If I were a magician I would give Winter ‘the bird’ forever!
I know some of you who live in the southern hemisphere probably think this is a bit drastic but summer just makes me wanna get up on a table and dance.
We are on the tail-end of winter here in Paris and the cheer squad and pom-pom girls are cheering on spring and summer with all their might. Summer is the season when our hearts feel like they are running on champagne, it’s a heady season full of memories of love, happiness and rebirth!
Rebirth I can hear you saying? Waddya mean? Well, when I dive into the sea something happens to me, it’s like meditation without sitting down and closing your eyes. It’s as though Mamma earth rocks us in her arms again, tells us everything is gonna be ok, hugs us to her heart and resets us fresh for more action.
It’s the season when people fall in love or lust, there is flirting and brown legs, ice-cream and Aperol Spritz, boat rides along the Amalfi Coast that you never want to end.
And because we are in the home stretch, we can feel the fish and chips being fried and the beach umbrellas being dusted down and put into position I wanna give you the chance to give Winter ‘The Bird’ forever.
Photography has allowed me to combine these two loves and ever since I framed a dive-in size ‘Atrani’ and hung it where I can see it everyday my mood has changed. I feel love and happiness seeing the water and those memories everyday.
If you love the Amalfi Coast or the Beach, here is how to give Winter the Bird forever:
you will receive a 15 percent discount with code: givewinterthebird
Huge thanks to you and those who entered my competition to win a limited edition print of my beach series, Water Jungle + La Vacanza Italiana.
Everyone was so generous and I really appreciate all your shares, comments and wonderful enthusiasm for the beach.
THANK-YOU so very GRATEFUL and ..Drumroll….. the winner is Emilie Tonkin.
Because of your generosity and kindness I am offering FREE SHIPPING STORE WIDE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY click here to start shopping for your favourite limited edition beach print..
If Emilie could please get in touch with me at email@example.com to organise her print.
“Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come.” Regina Brett
I don’t know about you but I am really excited about 2016. Sweet 16 is going to be a year of following my passion and I would love to encourage you to follow yours too.
In the summer of 2015 I started to listen to my heart again, jumped on a plane to the Amalfi Coast and started shooting something that has always been close to my heart, the sea.
Growing up in a small coastal town on the coast of New South Wales in Australia, I lived and breathed the surf culture of the 70’s. Our friends had old Holden station wagons with surfboards stacked one on top of the other, shoulder length hair bleached white from hundreds of hours in the surf and strong sun-browned bodies.
Bondi Body To Body Copyright Carla Coulson
But the surf culture was so much more, it was about freedom, youth, hope, passion, fun and whether you were riding the waves or diving under them to save yourself from being spun over and over in a sand washing machine, it was a way of life.
That way of life has stayed with me like saltwater in my veins and when I moved to Italy in the year 2000 it was the most natural thing in the world for me to hit the beach. A new love was born for the Mediterranean sea in particular Italian beaches.
This summer in Sydney I photographed the beach just the way I like it, packed to the ‘rafters’ with Australians reveling in the sun, sea and sand. It’s this love of the sea and the Ocean that has inspired my photographic series La Vacanza Italiana and new Sydney series Water Jungle.
And to celebrate I am giving away your favourite limited edition print, signed and numbered (unframed) of “Water Jungle” or “La Vacanza Italiana” in your favourite size.
Here’s how to join in the 2016 fun.
Share this post or your favourite photo from the series on your Blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #carlacoulsonprints or #waterjungle or #lavacanzaitaliana
Subscribe or be a subscriber to my print shop carlacoulson.com/shop (don’t forget to verify your subscription when it arrives in your inbox)
Left Wylies Baths Poll Position + Right Wylies Baths The Chat Copyright Carla Coulson
Here’s the good news, the more times you ‘share’ this giveaway on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter the more times your name will be put into draw for for a chance to win your favourite limited edition print of “Water Jungle” or “La Vacanza Italiana“.
If you mention the giveaway on your blog.. that’s an extra chance too.. (make sure to let me know so I can enter your name more than once)
CLOSES 10PM PARIS TIME SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2016– WINNER ANNOUNCED AT 9AM THE FOLLOWING DAY .
The sea and are inseparable so stayed tuned for more saltwater series.
“The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.” Jules Verne
All Photos from Italian Joy available in the print shop
Italian Joy brought so many people into my life and many who too wanted to change their life.
So much of what happened for me in leaving my job and heading to Italy was following my intuition and instinct, listening to my heart and not my head.
When I received the ‘first prize’ at my local Thai take-away for eating more take-away than anyone in Darlinghurst I was devastated. I had ‘rationally’ tried to stay in my old life for the previous three years when I knew I was unhappy but this small gift pushed my emotions and intuition into action. I knew I had to leave my old life.
Listening to my heart and not my head got me on a plane to Italy and the rest was one foot in front of the other and one day at a time. Many rational thoughts have entered my internal dialogue over the years telling myself I am crazy but staying true to my heart has been my anchor.
Here’s some advice looking back that might help you on your path:
You are really important. There is a reason you are here on earth, it isn’t an accident and you aren’t insignificant. You are a fabulous human being that should live a full and happy life and yes you can dare to dream your wildest dreams. You and your story is important please value and love yourself.
In my old life I would have little ‘daydreams’ of living a life less mundane, one without a grueling routine, with more people and more adventure. I was continually told ‘how lucky I was’ to have a successful business and live a comfortable life. This kept me in that life way too long. The feeling of being trapped is often our own mind playing tricks on us. Dream your biggest dream and work towards this dream.
Surrounds yourself with a visual version of your new life. Put it somewhere you will see it everyday. Spend 5-10 minutes everyday imaging yourself in your new life, feel the clothes, taste the food, see your work up in lights or whatever you desire. I did this recently when I wanted to move apartments. On the down days when I thought it wasn’t going to happen I would close my eyes and see myself in a beautiful white space (guess where I am today).
All Photos from Italian Joy available in the print shop
Action is an important as dreaming. Without action your dream won’t become a reality. Taking action whether it is research about your new life, finding a new job or creating opportunities is what will convert your dream in the long term. Over the past 15 years I have put in so much energy to make this happen, far more than if I had ever stayed in my comfortable life and on those down days when I thought it wasn’t possible I would scrape myself off the bathroom floor and do something (anything) positive to keep my dream alive.
There will come a day when you decide to take a leap. It will be a day filled with so many emotions, from ‘school girl silly squealing’ joy to being in the scariest place you know. When you take away the comfortable or sorts of emotions flood in but be safe in the knowledge you are not alone and this is a normal reaction.
Open your heart and feel the joy of being truly in your new life. Trust in your decision and pedal as hard as you can to make it happen. Give where you can, a smile, a coin or a helping hand and you will always be rewarded ten times over.
More Than One Ball In The Air
I have never truly put all my eggs in one basket. Even when I was working with magazines in the early years I also started working with book publishers and accepting commissions to work on other people’s books. Don’t close yourself down to other opportunities, sometimes you never know which one will be your path.
All Photos from Italian Joy available in the print shop
I have been on this adventure for 15 years now and I realize you never ‘arrive’ to that one perfect day where you clap your hands together and say ‘well that’s done’ and you look around at your perfect world and want to stop. I love my life, I love my husband, cat, my photography and my world and it’s a continual evolution so I remind myself to enjoy today no matter what is happening. Take a break, look around, smell the peonies and applaud yourself for how far you have come.
Never stop believing in yourself and your dream. I promise you, you will be tested, there will be days you feel like the universe is peppering you with rubber bullets but hang on tight and ride it out. One of my favourite quotes that I feel sums up my journey more than any other is by Mary Ann Radmacher “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” I just kept trying and trying and each day took me closer to my future.
In my old life I was dying to be loved! Wow, just blurted that out there but looking back I often wonder why that was one of my only focuses. I realize now I was so shutdown to everything and everyone around me that I didn’t realize that I could give love and friendship whilst buying a coffee, patting a cat (or two), by smiling and taking time to talk to my next door neighbour. Love is all around if we are willing to give and accept it, you can feel loved even if you don’t have Mr or Mrs Right in your life yet. If you feel unloved today stop and give ‘love’ to someone else by giving someone on the street a coin or go rescue someone in crowded room standing on their own.
Todays gift is a chance to win a 30 minute call with me to discuss photography, changing your life or any question you would like some help with. For a chance to win, leave me a comment and share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest..The winner will be announced Thursday at 10am Paris Time. THE WINNER OF THE 30 MIN CALL IS DANIELLE MELHOP IF YOU COULD PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME AT CARLA@CARLACOULSON.COM
PS: New arrivals in the shop – Italian Joy and the two for one print offer continues only till Mon 2 November with discount code Italianjoy
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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