The photographer´s eyes

Taking a good photograph is not as easy as it seems. Getting the right angle, the right lighting and the right background all at the same time, needs not just knowledge but patience and the ability to see something that nobody else can see. 

Today we found this abandoned car and had real enjoyment taking photos with it as our background. I love seeing the way in which nature is slowly incorporating it to itself, embracing it with it´s green arms, creating a unique scene of a beauty that not everyone can see.

Nowadays it is really easy to take photos and then change them with the many programs available in the Internet. I ask myself sometimes if what I see in the photo is the reality or a fabricated illusion.

When it comes to people, it is just the same. I am never sure if people really look that way or if they have so changed the photo that at the end they look nothing like what they really are.

Capturing the perfect photo is every photographers dream.

For me the perfect photo is the one that doesn´t really need to be altered at all. The photo that shows life as it is, with its real colours and light.

An amazing photo is the one that shows the person. Through this perfect photo I can see not just the person but something from the photographer too, how they truly feel the moment that they are living. Whether they are happy or sad, having fun or just plain bored.

After taking a photo, I observe it to see what it says to me and what it might say to others.

I truly believe that through a photograph we can see the world as the photographer sees it. Great photos are the ones that provoke emotions on the person looking at the photo. Whether those emotions are happiness, sadness, compassion or empathy.

A great photo should move the person seeing it, whether the subject is an object, an animal or a human being.

For us the most important thing when taking photos is the enjoyment of it, having fun together and being able to laugh at the photos that didn´t quite work out the way we wanted them to.

Taking photos is a great way to have fun and to look at the world around us again, this time with different eyes. The best photos are taken not under pressure but whilst having fun.

Have fun discovering the world around you all over again!

Mohammed and Beatriz

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© 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali

Inspiration, finding the elusive Muse

Where does inspiration come from? How do we get inspired to write or paint or simply achieve something in life?

We are writing this post in direct response to questions from our readers. This is how it works for us.

For us inspiration comes from events or situations in our lives. Usually we live something in our everyday lives and then are inspired by it to write a Blog post.

The important point for us is to turn what could have been a negative experience into a positive and because of it, build a better life.

We inspire each other too, with our conversation topics. The good thing for us is that there is two of us working together so that when one of us hits a block the other one gives the inspiration or encouragement to keep going.

I think that reflects also in other areas of our life.

If you are searching for sources of inspiration, where you find your inspiration would have to be related to what you are writing about. Inspiration can hit at any time, it is always good to have a notebook with you and write notes on what has inspired you. Later you can expand on it.

We only write when we are inspired to write, that means our blog is not updated too often, but when we do write something you can be sure that it came from the heart. I guess that should make our blog post worth waiting for! LOL!

Here is a short list of sources of inspiration:

Each other, family, everyday life, friends, readers, photos, life situations,  nature, the changing seasons, people we meet.

Today you have become the inspiration for this post. We hope you enjoy reading it and it is helpful to you.

Hoping for a wonderful weekend for all of us!

Beatriz and Mohammed

All content and photos are the property of Mohammed Al Ali and Beatriz Custodio

© 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali

Give it a chance

 

How many times in life have we given up on something because it wasn´t developing or happening fast enough for our expectations? How many times do we stay in a job because it is what we know?

If you have a business it is really important to have patience and to invest time and effort into building it.

If your business is something you are passionate about you are more likely to invest your time into it. If your business is not something that you are really into, it can become a source of stress and bitterness.

It is the same with our jobs. If we are working in a place where we are happy and satisfied with our work then we are more likely to be successful in our careers. However if our job is not really what we want to do, then we start to resent going to work and it becomes a heavy load in our lives. Work life and home life.

I found myself at one point in a job that made me truly unhappy. I had no choice but to stay there in order to achieve a goal I had set myself and obtaining a much-needed qualification. I was so exhausted and broken at the end of the contract that I was ill for an entire month.

I had no choice at the time but to see it through and stay in that job, however I still can not understand the other people who worked there and were completely unhappy, why did they stay? I heard them day in day out complaining about the job, the other people working there and the bosses, but they stayed on and made no effort to find a new job.

One of them had been there for 17 years! Had no reason to stay there but was scared of change and something new. Blamed everyone for stayin in that job, including his ex-girlfriend but made no effort into looking at himself.

Being scared of starting a new job or finding a new work situation can really have serious negative consequences for someone´s health and wellbeing. But most importantly it can stop someone from achieving their full potential.

At the end of that job I was very scared of not finding another job or worse! I was terrified of going into a new job and finding the same frustrating and horrible situations I had lived in the job I had just left. But I made an effort to be positive about my work future.

Guess what? I was wrong. I did find a new job in a place where I fit in and am completely happy.

What did I take with me from my old job? well apart from looking about 10 years older I grew stronger and more assertive. In my new job, as soon as a similar situation to one I had lived in the previous job tried to arise, I dealt with it immediately in a positive way and resolved the issue right away without letting it become harmful to me.

If you find yourself today in a work situation that is driving you down, make a list of what you need to do to find a new job where you can achieve your full potential and be fulfilled and satisfied. If you don´t know in which direction to go then seek help and don´t be scared to start again.

Don´t leave till tomorrow, start today! Give it a chance!

Wishing you every success in your professional life!

Beatriz & Mohammed

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© 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali

Introducing our About us page

We have finally got around to writting our About us page!

In it you will find information about our Blog and about who we are.

You can get to know us better and the reasons why we started this blog, who this blog is aimed to and you will also find a contact form that you can use to write to us.

Here is a link to our About us page: http://tryingtobuildabetterlife.org/about

We hope that you enjoy reading it!

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Happy reading and happy shopping!

Mohammed and Beatriz

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Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio.

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Switch into Positive

Our brains follow our instructions. Our moods shape our thoughts. Negative thinking produces negative actions.

Focusing on instructing your brain to switch into positive thinking will produce positive outcomes in your life.

For example, if you put the alarm on to get up in the morning to go to work, but before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired, that you are in fact exhausted and that you will not manage the next day, then the next morning you will start the day tired and continue in that mode all day long. And probably also in a bad mood!
Negative thinking lowers your energy levels and prepares you for failure.

However, if before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired now but after a good night sleep you will successfully complete the next day, then you will have a positive and successful day ahead of you.

Plan for success. Make your mornings easy. Prepare all you can prepare the night before, then go to bed with a clear feeling that the next morning you will have an easy time before facing your day.

Every time you are tempted to think negative then consciously change your thoughts. Be hard on yourself.
If you forget easily what you need to get done the next day, and that is leading you to stress and exhaustion, then invest on a small notebook that you carry around with you. Write lists on it detailing what you need to get done that day and for the next day.
Of course we are in a modern world, you can also make your list on your mobile phone!
But for me personally nothing beats the feeling that I get when I use my little notebook!

Seek positive thoughts and you will be on the road to success!

 

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© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)