When you write a blog you take pictures.

When you take pictures, you don’t just take a few.

You take thousands and hundreds and dozens and tens of pictures.

Pictures that never ever get their day in the sun.

Sometimes it’s because the post isn’t used.   Sometimes it’s because the angle is wrong or the lighting isn’t right or it looks like another picture you just took of something else.  I was searching for pictures for a project and found picture after picture that I never used.

I felt a little sorry for them.

So today is their day.  Today is the day they are sparkling and shining and laughing and showing off for all of you.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the cutting room floor. 🙂

I had forgotten this picture.

It was taken on a long ago Christmas when I was decorating the mantel with treasures I found at Wal-Mart for only $1.00.

I love the texture of the house and the lights in the background and the tiny whiffs of cotton ball smoke wafting out of a paper chimney.

There were so many pictures that had gone before.

Ones like this leather camera taken against a cracked cement wall.

Perched atop a stool.

Or this combination of handmade pallet box.

Juxtaposed with rusted metal leaves.

Layered on chippy white paint.

I sorted and categorized and organized and as I sorted through all those pictures, I discovered something amazing.

Something I didn’t realize at the time.

Something I overlooked.

Every one of these pictures tells a story.

They capture a second in time.

They are part of my journey.

They are all a little imperfect in some way.

Some are out of focus.

Some have random white balance.

Some have too much bokeh or the styling is a little off.


There was a better picture somewhere else.




But here’s the thing.  Here’s what kept running through my head over and over and over again.

Every one of pictures has worth.

Every one of these pictures are significant.

They are full to the brim of that emotion at that particular time in that particular place.

And me?  I was so quick to toss them aside for the perfect that I missed their beauty.  I missed the joy they might have shared.  I missed the uniqueness they shared.

So I’m sharing all that imperfection today.

All that imperfection.

I can identify.  I understand.  I get it.

Because those pictures?

They are just like me.


PS  I’m waxing poetic today because it’s a big day.  The official, first-ever-actually-hold-it-in-my-hands-copy-of-the-book-showed up at my door.

You’ll never believe how I reacted.

Sigh.  Just between us—it wasn’t what I expected.

You can see my book-opening reaction on FB Live here.

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  1. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Oh, KariAnne - YOU are absolutely AMAZING and Gorgeous!! I can not wait to hold YOUR BOOK in my hands too! I have never gone to face book before, but had to see YOU opening your book. Thank-you for sharing this moment in time. P.S. Every picture has a story to tell and yours do it well!

  2. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I just saw your reaction. I was tearing up even before you took the book out of the package. Oh my, Karianne.....I could just feel your emotion coming thru my screen. Cannot wait to get my copy! Have a terrific weekend! ;)

  3. Image for Yarlette Gebarowski Yarlette Gebarowski

    I am so very happy for you. Loved your reaction to holding your beautiful book in your hands for the first time. I cannot wait to get my own copy. You have a gift for writing. Love your post

  4. Image for Shirley Meckley Shirley Meckley

    What book. I haven't been on since I broke my foot and I do want your book. Please let me know. sasdm@aol.com

  5. Image for Tammy Tammy

    KariAnne, you are such a sweet and humble person. Your video today was so wonderful. Congratulations on your book!

  6. Image for Catherine McDonnell Catherine McDonnell

    KariAnne, you are so inspiring and humble and relatable, and I am so happy for the good fortune that your incredible skill and hard work has gifted to you. Thank you for letting us share in the intimate moment of your reaction. Not many would put themselves out there as you did, but that is what makes you so unique and down-to-earth. Congratulations on experiencing your dream-come-true!! xo

  7. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Love those pictures! And I was overwhelmed and so excited when you revealed that book!! I can't even imagine the emotion. And I definitely can't wait to hold mine in my hands. Don't forget to celebrate!!

  8. Image for Mary Woeppel Mary Woeppel

    KariAnne love the book! Always enjoy reading your stories😊 Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us. You have helped so many in your sharing your story. It is a journey we are all taking with you!

  9. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Well, I'm glad they got their day in the sun! They are fantastic! Most of mine miss the mark. 😜 And the book! Oh my, I have some catching up to do after being gone for the week! I can only imagine how you reacted! I'd cry hard. You're amazing in so many ways! Big hugs, Cecilia

  10. Image for Cate Cate

    Thank you sharing these pictures. Sometimes a picture can inspire into a totally different direction than the purpose it was first taken for. Cate

  11. Image for Marie Marie

    This is such a neat idea. I've never thought of giving some love to old photos that didn't quite make the cut. I totally agree with everyone above that your photos are gorgeous even if they didn't work for what you needed. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week and congrats on your book!

  12. Image for Julie Maier Julie Maier

    I love all of the pictures - I would just love to see more. They do each tell a story - for you and they may even trigger a story or memory for someone else. Thank you for sharing these.

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