Thursday, January 26, 2012

A memoir . . . in six words

I know what your thinking,
there is NO way that I am going to tell a story in six words.
And you would most likely be right!

In my Beyond Layers class with Kim Klassen I was first challenged
to think about my own creative story and perhaps write about it, maybe even share it.
  I haven't gotten so far on that story yet . . . I'm pretty sure that will be more than six words.

 So when I got the next challenge it was one that I was able to accomplish in seconds before
leaving the house on Monday for my metals class. I knew that if I didn't just write the first thing
that came to my mind I would've thought far too hard about it. The idea is one that originated from
Smith Magazine and is one that, although our story could really fill hundreds upon hundreds
of pages, sometimes all we need are just a few words.

Finding my wings, learning to fly...

These are the words that rolled off my fingertips from pen to paper.

This last year has been one of growth for me, both as a person and in my photography.
But to continue that growth I know I have to leave the safety of the cocoon behind, part of my old self,
in order to fully transform into that butterfly with wings.

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

"Hope for the Flowers" - Trina Paulus

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly"

- Richard Buckminster Fuller

What would your six word memoir look like?
I would love to hear your six word story.

Love, Kim



Shay said...

LOVE your 6 words and such beautiful photos!

Kathy said...

GREAT "6 words"! I can relate to it totally. As a matter of fact...can I borrow YOUR 6 words? Really like the photo you choise to go along with it too, gorgeous texture work. You truly are the "Queen of Bugs"...and I mean that in the NICEST way :)


Tiffany said...

What a beautiful sentiment, so true too. Here is to flying.


Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Love the words and images . . . you have really soared this past year.

Hhhhmmm right now mine would probably be something like "living each day as it comes".

Overall maybe something like "twists and turns brought me here"???

Life with Kaishon said...

That is such a pretty butterfly! Absolutely gorgeous!

Linda Makiej said...

really beautiful!!!

Branson said...

Gorgeous photos, and a beautiful 6-word story! I love this, Kim!

Nadege, said...

I love your photos and six word memoir.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

love your 6 words and your photos are stunning as usual.
my favourites are the first and the last one.
thanks for the beauty of your images!!
have a great weekend!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Carefully chosen words and amazing photos to compliment them, Kim. Looks like you are going to have a spectacular year! :)

geetlee said...

i absolutely relate to your six words! lovely shots of the butterflies too!
i hope you have a great weekend.

Linda Trine said...

what gorgeous butterfly the textures and your 6-word memoir!

Jeanne said...

Loved your 6 word memoir! It is so true about leaving the cocoon. When I started my blog, the first thing I did was find photos of cocoons and butterflies, so really enjoyed your post here and great butterfly photos! Hope to see you in Beyond Layers, and also hope o get to know you...... Are you in Houston?, I am in Dallas.. Jeanne

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photo and words.

Regards and best wishes

deb duty said...

I'm taking beyond layers too! I did write my story, but I haven't figured out any six word memoirs yet. It's on my long to do list! Your images today and stunning! And I love your little memoir. Just right!

Just BE Farm said...

We love your photography and appreciation of nature!! We also share your occupation as learners of life. Will be following you.

-Bobby & Eric-

Genie said...

Beautiful words and images. YOu are certainly earning an A+ in this class. Mine is...

Growing older; so much to do.


Michelle Renee said...

I love this post...the photos and your words. I'm in Beyond Layers as well. I think it's going to be a busy, but good year.

MYstory of HIStory said...

Beauty-full post. I stumbled on your blog this morning. Enjoyed my brief stay and your six word story. Have you ever heard the song "Fly" - by Sarah Groves?

I took the six word challenge a while back. My story .... "Made perfect forever. Being made holy." (see Hebrews 10:14 :)


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