The Advanced Art of a Photo Caption

We do it all the time, post an amazing picture on our social media and then… we contemplate, for some of us it can feel like hours. Sometimes the process can be so overwhelming we might give up posting our photo all together, because we just don’t know what in the world to write.

There are many ways to go about finding the perfect caption. Some describe a recent event, maybe what they were doing when they took the picture. Others find quotes or lyrics to be more fitting for their latest picture, while others just apply an emoji or leave the caption blank all together!

So, how do we simplify this process? What is a fool-proof way to caption a photograph? I guess the simple truth is there isn’t one.

Here is one idea that I haven’t seen many people catch onto quite yet. That is the art communities perspective on naming a work of art. Many times artists find a way to look at their art from a very new point of view, something outside of the box. A title that will force the viewer to create their own perspective on what the art means to them.

Allowing the viewer to come to their own opinion is engaging and creates an environment of active participation for the audience. Leaving the work of art as an open ended question in turn creates a new world of answers. With social media being a place of audience engagement.. this form of photo caption may trigger some interesting comments from your viewers.

Also, the caption should emphasis the focal point of the photograph. Let’s say the photo is of you, and the sun is shining bright in the photo you may want to mention something of the sun. Quotes are cool, but what is even better is an original idea. Try “The Sun On My Shoulders” This type of title keeps things interesting, and lets the viewer do a double take of your photograph. Creating an atmosphere of art appreciation and intrigue in the detail of what you just posted.

Another good way to develop your caption is to ask someone you trust what they see when they look at the photo, what is the first thing they think of or notice? Let’s say their answer is: “The Beautiful Sandy Beach” you could go with that alone or change it up a little; “Sand~Beach – Beautiful” Get creative and have some fun!

If the photograph exhibits something beyond descriptive, or focal words caption through an emotional context. Your photo may be black and white, with two people hugging, a great way to capture the emotion would be “A True Bond” and even better take a common word like ‘true’ and search for a less common word like ‘faithful’ or ‘sincere’ or another word for ‘bond’ like ‘promise’ or ‘pledge.’

This opens up a world of captions, doesn’t it?

Although, this is just a photo for social media, this is also probably something meaningful to you that could use a bit more attention from your viewers, right? So, putting in the extra effort is worth it and can make your feed come to life.

(I should mention; only put in as much effort as you actually want the viewers to pay attention. Do not over sell your picture if it just doesn’t warrant that kind of regard. Match your caption with how you feel about your photo, always.)

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Wellness

Making a leap into self-care, health, and wellness can seem like a huge task. I put together a list of ways to begin improving your health that are simple and easy to start right away. Once you incorporate these things into your life, you should notice mood improvements, more energy and better sleep as just a few examples. These 10 easy ways to boost your wellness is the foundation to build the rest of your health and self-care upon.

Let’s get started:

  1. Drink More Water – Let’s begin with the easiest task on the list. Drink more water, we all should know by now the benefits of water for every aspect of our health. Our brain function boosts significantly from water intake, and those headaches and migraines will also be greatly reduced. Physical activity along with energy levels are affected by a lack of water. Fatigue and other uncomfortable aches and pains in the body can all be cured with MORE WATER! Metabolism gets an extra boost when we drink more water and our skin will be hydrated, resulting in a radiating complexion!

2. Spend Time in Nature – Nature has a real positive impact on our health, believe it or not. The natural patterns and colors of nature is a proven cure of depression. Mood instantly changes when we step into nature. The sound of birds and breeze in the trees, the calming trickles of water, and the fresh air does wonders for your overall wellness. Spending time in nature is a super easy and effective way to FEEL better!

3. Eat More Fruits and Veggies – Another easy way to improve your health is to eat healthier. I’m not telling you to override your entire diet, but watch what adding in more greens and yummy fruits will do for you! The benefits of eating more fruits and Vegetables will come quickly. When we start lacking in this area of our diet, the effects can be detrimental to our overall well-being. We absolutely need the vitamins and minerals that come from fresh vegetables and it is a very poor choice not to eat them!

4. Go On a Walk, or Bike Ride – Movement, awww very effective on our health. A simple walk or bike ride will begin your foundation in feeling your best. Exercise actually boosts your energy levels and gives you a euphoric feeling. You do not have to go on a strict exercise regimen to be healthier, simply go on a walk around your neighborhood, or even better; in nature!

5. Disconnect from Social Media, TV, and Technology – Constantly checking in on social media, or being glued to the TV, is definatly not good for our wellness. It steals time away from other more important things that will improve our lives. So, make it a very clear point to spend less time on technology. Give yourself a limit like 30 mins at night, or only certain days of the week that you spend aimlessly online, or watching TV.

6. Deep Breathing – A great way to overcome feelings or stress and anxiety, whenever they rear their ugly head is to breath! Taking 10 deep breathes that you actively involve your mind and body in will calm you down and bring you back into your peace. Try this the next time you feel overwhelmed. Closing your eyes and picturing your favorite place while deep breathing is a quick and easy meditative practice that doesn’t take much effort and will leave you in a much better state of mind than trying to ignore your negative feelings.

7. Multi-Vitamin – Super simple and effective in maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit is to remember to take a multi-vitamin everyday. Otherwise you have to try to find your daily percentage of these in your diet, and a lot of times that becomes more stressful than life itself. So, adding a simple vitamin in the morning is purely beneficial for getting started on a more healthy lifestyle.

8. Sunshine and/or Vitamin D – This is a big one that many people do not pay attention to. In places where the sun doesn’t shine often enough, or we are unable to spend enough time in the sun, we see spiked levels of depression and other mental health issues. As spiritual beings, we LIVE off the energy of the sun. We spiritual beings need to remember to take Vitamin D or be under the sun.

9. Laugh More – Laughter can boost our immunity, and our energy. Laughing also reduces stress hormones like cortisol. When we find ways to laugh more, we will notice how darkness and lethargy lowers immensely. Go to a comedy show, read a joke book, or a funny book, spend time with someone who always cheers you up.

10. Affection – Last but not least, give hugs and say I love you to those closest to you. The feelings shared between yourself and others is powerful. Express your feelings! Write them a simple love note, or a thank you card. These things can make you and the ones closest to you feel good. Which is perfect for your wellness and theirs too. Excellent!

Stop Making Your Life a Choice

We can go get some food or find something to do.

We have to go get some food and then we will go to the movies.

These two sentences are the same in many ways but the only thing that is wrong is the fact that the first makes living a choice and the second makes living a pursuit.

Living shouldn’t be an option. We are not just here to think of maybe or possibly or sometime or someday. That perpetual “maybe later” or “next week” or “next month” is the slow stall of momentum. Making life a choice is a very easy way to become unmotivated.

Only when we make living a MUST is when we begin to actually live. Don’t wait until things are “perfect” or “feel right” because 9 times out of 10 they never will. There will always be something off or a feeling that doesn’t make living feel as important as you would like or dream it to be.

When life is made into an option, momentum actually gets worse. Suddenly everything feels imperfect, as if the right time will never come. Tomorrow will always seem like it has more potential. Next month will always be “better.” The simple truth is it won’t. Next month will not be a better time to start living, it really won’t. Habits become just that. If living is optional today it will continue to be optional next month, next year and the next 10 years.

Make life a MUST, and then life will continue to be a must next month, next year and the next ten years.

Stop waiting for perfection, that simply does not exist in limbo. True perfection will be found when you stop waiting for it and start actively pursuing your dreams. Life is happening right now, and is the most precious thing you could waste waiting for tomorrow.

Getting Out of $30,000 in Debt

$30,000 in debt sounds like a huge mountain to climb when you are staring at it from a distance. The one thing you don’t want to do is avoid the mountain of debt. The faster you start paying off the debt, the faster the overwhelming feeling of grief will dissipate.

So, I myself am currently in $30,000 worth of debt. Going to school and taking out loans to do that got me where I am. I also have a pretty low paying job, but I will not let it stop me!

I always thought it would be fine until I got to a point where $30,000 seemed like a gloomy dark cloud following me around, raining and sometimes pouring down on me.

So, I decided to face the cloud head on. It is so important to look at your situation and realize the positives! When I did the math I realized I can pay off all of this debt and have savings too! It will take time, but I have a ton of that!

I am going to begin by paying $250 every month towards my debt. In 10 years, I will have paid off $30,000! That seems like a long time but I am 28 years old. I think back to 10 years ago, I was 18, and really that feels like yesterday.

When I reach 38 I want to be proud of who I am. I want to have zero debt, and I want to have a significant amount of money in my savings account.

So, I am starting now!

I encourage others to start paying debt ASAP.

By making changes in spending habits, and looking at where you want to be in the future.

I know I don’t want to be 38 and still have this debt hanging over every move I make.

38 year old me wants to be proud of herself for taking the steps to freeing herself from the weight of financial strife.

I was quick to take out loans and was very irresponsible through out my twenties, which landed me in a pretty dark place.

This new found hope I have, comes with so many new questions and exciting opprotunities.

What will it be like to be debt free?

Being debt free means something different to everyone. For me, having no debt will be a new lease on life. I can spend my money on what I want in life, material goods, vacations, things I wouldn’t normally feel good doing.

This loss of feeling good about enjoying life’s pleasures has come from knowing I am broke, but I am learning to look at it through a different lens. I will be so proud and feel like I deserve vacations just for paying my off my debt and not letting it bury me!

Where can I cut back on spending?

Cutting back in different areas like food, clothes, entertainment will be a necessity. Although, I love to buy myself new cloths, or tend to rather eat out then cook a meal, I need to realize that the longer I escape the debt in front of me the longer it will be a part of my life. Cutting back on simple pleasures is so beneficial to those of us who struggle with debt.

How can I keep myself motivated to stay on track?

Make a goal sheet: after every 3, 6, 9, 12 months etc. reward yourself with those simple pleasures you have been skipping out on. Do a full day of self-love, self-care, and give into a few pleasures or spend some money on something that is important to you.

What does a good budget plan look like?

There are lots of ways of making a budget plan. You can break them down from year to month, every week even by the day. Setting aside money for regular bills, food, and gas/transportation.

Always leave yourself with some extra money for unexpected events or if you want to get something special throughout the month. Also, put money in to savings. Start small, and once you begin to get a hold of your over-spending, you can start saving more and more.

Having savings is an amazing security blanket for those of us who are already in debt, because it is a reminder that you are not only working to get out of debt, you are actually working towards your bigger goals and dreams at the same time.

I will be putting $200 in savings a month. This will add up pretty quickly and eventually I will have those dreams I always think of, and they will be real! No debt looming over me either!!

So, I am going to be cutting back significantly. Saving a lot, and paying off debts all while working towards my dreams.