Kari Hajinian

photographer. graphic designer. musician.

where have I been?

I am in no way a successful blogger.  That’s okay with me though, because yesterday I googled myself and there is way too much information about me on the internet.  My grandma doesn’t like having her last name on her mailbox, let alone her name in the phone book, and especially on a credit card, and I can’t imagine what she would do if she ever found out her grandchildren have websites.  So why blog now? (you have already asked yourself five seconds into reading this).. I’m not sure, I just figure I won’t post any personal information as I have gotten numerous bulk e-mails from my oldest sister warning against predators.  So I will just talk about really broad things that don’t set me apart from anyone else in the world…

Lately, I have been getting into some fun things:

1. new music: derek webb, andrew bird, a random girl on youtube

2. books: there’s a book I’m reading but the title will reveal who I am (it’s sort of a self-help book and I don’t think anyone really cares anyway).. I have also been slowly going through Genesis.  There are detailed timelines and family trees and verses written out in my journal.  I wanted to lock down key but small details about familiar stories including Cain and Abel and Sarai and Hagar to name some.

3. tea: recently bought a friend three types of tea.. secretly hoping that every time I go to his place, I can teach him how to prepare the tea even though I’ve already taught him.  It’s nice to take a hot cup of tea to class and sip while I listen to boring lectures.

4. merchant: I have been selling my camera equipment on ebay and craigslist.  It has been an adventure to sell it and tomorrow I will go ship two items that sold.

5. Decor: Yesterday I bought a quilt for a great deal.. Originally $130 and I had 2 gift cards and got 10% off and it was already on sale for $70.. Got it for $13 so take that whatever machine that made the quilt.

6. food:  I recently rediscovered Trader Joe’s and I am in love.  I bought mango lemonade.. Let me tell you……………….. that’s all I had to say.

7. Errands:  Lately, I have really enjoyed running errands… that’s all I also had to say.

8. Living: The past two weeks I have practically been living alone (my address isn’t on the internet).. It has been really great and quiet and I’ve been able to establish a good routine and have been keeping up with keeping the apartment clean which I love.. Some candles and a book and lots of blankets and pillows and I am set.

Things are good here.

This is an excerpt from a book that I am reading… It’s about advertising. This chapter is about how people are just foolish and don’t realize how much advertising destroys their sense of awareness and discernment.

"There is still so much ignorance that, when I was invited recently to give a talk on tobacco advertising to students at a progressive private school outside Boston, the person extending the invitation said she was also going to invite someone from the tobacco industry to represent "the other side." I was tempted to ask her if she felt equally compelled to have a batterer on hand during a discussion of domestic violence."


The author goes on to say:
“…rampant commercialism undermines our physical and psychological health, our environment, and our civic life and creates a toxic society. Advertising corrupts us and, I will argue, promotes a dissociative state that exploits trauma and can lead to addiction. To add insult to injury, it then co-opts our attempts at resistance and rebellion.”


I love the truth. Ultimately, I love reading other people’s thoughts regarding unspoken concepts that the rest of the world does not recognize because they are so caught up in the patterns of this world. Our culture does not force, but simply encourages us to unknowingly submit to products and ideas and we don’t even realize it’s happening. It’s rather scary that to be of this world is to allow such a broken and wavering society to tell us who we are.

By Jean Kilbourne

Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel


Misconceptions of How God’s Will Works

I was really encouraged by Greg Marshall’s sermon about God’s will for our lives… These are my notes and study from it.. But here is a link to the actual sermon..

http://westbrookchurch.com/mp3/sunday_morning/2010/10-08-01.mp3

Colossians 1:9-14

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…"

In order to do this, you must first understand how God’s will works. There’s no right or wrong answer because of free will given to us by God.  We can do whatever we want in this life: take whatever job, speak however we please, have whatever friends we want, eat what we want, marry who ever we want.. But if we are not choosing decisions with wisdom according to God’s best interest, how are we able to make a good decision that will be honoring to God?  

Now, you might say, someone who actually cares about God and His will won’t make decisions blindly or selfishly.  But we do.  Everyday we do and say things that we don’t bring to God and that aren’t honoring to Him.. But that doesn’t mean that all is lost even with the smallest or biggest of choices we make daily. God is a loving and merciful God..  He looks forward to when we turn our thoughts of actions to Him and say “Actually Lord, I need your help. I make dumb decisions and I wander away from you when I think I know what’s best or when I’m afraid of where I know you might be calling me.”  I found this concept of turning to the Lord relatable with something I read earlier this morning having to do with idols in Deuteronomy 4:15-31…  Read through that carefully and notice the end result in verses 29-31..

v. 15-19 “…Therefore watch yourselves carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.  And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the starts-all heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.”

v. 29-31 ”BUT if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.  When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.  For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.”  

We can mess up, and He’ll take us back if we genuinely desire to know His truth and believe that He can provide us with wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  If we believe that He knows what’s best for us; through knowing Him, His character and His promises, we can be confident in ourselves because of the One inside of us.  With wisdom, knowledge and understanding we will see proof in the way that we live and that it may be a life worthy of the Lord by: “bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints of the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:10-12)

It’s not about making the correct big decision in our lives. It’s about living day to day with wisdom, knowledge and understanding and trusting in the fruit that we see in our own lives and being confident in Him inside of us so that when that day comes to make a big decision, we trust that the Lord can trust us and say “Kari, I can trust with your wisdom, knowledge and understanding that you can make a good decision that is honoring to Me..”

We become paralyzed and blind when we view the process of knowing God’s will incorrectly.  When we think that we are able to fall out of God’s will for our lives, we are afraid to make any decision because we are afraid it will be the wrong decision.  We can also become blind if we don’t understand the concept of God’s will because we can worry so much about making the right decision that we can forget the growth that needs to happen in order to know what would be the best decision.

It’s not so much about where you need to go, it’s about how you need to get there.  So often we set goals for ourselves to learn and adopt ways into our lives as soon as we can so that we can be the best that we can be but we forget the process that it might require. When we jump into a process expecting it to be easy and fast, we tend to just rush the process, which leaves a gap of possibly lacking a genuine transformation.

Some encouraging verses:

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Proverbs 24:5-6 “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.”

2 Peter 1:2-3 “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

This is a photo shoot that I did last week. Max was super easy and fun to take photos of!  I am happy with how they turned out.. Feeling like I’m finally starting to understand my camera and editing…  

Hands of Jesus- April 6, 2008

destroy your objective to be faultless

find truth in this faith that strains your being

don’t deliberate with the evils you face

use everyday as a means of growing stronger

 

it appears a challenge to repair it

when you consider the depth of your situation

the sincere hunger in your soul will conquer

it will be recognized even in your darkest moments

 

don’t wait for the perfect moment

for anything to change you

for something vast to transform your ways

implement all possibilities

do it for your savior, and Him alone

 

don’t be ashamed of any exertion you possess

thank the Lord your God for the life you have been given

offer Him all of the glory, and deal with the things you face

He will never dispense you things you cannot control

 

take what the devil has presented you

demonstrate that he has no hold over Christ’s child

take your pain and place it in the hands of Jesus

I pray that He may renew the spirit within you

That you may take this challenge and overcome it

And must it be the only thing in your life,

Once looking back that kept you

From feeling God’s beauty in every part

BUT when it is all said and done

you may rest in the arms of your savior           

I’m pretty sure I’m ready for summer…

Good typography is like bread: ready to be admired, appraised and dissected before it is consumed.

The Elements of Typographic Style

By: Robert Bringhurst

We took the babies swimming in my parent’s pool………  They are SO cute and they love the water

Thanksgiving Photo Shoot!

No words to describe the intimacy and thoughtfulness that God has put into creating this earth….

"See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the earthly and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."
 -James 5:7-8
God’s timing is always perfect.  He parted the Red Sea when His people needed it most-when they were trapped between the rushing waters and an approaching army.  God allowed the water to flow again, but only after Moses and the Israelites had made it safely across.  God provided what the people needed at the precise moment that it would make the greatest difference.
From a human vantage point, it isn’t always easy to recognize that opportune moment.  Waiting for God’s answer, when your own internal timer has already gone off, can make you feel as if God isn’t listening or He simply doesn’t care.  When you find yourself in that situation, take a lesson from this verse in James and put yourself in a farmer’s shoes.  You can’t rush a perfect harvest or an answer to prayer.  As a farmer waits for the fruit of his labor, he doesn’t just sit around complaining about how long the growing season is.  He continues to work.  He trusts God, and his patience grows right along with his fruit.
James provides a valuable tip for those who wait.  He advises you to establish your heart, which mean ‘to firmly plant your life and expectations in the fertile soil of God’s truth.’  There is a bountiful harvest as certain as the fulfillment of God’s promises: the Lord will return; the hard times you face will end; and God will answer your prayers when the time is right.
The previous message is from a devotional that I have been going through.  I have been challenging myself in my prayer life, thoughts, and actions with the topic of patience and trusting in God’s will for my life.  It hasn’t been easy but I understand how crucial it is to trust in His timing.

"See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the earthly and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."

-James 5:7-8

God’s timing is always perfect.  He parted the Red Sea when His people needed it most-when they were trapped between the rushing waters and an approaching army.  God allowed the water to flow again, but only after Moses and the Israelites had made it safely across.  God provided what the people needed at the precise moment that it would make the greatest difference.

From a human vantage point, it isn’t always easy to recognize that opportune moment.  Waiting for God’s answer, when your own internal timer has already gone off, can make you feel as if God isn’t listening or He simply doesn’t care.  When you find yourself in that situation, take a lesson from this verse in James and put yourself in a farmer’s shoes.  You can’t rush a perfect harvest or an answer to prayer.  As a farmer waits for the fruit of his labor, he doesn’t just sit around complaining about how long the growing season is.  He continues to work.  He trusts God, and his patience grows right along with his fruit.

James provides a valuable tip for those who wait.  He advises you to establish your heart, which mean ‘to firmly plant your life and expectations in the fertile soil of God’s truth.’  There is a bountiful harvest as certain as the fulfillment of God’s promises: the Lord will return; the hard times you face will end; and God will answer your prayers when the time is right.

The previous message is from a devotional that I have been going through.  I have been challenging myself in my prayer life, thoughts, and actions with the topic of patience and trusting in God’s will for my life.  It hasn’t been easy but I understand how crucial it is to trust in His timing.

why is it that every time I have something I need to get done, something exciting always comes up?

Signing up for Tumblr today was the best choice I’ve made all day.

why is it that every time I have something I need to get done, something exciting always comes up?

Signing up for Tumblr today was the best choice I’ve made all day.