A Brave Goodbye – To New Adventures

Dear lovely, supportive, and loyal Red Heroes,

I am nearly in tears whilst saying this, but it must be done. I have had a foreboding feeling for awhile now, one that I have been able to suppress, but I can no longer push it down. Red Hero Inspiration has been such an ambitious, integrated part of my life for the past 3 and a half years, which is what makes it so hard to do this, but I must.

I am officially retiring The Red Hero Inspiration. I feel that I have lost the original direction for this blog, as I have grown from the girl I was when I started this to the young woman I am now. I am nearly an entirely different person. I have shed new skin, and, unfortunately, I was not lucky enough to have been able to mold Red Hero along with my growth.

This, however, does not mean that it is the end. I will continue to upkeep A Whimsical Ghost, as I am never far from writing a poem. Nor does it assume that I will never again start a blog. It only means that, in this time of my life, I am not at a current place where I feel a blog is wanted as a part of my life. Red Hero Inspiration was an outlet for me that was not granted to me at that time of my life, but, luckily, I have found an outlet that is permanent.

This also does not mean that my It list will be set aside on a shelf, but quite the contrary. As of right now, my It list is evolving and shedding a new skin, too. As I had started Red Hero Inspiration with my It list, I feel it is only right to end it with such.

THE IT LIST

Acquiring an SLR
Acquiring a Polaroid
Finishing ‘The Notebook Theme’
Writing a novel
Seeing Paris in the Spring
Acquiring an old-fashion typewriter
Watching all of Judy Garland’s films
Singing in front of a group
Not speaking one word for a whole day
Learning Spanish, Italian, and French
Riding a Moped
Riding a horse with no saddle
Reading Kon Tiki
Creating my own personal library
Filling out a journal
Reading the Bible cover to cover
Reading Pilgrim’s Progress
Capturing love in a photograph
Getting a job
Moving out
Spending a day at the Hawthorne District
Spending a day at the Saturday Market
Tattooing my side with meaning
Riding the bus
Finishing a jawbreaker
Reading 20 books written about Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading “She Said Yes”
Watching the greatest movies filmed in 1939 and reading each film’s book
Watching all Alfred Hitchcock movies
Doing a 365 project
Acquiring a DSLR
Finishing “A Collection of Thoughts”
Seeing the Bodies exhibit
Taking care of a Bonsai tree
Publishing my Poetry as a book
Meeting a Person for Each Birthday of a Year
Opening my Own Gallery of my Best Work in Photography
Taking Art Classes to learn the technical side of Painting and Drawing
Reading at least one book of all the author’s on the big painting in Barnes and Noble cafes
Creating a Heart shape with Polaroid photography I take
Reading all of Shakespeare & watching one movie for each
Spending a day at Ikea with my love
Watching all of Jane Seymour and Charlton Heston‘s movies
Seeing both of the homes I grew up in years from now
Having Kevin teach me how to use chopsticks
Completing the Marilyn Monroe mosaic puzzle
Filling a jar full of origami stars for each wish or prayer
Learning each of my heritage’s language
Attending a Midnight premiere
Being at Time Square, New York on New Year’s Eve
Being at the Beach when it Snows
Reading every book on the BBC 100 book list
Not adding 1 item until 7 are crossed off
Having a Pen Pal from a different country
Listing at least 3 things I am thankful for each day for a year
Visiting Claude Monet’s house
Throwing a message in a bottle to the sea
Playing tictactoe in the sand on the beach
Throwing a dart at a map of the world and going where it lands
Riding an elephant
Visiting South and North Carolina
Finding the old truck in the article my grandmother gave to me and taking a photo of it
Participating in Relay for Life
Eating breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York
Reading (at least) 1 book in a different language
Visiting my great grandmother and great grandfather’s graves
Creating a 50-line poem with a photo associated to each line
Creating a daisy chain
Sending a post script to Postsecret
Writing a poem in another language
Being a part of the Holi Festival
Reading 20 books about Ghandi
Reading all of the books on the wall at 5th and Hall

I am going to miss this blog dearly. I have learned so much through reflection by looking through these old posts, and it truly is amazing to see the difference something seemingly unimportant can make in someone’s life.

To new adventures. I love you all.

Sincerely and most heartbreakingly,

Red

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Origami (:

I am so ecstatic!, darlings! For over a year I have searched high and low for an origami set that teaches you how to make origami stars so I can start filling a jar with them. Well, just a few days ago, Fiance and I were at Barnes and Noble (where else would we be?) Lo and behold: I found a whole kit revolving COMPLETELY around origami stars! I was so ecstatic! I mean, seriously, I thought at best I’d find a kit with one tutorial and the rest filled with cranes and butterflies, but a whole kit? I fell in love. And thanks to my good friend, Leila, I was able to purchase that and some pretty paper to go along with it. 

What a beautiful thing. On top of that, today I am starting my art class, which is part 1 of another It list item. It seems like it’s going to be a beautiful class, so I am stoked for it. It’s lovely so far.

Off to class, dears. Love to you all; you all inspire me.

The Many Faces – Post Six-Hundred-Twenty-Seven

Well, the photo shoot this past Saturday was phenomenal. I’ve missed working with this girl so much. She is so wonderful. She will be helping me with my 50-line project, too, which will be wondrous.
Later on I will post the full photos from the photo shoot. You can also go to my Facebook page Downtown Amoreux Photography to see the full album by the end of this week. The session is titled “The Many Faces.” 

All copyright belongs to Downtown Amoreux Photography.

Polaroid (Love) – Post Six-Hundred-Twenty-Five

So, for a few weeks (okay, maybe a month or two..) I’ve been fretting about the announcement of Picnik’s closure. I use Picnik as my editing software for all of my photos (sheepish grin..) so for them to be closing down, especially when I don’t have the money for Paint Shop Pro or the patience to attempt to use Gimp again or the RAM capacity on my little friend here (big breath), it was a bit disconcerting for awhile.
Today I took the time to look into other programs. Much to my chagrin, I found none. Upon discovering that I was most likely doomed, I searched for the reasons as to why Google is shutting down Picnik. There has to be a logical reason, right? Yes, that is right!
I found that they’re shutting them down so they can use (most) of the wondrous settings of Picnik to bring people to Google +. I know that sounds really sharky (if that even makes sense,) but I think it’s a smart business move, and I’m not going to complain when most of the tools I use are still available to me.

So, fellow Picnik lovers, do not fear! Most of their awesome features (even a lot of their premium ones) are on Google +! They could also still be adding, seeing how it’s only March 16th, and they have until April 19th.

I must add, though, that I dearly love their new Polaroid feature..

Au revoir,

Gigi 

We Wish You a Happy Christmas – Post Six-Hundred-Four

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Oh, dears. It’s been 9 days since my last post. I’m a terrible blogger. Things have been so busy, but I’m in love with every moment of it.
First off, my mum came to visit last week to help take care of my sick aunt. My mum is such a beautiful person. She worked so hard to get things done to make it easier for not only my aunt, but also my grandparents who have been working incessantly to help my aunt with everything going on.

Secondly, Christmas shopping has been a blast of positively joyous moments and hair-pulling screamers. Money is tight, but it’s our (and my) first Christmas where we can buy loved ones gifts, so we’ve done our best with what we have. Isn’t that what my Carrie taught me? (:
I have my first Christmas tree, too. It’s a beautiful white one, with red and gold ornaments. T and I went shopping for presents and decided to surprise Chris (who was sick) with a little Christmas tree. We saved the best part just for him. (:

Everything has been so wonderful, stressful, and amazing. I’ve been helping out at a medical staffing agency by doing a working interview. So far, so wonderful. I really enjoy it, and the people I’ve been working with. I worked last Thursday and Friday, and they’ve asked me to come back for the whole of this week. My fingers are crossed and prayers are whispered that this is the one. It seems too perfect not to be.

Along with all this wondrous news: I believe the best moment of this week thus far is when Chris surprised me with coffee and lunch today. We haven’t had any money for anything extra lately, so when we had a few dollars extra, he treated me to a peppermint mocha from Starbucks. (: I love the little things. They mean the most.

Au revoir,

Gigi

This is Bliss – Post Five-Hundred-Ninety-Eight

Intrinsic charm,
Intensive hope,
The colors of change,
The sweet sound of longing,
Where shadows grow longer,
And lovers come closer,
This is bliss, my dear.

Such a rare feat,
Such beauty, uncommon and fleeting.
Don’t blink, I beg of you,& breathe.

Breathe little darling,
Make it count this time.

I want to feel the sound of your life. 

Au revoir,

Gigi

Oh, Love (It Must Be) – Post Five-Hundred-Ninety-Five

Oh, love.

I won’t be posting anything on the blog for the next 2 days, for it is our anniversary, and he’s got some special things planned. (:
I shall definitely be taking photos.
Also, on Friday, I may be going to the Portland Japanese Garden.
Let’s hope they allow photos to be taken.. (:
Fingers crossed.

Have a lovely next couple of days, darlings.

Au revoir,

Gigi

P.S. This is a photo I took at another time. Enjoy (: