Callie C [moonpoppy]
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I only really became interested in photography about 15 months ago; my beloved is mad about photography (particularly wildlife) and I trotted off to a retreat in the UK with a Panasonic Lumix so that I could take some shots of where I was staying, to show him when I returned home.
I was amazed at what I discovered - that even I could take some pretty spectacular shots with a small digital camera. Now I drive everyone crazy, am always with camera-in-hand!
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Just dive straight in ... everyone can blog, it's so simple! Blogger and Wordpress are very easy to set up, have a lovely range of templates - there really is no excuse!
Something in which you are completely incompetent.
Knitting and crocheting - these things totally defeat me. I've tried and tried and tried ...!
A word or expression that you love.
Cherish. To treasure, to show the greatest affection and care for ... we should cherish our Selves, as well as our beloveds
Which animal do you prefer for company?
I prefer horses and rabbits for company
Who have been the key people along your professional path; people who have believed in you and given you opportunities?
I have been very blessed to meet some amazing people on my professional path ... the ones which spring to my mind immediately are:
Esther: a wonderful, generous, spirited lady who encouraged me to spread my wings and venture into the world of HR
Alison: my HR boss - she gave me a chance and believed in me; I only wish I had fully understood just how supportive she was while I worked with her. It's only now with hindsight that I realise the true value of her gifts ...
Bill: the best boss in the world and he always, without fail, stood beside me and encouraged me to develop my skills. I miss working with such a funny, talented and terrifically clever man but am truly grateful for his ongoing support
Tahlecion: the most amazing massage tutor and she taught me so much, not just at an academic level but how I aspired to be a practitioner. I am eternally grateful for her dedication and compassion - and for showing me the beauty of lovingkindness meditation practices!
Claire: a very dear friend and always the voice of reason: non-judgmental and takes no hostages, I know I can't pull the wool over her eyes!
Anne: again, another very dear friend who is ever-supportive and is an amazing light in my life, who knows instinctively when I need a gentle nudge out of my comfort zone: www.annejones.org
Lynn: a truly inspirational figure in my life, who really "gets" me even when I'm feeling fluffy around the edges; empowering and a constant whirl of energy with a level of savvy-ness I aspire to achieve: www.lynnserafinn.com
My beloved: last but not least, my dearest beloved. He doesn't pretend to understand me but loves and supports me nevertheless; when the going gets tough, his belief and trust keeps pushing me forward. I am truly blessed.