Inspiring Presence, Heart and Community Through Photos (VIDEO)

What do you do with your pictures of beautiful landscapes, loved ones, or a meaningful moment?  How many times have you snapped a photo, saved it – and then…nothing? Photographer Kat Sloma from Corvallis, Oregon inspires heart and community through her Photo Heart Connection project. Kat’s project will give you a new appreciation of your Photography while connecting you to other images around the world.

I love photography and producing videos for  my nonprofit Go Inspire Go (GIG); but I admit, I seldom go back and watch them — to reflect on why the stories connected with my heart and spirit on a deeper level. Thanks to Kat, I’m now taking time out of every month to look, see, feel — and be present in the work that I do (and did). This process sparks creative growth personally and professionally.

I hope this short video podcast will inspire you to pause, reflect and appreciate the people and special moments in your life. When we take time to pause and reflect, ultimatelywe become more present.  Share these moments with loved ones, friends and family, it may lead to a new passion or love of your very own.

Would you like to get more involved with Kat’s project? Heres how to immerse yourself:

1. Visit the website
2. Share: At the end of the month, review your images and identify those with the strongest connection to your heart and soul. Write about that connection in a blog post, or in a photo description on Flickr, then link into the monthly link up. You have the opportunity to know other photographers seeking the same connection, by visiting the links and reading their experiences.
3. Be inspired to regularly pause and reflect in your work – be present. It’s the journey that will pass you up if you’re not in the moment.

I recently launched these Tea with Toan segments with the intention to pause, reflect, and connect with people around the world who are using their power to help others (all while sipping on tea!). Tea warms us all from the inside just like a good conversation. If you or someone you know wants to be considered for an interview, send me an email at info [at]


(cc) Photo Credit: jmtimages

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About Toan Lam

Toan Lam, the creator of is living proof that inspiration and hope trumps the unfortunate situations many of us face today. After nearly 10 years of television industry experience, both in-front and behind-the camera reporting in San Francisco as well as ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates around the country and California Heartland, a statewide, syndicated PBS magazine show, he was laid off from his major market news gig. Toan decided to stop his job search and combine his journalism chops and gift of connecting with people, to help his community. That experience led him to create a website featuring inspirational videos via a YouTube channel. At the end of the videos, there are resource links where viewers can go to help the featured people. His goal: To help everyone discover their power and inspire them to use their power (their resources and talents) to help others. When Toan is not on TV, he is blogging about his website content for the Huffington Post's Living and Impact Sections. Additionally, he is sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience as an adjunct professor, teaching on-camera talent and production classes at the University of San Francisco (his alma mater) and the Academy of Art. Toan is also a member of the Asian American Journalists' Association.