It's quite a coincidence that with the world "at sixes and sevens" and so many of us now required to spend seven days a week at home, this month's photo blogging challenge theme is seven.
According to a song from the 1966 hit musical Cabaret, money makes the world go 'round. While not scientifically accurate, money does affect our daily lives like few other things. It's one of the most challenging topics of conversation and can really put a strain on relationships. We work for money. We exchange it for food, housing, transportation, clothing, taxes, utilities, insurance and more. We try to save some for retirement. We may to get creative in the kitchen or when shopping, to make sure money out doesn't exceed money in. This post doesn't include any genius tips for balancing your budget; instead, I applied imagination to photograph money in a few ways that aren't strictly representational.
New year, new decade(?) and new adventures all come together in this month's installment of the Photo Blogging Challenge. Between New Year's Eve fireworks, checking out the Banff/Lake Louise Snow Days, a visit to Contemporary Calgary's new home, a vacation including new-to-us National and State parks and other activities, there were plenty of photos to choose from.
There's so much jingle-jangle during the holiday season: Salvation Army Santa's at donation boxes, Christmas music streaming from the speakers in every store, the tiny bells attached to my holiday socks, and my nerves after a long-day of shopping or too much holiday hostessing! No wonder PBC host PJ assigned Jingle All the Way for this month's theme. 🙂
What we eat can trigger a sense of enjoyment, indulgence, guilt, satisfaction or some other feeling. We often cook as a way of caring. We eat "comfort" foods and share meals with family and friends to foster a sense of connectedness. When we're stressed, angry, sad, lonely or bored, our emotions can trigger "bad" eating. Fundamentally, our food choices are about nourishing our bodies, minds and relationships. But they're complicated by a lifetime of food-related memories, pressure to "eat right for the environment," and fear of being judged for our food choices - often silently and without taking into consideration budget and time constraints.