I am not much of a poet. As a writer, and in general, I think quickly, write quickly, publish quickly, often requiring careful re-editing later. But carefully selected words can stir my soul like not much else. Songs, poems, beautiful verse, they get into your head in a deep way. When I first started Martha, Martha, my friend Micah sent… Read More
Making a Home is making a life
Homemaking sounds like an old-fashioned notion, doesn't it?
Maybe it's because of the way it was used to label a woman's profession, which then became seen as a term for a lack of profession. "No, she doesn't work, she's a homemaker." Of course, no one discredits the fact that homemaking is indeed work, but I think we all--both men and women--take for granted the importance of the task.
Homemaking, Making a Home, is indeed, the very essence of creating a life of comfort, productivity, and joy.
Everyone requires a home. The basic tasks of home--cleaning, organizing, decorating, finances, shopping, cooking, laundry--are handled is the core of the functionality and feel of a dwelling.
To put it bluntly:
Nothing works right when home doesn't work well.
If you want success in your career, your home-based business, your life, your family, you must make proactive, intentional choices about the way you manage these tasks.
My ultimate goal at Gathering Joy is to help homemakers achieve graceful goodness in the basic tasks so they can chase their dreams of growing a business or earning money from home and claim their joy of fellowship and fun with their family.
Let's get that laundry sorted, shall we?
We recently discussed white balance. I started there since white balance affects the overall image tremendously and it is often glossed over or put after exposure. Many beginning photographers are told “if you can nail exposure, you’ll have a great image.” While that’s definitely in the tippy-top of importance, I think white balance is overlooked and not given enough… Read More
I have a friend who makes ID badges for his company. He mentioned that he spends hours getting the background just right because he’s a perfectionist and really wants the background to be white so that when he prints them, the photo blends seamlessly with the rest of the card. Perhaps you take product images for your… Read More
I know a lot of you are trying to make healthier choices with your diets. You’re figuring out what works best for you and your family, and you are doing a great job! Maybe you’re working through your own 21 Day Fix like I did. Maybe you’re on the Paleo plan, and you’re avioding all dairy and grains. Maybe you’re… Read More
If you’ve read the purpose of this blog (to support women who are trying to do it all with practical tips and a reminder on the most important thing, Jesus), then you might wonder what on earth photography has to do with any of this. Perhaps you can understand how a recovering Martha would appreciate tips on better managing her… Read More
Do you understand white balance? One of the very first things that sets apart a quality photographer from a beginner is the understanding of white balance. You might think it’s exposure–the lightness or darkness of a photo–and that’s certainly up there in importance, but good (or bad) white balance can affect the exposure. When I am processing my images out… Read More