Letter to my Mom

The Write Project

Dear Ma,

Yesterday I saw a writing prompt (which is a suggestion to help people come up with something to write) at The Daily Post website that says,

“Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.”

Immediately I thought of one thing: I disrespected my mother. 

Maybe over the course of my life I have committed this sin many times, but one incident stands out: I am very sure you will never forget, as I won’t, the time I yelled and glared as I interrogated you on a story you had told me about an accident you’d had — a story I found implausible and in need of a cross-examination. I’m so sorry for bringing it up now, I know it’s a painful memory.

It was such a shameful, dishonorable thing that I did! To say I was rude would be a huge understatement; I was unloving, disrespectful…

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The Nomadic Life

The Nomadic Life


In response to The Daily Post prompt, the early years, page three

My early years were defined by a series of moves. We moved province to province, city to country and back again. We moved within the same city many times too. Like Goldilocks and the three bears we seemed always searching for “just right.”

A move for me was a grand adventure chock full of possibilities. There were new friends, a new bedroom, and a new school, complete with teachers and students to show my treasures during show and tell. There were moves that were sad too, a craft project left behind and Valentine cards lost in transit and never opened. I’ve dreamed many times of finding that too large heart stuffed with cards addressed to me and relishing in the stilted words and corny sentiments from long ago.

Through necessity, I learned to fake confidence. A skill that…

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The Principles of Design: Iteration and Feedback

The Principles of Design: Iteration and Feedback

The Daily Post

Hi bloggers! My name’s Kjell Reigstad, and I’m a designer at Automattic. This is part three in my monthly series on “The Principles of Design.” In this series, I share some of the basic tenets of design, and we explore how to apply them to your blog.

Previous installments:
Visual Hierarchy
Color Harmony

In college, the majority of my design classes centered around critiques, or as we called them, crits. At the beginning of each class, we’d pin our work up on the wall. Then the entire class would walk around the room as a group, providing feedback on each other’s designs. At the end of class, we’d take our work down, and spend the next week refining based on the feedback we’d received. Then we’d start the process over again during the next class.

Participating in hundreds of crits was invaluable to my design education. Though crits are a…

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a Photographer

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a Photographer

The Daily Post

There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony.

Impostor syndrome is the pervasive feeling that you’re faking your way through success, and that your achievements are attributable only to good luck. There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony. That you’re really not as really good as you’ve cleverly convinced people that you are. That you’re a fraud.

In today’s post, I’ve decided to focus on impostor syndrome in the photography community, but everything herein can be easily extrapolated onto any professional field or any creative pursuit. I’ve collected some thoughts from a few of the I Heart FacesCreative Team; Amandalynn Jones and Julie Rivera, as well as Texas photographer Karyn Kelbaugh

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