-The Art of Joy-

An Advanced copy of the original: The Art of Joy!

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is never perfect, it comes with a few struggles and joys. Thought, sometimes it seems that life is throwing a lot more struggles then joys at us. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t also have joy. With one single smile, or a positive remark we create our own joy, and by being joyful we can also light up our dreary surroundings.
You see, joy doesn’t just come from sunshine and happy friends, it can also be spread by a signal smile. In my opinion smiles our the greatest kind of joy, for a smile can be contagious.

Like smiles, moments can also bring you joy, a good song, new cloths, a clean room, a peppy pup, a beautiful meadow, great friends. Theses moments can be truly joyful, but not all moments our sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes moments in life can be a tragedy, a hateful comment, a bad friend, a violent act, a great loss. When theses moments arise life can become dreary and gray very fast. That’s why when I see or experience a great moment I grab it and hang on to that memory. So, when the bad moments come and bet you up like a violent storm you can go back and reminisce over those joyful moments.

Images: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Thought, Occasionally when enjoying a good moment a bad one can come back to haunt. That’s when I use the ‘sunset rule’ as I like to call it. My golden inspiration came from a casual stroll threw the woods. The woods dominion: dancing snowflakes, ruddy-bark warped trees; shaven clean from a million mooses majestic antlers. Peaceful, hazy calm. Mound upon mound of crisp, clear white snow; twinkling and blinking lazily up at me, and walking into a wide clearing, stood my sunset: fiery and golden, flashing array intense orange and yellow. With splashes of scarlet and delicate Violet. The sunset was really just a ordinary AK sunset, but to me it was incomparable and it taught me an important lesson. As I stood looking into that magnificent orb, of golden light and beauty, I realized that when you are looking at a captivating sunset you don’t go back and think of a dreary cloudy day. No, you enjoy that sunset and the moment that it brings.
It’s the same with life: when you come across a joyful moment, don’t go back to an awful moment in your life, instead try to enjoy that moment and the joy that it brings, with all your heart. For every moment in life either
good or bad can equip us for the battles ahead.

Any of us can choose to be dropy, But can we choose to be happy? It takes a human with real courage and persistence to make sunshine out of your shadows, instead of resorting to a frown and a stormy life.

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
― Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

Ann Frank, wrote in her diary—“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Locked in an office, hiding from Hitler and his hell, Ann, a teen girl had every right to embrace sadness and self pity, but no, she chose to look around her and see the beauty among the raging fires, of her home and the ashes of Bergen-Belsen. If Ann Frank can take the stand to chose Joy, then how much more can we make the same choice? Not, just once but continually.

Next time, when you stub your toe, or lock your keys in the car…take a breath and choose joy.

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” 
― Rumi


Quickshot Demo (How to edit photos)

Having a Camra and taking pictures is great, but if your not a pro it’s hard to rely on just Camera and skill and that’s where photo editing apps come in!

Quickshot is my all time favorite, it’s easy, reliable, and makes your photos look phenomenal! You can acsses it on your iPhone or iPad in the App Store.

Pros: Quickshot is consently updating its site to new and easer ways to edit and inhance your photos.

Cons: Thought the majority of Quickshot temples are free there is some that can only be accessed with in app purchases.

In this blog i’m going to lead you through the basic steps of making your photos look top notch!

Step one: Accessing Photos

Naturally, the first step is to choose your photo, it’s the easy-peezy part of the whole app. You can access as meany as you desire, no limits.

Step two: First stage of editing

Once you have chosen a photo it will give you the option to access total of nine different ways to edit your photo(s). I’m going to start with editing the sky.
There is thirty-eight diffrent sky layouts to choose from, the first five do not require any in app purchases.
Above the layouts there is a notch you can slid back and forth to adjust the clouds and the direction of the wind.
Once you have chosen the layout of your choice, you can enable the settings by clicking on the layout you have chosen.
Random: allows you to choose between different kinds of clouds
(I.e stormy, puffy, thin, small, and big.)
Feather: with feathering you are able to slid the notch to fit the curve of the abject in your picture better
Horizon: allows you to adjust the horizon to match your photo.
Shift: shifting the clouds with the Direction of the wind
Ambient: changing the temperature of your photo
Detailing: is my favroit. It really helps you bring more life into your pictures by adjusting the amount of detail showing in your photo
Finally opacity enables you to adjust the sky, making it darker or lighter, it also brings more clouds into your picture

Step three: Adding the art

Overlay is the real art in the program. It allows you to enable meany different light fixtures, Moods, leans flares, Sparkles/fireworks, and weather theams.
Portrait is used when you’d preferrer to focus more on the model in the photo and less on your background. Eight different portrait modes. Includes adjustment settings.
Quickshot has a total of forty-eight deferent filters, the first nine are free. Here’s a list a a few: Fade, vibrant, portrait, urban, B&W, film, bright, neutral, cold, and warm.

Part four: adjustment/Cropping

Details is another one of my favs, I like to think of it as one of the secrete ingredients to bringing perfection to your photos. The four keys to having totale perfection in this setting is: adding depth, structure, sharpness, and grain.
Adjusting includeds eleven different adjustment setting: light, contrast, vibrance, shadows, vignette, exposure, highlights, saturation, temperature, tint, and hue. The adjustment settings brighten and allow your photos turn out looking more professional.
Canvas let’s you: Ratio, which allows you to pinch and zoom, adjust the grid and size/shape of your photo. Straighten (zooming). H-scew, zooming on an angle. V-scew, zooming on an up slant, and rotate (good for images that have been tipped the wrong way).

Part five: other fun settings

The photo after magic has done its job.
Magic, is a really cool, new setting that Quickshot recently enabled. Basically, you click on it and it inhances your pictures, thought its super simple, it works to inhance your pics amazingly well.
Finally, last but not least is a little ‘setting’ I like to call the painters adjustments.
Primers are fancy, artsy filters that makes for an exceptional photos. First eight free. A totale of thirty-three primers. Ujustment setting for each primer.

Quickshot is actually one of meany other apps that this program has made:


Theses apps aren’t only super helpful, but also suprisely fun, as well. Fun and productive that’s what I call a two in one!

Theses apps aren’t only super helpful, but also suprisely fun, as well. Fun and productive that’s what I call a two in one!

—Joy Tiberend (TheArtOfLife)