My name in lights (or in the copyright footer)

You may or may not be aware that our family believes in minimalist footwear. Which means we believe barefoot is best for our bodies and accordingly we wear the most minimal footwear we can all through the year.

Out of our own experiences in this area grew a desire to educate others, mostly to help them solve their back and knee problems that prevent them from enjoying physical activity. Along these lines Damien has given a presentation on this topic at the college where he is a computer programmer.

He has also written a blog series on the topic and in doing so has made a name for himself in the minimalist shoe/barefooting community. (Who knew such a thing existed!) A nice benefit of this "notoriety" is that companies send him shoes to review. Free shoes, I'm cool with that. 

What does this have to do with me? Well... one of the companies he did a review for has selected one of my photos to put on their company website. They asked permission which I was happy to grant with a listing of my name and link back to ADVENTUREinPROGRESS (where the photo was originally found).

The funny thing was that taking that photo took me all of 2 minutes and was no work of art as far as I was concerned. Not the kind of photo I get a creative high from taking. How ironic that when I look at it now I think "hey, that's a good shot". 

So, I'm just sharing that little success with you all because you just never know where these things go. We're building these blogs as a place to share our ideas, family life and vision and to showcase some of our creative work. And we're going to see where it goes.

A teensy success, though small, along the way is very encouraging.

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  • Shannon

    Shannon on March 29, 2010, 2:19 p.m.

    Awesome, way to go! I'm wondering... is it possible to get a decent SLR for under $300? I am looking into it, but am totally clueless about the topic.


    • renee

      renee on March 29, 2010, 5:38 p.m.

      My quick non-researched answer to that question would be "no".  I've heard some good things about Sony's entry lelvel SLR, can't remember the model name.  It's probably cheaper than the equivalent Nikons or canons - the brands I am familiar with. It's not so much the body that will cost you big bucks but the lenses.  Lenses are almost more important than the body (from the research I've done). I'd love to hear what others have to add to this topic.


  • Candelion

    Candelion on March 29, 2010, 7:21 p.m.

    That is so awesome, Renee! I'm glad you're getting some attention, even if only a little ;).. for now. On a similar note, I've decided to start a blog to share my journey as I finish college and formulate post-grad plans. I just published my first post today. If you have some time, I would love if you checked it out. I remember you saying that your blog started as a journal for family, and I think I'm still in that mind set. I have a lot to say, but I just don't know how to say it yet. I would love some pointers =)

    Here's the link (anyone else is welcome to visit also!):


  • Francesca

    Francesca on March 30, 2010, 10:49 a.m.

    Congratulations! I'm not a barefoot person at all, at home in wintertime I'm a slipper person during the day (cold tile floors) and a sock person on most nights (cold stone house)!


    • renee

      renee on March 30, 2010, 11:19 a.m.

      I'm only barefoot on only the warmest of summer days but we wear minimal shoes for when we're not. (Shoes that just give us basic protection for whatever the activity is and not arch supports, ankle supports etc). For most of winter indoors I wear my thick sheep skin slippers. I'm never barefoot in winter!


  • Alisha

    Alisha on March 30, 2010, 7:10 p.m.

    Renee, what is your opinion of moccasins? I love them. Especially the sheepskin lined ones, ooh, wonderful. I was going to get my hubby to make me some from deerskin, lol. BUT he hasn't done it yet. Hopefully, he will next year. He totally owes me. ;)


    • renee

      renee on March 30, 2010, 8:52 p.m.

      Ah... I'm glad you asked. Check out this post where I share my beautiful moccasins (mukluks really) that Damien gave me years ago. Unfortunately, the snow is so wet in Maine that we don't get much use out of them and Damien has a pair of handmade leather shoes that he can only wear during certain non-wet times so he's thinking of selling them.  Lovely shoes though if it weren't so durn wet.


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