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Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pure Michigan, Elmira

Look out tower, Lake Michigan

I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this park would be on it.

I captured this stunning scenery at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Elmira, Michigan. Stationed atop in the sand, with camera in hand, looking over the edge of the dunes. The vastness of Lake Michigan, and the seemingly endless cliff of sand, made me feel very small. The sky was painted with beautiful clouds, but the wind was picking up speed. To our dismay, the sprinkles from a partly cloudy day quickly turned to a down pour. Ahhhh, Pure Michigan!

Do you have a favorite place to vacation in Michigan?

Thanks for stopping by, you are truly awesome!

~Tresa

This post was inspired by The Daily Post/Atop

Photos by Meyer Clark Studio 2017

 

 

Resilience

As the new year sets in, some of us are struggling. I can’t help but think about those I know who are dealing with a loss or a crisis, and how emotionally draining it can be.
After suffering from a few crises in my life, I have become more resilient. I’d like to share a story or two, but can’t, so I will only say, the path to resilience is obtainable.

I would like to share a few ideas:

• Being optimistic and expect the good things. Visualize what you want, instead of worrying about what your fears are, will help build resilience.

• Trusting your instincts in your ability to solve problems builds confidence and resilience

Another way to think about it is this quote by Bruce Lee.

Resilience, tresa meyer clark, optimistic

Thanks for stopping by and sharing!
~Tresa

Inspired by the The Daily Post on WordPress.

Goals and Sunsets

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Photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark on Etsy

2016 was a very busy year for us. I worked at my day job, and attended classes for Event Planning, Design and Decor in the evenings. It was a fabulous experience. One evening, a guest speaker demonstrated her positive energy with a Powerpoint presentation, and shared this: Create an imagine/inspiration board to help achieve your goals. My take-away was, I need to get very organized in order to use my new skills in combination with graphic design.

Reflecting
This year I’ve photographed and posted my favorite subjects: boats and sunset reflections on the water, especially mirror images. My book of passwords has grown with more photos to post, and design competitions to enter. I find myself writing, yet another updated profile or an artist statement about my digital artwork, and what inspires me.

In 2017, I would like to build my portfolio with new digital art and experiment more with painting. My goal is to impart a consistent body of work. My focus will be to create graphics for special events, and design inspiring motifs/patterns for home goods, stationery, wall art and more.

So back to that revised profile.

About Tresa Meyer-Clark
Having a family who encourages my artistic abilities is a blessing. Growing up in Michigan and working as a graphic designer will always have the most influence on my artwork. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in graphic design and ceramics. I am a student of life, and the nature around me is my muse. I also love turtle sundaes with raspberry sauce!

As another year has flown by! I look forward to reading your posts on WordPress, making the next new year even better! Feel free to share!

~Tresa

This post was inspired by goals, and my friends at: The Daily Post.

Edgy Pure Michigan

We visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan twice in August. The first time was on a rainy day, and the second, in the evening for the sunset. I wanted to capture the vastness of the landscape in a photo. I felt very anxious about going down an enormous sand dune because I couldn’t see the pathway, only the edge. It was a crazy thought to venture all the way to the bottom. There were people there, at the bottom, on the shoreline. The edge was the main feature in all my photos, and the people were too far away to photograph with my iPhone. 

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sleeping bear sand dunes


Thanks for stopping by, you are awesome! 
~Tresa

This photo is inspired by the wondrous Lake Michigan and The Daily Post.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/

Nature’s Frame

Michigan beaches, the dunes

national park, Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes

My husband stands between the trees, and makes a perfect photo opportunity for me, as my eyes are drawn to a natural frame in the landscape. We are at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline Park in Elmira, Michigan. Of course I had to make sure a sunset photo was planned as part of the trip here. The wind and the reflections on Lake Michigan were exhilarating and breathtaking!

With over public 100,000 votes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America.

 

Thanks for sharing and stopping by!
~Tresa

 

Photography by Tresa Meyer-Clark. This post was inspired by The Daily Post. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/

A Fun Thank You

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~~~A FUN thank you card is inspired by my garden.

We’ve been really busy lately, so a quiet morning with time to write my thoughts down and do a 30 minute cardio is good. We’ve been working on selling our house, fixing another, helping my parents, and enjoying boating on Lake Michigan. The busier we are, the more I organize my time to meet my goals. I’m always learning and challenging my creative skills. I’m designing a logo for my dad and a bridal shower invite for my step daughter. Volunteering to help with floral design and setup for local event planning companies has been a blessing this Summer in providing me with new friends and contacts. All of this I am very grateful for, and thank God for my skills every day. When I have time to just sit and think about everything, a hand written note would be perfect to send to those who I appreciate. It would be easy to just send a text, but to do the unexpected is more fun, even though it may seem old-fashioned. I made this card with flowers from my backyard and created the handcrafted note. To make the letter “R” look good was fun, with a little patience and time management! I really liked the yellow and red colors on the wood table. I’ll write a note on the back to Rupali from Utsav Planners and share more about my Summer in an up coming post.

What do you think of my card?

Thanks for stopping by!
~Tresa

More fun topics?
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/

Sunrise in Petoskey

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Petoskey, Michigan by Tresa Meyer-Clark

 

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There is not enough time in a day, a month or a year
to appreciate everything around us. 

This post was inspired by the Daily Post.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/look-up/

Photography by
Meyer Clark Studio © 2016

A Treasured Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is the Bible verse that we all know well.
This is a beautiful sample of the prayer in German on a wax form. My Oma gave it to me. Today, it is one of my treasured items along with many things
that make me smile and help me remember her.

the lords prayer

 

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Mathew 6:9-13
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

embroidered handkerchief

My Oma, German for Grandma, always appreciated beautiful things like this embroidered
handkerchief. I wonder if she ever really used it. She probably just admired it, as I do.

What do you hold near and dear, and does it inspire you to write or photograph it?

Thank you for stopping by! Comments welcome.

Happy Easter, and God Bless.

~~Tresa

This post was inspired by The Daily Post  photo challenge “Half Light” and Blogging University on WordPress.

Rosie Outlook

 

Being optimistic is not always easy.
Staying positive is not always a matter of focus. Training my brain as an artist to see things in a different light, rearranged, contrast from dark to light, and opposites, can have a healing effect. Immersing myself into my garden around the bees and weeds is important to me, and can be very therapeutic as well.

Rose Quartz rock

Rose Quartz promises to bring love.

While planting mint for tea drinking, I was surprised to find three rose quartz stones in my garden on two separate occasions! I’m sure whoever planted them was an optimist about finding love!

I’m certain it helped me too.

Challenging my design skills keeps me positive.
Recently, Pantonethe global authority on color, announced the colors for 2016; Rose Quartz and Serene Blue. Inspired by this color combination and our Michigan sunsets, I gathered up my beads and coordinated rose quartz with blue gemstones. This necklace is a new listing in my Etsy shop. According to common gemstone lore, rose quartz crystals can provide help in keeping a positive outlook, help with insomnia, and has a balancing effect on emotions. It is also the alternative to the garnet for January birthstones.

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rose quartz and serene blue gemstone jewelry

Jewelry Design by Meyer Clark Creative

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Being optimistic can be life-changing.
Positive thinking keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. According to successconsciousness.com —how-to-be-optimistic—It helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing! Yes, sharing is positive! Tweet Tweet!

~~Tresa

Today’s journal was in response to The Daily Post’s photo-challenge, Optimistic.