The Moment by Dave Herring

This was the moment that I fell in love again.

It started in 2004, when I bought a Nikon D50. I outgrew it fairly quickly and in 2006 I picked up a Nikon D80. I traveled alot and took alot of adventure pics…most of them not too great. When a stretch of hardship hit in 2009, the cameras were gone and I was only shooting with my phone. Then in 2011, I bought a Nikon D3100. I never fell in love with that camera, though.

So I mostly stuck to the old rule… the best camera is the one you have with you. And for the next 7 years, the camera I had with me was my phone. @grayribbon and I traveled coast to coast over this season of our lives, and we took so many pictures on our phones. I shared alot of them early on in this Instagram feed.

But last November, we went to the #pnw, and I borrowed a Canon 6D and a 50mm prime lens. I put the camera in manual mode, and spent that trip carrying it around. It felt great having a camera in my hands again. But something really clicked when I stood on the crest of Ecola State Park looking towards Cannon Beach. The scene was magnificent. I stood there just in awe for a few minutes. I could feel the cool breeze off of the Pacific hitting the mountains and bouncing back on us. There was mist and salt in the air. 

I lifted the camera to my eye, snapped this picture, and looked at the viewfinder. It was epic. And now, every time I look at this photo, I remember this moment. I don’t just recall it visually, I can feel the moment. And that feeling is the moment I fell in love with the camera again.

My grandfather died in 2016, and at his funeral were many photo albums that people could look through. Pictures of moments are really the only things that will be passed on. Photos are time-capsules into our lives, moments, and memories. One day I hope my children cherish the moments I’m capturing. I’ve included in this post my edit, the original, and a few more pics from this moment I fell in love with the camera.

Generosity by Dave Herring

Let’s talk about generosity. It’s a cultural value I want to be known for. It’s something I actively pursue with my daily life. I use to try to do one generous thing a day, but keeping count felt legalistic, so now I just try to be generous in the opportunities I can be. But I want to share the why. I realized two important things would happen if I embraced generosity.

First, it would make sure my heart is always willing to let go of “things.” That can be time, money, possessions, or even ideas and actions. You can be just as generous giving your ideas to others as you can buying someones lunch. I never want to have a great attachment to things. I don’t even like to spend my money on things, rather experiences that lead to memories. And I like to share memories with others, so I try to make sure to remove barriers.

Second, when you are generous (and therefore known for generosity), you communicate your care for others. And communicating care gives you a voice. I want to be influential in areas of my life that I feel I can be helpful, but if I have no voice with others, how can I influence them? Generosity is an open door. It allows you access to the deeper parts of the heart and mind.

And I absolutely love generous companies. There is a wave of companies out there that are profitable and generous. This is the economy at its finest. The blanket wrapped around @grayribbon in this picture is from @heartprintthreads. For every blanket they sell, they give one to someone in need. They are living out generosity as a company.

I encourage you to show someone generosity this week.

Rest by Dave Herring

I began to realize in the latter part of 2018 was that I don’t rest well. I don’t mean sleep, but true rest. I try to work hard, not just physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I give my life and all that I do to my work. Let me clarify that by work, I don’t just mean the things that provide my income. This same characteristic applies to all things I’m doing in my life.

But I don’t rest well when I’m in my down time. I realized that I was taking my down time to rest my body but disengage my mind and heart. I would spend days off lounging around, shutting down, and trying to recharge my physical body as much as possible. But what it produced in me was a mental exhaustion that was never rested and never restored. It was never satisfied. It was never full.

So I began to take my non-work time and engage my heart & soul first, mind second, and body last. What this has translated to in practicality is engaging the things my heart and soul desire and need first.

My heart and soul need adventure. I need to pioneer. I need to get into the woods, the mountains, the ocean. My heart and soul need quiet sunrises and sunsets.

My mind needs my hobbies and passions. To exercise and embrace my creativity. To write. To capture moments. To play music.

And while my body needs rest, I’ve found that if my heart, soul, and mind are recharged, my body tends to follow.

So I’m traveling. I’m adventure seeking. I’m capturing moments. I’m writing. I’m playing music. I’m recharging my heart & soul, mind, and body. I’m doing it daily, weekly, monthly, etc. I’m finding the rhythm for myself that doesn’t let me get even half empty so I can keep giving myself everyone else, and everything in my life the very best of me.

If you’ve got tips for rest (heart, soul, mind, spirit, or any other rest) please share it with me! And maybe tag someone who needs some rest and recharge in their life.

Recharge by Dave Herring

I ride that line between being an extrovert and an introvert. It’s like a 51E/49I. Many who know me would automatically assume I’m a strong E, but let me show you what I mean.

I’m great in crowds, or meeting new people. But I only have a very small circle of close friends. And I’m also a homebody. Even at home I have my own space that I need to disappear to sometimes. Last night I spent the entire night in my studio resurrecting an old project I never finished with @fireflyphoto_leah and @zachlgraham . It was several hours of creative work. Dave time. No interruptions. Thankfully @grayribbon is similar to me in this regard and was working on a custom blanket order, so she was in her creative zone as well.

And sometimes you just need to recharge. You have to embrace your own needs. It’s not selfish to do the things you need to rest and recharge. You can’t pour out of an empty cup.

This photo is very symbolic of this topic for me. In this entire lake, a lone yellow canoe was out there in the open. This entire space to themselves. Sometimes I couldn’t see it, as it was hidden from my sight. I caught a glimpse through the trees and took this picture.

Sometimes you gotta have that seclusion. And that’s a great thing.

Discipline by Dave Herring

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. And I’m not even skinny.

I’ve never struggled with weight too much, but just enough to not feel good. I’ve hidden and carried it well for the most part. But it hasn’t always been great up in my head, and certainly not great around my waist. When I started college I was 6’0 and 150lbs. When I graduated college I was 6’0 and 200lbs. Sometime over the next decade, I hit 215lbs. Then in 2012, I got down to 190lbs. Over the next 6 years or so, I put 15lbs back on, and landed at 205lbs for the longest time. But in 2018, I decided to get healthy. Eating super clean and #keto, I dropped down to my goal of 185lbs pretty quickly, but then kept going to 170lbs. I didn’t like the way I felt at 170lbs, so I slowly built back up to 180lbs, and I’ve been there for over a year now. While the weight stuff is measurable and honestly feels great, can I tell you what feels better?

The discipline. The fact that I can maintain this. The fact that sugar and carbs are not going to rule my life. By the way… chocolate and breads are my weakness. The worst is a chocolate chip cookie or a chocolate croissant. Lord have mercy. But being able to overcome that desire is such a strength. A disciplined mind can do anything it sets out to do.

I don’t eat keto exclusively now, just mostly for a reset when I need one. After all the traveling lately, I needed a reset in this season. It’s been 10 days since I had sugar. And that feels good.