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January 13, 2011

On Tuesday | Creative Field Trip

On Tuesday I embarked on a creative field trip to Portland to visit my friends Kelly Rae and Andrea.

On Tuesday I took my camera along as I usually do, filled with the possibility of images and captures that would say all that I wanted them to say and maybe even more.

On Tuesday I was lucky.

On Tuesday I took just two photos. This one sums it all up for me. I was there. I was at that table and saw and felt and laughed and smiled and listened and was filled up with the amazing abundance of friendship.

On Tuesday I received the gift of companionship, of a leisurely breakfast, of trying on two rounds of clothes at Anthropologie, of animated talk between good friends about life and marriage and kids and babies and sickness and photos and work and best laid plans and ideas and possibilities.

On Tuesday I felt light.


  • 1.
    Juli Fish said…

    Ali – great photo! Glad to hear to hear you are living in the moment and enjoying life as it goes by. Sometimes we need to really just stop and enjoy (rather than document). Glad you had one of those days – and thanks for the reminder that sometimes we have to just let go and be engaged in the day and the moment.

  • 2.
    Katy said…

    Love this! Happy Thursday! Here’s to staying light!

  • 3.
    Leanne said…

    Awesome! . . . thanks for sharing the moment!

  • 4.
    Alida said…

    This makes me miss my special far-away friends. I was surprised to hear that a good friend of mine reads Kelly Rae’s blog. She found her via a completely different route than me, but knew about the love bomb weekends. Small world.

  • 5.
    Christy said…

    And on Thursday- you spread that light to me. Thanks!

  • 6.
    Sarah R. said…

    Love the photo! What a wonderful idea to make the time for a creative field trip. I know just the person I want to do this with – my mom! She has always been my creative and spiritual inspiration, and as a mom to three kids myself now, we haven’t made the time lately to spend time being together like we did in previous years. Side note – she always signs her cards love, light, and laughter . . . thank you!

  • 7.
    Jeannette said…

    wonderful! I am so jealous of you creative Oregon girls…..

  • 8.
    dawn said…


  • 9.
    Lisa W. said…

    Gosh I SO get that. There is nothing in this world like best friends. They have got me through miles and miles of “stuff”. So glad you had a nice day!!! Did you buy any new clothes?:) Hope so!!!

  • 10.
    Jill said…

    Such a great reminder. I am totally wrapping my life around not needing a photo to remember something. I want to remember it in my mind, not because I have a photo.

    On another note, we’re on day 4 of no school and I haven’t left my neighborhood since church Sunday morning. Seeing you have a relaxing meal out with girlfriends…jealous!

  • 11.
    Elizabeth H. said…

    Ooh, I wish there was an Anthropologie close enough to me! That would be put in a good mood anyday!

  • 12.
    Jenell said…

    Love this post. Love the reasons, love days with friends and the joy that they bring to my life. Love feeling light!!!

  • 13.
    Laney said…

    That’s a great photo!

  • 14.
    kelly libby said…

    beautiful post, ali.

  • 15.
    jan Davis from Canada said…

    There is no better way to spread or feel light I think than when one is in the company of girlfriends :)


  • 16.
    JillT said…

    Why can’t we remember that it takes so little for this kind of refreshment and renewal??? Good for you Ali!

  • 17.
    noell said…

    I love the colors in this photo!!! Soft and subtle but light and happy.

    I’ve been developing a theory about what makes your photography so unique and full of life. You don’t just use lines to create the sense of movement that is so prevalent in your photos, but you use entire planes to create that sense.

    I’m so curious to know if that was a conscious choice when you started doing it, or if you just fell into that by putting the camera on the floors and tables, and whether you’re aware of it now. ???

    I want to try it out.

  • 18.
    cinback said…

    Great shot. Did you chose that point of focus, or did you just set the camera down and leave it to chance?

  • 19.
    Michelle L said…

    Great photo! Friends are the best! Now what did you buy at Anthropologie? =)

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  • 21.
    Bridget said…

    Good for you, Ali!

  • 22.
    madeline St onge said…

    Great photo, makes me feel like I was there too

  • 23.
    Jill said…

    Hooray for your day :)

  • 24.
    Melanie said…

    I wish when you came to Portland (or Salem) one of these that you would look me up… it’s been years!

  • 25.
    Kristie H said…

    Love the photo!

  • 26.
    Melissa Szalai said…

    I just love the photo. What type of lens were you shooting with.

  • 27.
    joni possin said…

    What a great post, Ali!! I love the way you enjoy life… one day at time.

  • 28.
    Wendy O. said…

    Awesome Ali! Everyone one needs a girls day out every now and then and it is so uplifting.

  • 29.
    Radish said…

    Ali, after 72 years, I can tell you this would make my heart sing.

  • 30.
    Sarah said…

    Love this picture and posting. Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL DAY!

  • 31.
    lechatquitousse said…

    To feel that you’re at the right place, with the right persons, at the right moment…..and finding pleasur and joy about this, I love that also !

  • 32.
    Tammy Bentzinger said…

    Here’s one word for you: INSPIRED

  • 33.
    Peggy McDevitt said…

    What a great day, good for the soul and spirit. I have been following Kelly Rae for a couple of years. Knowing you, I’m sure your gave her some soft spoken words about being a mother and learning how to “balance it all”. Love your creative spirt. Enjoying my class with you Yesterday and Today. I listen to your advice and my first page is not like yours at all and I am learning to appreciate it and am tickled with my two page spread and my story.

  • 34.
    Michelle Wooderson said…

    Perfect example of your ONe Little Word. Just love.

  • 35.
    heidig said…

    Good for you! I had no idea where you were going with this but in the end, I loved it! Great way to tie in your One Little Word.

  • 36.
    Maureen said…

    Love it. Oh the talk…that’s enough.

  • 37.
    Elizabeth said…

    Sounds like you had a terrific tuesday….love that.

  • 38.
    Sandi said…

    At my dentist office today I came across a magazine that reminded me of you. The name of the magazine is called:
    Seeing the Everyday
    They have a website at
    Have you ever heard of it or seen the magazine?

  • 39.
    Kathy said…

    Ali, awesome photo and more to the point the conversation, laughs and coffee that was taking place. I took LOVE what it captures. Well done. Kathy, Brisbane, Australia

  • 40.
    Miriam said…

    I love the idea that sometimes it takes a couple of photos to describe your day – thanks for sharing :)

  • 41.
    ShellyP said…

    You know sometimes ya just need a “Girl Day” to make you feel good. I love it when my friends and I make the time to have one of these days. And it is something that we have to make time for in our busy lives. Somebody make up “National Girlfriend Day’ or is there one already? Hooray for girlfriends!

  • 42.
    Pam said…

    What a great shot! I’m so glad that you had a great day. It reminds me that I need to do that soon, very soon. Thanks!

  • 43.

    LOVE this photo! LOVE lunch with the girls! LOVE this post!

  • 44.
    Kristi said…

    Love it! No matter what my mood, good or bad, I’m always happier after visiting your blog. {thank you}

  • 45.
    Teresa said…

    Great photo! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

  • 46.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Love the picture and your wonderful example of how your word is showing up. We all need a girl’s day out every now and again. I also wanted to just say that you lift my mood and make me smile with your stories, inspiration and want to say thank you!

    I also must say that I am now seeing Light everywhere now. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • 47.
    kelly said…

    lazy and relaxed days with friends have to be the best medicine.

  • 48.
    Laura said…

    Oh joy! Times with good friends is the BEST!

  • 49.

    Can’t wait to see how you scrap this….

  • 50.
    Genevieve said…

    Wow! This is such a great reminder to make time for my artsy-wonderful, wise women friends. Nothing else like it. Thanks.

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