April 16, 2011
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Selfie Saturday: Magic Tricks and Lies
I can just hear my sister now…”you’re weird.” Well, in all fairness, Elena’s Selfie Saturday prompt this week was “magic tricks.” Perhaps I took her prompt a little too literally…or rather, I pulled a “rabbit out of the hat.” But, in the spirit of Easter, I thought it might be fun to transition myself into an Easter Bunny. Again, my sister chimes in…”you’re weird.” Now that I think about it, maybe she’s right…this is NOT how I remembered Easter at all, but I hope you’ll see the humor in it.
Were Rabbit

On another note, I wanted to share an image that I submitted earlier this month to the ACoLab. In honor of April Fool’s Day, the prompt was lies. 
Computer Lies - BW-RS
I actually was inspired by an article I read on “The Twitching Organization” (found in the March edition of Chief Learning Officer). The article suggests that this “always on, always reachable” attitude in organizations and in life has had devastating effects on work/life balance, productivity…and I would say overall mental health. 

Our tendency to get distracted is human nature – the interruptions of emails, phone calls, pop-up windows, YouTube videos, etc releases dopamine into our brain and we become consumed by what is on screen for hours. As a result, our families, jobs and homes suffer the consequences. 

We often think that this kind of “multi-tasking” makes us more effective (I know I’ve certainly used that excuse), but the truth is that it’s a lie. According to this article, multi-taskers actually take longer to complete assignments and are less effective at judging problems as they are presented. So, how do we deal? 
  1. We start by being honest with ourselves and others – I always say, have someone else hold you accountable. It could be your kids, spouse, friend or coworker. You cannot be your own accountability partner.
  2. Set rules for yourself, but be careful to set hard and fast rules. We’ve all seen people (and maybe you’re this type of person) that puts themself through a cleansing cycle…they delete people out of their email contacts, delete Facebook friends, clean out their blog reader, etc and then later realize that they might have hit an extreme. It may be that you allocate 30-45 minutes of blogging (as an example) and use a timer to judge that time. Put away your i-phone/blackberry/cell phone/i-pad/computer during family time…or at least during meal times, events, etc. And it’s not the end of the world if you go away on vacation and can’t read all the blogs you missed while you were away – I’m a frequent user of the “mark all as read” function.  I made a decision several years ago not to take work home with me. I’ve now got to do a better job of not letting blogging take over my real life (yes, believe it or not, there is a difference). 
  3. Get back to basics…analog? You don’t have to let technology consume you. Half the reason I use a day planner is so I can keep track of life with pen and paper rather than solely relying on my computer or phone. It’s okay to be disconnected – in fact, I encourage it.
With that said, yes – I am still out of town (and hopefully I still have a voice – as I write this, I sound like “Truck Driver Sally” – my alter-ego). I honestly had no plans to get all philosophical today…but it was on my mind. I feel myself moving into a new direction regarding my self portrait work (you’ll see more of that direction in tomorrow’s Scavenger Hunt) and my photography in general. I guess I am getting a little more reflective…a little deeper. I can tell you this much, God is at work and I can’t wait to see where it’ll go.

Have a great weekend and be sure to check out the other ACoLab entries. I’ll see you tomorrow for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.


    ha! that first shot is classic!

    the second one definitely tells the story of disbelief!

    great tips!

    too funny! love that first one!! i need to link up!

    That rabbit one is hilarious! Ha ha!

    Love the bunny photo! And your advice is wonderful. I’ve been contemplating this for a while now, which is why I’ve been spending less time on-line and more time with my kids lately. They will only be young once and I don’t want to regret missing them growing up because I was on the computer too much.

    Love the bunny ears and nose!

    I must you have definitely hit on something that is constantly on my mind lately. I feel like I use my computer as an “escape” to another life. I’m a stay at home mom and just need a break from my everyday life (insert computer/Iphone here). I agree that there needs to be a specific measure of time allocated toward that during the day. I think I’m going to take a timer out and give it a try. As wonderful as technology is…it seems to take over my life at times.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your voice returns.

    The bunny shot is great, and your words are so true! Enjoy the rest of your trip and drink some hot tea for that throat!

    I never would have thought to do that kind of photo manipulation. Looks great! As usual, you nailed it!

    WOW!!! That is SO COOOOOOOL!!! :) Love the bunny picture!!

    And you are so right about unplugging once in a while. :)

    Ashley – First off, you look DARLING in ears! Love your magic trick shot – so cool :D And I can’t agree more about the internet getting completely consuming. It is easy to get sucked in. I fall victim to it often, but have tried to take a step back and refocus my energy. It is hard to find the right balance. Blogging is something that I truely enjoy, but I don’t like that, at times, it does interfere with my family time. Everything in moderation – is always my motto! Have a great weekend Lady!

    Both of those photos are great! Nice work!

    It is insane how much energy we put into to staying connected. I can’t believe how many people I see on their phones when I am out and about or even at a restaurant. I am guilty of it too. There is also something freeing about being disconnected.

    Hmm… if I’m being totally honest – that bunny photo really creeps me out! Ha ha. BUT it was very creative. :)
    Love the 2nd shot of you, and I agree with that idea that multi-tasking some sometimes actually make you less efficient.

    You do such a wonderful job with your selfies! You are just so comfortable in front of the camera, I love it!

    you are soo creative!! I love the first shot – and of course you post at the bottom about honesty is right on!

    Really neat shots. Love that second one.

    I don’t think it’s possible for me to love you anymore. Your blog is just a sunny spot in all my days. The perfect blend of funny, faith, honestly, and inspiration. xoxoxo

    LOL! Wow! That magic trick image is AMAZING and AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I’m totally impressed! So cool! And love your “lies” shot!

    First shot is brilliant! loved the way u converted yourself into a BUNNY!!!

    The “Easter bunny” shot is interesting, if a bit bizarre, but I like the lighting in the second shot.

    It’s so nice to hear someone talk about healthy boundaries and multitasking in life. I know in pretty much every “this is how to sell yourself on your resume or in an interview” session I’ve been to, they’ve sung the praises of multitasking. I’m slowly coming to realize that it’s better to try your best to prioritize what you need to do and focusing on that singular task for a while instead of trying to do everything at once.

    There both awesome… but, that first one has a special place in my heart… :)

    brilliant shots, love to see you out of your comfort zone!

    I love both of these shots! And great post too.

    LOL Ashley – you blended that bunny rabbit perfectly for your selfie.

    I’ve given up on much of the multi tasking – I found that my mind was so full of things to do that my memory couldn’t cope with it all.

    That first pic is too much, Wallace! Gotta show it to Sam…

    Oh MY!! that is a magic trick indeed!

    I adore the composition, simple lighting, and stark contrast in your ACoLab shot. Wonderful job on that one!

    I hadn’t even looked to see what the Elena’s theme was this week. Fun, fun, fun… now my head is spinning with ideas. :)

    And right on, sister, about online stuff stealing our lives away. My lack of blogging lately has been a direct result of that too.

    Ha! Love all your interpretations, that’s such a huge part of your talent! Both are fantastic shots :)

    Loving your bunny selfie!!! That needs to be a Facebook profile picture!

    So true…im going through a balance stage myself. Family is number one and creative pursuits take time but should be enjoyable so rather than stress about not getting everything I want to get done done it’s good to reflect on priorities. Alas it does take a toll on blogging ;)
    Thanks for the shout-out…always love to see what you come up with! When things settle I am up for another collab!
    Hope you are having a great time

    you make a fabulous bunny ~ that’s great

    haha you are too good with photoshop! you make being a half bunny look good! :)

    Oh my gosh….that first shot is HILARIOUS!

    The bunny shot is hilarious!! But, I really really love the second one. It rocks.

    And you’re totally right about multi-tasking… I’ve been trying to step away from the online world more, and getting more involved with my real one. :)

    Wonderful shots… But the bunny one is almost a little creepy. Lol. It looks too real. Good job.

    And I love your deep words. I love turning off the technology and stepping away from the computer. It needs to happen.

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    You make such a cute bunny!

    That bunny is amazing! haha. I love it. The 2nd shot is beautiful! xo

    That is bunny shot is truly original Ashley. Really, really nice job! I am looking forward to seeing where you are headed as you turn a little more introspective.

    LOL! I’m impressed that you took the time and effort to put this together. Well done! :)

    Those are both really great! I love the bunny shot! Maybe you could show us how to do that in s&e one week? Maybe closer to the end of the year since I am sure it is pretty hard to do!

    LOL – I love the bunny shot!

    Good thoughts about multi-tasking actually being counterproductive. I could really use a few of those tipes!

    Fun first photo. And yet a thought provoking post. Well said.

    Ha ha! Love that first photo. Great post. Really makes me think. Makes me feel okay that I have taken a step back. :D

    It came out FANTASTIC! You are so creative & work some serious magic with the editing – never cease to amaze me.

    The weirdness is completely awesome. Well, done! Great point you make about life balance – I think most of us need to work on that!

    Hahahah! Ashley, the bunny! So cute! I love your lower lip! Almost looks like you’re pouting!

    And the other selfie is seriously cool and real! love that kind of stuff

    I’m not sure how I missed this, but I love Ashley the Werebunny :) My kids love Wallace and Grommet the Curse of the Were-Rabbit…so I’ll have to show them this!

    LOL at that first shot! haha you are weird ;) I’m j/k ! You know this… but great job and your second shot is so dramatic, nice shot!