Perfect Timing: Week 21

25 Mar

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

This week I was walking to an appointment downtown when I took a shortcut through this pedestrian alleyway. This window caught my eye, because the entire wall surrounding it (which is actually quite long!) is covered in lush green vines. The window itself is old, worn and clearly in need of a few new panes of glass. At the risk of sounding philosophical, it reminds me of owning a business. When I talk to other small business owners, I get the same feeling. We have times when business is growing at such a fast pace that we can hardly contain the vines. We just try to take in the beauty of it and come up for air every once in a while. The window panes are kind of like those parts of the business that we want to polish, to improve, to replace or make better. Little by little, we can replace one pane at a time, until we complete a window we are happy and comfortable looking through every day. And then, because the journey toward the goal is the real feeling of accomplishment, it’s time to move on to the next window in our alleyway. I like to call these moments growing pains, because they are only a pain for a little while, until we figure out how to deal with them.


{growing pains}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Perspective.


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2 responses to “Perfect Timing: Week 21

  1. Mary G.

    March 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, not only the photo (love the reflections & the lush green foliage) but beautifully written! I think that can really cover a lot of aspects of our lives. Life isn’t perfect, it’s messy and sometimes times are tough. When it gets tough & messy all we can do is work on it one pane at a time. Love it!

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      March 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Mary! I guess that’s true. The messy parts are what make us better in the long run, too. xo


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