Monday, May 12, 2014

.453 the creativity project: treasure

almost three years since an aneurysm exploded in my brain.

since that time, life has shifted so dramatically from what it once was, i've hardly had time to process the change accordingly. toots was only two months when it happened, so i was novel to new motherhood and didn't put much effort towards my recovery when i came home. 

a year into said recovery, i lost my father, so needless to say, my quest to building back my health, once again, fell to the back of my mind (no pun intended) and my migraines returned. 

after a recent hospital stay, due to an infection in my brain, i am once again faced with taking my health, and overall survival with my condition, more seriously. so, this month's challenge of 'treasure' hit home for me in a different way, because my values have changed.

as the people who love me most surrounded me, i felt a new shift arrive in my world. a simpler shift. because frankly put: i simply i treasure love. i  treasure joy. i treasure my family and friends who have supported and loved me throughout this journey every step of the way, and continues to. i treasure noticing the simple things in life that brings me and everyone around me, happiness

there was this window in my hospital room that i noticed everyone kept stopping to stand by. and while i could easily chop it up to the view, i'd like to think it was something else, something deeper calling to them. because every time someone lingered there, i caught a glimpse of them disappearing into a world where this world didn't belong. a world where just their thoughts, their memories, their prayers existed and i treasured getting to secretly capture those moments, happily, and healthily, recovering from my hospital bed. 

*update: i have more angio coming up to see what's going on in this wonky brain of mine. 
afterwards, if all checks out, i will treasure taking the time to recover properly, this time around.

the view

please visit the next in our circle, erica freitas, a beautiful photographer, of family, of love and all things life at erica lee's photography blog.

afterwards, please join us and share your own 'treasure' themed images on the the creativity project facebook page :)


  1. Your words moved me. Beautiful post.

    Sending you hugs and prayers.

  2. This is such a moving post. I have chills. I just want to wrap you up with love and light. YOU are a treasure. Here's to healing and recovering. <3

  3. This is one of the most beautiful and touching posts. I am so sorry for all these challenges and trials you are going through. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. I am so grateful that god healed you. I pray for continued healing. I love your story and I love that you shine despite your circumstances. You are a treasure. You, Shay, are a treasure.

  5. As Becky said, you are a Treasure. Praying for healing and renewed strength.
    Your photos gave me chills.

  6. Thank you for sharing your powerful images and post with us , Your images are sure a treasure to us ! this post above moved me ....

  7. What an incredibly touching, honest, and heartfelt post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  8. I love that you saved the view for last. And, that you saw treasures where no one would think or wish to look for them. Praying not merely for the return of health, but for health as you have never known it. Came through the circle. :-)

  9. Amazing post life is treasure thank you for sharing your story with us it really touch me deeply.

    Xoxo -Katherine Vargas

  10. Wish I could give you a long hug right now, this is some real sh** you get back on your good health, I don't know if you asked this question probably have but ummmm does the 420 tonic help, or maybe the 420 oils? Peace and love, I feel like i'll see see with a spread in Ebony Mag or something, your photography skills are unmatched and one of a kind like I being saying since I been hollerin at you on myspace.
    - Myke Archie