Hannah Nielsen » Documentary Family Photographer Seattle Portland and Worldwide

Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in

At the end of last year I was completely overloaded.  I had holiday shoots piling up, parties and events to attend, was blogging weekly for another blog, working three days a week,  and I was way behind on all of the holiday goodness I am normally too excited to wait to get done.  I loved shooting, writing, networking, working, buying gifts, baking cookies, and so on, but there was a lack of balance.  You can’t give all the time.  Sometimes you need to recharge and replenish.  It is particularly hard to be creative when you’re running on zero, and creativity is where some of my greatest joy comes from.  So this year I’ve been working hard on creating a balance between input and output in my life.   You get a glimpse of my output in every blog post: writing, images, what I’m working on.  So on Fridays, I will share some of my inputs!  Books, blogs, movies, whatever it is that I’m taking in that week, I’ll share with you.


I really liked books.

I’ve always been an avid reader, but life gets in the way…But, happily, since I got my Kindle I’ve been on a bit of a book binge…that one-click to buy feature is becoming a problem.  Normally I don’t ever read more than one or two books at a time, but I’m a little out of control at the moment.

Imagine: How Creativity Works Umm awesome! There will be a whole post about this book coming soon.  Basically it talks about the science of creativity and the right side of the brain. Sounds totally uninteresting to a creative person, I know, but it also incorporates stories about famous creatives.  Currently, I’m reading about Bob Dylan.  It is SO interesting! I recommend it.

Lead Without Followers: How to Save Our World by Radically Redefining the Meaning of Leadership by the amazing Dave Ursillo.  Read it. Seriously.  (And if you’re an Amazon Prime member it’s free right now!)

So I started a book club and we chose to read the slightly depressing, slightly disturbing, slightly unnerving, but completely riveting We Need to Talk About Kevin.  It is written from the perspective of the mother of a boy involved in a school shooting.  I’m only a third of the way through and although I’m a little bit annoyed by the way the narrator speaks, I can’t seem to put it down.

And just for fun…Pandemonium which is the 2nd book in a series by Lauren Oliver…it’s a dystopian society kind of thing like the Hunger Games (which I know you’ve all read, but if you haven’t, DO IT!!!) and it sucked me right in.  I was so mad when I found out the 3rd one isn’t out yet.  I think technically it’s a young adult novel but whatever. I’m a young adult, right?

And just for fun…I’ve been completely mesmerized by the song “Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone.



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