new oppHP

This is my first post.  So I thought I would make it about beginnings and getting started.  I am not by any means a great, or even a good writer.  So I hope you will find in my words simple truths, simply stated.

This photo and the words that accompany are sort of my mantra.  Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning to face the new day.  But I try to remind myself of what this says, each day in a new opportunity to do something good, to be better than I was the day before.

It is actually funny, I think, to know where the inspiration for this came from.  I was driving home from I do not remember where, and I had cheated on my diet yet again.  I told myself, oh well, tomorrow I will try again.  Every day is a new opportunity.  And so that mantra has really grown for me to mean so much more.

nothing will change

How many times have I told myself this.  Nothing will change in my life if all I do is sit in my house and watch television.  Opportunities will not come seek me out.  I can’t wish things into happening.  But I get so inert!  And so even starting this blog is one way I have of doing something different.  It has taken me months to get myself started on  this project.  Too many hours spent thinking and dreaming and hoping and praying.  But unless I get up and actually doing something that I have not done before, I can not expect the circumstances of my life to change.  So this blog is a great leap of faith.  My dream is that people will see my photography, and that they will like it, and most of all be inspired by the messages.

So if there is somebody reading this, looking at my photographs and writing, please, please leave me a comment, a critique, (but be gentle) or a suggestion as to how I can be seen!

start walking 2wm

great heightswmHP

Baby steps are better than no steps.  Even great heights are reached only one step at a time.  As we take those steps, new experiences, thoughts, ideas, challenges, trials, successes, joys will come in to view.  But you can’t see the new scenery if you remain at the same vantage point.  So small steps can get us to the highest peaks if we just keep on putting one foot in front of the other, no matter how small the step.  And when we have taken enough of those small steps, we can look and be amazed at where we have gotten to.


  1. Kate Crimmins · April 11, 2018

    Keep writing and displaying your photos and people will find you. Also comment on other blogs and people will check you out. Be patient as it takes a while.


    • anstalmi · April 12, 2018

      Thanks so much for all your advice. I just found how to reply! I am learning I guess.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. cordeliasmom2012 · April 12, 2018

    Ah, there IS a comments section! Guess I missed it on the other post. Welcome to the blogosphere, Annette!


    • anstalmi · April 12, 2018

      I am so glad you found it! I was upset that i couldn’t find it either. I spent today learning a bit about how the site works and how to maneuver it.


      • cordeliasmom2012 · April 12, 2018

        It takes awhile. My daughter, who started blogging before me, helped me. You’ll get the hang of everything soon enough.


  3. She · April 13, 2018

    Hi, found you on First Friday. Nice to meet you!

    I love how this post is brimming with your personality and ripe with fresh thought. It is true that nothing happens by wishing, but starting a blog is a wonderful thing. You will find the community here very supportive. I have made some wonderful friends, and I am sure you will too. The key is to be active and you will find some incredible like-minded people. I had a digital food fight earlier. Ahem…

    Lovely post, like your style. Beautiful pics, did you take them yourself? 🙂


    • anstalmi · April 13, 2018

      Thank you so much for your lovely words. Yes, all the pics are mine and the writing are all my thoughts. I am finding that this feels like a warm welcoming community and I am enjoying “meeting” people. I will have to go see your blog!

      Liked by 1 person

      • She · April 14, 2018

        It was my pleasure! It is always especially nice when the pictures belong to the writer too. Adds some more insight to the topic or the person.

        Thank you, I would be very grateful if you would like to check out my blog. Leave a like of comment if you wish, and if it strikes you and you hit ‘follow’, then you will make my day!


  4. pensitivity101 · April 21, 2018

    The above comments say it all Annette. Lovely pictures by the way.


  5. Barclay and Joy · May 10, 2018

    Hi Annette, What a pleasure reading this post! Your writing is honest and accessible! And the photographs are amazing! Please continue your thoughtful
    reflections — just a pleasure to read! Barclay ( and


    • anstalmi · May 10, 2018

      I can not express to you how much your comment means to me. I always go through so much self doubt so your tremendous encouragement truly helps me to keep going! Thank you so very much.


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