New camera and things.

Creative Writing, Monthly Mood, Picture Diaries

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Hey all!

Jumping on here because 1) I’ve been pretty silent and 2) I’ve noticed that I have acquired some followers in the past couple of months!

If, you’re a new follower- Hello and welcome!

Lately, I have been brainstorming a bunch. I’m the type of person that likes to rearrange the furniture about every six months, and well, here I am – trying to figure out how to rearrange my space on the web.

I’ve been feeling quite restricted by this blog’s title and mission “plannercreative” and have been exploring the realms of illustration and photography. I am in the works of revamping my website, which will be under a completely different name. But don’t worry- planner obsessions will still be a part of it. I want to incorporate all my hobbies into a more cohesive site. So stay tuned!

For now, you can follow me on @plannercreative & @poserphotographer on Instagram.

I will be traveling to Paris soon! I’ll definitely be posting this experience on both my handles.

Hope to see you all there.

Cheers!

D.Marie

p.s. I’ve been practicing my film photography for my trip to France! Here’s a few shots from my first couple of rolls.

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Picture Story: Sunset State Beach with the DOLFY HD Camera Lens kit for iPhone

Picture Diaries

As a journal enthusiast, I am a fan of scrapbooking memories and using fun camera toys to add to my journal art. I recently went on a camping trip with some friends down in Santa Cruz and purchased the DOLFY Universal Professional Camera Lense Kit for my iPhone 7 capture the moments.

I get so wrapped up in the reviews that it takes me forever to finally decide on purchasing anything from Amazon. I guess the reason why I finally decided to buy this one was the carrying case that it comes in and also the 0.6x width of the wide angled lense, which seemed to be bigger than some of the other ones I was looking at.

So without further ado, here is what the DOLFY Universal Professional Camera Lense looks like in a very foggy beach setting followed by photos taken from my SONY HX80 that I am still trying to master.


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Fisheye

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Micro

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Fisheye

 

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Wide Angle

 

For a better look at the wide lense, here are some shots I took at work when I first opened the package:

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With the lense: notice my coworker on her computer to the left

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Without, it cuts my coworker out of the picture

DOLFY Lense Final Thoughts

I wish the wide lense was a bit wider and didn’t have the blurred out corners, but perhaps the beach wasn’t the best setting to use it on. I think a setting with more visual objects would work better- like a cityscape , as seen in my office photos. The micro lens is pretty amazing as you can tell, but you have to literally put the camera on top of the object. The fisheye lense is always fun and you can’t go wrong with that, so far my favorite one out of the three.

Redwood Forest with the SONY HX80

I am still learning all the settings on my camera, and currently playing around with the Aperture and ISO settings. This camera, although a point and shoot, has a lot of different functions. Here are the ones I’m proud of; the lighting was fairly dark but I managed to get some detail and I can proudly say #nofilter ūüėČ

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Camera Wishlist

Next on my camera list is a Holga Camera. There are a lot of different versions and I’m not sure which one to get! If you’re reading this and you have one, please do share!

Thanks for reading, D. Marie

 

Picture Story: Santa Cruz, CA

Picture Diaries

We decided to do a spontaneous trip to Santa Cruz for the 4th of July weekend.

Here is a quick list of the things we did:

The Mystery Spot – Gravitational Anomaly

**RESERVATIONS NEEDED**

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Hiking at Wilder Ranch State Park

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Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co.

I always love a good cider =)

Also a really great place to sit in the sun and hang out..

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‚̧ Next up on the traveling list: Maui, HI.

Peace Easy,

D. Marie

June 2017 Layouts

Illusions of Productivity, Picture Diaries

A little late on this one, but I’ve had a pretty busy month.

A lot of big things happened in June :

I had a performance, which always takes a lot of time and energy to prepare. But then once that performance was over, it cleared up my weeknight commitments allowing a lot of time to sit and think about my life, which can be a very overwhelming for a Virgo!

Learning how to be still is difficult .

I was apartment hunting with my boyfriend. Then I was looking for someone to fill my current apartment because – Hooray! We found a place.

There were a lot of little things in between: Friends in town, SF Pride, brunches, coffee dates, and consulting projects.

Motivation and inspiration was sparse, especially in a sudden bout of change. Here are some blogs/websites that really helped me remember my goals and focus:

https://tinybuddha.com/ РSimple Wisdom for Complex Lives

The Orange Dot РHeadspace: Meditation Made Simple

John WestenBerg on Medium РProductivity, Motivation, and Failure

What are some blogs you enjoy reading?


Alas…. my June 2017 planner layouts ‚̧

 

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Happy Planning!

-D. Marie

The Journal

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The Trip

I’ve driven through Albuquerque a few times when I was a freshman in college, I always wanted to go back to New Mexico, the skyline was always so mesmerizing…

… Luckily, my boyfriend’s brother recently moved out to Santa Fe, so it served as the perfect opportunity to take a trip to the Land of Enchantment.

Lesson Number 1: Always ask for Christmas and always get that traveler’s insurance!

We woke up late, missed our flight, didn’t have the traveler’s insurance, so the most realistic option was to rent a car and drive! Yikes! I still can’t believe we did that! We lost the first day, but I got to spend that extra EXTRA quality time with my boyfriend…needless to say, he survived. ūüėČ

There is so much to do in New Mexico, we barely scratched the surface. Unfortunately the Taos Pueblo was closed, I couldn’t snap a photo =( #sad. But that’s OK, I think there is a longer road trip across America in my future.

Now let’s talk about Christmas.

The first thing I learned in Santa Fe was how to order my food Christmas! The chili is a staple in New Mexican cuisine. When you order a burrito (for instance) they ask if you want it smothered in green chili sauce, red chili sauce, or Christmas- a combination of both. ALWAYS get Christmas, it’s like getting slapped in the face from both sides, so you feel a sense of balance. Factoid: After the chilies have been transferred into the sun to harden, the hotter the sun the spicier the chili

The food was so good, that once it was put in front of me, I didn’t even think about social media, I just shoved it all in my face! Ain’t nobody got time for photos when your eating Christmas chili rellenos! Here is a list of all the places I highly recommend:

My New Mexico Foodie List:

The ShedTHE place for brunch right in the middle of the historic plaza. This place is tucked away in little courtyard with just the right amount of sunlight and greenery. I had the blue corn burrito with “Christmas” sauce.

Tesque Village Market¬†– Direct from their website they describe themselves as “a chic general store with a hipster aesthetic”¬†It resembles an old world trading post and is located in a part of Santa Fe county that looks like a little swamp bayou town. *Disclaimer: the closest I’ve ever been to the bayou is at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride*¬†They open really early, and have the BEST baked goods. If you’re like Oprah, and you LOVE bread, then you’ll have to check this place out.

Padillas New Mexican Kitchen РThis one is located in Albuquerque. After hiking Tent Rock, we were on the hunt to find true New Mexican food, and we found the jackpot here. It is located near Midtown/University area and looks like a whole lotta nothing from the front. Once you walk in, you will notice you have walked into something special, the scene will surprise you in that classic-Albuquerque-senior citizen-mafia-type of hang out. Here they have the classic sopaipillas, a fried doughy bread that you top with honey.

Taos Brewing Co. РThere are two locations: El Prado and Taos. We went to both! Both were beautiful with a great atmosphere. Perfect for hanging outside on a beautiful day.

Sugars – This was another local tip, we would have driven right past it on our way to Taos! Sugars is named after the family dog, and is located in the middle of nowhere. Good news, they serve veggie burgers ūüėČ

Cowgirl BBQ – One of the few spots open late, with live music and family friendly atmosphere. Here I stuffed my face with the Chile Relleno, which is a local favorite. Again, Christmas.

Lesson #2: Magical washer machines and screen savers really do exist. 

Don’t believe me? Check out Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, an immersive art installation that will take you back to the wild imagination you had as a kid. If you followed my story on Instagram (@plannercreative), then you definitely saw the magic!

*See washer machine portal below*

My New Mexico Itinerary:

Day One

Hauled a$$ from San Francisco. We had dinner in Williams, AZ where they have a nice main street reminiscent of the ol’ Route 66. There were beautiful cars lined up for the perfect vintage selfie and all the old signs lit up with neon lights. Definitely somewhere I would stay if I wasn’t in a rush to get to my destination.

Day Two

Santa Fe Plaza & Meow Wolf  РThe House of Eternal Return aka magic washer machine portal.

Day Three

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos &¬†Ojo Caliente¬†Mineral Springs – Perhaps my one of my favorites. We went to the hot springs after 6pm where they offer a discounted price. Each mineral bath has different healing powers and each one looks unique pushed up against the desert mountains. I was in so much awe, I didn’t want to ruin the moment by taking pictures, I just wanted to take it all in.

Day Four

Tesque Village Market & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument – Walking through Tent Rock was unreal. I felt like I was walking through my screen saver! Absolutely breathtaking.

Day five

Travel day. But don’t worry, we took a plane this time.

It was a short but relaxing trip and such a nice contrast to my life in San Francisco. Even though we only had three full days, the pace of life made them feel long; not to mention the expansiveness of the blue sky adding to the illusion of open space and open mind. I look forward to my next visit, and I think I will actually plan to drive.


Photos Taken with the Cybershot Sony Hx80 – No Filters.

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Fin.

 

 

Creative Writing, Picture Diaries

Monthly Mood- May 2017

Monthly Mood, Picture Diaries

It’s warming up in San Francisco, and I feel like time has slipped by so fast. My back burner list keeps growing, and that one thing I thought I’d have more time for next month is now here and the case is still the same – there isn’t enough time in the day.

There are a couple of things I’ve been meaning to do for Planner Creative; I want to change the format of my site, now that I’m finding somewhat of a flow, I’m realizing I need to rearrange some things. I also have a side business with my best friend working with social media and Planner Creative has been a personal way for me to explore using certain platforms to build a brand. For me, this is my passion project, a place for me to post content that I enjoy, content that I create for myself. In doing so, I’ve been learning a lot about WordPress, SEO, analytics, and all things under the social media sun. I learn by doing, and so here we are and I thank you for joining me in my creative space as I learn and grow as a storyteller – I realize this is what I really enjoy.

My day job has been pretty stressful, and this month things are finally letting up and I have some vacations set in place that I’m really looking forward to. This month I will be traveling to New Mexico! Living in the city, it’s funny how you can get a bit of island fever, so I really look forward to expansiveness of the beautiful desert. I’m also eager to try my hand at photography out there so we can look forward to that.


 Currently Listening to: Django Gypsy Jazz 

My boyfriend and I have been studying gypsy jazz together. He plays guitar and I picked up the stand up bass again. As a classically trained musician, it’s been fun playing out of my comfort zone relying on ear and intuition instead of the music sheet.

Django Reinhardt was born in Belgium. He injured two fingers in a fire accident and adapted his technique to accommodate his loss. He is known as one of the most important jazz guitar soloist blending in swing, Roma music tradition and his unique technique that even some four-fingered guitarist can’t match.

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Currently Reading: The Living Universe

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Who are we? Are we no more than a collection of elements that are experiencing a series of chemical and neurological reactions? Is there more to ourselves than our material-biological components? If we are beings whose consciousness can extend beyond our biological bodies into the reaches of the living universe, then our physical bodies comprise only the smallest fraction of the full scope of our being…

This is a re-read. After I quit college soccer, I went through this whole existential crisis. I was no longer a “student athlete” and I was living back at home, wanting to do more than just go to school. I was so annoyed with the fact that I had to waste my time and brain space working up this system we are told we have to do in order to do what we want.

For me this book put into perspective the beauty of my existence in this massive universe.

When we gaze at the enormity of the universe, with its billions of swirling galaxies, it seems natural to conclude that we are very small. When we see a universe that extends trillions upon trillions of kilometers, it is reasonable to think we are insignificant in the cosmic scale of things. However, this commonsense view of ourselves is radically mistaken. We are not small creatures. In overall scale of the universe, we are giants!

This passage really stood out to me the first time I read this book in 2010. So much so that as I looked up at the sky the other day while waiting for the bus, I remembered this paragraph, and then I realized how I never really looked up at the sky anymore. I’ve been grinding hard, walking fast from one place to the next, forgetting about the expansiveness of my existence. So I thought I’d track down this book and find some new existential inspiration; I could really use some profound thought in my life right now to help slow me down.


Favorite workout: The Stability ball by blogger Lushious Lifts 

My goal last month was to start incorporating a morning workout routine, since I was coming up with too many excuses after work. It was also too stressful for me to go to the gym after work with the list of other things I have to squeeze in on the weeknights. Playing soccer my whole life, I often struggled with working out indoors. I would get too frustrated on the cardio machines, and just didn’t have the focus. In April I really made an effort to work past the frustrations and it’s finally paid off. Waking up early has become a lot easier especially now that I’ve built up the habit of prepping my gym bag the night before. ¬†To cure my workout boredom, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest to come up with my workout routine. One blogger I really enjoy is Karen Lushious¬†. If you go to her website, she does each pose as a boomerang so you can see the full motion of the pose, which I think is pretty clever. I’ve been addicted to this workout below.

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Looking ahead: My hopes for this month

With summer right around the corner, I have a lot of things to look forward to, and a lot of things to keep afloat as I prep myself for success. Keeping track of my daily habits as seen in last month’s layouts¬†¬†has really helped me stay on top of my game. As commitments wrap up, I look forward to having more time on my hands to create and reshape my lifestyle. Thanks for joining me on this month’s mood.

Keep it moving, and happy planning.

D. Marie

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Picture Story: San Diego, CA

Picture Diaries

Products Used:

HP Sprocket $139

Happy Planner Mini $12.99

Me and My Big Ideas Sticker Pack: $20

Sony Hx80 $340


I spent Easter weekend with the family in San Diego. It was actually supposed to be the ‘Grandparent’s weekend’ (my parents, my nephews; my aunt and uncle, and my two nieces) but I decided to crash the party.

Spending time with family completely unravels me to the core. It’s hard to go back to work after a weekend full of happiness and love pumping through my veins!

I recently purchased the HP Sprocket printer and couldn’t wait to use it for this trip. It’s really taken my planner journal to a whole new level! My planner addiction has completely gone overboard but I love it. ūüėČ

Here’s a little recap of my favorites this weekend as well as how I captured it in my planner.

Enjoy!


Favorite Discovery: Attention fellow coffee shop dwellers!

Lestat’s in North Park is open 24/7!!! One of my favorite things to do on a day off is to wake up early, and sit in a coffee shop to catch up on my favorite blogs and the news…. I was very pleased to stumble across this.

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Favorite Day: Hiking Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

This was my first day in San Diego, and as you can see the weather was beautiful. It was nice to get out of foggy, rainy San Francisco and take all this vibrant color in.

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Favorite Photo: Because the Middle Child is the Best aka Middle Child Syndrome

The three of us haven’t been together since Christmas, so it was fun just messing with each other and acting ridiculous.

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How I captured the weekend: HP Sprocket & Happy Planner Mini

This planner addiction is completely contagious and I got my sister into it last year when I bought her a Classic Happy Planner for her birthday. We both enjoy creating so it was an easy sell; but since then, we always find a way to go to Michaels to feed our crafty addiction and stock up on planner goodies. On the third day, we got our coupons ready and went shopping! I even got my nephews excited about making a memory sticker book. Living far away from them, using my printer and teaching them how to scrapbook has been a fun activity that we can keep together from a distance. I’ve already sent them a little card with some stickers to add to it <3.

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Yours Truly,

D. Marie

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Daydreaming

Creative Writing, Picture Diaries

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I remember this day. It was the best part of the whole trip. It was the moment I finally let go of all the all my preconceived notions.  Jumping on that scooter and having the ability to roam foreign territory on our own, gave me the confidence to strip away the dependencies that made me feel boxed in my own judgement. That moment was what life should be about: floating, feeling Рfree.

I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. Each day as I come home from work I can’t help but feel a bit of angst and heavy emptiness. My whole day gone, my eyes burn, and my muscles continue to get soft as I sit in front of a computer for 10 hours a day. I try really hard to maintain my work – life balance: I work out 2 – 3 times a week, I play in a classical quartet one night a week, I socialize with friends, I Netflix and chill, I live in an awesome city, I have health benefits, I have the weekends off… the blessings go on and on. But every Sunday night, as I get myself ready for the week, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. What have I done wrong along the road? I’ve always listened to my parents and my mentors. I finished school, which was a struggle and a half, I really wanted to become a traveling artist – of what, I have no clue…. I took the job that not only would accelerate my career, but one that also helps others. Everyday I think, there has to be more than this, working for the machine.

Why do we work so hard for such a small blimp in time, to come back into the grind, and forget about what truly is mine – time, my day and my night- should be spent as if I own it. Time spent should be for me. I’ve been daydreaming with my boyfriend lately, about this idea of dropping everything and working on organic farms around the world, touching the earth, learning how to survive on our own. We keep toying with the idea, and as much as I want to do it, I am completely terrified. We made a promise to keep pushing each other, the only thing stopping us is ourselves.

We have a goal set for January 2018; and I’m thinking of Portugal.