December 22

Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” Swami Vivekananda

Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

FAVORITES: For my final photo challenge favorite selections for 2017, I decided to share some photos I didn’t get to use and a few I did. Since we are in the season of holiday gifting, I also chose to share some of my foods from around the world; Try The World food selections are a great gift idea and the collages always make me hungry. I have a few more photos to share for this list still in the works.For those of you who are curious about the mother holding a baby sculpture, it is part of a nine piece sculpture series created by internationally recognized artist/sculptor, Joy Brown. It is  across from the West 96th St subway station in Manhattan and is called One Holding Small One. I will feature all nine in a post. They have influences from her childhood in Japan and, like all the wonderful street art I come across in NYC, this series warms my heart. You can read more about her works in the three articles below.
The bottom shot is called Sailor Kiss and it is a depiction of a famous post World War II photograph taken at Times Square. This equally popular Street art depiction is by Street artist extraordinaire, Eduardo Kobraa Brazilian artist who uses kaleidoscopic color ranges to create beautiful murals and paintings on walls around the world. This one is painted against a wall by the High Line walking trail in lower Manhattan. Kobra’s work always takes my breath away beacye the colors are vibrant and the mural ais huge… Definitely a favorite. Since I love quotes, I added some of my favorites from Brainy Quotes top 100 selections. Do come back for my other photos.
READ: Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side By Paige Williams
Adorable Bronze Figures by Joy Brown Arrive on the Broadway Malls in NYC By AFineLyne
Joy Brown on Broadway
Eduardo Kobra: Biography by Nicole Figuerola



“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart

Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frankl
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. Friedrich Nietzsche


Stay tuned for my selections from my 2017 photo files. Thank you all for your generous support through your likes and comments and social media shares. Deeply appreciated!

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“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” Thomas Carlyle

Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Anne Frank
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius



“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus

Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES
Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett



This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – FAVORITES –   This week, To celebrate the end of the year, share the most meaningful photo you’ve taken in 2017. From the photo that generated the most reactions on your blog to the one that has the deepest emotional pull on you, define “favorite” in whatever way works best for you. Your chosen image doesn’t have to be one you’ve already shared in a previous Photo Challenge. Anything goes, as long as it’s a photo from 2017. If you want to share several images, that’s fine too — a “best of 2017” gallery could be fun if you can’t settle on one photo.



Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy all your favorites by sharing them with those you love!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


2017 FAVORITES, creativity, favorites, Happiness, Humor, inspiration, laughter, life, love, photography, postaday, street art, Weekly Photo Challenge

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  • Very nice photos and beautiful quotes too! The first collage makes me feel like life is so meaningful and vibrant and is beautiful that way. 🙂

  • I so needed to read this post today. I went to bed feeling a bit discouraged about my growth online and for a few other reasons, and reading this quote totally helped bring my perspective and goals back into focus: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

    Thank you!

  • I’m jealous of all the beauty around you to take pictures of! This is a very cool idea!

  • I really want to try the Try the World boxes. You always receive such interesting goodies and I’m tempted to try them out myself. I hope you have a great holiday!

  • Thanks for sharing these positive motivation tips constantly…!! I just love reading them.

  • I need to try some of these! I actually found a subscription box that brings you monthly foods from around the world! Loved your photos!

  • You took so many beautiful photos. I really love the sculpture of the people. its really cute but also quite heart warming in a way.Lovely idea to share all the favouritese in a post!

  • These are some beautiful pictures! And I love all the quotes you tagged with it, especially the Anne Frank one, I agree, happy people make other people happy!

  • I love these sculptures! It’s a great reminder for this upcoming new year to live, laugh, and love fully. We’ve always got to keep moving forward.

  • The Joy Brown sculpture is really interesting. It will be great to see your photos of her other ones. These were all really good shots!

  • Interesting set of pics. Being a new mommy, I esp love the pic of the parent & child sculpture. Happy Christmas & New Years to you and your family Elizabeth!

  • These favorites collections remind of every past holiday when we’ve done a “favorites list” of things we have really liked throughout the year. It could be tangible or intangible, but really great to think back on the year and what favorite things there were.

  • I can see why these photos left such a profound impact on you. I especially love the sculpture of the mother holding the baby. So touching and so intriguing at the same time. What a great challenge!

  • I am enjoying all your favorites, We share in favs as a matter of fact. My all time fav is the colorful one with the couple kissing.

  • I love that re-visioned photo of the solider kissing the nurse! It has always been one of my favorite photos and this pop of color is so cool!

  • Favorites! This is the best word to celebrate the end of year. And your motivation tip fits so well in this festive mood, “Enjoy all your favorites by sharing them with those you love”

  • Super photos, as always. I love the idea of try the world food collages. This is deffo food for thought 🙂 x

  • As always your pictures are beautiful! My favorite picture is one of five of my grandchildren together. Play clothes, tossed hair, dirty hands simply kids enjoying each other and enjoying nature.

  • Really love the sunset photo. Nature photography or natural photography as always been my favorite.

  • Food collages make me hungry as well. But I agree with the quote that it’s not what you look at but what you see. Powerful thought!

  • Love your favourites of the years, they look so colorful and eventful! I wish you a new year full of new wonderful adventures!

  • I absolutely adore the Kobra piece of street art you’ve picked out here – he’s one of my favourite street artists, and I don’t think he’s recognised enough! I took this same pic when I was in New York, walking the High Line trail x

  • These photos are beautiful! The vibrant soldier one is my favorite. I love the quotes you included as well!

  • Those were very inspiring quotes with interestingly looking pictures. I’ve read some of those quotes before, especially Anne Frank. Next time I read a book, I should note/save their quotable sayings in my journal.

    Happy holidays to you.


  • Your choice of quotes is exactly what I needed to hear right now – thank you, Eliz! 😀 And I wish you a wonderful New Year!

  • You’re photography is just simply amazing and tge best
    I really love it
    And i also love the perfect combinations of pictures and quotes
    I really love reading your motivational posts …
    Thanks alot for sharing it

  • very interesting choice of pictures for this montage! I think the one with the colourful kiss puts everything together quite nicely! 🙂

  • What a cute theme for the end of the year! I think you chose really lovely photos, I really like that of the sculpture of a mom holding a baby.

  • I like that quote from Anne Frank… 2017 has been a pretty trying yet fulfilling year for me… I survived it thanks to having my favourite boyfriend with me!

  • You did a good job at this challenge. I really loved your posts this year. Can’t wait to see what you will share with us in 2018.

  • This is such a beautiful set of photos posted and as a mom, I really admire the sculpture of the mother holding the baby.

  • The first quote by Swami Vivekananda is so inspirational! The sculpture of the mother holding her baby is beautiful!

  • Lovely job with this challenge. Looks like you were able to capture a lot of great photos this year.

  • A dove, a sculpture, a dress, a sunset… Simple things, yet meaningful. Makes me think that you had both an eventful, yet peaceful and happy year. Hope the next one will be even better!

  • The quotes you chose is such a great inspiration! And the photo collages are absolutely stunning as well!

  • I enjoy your photo challenges very thought provoking and meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for this post! I always need the extra motivation to be persistent in things I want and to not get distracted.

  • There are some photos here that made my favorites list, as well. I love the quote by Volitaire; it has made my favorites list, too.

  • I guess I can say that the idea that lives in me is music. It makes me happy and I use it to try to make others happy too. I guess you can say it is part of our duty as occupants of this earth. The Huxley quote is so awesome and true. Great post.

  • I’m especially loving the colourful mural shot – it has an incredibly array of colours there!!

  • Love all these photos! So gorgeous and have so much meaning. Well done!

  • This is an especially fitting time to look back on faves! I’m looking back at all my favorites as well, and being thankful for so much

  • I love your photos! I have tons of unused photos too in my phone and camera. Maybe I’ll sort them at the end of the year.

  • Your final photo challenge is so wonderful and such a great quote. I will share this with my friends.

  • Great choices, always so inspirational and I love looking to see what pictures you have choosen!!!

  • I think that’s probably why I fail so much. I can’t hold on to one idea the whole time. I definitely need to redefine what success means to me.

  • all the photos are fantastic! such a great selection! my fav is the Kobra’s one! so colorful!

  • I just love the collection of quotes. Extremely inspiring. Can’t wait for 2018 to go create a trail!

  • I like the concept of doing photo challenges, it’s very inspirational. Thanks for sharing these and of course your dope quotes. I may have to do something similar on my blog.

    Aïchatou Bella

  • I have never tried the World boxes but it sounds amazing! Eduardo Kobra is one of my favorite street artists. I saw his David Bowie Mural in Jersey City as well as few other street art in New York and Chicago!

  • These are all great photos for 2017. My personal favorite is the sunset with the bench in it. I love that picture as I am a sunset fanatic, they are all so pretty!

  • I really love your favorites photo collage and inspirational quotes. I hope you are having a great and wonderful year.

  • Love love the pictures! I definitely want to take more picture this year! I always snapchat things and forget to actually appreciate the beauty!

  • You have a lot of very interesting photos, but the one that interests me the most is the photo in the park of what looks like a golden sculpture. I can’t tell what it is, but it’s very intriguing.

  • The statue looks likes something I have seen in an anime. It really stands out to you and is very memorable. Is it like a Madonna & Child?

  • I love the Sailor’s Kiss. What a great piece of art and lovely capture by you. I’ll have to check out his work next time I’m there!

  • As always I love your photos, some of course more than others. My favorite today is of the huge person holding the small person. This could be conceived in so many ways. I also would like you to know that I truly enjoy the quotes you choose. They are so inspirational.

  • I love this: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. I am a firm believer that when we think of something it happens- so why not think of our favorite thing!?

  • I love photos you’ve taken and the one you picked for the last challenge! I love the one with the white bird ( I don’t really see which one is it). But in our culture, when you see the white bird it’s believed that someone of your loved one who died is visiting you. It’s quite symbolic and I really love it!

    I hope you will do posts like these in 2018! I’m sorry that I’m being late to the party but Happy New Year and Christmas <3

  • Why is it 2018 and I have still not done a photo challenge? I will need to add it to my bucket list.

  • Your photos did justice to the word, “Favorites.” The quotes are likewise thought-provoking. I like this quote the best – “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill” It just motivates me to do more.

  • […] thaw my toes. A day later, I drove into the city and saw the sculpture I featured the week before, One Holding Small One by Joy Brown, now dressed in a snow cap and cape. The snow settled in strategic spots as if Mother […]

  • I love this compilation of photos that you’ve put together. You’ve done an incredible job over the past year with your photo challenges — I always look forward to seeing what you’ll be posting about each week! 🙂

  • I absolutely love all of your gorgeous photographs and I enjoy these quotes so very much …

  • I love that Kobra mural. It’s so colorful and full of life! It means having the life to its fullest!

  • I love that colorful graffiti art! It’s better than most art found in modern art museums. Stunning display of colors and so much energy and positivism. What are the chances that the artist sells a print version?

  • I love your selection of photos, especially the art of Kobra. It’s really inspiring. I like that you also introduced us to different cuisines of the world through the Try the World food selections.

  • Oooo I think you did a great job! I want to give this a shot. It’s nice to see such colorful imagery! x

  • Every one of your pictures has a story to tell and I particularly love the vibrancy of the Kobra mural.The accompanying quotes are so inspiring too.

  • Your selection of pictures in incredible – not just the work itself, but also the ideas behind. Thank you for sharing!

  • Great photos and inspiring quotes. I love the pic of the sculpture of the parent with the baby on their knee.

  • 2017 had so many favorite moments for me but I can’t say it’s been my best year. it was all about keeping a positive attitude! But going into 2018, it’s been rockin asks rollin! Happy 2018. It’s almost February already!

  • It’s exciting to think that you’ve got a whole new year for more beautiful photos. These look great.

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