Happy Friday!

I’m really looking forward to the weekend.

Idle Hands  –  taken while hiking yesterday

I’ve had a day or two to digest the, “I’m going to have another surgery,” concept.

I think, now that I’ve made my decision,

I’ll try to stay focused on all the things I want to do once my arm works better.

It doesn’t take the fear away.

But, I have to believe I’ll be more capable to do the things I love once it’s done.

I’m choosing to focus on THAT as much as possible.

I’m also busy making preparations for shooting New Zealand.

I have to make some adjustments due to my arm.

(For instance, instead of two professional camera bodies I’ll only be taking ONE.  I’m also limiting my lenses as much as possible.)

I’m taking multiple arm/wrist/elbow braces with me which I’ll wear faithfully the entire trip.

I’ll be shooting a lot of locations within New Zealand, but I’m most excited about visiting Milford Sound.

I’ve wanted to photograph Milford Sound since I was a child.

I’m in awe of the natural beauty there, even though I’ve never seen it with my own eyes.

My trip to New Zealand will involve a lot of hiking and exercising and very “physical” photography.

(Honestly, that’s just my style of shooting.  I *work* for my photos … I’m not a sit and shoot type of photographer.)

In preparation for what will be a very physically exhausting few weeks,

I’ve been concentrating on preparing my body for the trip.

It’s not much different than any other type of training ….

Lots of sleep, lean protein and veggies for food, lots of exercise, and –

Because I’ll be shooting nonstop, as much arm-rest as possible.

(I’m trying to get my pain  arm-inflammation  to calm down as much as possible before I depart.)

I’m also taking lots of probiotics to build up my immune system, along with some basic vitamin supplements.

Of course, you know I love many different forms of art and creative expression.

I plan on keeping a travel journal as I make my way through New Zealand.

It’s such a little thing, but I look forward to documenting the experience of photographing New Zealand.

My paternal grandmother traveled all over the world after she was widowed.

New Zealand was a location she raved about.

Because of my grandmother’s love for New Zealand, my parents also made a trip there.

I’ll be the third generation in my family to make the trip.

For me, of course, it’s not just about the experience.

(Although, I’m very excited about the experience!)

For me, it’s a mission to capture beauty with my lens.

2 Responses to “Happy Friday!”

  1. Linda Tustin

    Happy Friday Suzanne. It has been a long time since I visited your blog. Usually I just feel like we see each other on Facebook and I feel connected enough. But for some reason I felt a tug to come over here and check into your life a little more in depth and I see a lot is going on with you right now!

    I have been following your blog for years and I know you have been through tons of surgeries and lots of pain in pursuit of relief. I am sorry to see a new surgery is needed but I truly hope this one helps you and is worthwhile. I know it is scary.

    I have just been diagnosed with a precancerous rash on my legs. It is not specifically skin cancer but it is the next best thing and they are going to treat it with a nasty chemo cream. ugh- scary but not as scary as surgery…..

    Also super excited to hear about the New Zealand trip. I have always wanted to go there. I will look forward to hearing about it in your prosaic way. (and Pictures!!)

    Anyway Hugs…. I’ll be thinking about you.


  2. Suzanne

    I’m glad you checked in.
    Yes, I hope advances in medical technology, will help with my arm. I also think getting a lot of different opinions made me realize there are some options I didn’t even know existed which might help me live my life more comfortably.

    I’m glad you’re getting your legs treated. I have a history of skin cancer in my family and I think it’s wonderful they now have a chemo cream available. (A few years ago you’d have to go through actual chemo for the same result.) I hope it goes smoothly and I’m glad it was caught in time.


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