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Finding My Way Back


Hello friends, how are you? I hope well.

It's been so long since I've shared anything here….. other than my regular TT postings. My oh my, I've missed you.

I'm not sure how life got so out of control…. everything building up around me….one thing leading to the next… so many deadlines…. so little time….. John's been under the weather, fighting insomnia that came out of nowhere...... a few family bumps in the road.... Oh my.... Top all that off with some tech troubles....and BAM....

Here I am...writing this post....

I know this is the story of most at one time or another….. it can happen so easily…. life gets off track…..and before you know it.... you aren't sure what the heck happened?

But thankfully Ben remains my constant... makes me walk...twice a day... no matter the weather.... (as I type this the wind is howling and flakes are swirling....sigh)....but he will not take no for an answer....which is a good thing.

I find the more I have on my plate… the quieter I become...…stillness... silence....  just BE-ing …. 

I can go days without connecting with anyone other than John and the boys. I'm pretty sure I could manage quite nicely on a mountain top….. provided I had a good internet connection…. 


It goes back to the whole I am an Introvert thing……  So comfortable just being with myself…. I put up unintentional walls….it just seems to happen….. I pull back....find myself so out of touch.....

Looking back.... I see this is a pattern in my life... just who I am.. I suppose...

I'm slowly finding my way back.... feelng a need to connect....longing for real-life creative connections right now.... sooooo desperate.

Anyhow, I'm babbling... I really just wanted to pop in and say hello…..  share a little random happenings.... 

Picture Pro-cess is heading into the final week….. Oh my... this course was big for me...  doing both the cs6 and elements 11 version was a big load.... But it's been good.

The Texturize class is going well….a few bumps along the way...but it's all good….. I have hopes for big stuff at the Test Kitchen….some new classes and a new site name…. soon to be revealed.

On the home front....I've been doing the Paleo thing…. up until this past week I was 100% following the plan…for almost a month.... this past weeks been a little hit and miss with all the busy-ness…. I hope to get back on track…it works well for me. All of my carb cravings just disappeared....

I found this yummy recipe for a muffin in a cup (cooked in the microwave)... just flax, an egg, coconut oil, baking powder, maple syrup (sweetener of choice) and cinnamon.... seriously it's such a treat.... When I'm in need of a little extra special something I add bits of dark chocolate….. I will always need chocolate. I should be caught up in another week.... I know this will help.... you need to be prepared when doing this plan... cupboards and fridge stocked.... 

Brett just finished his first year of university...He's so relieved... Woo hoo. Bryce just moved into a new place.... it's much nicer..... John is finally getting some sleep.... and Ben..... the only thing that changes with his's long and curly again...ready for a trim.... before the mud season begins....

I mentioned some technical trouble....  sigh.... My iMac was giving me major trouble last week....  so frustrating.... I'm not sure if it's the fact that I was running so much at once..... or what... but I didn't have time to trouble shoot. So, I ended up purchasing a thunderbolt display to go with my Macbook Pro Retina. I just bought it back in September....loaded up .... so it's newer and faster than my iMac. Wow... the change has been a treat... so fast... zippity zip... it's nice because everythings all together now.... I just eject the macbook and take it into my room or whatever as needed. It can even sit at the desk with the top closed....and still run on the thunderbolt display.... It's great!! Honestly it feels like I'm on a iMac...the screen is pretty much identical. Definite thumbs up.

Oh and while we are on the subject of techy stuff, did you know Lightroom 5 Beta was released. If you've been considering lightroom, I would say download the beta and play with it..... Because it's Beta you can use it until the updated version is officially released..... FREE. If you are running 4, you can install 5 and play with it.... just start a new catalog and give it a go. There's some great new features.... but no major interface changes... so it would be easy to move into..... I LOVE the new radial blur option.

I fall more and more in love with Lightroom everyday. :)

Okay friends....I've babbled on long enough......I'd love to hear whats new in your world..... Please do tell...

We are off to John's moms for a family dinner..... I should get ready and take Ben out before the winds get any stronger... Yeesh........

I will be back soon with some new textures and perhaps a few other goodies I've been working on.....

Until then...  be well ....

gratitude always...


p.s. are you waiting for an email response from me? It's possible it was lost in the shuffle....feel free to resend and I will do my best to get back to you asap.... thank you so much....xo


serious Benny. :)

Reader Comments (23)

Kim, from one introvert to another, babble away, my friend, babble away :)
Oh yes this thing called "life"... Well the challenges are still going strong here, but soon it looks like people will start hiring for summer and that will certainly help a ton. Not just with the obvious, but the structure will be very good as well. I need it right now. Taking care of my two elderly parents, as well as my own crazy self is, well, CRAZY!!! Thanks for giving me/us such a wonderful outlet :)
BTW, I love this series of shots of Ben. This processing works really well on him!!!
Have a blessed week,
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott Allan
Well Kim, what can I say. Sometimes you write something and I scratch my head and think that this could be entirely about me. I too hide away from the world when times get busier and more chaotic. The more chaos, the more quiet I become. I think it has to do with balance. I am blessed to have a dog, just like you have your wonderful Ben and she reminds me to go out there three times a day, to move, to connect with the world for just a little while, before I shut the shutters of my life again....just for a little while longer.... Have a wonderful week, Ellen x
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen B
I am always amazed at your introvertness (new word). I am so much like you in being alone, could really live on an island as long as i had a fast connection with internet. But where we differ in our introvertness :) is I hate writing but you do it so well and express your feelings so well. Me not so much.

Ben looks like he is at peace with his life, one good thing about dogs and I think I would like to come back as one.

So glad things are looking up for you or on there way. Have a terrific week.
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
Girl, you need to stop and breathe for a little while. Glad to hear you are getting your computer problems under control. I have been thoroughly enjoying Pic-Pro CS6. Feeling more confident every day. I am almost caught up on the videos. You put so much work into the videos and class material, and I want to let you know it is very appreciated!!!!!

My Scout is very much like your Ben, he must have his walks twice a day :) Lots of rain here the last two weeks so the house smells a lot like wet dog. Hoping for sunshine this week. Hoping for sunshine for you too!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
You do a lot! That's why your classes are the best!

As a nearly 100 per cent introvert on the Myer's Briggs test I understand completely! I am about to retire, and my one fear is that I will all too easily become the hermit I could so easily be. I know that I will have to force myself to socialize more. My work family was always my 'social' time.

Take the time you need - it all works out in the end and if you push being extroverted when you really NEED the introversion time then it will take more of a toll on you!

For me, it's my feline that keeps me smiling and content. She is my artisitic helper!
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Z. Johansen
I have been always AMAZED at your work load...and feeling like a slug here. I don't know HOW you keep up with even half of it!! Whew!
And YES to the introvert ID. I am reading a few books on it right now....and nodding my head all along! It's good to validate who we are. It's OK!!!
With my new health issue... i've gotten more attention than i am used to.... and even though i appreciate it, it's a bit uncomfortable. Strange thing it is. I guess i'm learning what those extroverts GIVE attention! And I need to receive it graciously. (One gal made me feel 'selfish' when I asked her to please not join me at the hospital for my first cancer treatment...because i had no idea what to expect!) That's when I bought the books! I was confused about my response, as well as theirs! Learning...... :)
Hugs to you and Ben too.... waiting for Spring walks!!!
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina G.
Kim, I've always been amazed at the incredible things you handle at once...I'm so horrible at multi-tasking so I know it's simply not in me to do that. Which is why you always impress me! I'm glad Ben forces you to stop twice a day and just breathe the fresh air while you walk with him. :) I completely relate to the whole introvert mountaintop thing - that honestly sounds wonderful. lol

Sending you good thoughts - the photos of Ben are precious, as always!
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
Its funny ... you have been on my mind constantly as I could feel the absence even in your posts. You are such a dear and so much a part of my life ... one of my friends was in distress or needing a hug or just a brownie. So many days I just want to swoop into Canada, grab you, and bring you to warmth ... but alas ... you get it. I truly feel for you the advent of spring ... it must come soooooon to your area ...good grief... how much can one endure? There is an idea ... a small idea ... maybe a venture ... a Kim Klassen alone ... small group ... someplace warm ... in the midst of winter ... just a thought. Much love and welcome back ...
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Let's hear it for introverts!!!! I'm glad to finally own who I am- an introvert with flashes of extrovertism. I love being FULLY with people- deep conversations, some good laughs- and then a few days to be at home with myself or just my husband. And I would like to make a comment, Kim- you are offering SO MANY wonderful classes! You have really blossomed- and it is really OK for you to be quiet and renew now and then!
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
Thank you ((hugs)) dear Kim.
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoey
As always Kim I'm amazed at how you can keep all your balls in the air (is that a saying ?) be kind to yourself, we all have blips along the way ... looking forward to seeing what is to come .....
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv
Kim! Your openness and honesty are a real tonic in this world where people are often too scared ? unused ...? to sharing their feelings. I agree with the others that your workload is truly mind-boggling. I couldn't do a fraction of it! You are such an inspiration to us all! Enjoy whatever you do - it rubs off on us all - even across thousands of miles! x
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
This weekend I had time to watch a ton of Pic-Pro and Texturize videos! I am always in awe at your knowledge of 3 huge Adobe programs, Kim!! You are amazing! Having the internet to access talents like yourself to learn, is so fantastic. And being the introvert I am, I much prefer learning in my own setting and not in a classroom full of people. It is a real joy to learn from you!! You are right in your own niche in this world, and your work is beyond amazing! Your artful eye is very special, and is confirmed by so many who follow you. Having time to take care of life within your daily life is important. Each week I look foward to the day a new lesson/challenge will be available for me to watch and learn more from you! We all love and care deeply about you! Have a wonderful week! Love your Ben photos, especially in black and white! xxoo
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly C
Sending big {hugs} and love! I too have felt your absence but I just intuitively knew you had "gone somewhere" and I thought to myself "I hope Kim is taking a break". Good Heavens I do not know how you keep up! Truly. I've been so overwhelmed with life (all good) that I'm behind in B2B but I always remember your encouragement about how to go at your own pace and then I feel quite at ease. I took on a couple of big commitments this year and I am finding it hard--sometimes I feel paralyzed and can't get anything done, but I HAVE to, ya know? Anyway, Kim, you are an inspiration no matter what you do. Sending good thoughts to you and your hubby and boys.
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Glad all is back up and running --- I understand somewhat of what you go through -- life can be way too busy - gotta slow it down... hope you can!! I am trying..wink! What's new with me -- well you will be pleased to know because if it wasn't for your class you gave to me from winning - and all I've learned from you..One of my photos I made into a postcard was picked-up to be used inside their booklet.. How cool is that.. Thanks again.. Oh love those photos of your dog - so sweet!
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrsiteen
Kim, this is so recognizable, being very introvert myself. Sometimes I just want to hide from everybody and everything, except for my loved ones; daughter and husband.
Having a very stressfull fulltime job, unfortunately little time's left for my photography. I already said it before, since I discovered your site and the Test Kitchen I have learned so much, and now I make time to shoot photos, just to have the pleasure to add textures after and play around with PSE.
The video on how you realize your textures made my hands itch, and made me realize how much I miss it to let my creativity go.

Take care and continue with what you're doing, you are doing it so incredibly well!! Life will, as always, follow its course.

PS love your pictures of Ben!! A dog has that 'soothing thing'. I still miss my Tess, my beautiful Flatcoated Retriever, died September last.

(Sorry for the poor English, but being Dutch living in France, I've three languages mixed up in my head)
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
I've only been following you for a little while and don't know you well and I am not usually much of a commenter, I always feel so small and that I have nothing really worth adding, but I read this post and felt like I just had to comment.

I appreciate your openness and honesty. I find it so refreshing. I found myself relating to you while reading this post.

I seem to withdraw and pull back in the midst of chaos that life throws my way when it seems too overwhelming. I enjoy being alone and spending time with my little family of my husband and kids. I often wonder if something is wrong with me to enjoy just being...not having a big circle of buddies to hang out with, like most people do. I prefer the opposite, although I do have a few friends that I cherish and like to get together with sometimes, I'm o.k. with my little life on our mountain top. :)

So, from one introvert to another...I believe I completely understand the quietness.

Sorry you've had tech trouble, but glad you have it all sorted now! :)
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa
I am also an introvert and can totally relate to all that you are saying. I have taken the Myers/Briggs test multiple times and ALWAYS come up with the same IFNJ determination. And to Sarah, I have retired and although I may have "fewer" friends than I did when I was working, I have "truer" friends now and guess what, it's wonderful. Retirement is a misnomer. It should be that we are going into "Rejuvenation". I am happier, healthier, and spend more time doing what is important to me and my family.

I don't comment much either, but I am SO enjoying Beyond Beyond and BL (on my own). I am looking forward to all the wonderful things that are yet to come.
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDellen
I forgot to mention...has anyone read "Quiet""? It is all about how awesome we introvert really are!
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDellen
Hang in there, Kim!

I too tend to be introverted. When the Hubby is gone I enjoy the silence and comfort of home. No radio, no tv.

Good Luck with your tech issues. I can live without a lot of stuff, but please don't take my internet away!
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn
Hmmm...we seem to have a little introverts club going on here. Pretty cool how the computer allows us to be alone and together at the same time!

Kim, so many others have already echoed what's in my heart, but I just wanted to add my voice. I like to think of you reading these comments and feeling our love and appreciation wash over you.

And to Dellen, thanks for the tip...just ordered "Quiet."
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Ah there's my girl...I have been missing is good to have you back, if even for a minute..I love your "ramble and roll"with Ben as your sidekick...such great photo's of that dog.
I have worried about your busy life...I can't even keep up with my lessons and here you are working like a maniac and getting it all done...but do be careful...
About the I-Mac you know that I had two of those...the second one the Apple store gave me to replace the first one which I swear was a lemon...always giving me problems and truthfully the second one wasn't any better...I have it sitting in my basement I got the 15in. MacBook Pro with the retina screen and I just love it...should have done it years ago...

You stay healthy my friend...ramble on whenever the need arises and just keep walking Bennie...he'll keep you on the straight and narrow...I'm off to look up Paleo...sounds interesting...and just to let you know...this week is my first week free of the Prednisone...what a blessing that is...slight headache but not near as bad as it was...light at the end of the tunnel.

I have probably sent you e-mail but now I would have no idea what it was about...LOL...If I think of it I'll let you know..
Have a wonderful rest of the week...
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
Oh Kim! I read this post and felt every word! It is very comforting to know there are other introverts as sometimes it does feel like an empty place. Knowing you can reach out and connect is so good! So babble on sweet friend! So many good things come from that! Ben is just so cute! I enjoy your pictures and stories about him!
April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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