and paper versions. I'm not sure of all the locations it's sold, but I saw it at Amazon and over at our local Barnes & Noble last week. You can subscribe to receive this inspiring publication here.
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This is Wordless Wednesday, but as you can see, I have a hard time keeping it wordless. Wordful or Not So Wordless posts are always welcome here at Project Alicia. You can grab my button in the sidebar but it is not required to participate. Just grab any photo and come link up! And if you'd like to connect with other WW participants, click HERE or one of the thumbnails below.

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84 comments:

  1. this is so great, alicia. looks like a great read. I'm not familiar with the mag but definitely will check it out. I would love to be featured in such a way so seeing that happen for you is just as exciting.

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  2. I just adore this post, such inspiration after a rather ordinary start to the week. Happy WW, have a great week.

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  3. Annabelle MitchellTuesday, 07 May, 2013

    This is my first time to your blog and I have to say WOW. You are a fabulous writer and your story will touch so many who have SAD or any other form of depression. I live in the Midwest also, so I understand where you are coming from.
    Wonderful!!
    Annabelle

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  4. Congratulations on being featured. And that first shot of being in the swing is so idyllic!

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  5. That is wonderful that you were featured in Artful Blogging and that you were able to share your experiences with others. You are truly a remarkable woman with amazing talents!

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  6. Looks like a moving feature! x x

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  7. That looks great. <3

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  8. Your photos are lovely as always :)

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  9. Congratulations for being featured in the magazine, for reclaiming joy, and for this beautiful page. All the best to you.
    Your photos are wonderful.

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  10. Such a beautiful post Alicia! Congrats on being published! I'm going to have to find myself a copy of this magazine.
    Happy WW :)

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  11. Lovely post, Alicia! Thank you for hosting and I hope you link up with me at ARoomForTwoWithAView.com!


    Happy WW!

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  12. Congrats on being "published"!

    Happy WW!
    ~EdT.

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  13. Flying to Seattle last week, I took my new magazine on the plane and low and behold there you are! I have followed you for over a year and you have created such a beautiful place here Alicia...YOU deserve this.

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  14. Wow, how very cool and congrats!! I've always loved coming to your site and enjoy viewing your images, congrats again Alicia!

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  15. Congrats!!! I love it!

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  16. I need to check out that magazine, looks amazing! Glad you have found a way to cope with depression. I have a close family member who suffers from deep depression, and it's rough. Congrats on being featured!

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  17. Congratulations Alicia, interesting to hear how a camera gave you a glimpse of joy worth perusing through its lens. :)

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  18. Kristen @ My 3 Little KittensTuesday, 07 May, 2013

    Love the shawl....Great photos as always!

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  19. Looks like a great magazine. I too feel that it is important to discover joy . :) Congrads on the feature.

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  20. Congratulations,well deserved! I love artful blogging, my copy should arrive any day now I can't wait to unwrap it from it's plastic and see your article and beautiful pohotos. I am so happy you found your way out of the dark. My husband has seasonal depression and when he was in Washington state it was very difficult. Big Hugs thank you for hosting P.S. my link back will appear int he morning

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  21. that is so wonderful!!

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  22. Congratulations Alicia! What a wonderful Wordless Wednesday.

    Cheers,

    Char

    http://1epicmom.com/2013/05/07/spring-is-in-the-air/

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  23. Jay @CraftySpicesTuesday, 07 May, 2013

    Congratulations, seems very interesting, thanks for sharing.



    Hope to see you while hopping,

    http://www.craftyspices.com/hops/wwhop


    Happy WW

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  24. I would love to have a peaceful hour all to myself to look through the pages of that book, slowly! :)

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  25. very cute pictures you've got there. :) congrats!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is
    here.

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  26. Congrats on being published! Fabulous photos as always, Alicia!

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  27. Wow! Congratulations on being featured! I will have to seek out that magazine. Sounds like one I would enjoy very much.


    Oh, and beautiful photos, as always!

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  28. We finally had a brief, but lovely, run-in with the Sun today. It was over too quickly and it rained. Again. I'll be glad when these April showers move on out and we get those May flowers! I'll have to check at my local BN for that book/magazine!

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  29. Congratulations! What a beautiful magazine, made even lovelier by your astonishing photos. I didn't know about it till now and will have to look!

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  30. Congrats!!

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  31. That's really cool that you both were featured in there. I just heard about that publication the other day. Exciting!

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  32. Big congrats!!! What an amazing journey you have had and how lucky for us that you capture it so beautifully through the lens.

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  33. Beautiful thoughts and beautiful pictures. I really enjoyed your post. Looks like an ideal setting. Where exactly is the huge snake?

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  34. Thanks Taylor. Luckily the snake slithered away in the opposite direction. ;)

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  35. Aw, you're too kind!

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  36. Well, welcome. I'll be by when I have a chance... Looking forward to it.

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  37. Thanks so much Les!

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  38. Thanks Sarah!

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  39. Thanks Rose! Appreciate it!

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  40. It's a great publication, Gina! And yes, I'm thrilled to be featured with Kristy.

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  41. Thanks Beth!

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  42. Thanks Patrice!

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  43. Thanks! And you really should! Such an inspiring magazine!

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  44. I'm so proud of you Alicia! I was sweetly surprised read your feature in the magazine too. Somehow having you there a few pages away made it feel like home.

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  45. You're so sweet! Thanks, Verena!

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  46. Ha! I hear ya! I think we are finally going to get a reprieve for a bit. Hallelujah! You'll have to let me know if you find it...

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  47. Thanks Kimberly! I know you'd love it!

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  48. Thanks! Right backatcha!

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  49. Thanks Kristy! I agree! Such a fun surprise for me as well! :)

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  50. Thanks Veronica! :)

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  51. Haha. Yes, those hours are rare... and cherished. :)

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  52. Thanks Char! Appreciate the kind thoughts!

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  53. Thanks Tara!

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  54. Thanks Katherine. It is a beautiful and inspiring publication! I also struggled when I lived in WA with such a long rainy season. I hope your hubs is doing better now...

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  55. Thanks Dominique! It's so much more fun living with joy. ;)

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  56. Thanks Kristen. It's been one of my favs for years. ;)

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  57. Amazing, right? ;)

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  58. Thanks Dagmar. I still have my days and moments... but I'm so thankful for the gift of photography in my life. ;)

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  59. Thanks Alissa! :)

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  60. Wow that's so great to be featured in the magazine!

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  61. Aww, thanks so much, Laurie! I feel so blessed to have made so many wonderful connections through the world of blogging. I hope you enjoyed the magazine! :)

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  62. Thanks Ed! Kinda feels strange. ;)

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  63. Thanks Melissa! And happy WW! I'll stop over when I get a chance. :)

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  64. Thanks, Paula! And I hope you do! So inspiring! :)

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  65. Thanks Imelda! It really is an honor. :)

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  66. Thanks Chavonne!

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  67. Thanks! You should check it out- I think you'd love it. ;)

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  68. For sure Charlotte! You should find a copy! ;)

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  69. Thanks, Diana! Your sweet words mean so much to me!

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  70. Thanks Danielle! I just happened to have my tripod with me, so I thought, "Why not." ;)

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  71. Nice to meet you. And thanks so much for your sweet words. I moved a little over a year ago to the south after living in the Midwest most of my life. Although I still feel the SAD from time it time it is much better here. But I really do feel it was a season of life I was supposed to experience- perhaps to be able to help others who also battle this...

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  72. So happy to hear that! Happy WW! :)

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  73. Thanks! You should definitely find a copy and give it a read, Joanna! So inspiring!

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  74. congrats!!! what a great deal... and thanks for sharing your story with us all.
    love your photography :)

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  75. congrats on being published...and among your peers! Thank you for such honesty and being so candid about depression...I know first hand how debilitating it is. This post is beautiful..as are you.

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  76. i love your story. photography really does have an empowering effect, doesn't it? congratulations on the magazine & i hope you continue to enjoy your journey. blessings.

    xoxo,

    Allie @ Framed by God

    http://framedbygod.blogspot.com/

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  77. Congratulations!!! How wonderful!!! You are truly inspiring to so many through your openness and honesty. I am so happy for you!!

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  78. Congratulations on being featured, Alicia ~ it's great your message gets out - your openness and honesty on seasonal depression, together with your beautiful photos, is empowering for everyone who also has seasonal depression close ... I'll try and see your links to get hold of your article!
    Nina

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  79. So glad you joined me for Wordless Wednesday Bloggers at our permanent home on The Jenny Evolution. Silence may be golden, but I hope you're making some noise this weekend.

    Jennifer

    thejennyevolution.com

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