Hello! I’m Barb, and welcome to Keeping With the Times
Not long after I started blogging I was inspired by this quote by Brian Tracy
learn something new, try something different, convince yourself that you have no limits
While I may not be convinced that I have no limits, I am convinced that can learn something new, and I can try something different.
As someone who is committed to lifelong learning, my blog is the place where I show up to prove it.
Lifelong learning” is a common term used in education today. Lifelong learning is the concept that “It’s never too soon or too late for learning”, a philosophy that has taken root in a whole host of different organizations. Lifelong learning is attitudinal; that one can and should be open to new ideas, decisions, skills or behaviours. Lifelong learning sees citizens provided with learning opportunities at all ages and in numerous contexts: at work, at home and through leisure activities, not just through formal channels such as school and higher education. Wikipedia
It is my hope that something I do here, may inspire you.
I’m a retired woman of a certain age, married to the love of my life. I’m also the proud mother to 2 beautiful daughters and over-the-top proud grandmother to 5 precious grandchildren.
I’m a blogger, photographer, and photo editor. I love still life photography and you can read my heartfelt musings about it on this post: My Art is not Frivolous.
I love to garden, cook, bake, play with flowers, and generally create. It doesn’t matter whether its a Naked Cake or Dictionary Paper Trees I’m all about trying something new!
Both my husband and I love to travel and hope to do more of that in the near future as he becomes a retiree as well. Whether it’s in our own back yard at Abraham Lake, a neighbouring province at the amazing and beautiful Emerald Lake, across the ocean in Maui, or “down south” exploring Arizona we love to get away!
- Roasted Garlic, Onion, Raspberry, Rosemary Jam
- Lemon Chiffon Cake
- Dill Carrot Pickles
- Upcycled Toolbox Planter
- Succulent Propogation
- Late Summer Arrangements Idea #1
- Recycled Paper Twiggy Tags
- Holiday Tablescape Ideas
- Tips for Taking Still Life Photos in Low Light
Why do I blog? and why Keeping With the Times?
I started this blog in 2010 to literally keep with the times. The technical aspects of blogging and dealing with an on-line world which is ever-changing, challenges and inspires me.
Much to my surprise, blogging has not only changed the way I look at life, it has changed the way I live life.
Incredibly, having a blog has given me permission to take on all sorts of exciting new ventures:
Should I buy that new camera? Yes.
Should I take that photography/editing class? Yes!
Should I attend that amazing retreat? Yes, yes, and yes!
Now when I talk about my experiences, I like to tell people “so far, nothing has blown up” in other words, don’t be afraid to try something.
I believe there’s a place for everyone in this vast blogging world. I refuse to listen to the naysayers who declare that blogging is dying/dead … my blog is not dead until I say it’s dead. And to this end I’ve created the series “Blogging Bits and Bytes”. Check here for more information.
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My Photo Gear
Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4
Nikkor 24-120mm 1:4
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR Lens, 18-105mm, 55-200mm
My Editing Gear
Photoshop CC and PSE12
My work has been featured here:
FTD A Gorgeous Place to Gather
Huffington Post 11 Brilliant Ways To Decorate Your Home With Holiday Cards
Readers Digest 10 Gorgeous and Inventive Ways to Reuse Your Holiday Cards
Instagram (yes! INSTAGRAM!!:)
My work has been published in:
Header by Barb Brookbank
Portrait by Anna Epp Photography