Bittersweet Summer

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“We are either defined by memories of our past or the vision we have for our life in the future.” Author unknown.

In the midst of summer, between the blanket of humidity and the cricket chirping induced sleep I have found direction, confidence and a little peace. Starting off the summer listening to a mantra of “I am lost” playing over and over in my mind was not a great start but when I was finally willing to just come out and admit that I was lost, I was finally able to get my bearings.

I’ve always loved heading out on unknown roads and getting lost. I love how it always gives me a different perspective and increases my need to really pay attention to my surroundings. Understanding that has helped me understand that this feeling of being lost and having no idea which direction to go is a reminder to pay closer attention; that maybe I need a new perspective. Giving voice to my “lostness” has also allowed me to be more open to possibilities and to peer a little closer into the journey that I’m on. Finding my direction has meant making difficult choices and being honest with myself in ways that I have avoided for fear of disappointing myself and others.

Another benefit of being honest and admitting I was lost is that it gave me permission to look for help. I truly believe when we are real and sincere about our needs and hurts, God opens our hearts and minds to receive exactly what we need at that time. For me it was a book written by Rachel Hollis (Girl Wash Your Face). From there I began following her on Facebook and Instagram and listening to her Podcasts. She resonated with me so much that I felt like we were friends who have just never had the pleasure of meeting.

I love this thing called photography. I love the adventure in it, the learning of it, the creative freedom it gives and I know that I want to be a photographer, I just have to stop getting in my own way. I’m still working to find my way but I now appreciate that I’m making these choices for me and no one else. That “other people’s opinions of me are none of my business” and, that I “didn’t come this far only to come this far”.*

*Quotes courtesy of Rachel Hollis’ movie ‘Made For More’.

3 Comments on “Bittersweet Summer

  1. I understand what you are talking about. I too have those same feelings of being lost and I try so hard to express my voice and vision through photography. It is a journey that I feel is never complete but we must keep on striving for! The only thing that matters is if it makes you happy and if you like it!

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    • Angela,
      I love your work! I just read your blog Photo Study. Patience is definitely a must in this business and I love that you took us along on your little journey and the results are amazing! Morning Light I is my favorite.

      Like

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