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"Don't let obstacles keep you back - keep pressing on. If one appears, don't give up. Find a way to get over, get around, or go through the barrier." - Lincoln Patz

Never Give Up

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Just a quick update to share with you about one of my wallpapers, which also happens to be one of my personal favorites. Last year, I created "Never Give Up" (#64) with a quote by Michael Jordan. I decided to change the quote on this wallpaper to something that I feel fits this concept even better. (This isn't the first time I've switched out a quote for a different one.)

This also gave me the opportunity to create additional resolutions for you and offer those here tonight. I am also planning on making this wallpaper available real soon as a poster, as well as a few other items I had in mind.

I hope you like the new quote as well as the 8 additional resolutions.
- Blog entry from 11.30.2010

Well, as you can see, I've finished uploading my sixty-fourth motivational success wallpaper to my gallery. It's entitled "Never Give Up". It features a quote from my favorite basketball player of all time, as I felt that this short quote summed it up well about how to face life's challenges.

Right now, I'd like to take a moment to share with you an example of what goes into getting the right picture to use in a motivational image.

Earlier this year, about 2 months ago in mid March, I woke up early on a Saturday morning to see a fresh blanket of snow that had fallen overnight. We were experiencing warmer weather during the week, and most of all the snow had melted in our area. Also, a few crocus plants had started to sprout up the last few days and were starting to boldly make their way out of the ground. I've seen pictures like this elsewhere, and liked how they symbolized the concept of overcoming adversity.

When I saw the fresh blanket of snow on the ground, I knew that this was what I wanted to capture. I had waited to capture a shot like this for over 2 years.

Now in all honesty, I just couldn't get the right shot I wanted to with my own flowers. Aspects like where they were located, the lighting, and the background were not what I was looking for. So, I went off to the local flower shop that morning and laid out $5 bucks for about 4 purple crocus plants that were ready to open up when it got warmer. I used one of them for this shot. After taking close to 50 different pictures of trying different things, I finally decided to head back in and get going with my day. I felt that I had a couple great options to choose from.

I did end up doing a little bit of Photoshopping (aka - digital alterations) on this image to make the yellow pistil less saturated - as the real thing was so vivid in it's natural color, that it actually looked fake to me when I saw it. I did do a few other things too, but was so glad when I was done.

Well, anyway, I was saving this one for May, and thought it might make a good one for Mother's Day. I'd like to wish all you mother's out there a very Happy Mother's Day weekend! If I still had this flower, I'd have given it to my Mom, who I love so very much. (Don't worry Mom, you're still getting a gift.) :-)

Have a great day!
- Original blog entry from 05.09.2009

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