How do you define “normal?”
what are the standards you judge yourself by when it comes to beauty? fitting in? success?
who do you look to for influence and mental health? what are you feeding your brain and heart with from week to week?
you may not even realize you are programming your habits, but the saying is true -
where your attention lies, your intention follows. #pouryourheartintoit#livefull#seeklifespeaklife
There’s something that my soul finds deep and filling about working with my hands and being outside. building things, creating artwork, landscaping, hiking... anyone else? ✋🏽
here’s to a season of growth and strengthening the foundations as we slow a bit and have time to reflect and build. what’s one thing you want to work on over the coming season?
thanks for this stellar photograph of this valuable part of my story @only1field :) ❤️❤️❤️
Connection sessions available starting next monday and running thru the 21st with same day photo delivery! time to celebrate these special relationships in your life with some tangible and permanent memories in your home!! firstname.lastname@example.org or dm me for more info!
From abby when asked why realizing yoga and not being alone is important to her - “well multiple reasons. for one, i’ve realized my potential and i no longer allow others to manipulate me or control me. i feel like a whole new person and that is magical. but also, i realized that i could take my own past and use it to help others. i can be the person for them that i couldn’t be for myself. i can use the gift of being an emotional and empathetic person and help others feel valued and understood. i can do my part to prevent other people from feeling alone and worthless like i did”
you are not an accident. your emotions and depth are not part of a “chemical imbalance.” god has designed you and your body/mind/spirit for a purpose. lean into it, reach into the darkness, let it be transformed and let it shine!
Putting up their artwork in their space was so satisfying! we designed it with this spot in mind! first thing they’d see when they walk in, after work, after trips, etc. this is the center of the dining room and the center of their world. love she didn’t expect and life he fights to preserve! where would you put your heirlooms? what’s the space you would draw inspiration from seeing your art in? where would you want to anchor your love in your home?
This girl spent a lot of yesterday in the hospital trying to figure out why her stomach has been hurting so bad. they think it may be gall stones, but not 💯 sure... it didn’t seem much like an emergency, but for some of our family, it brought some sincere worry as they watched her be in pain without a lot of answers.
we have so much to be thankful for, but i feel like sometimes we get so wrapped up in the struggles and challenges, we don’t see the joy and we don’t focus on the moments and parts we do love.
i’m not gonna seem all “together” and tell you i was looking forward to this shoot we did with the girls the other day. it was cold, getting dark, and i didn’t get to do any of the things that “i wanted to get done” on sunday. but the girls had been planning it all week, bought clothes specifically for it,and spent the better part of 2 hours getting ready.
i had just come back from a week of being gone, being encouraging and trying to inspire other photogs to “create magic in the everyday” with their clients who really want what we all want - to believe they are living a life and love worth living!
so, as i tried to get my mind right and change my own attitude about this evening, i spent some mental time reminding myself of these very things - you are blessed to have these beautiful women to pour your heart and life in to. you are lucky they want you to be part of their days as teens. this is an opportunity for them to see how beautiful and fun they are. they are worth it - all the effort, any pain, all the time, all the money, any annoyance or challenge - they are #worthit. so i went with that, and this is one of the photos we came out with.
friends we never know what tomorrow will be or what normal event may turn into “unexpected emergency.” as my wife reminded me last night, we need to take the time to be with those and love in the moments we have, not that we hope we will have. i pray the most beautiful blessings on your thanksgiving times together. if you don’t have family, find family and make it a priority to show up and be present with them in their lives. i’m working on it, won’t ya join in?
this has become half of the motto i have adopted as i’ve gotten older. @showit.co said it this way - be relentless in your pursuit of that which renews!
too often we put off the things that make us happy, fill us up, are good for our bodies or brains, or even that build into us bc we are either too busy or feel guilty for spending time/money/effort on just us. i know i have so many times...
the trick is that those are the things that fill us up, that renew our spirits and passion for life and allow us to have something to give to others to begin with. when we don’t take time and discipline our lives to allow for those things first, we end up burnt out and weary from the day to day. last week i got to spend time away with my wife at the #showitunited2018 conference in az, and then a motorcycle trip with our friends @jml1213 and @nathanholritz to see our friends @montanadennis and @nicolie. talk about feeling filled up! i never would’ve given myself permission several years ago. it’ll cost too much, we shouldn’t be gone from the kids that long, it’s dangerous, we already went on a trip this year, etc etc. the same kind of excuses that kept me out of the gym regularly for years - some version of “i don’t have the time/money/etc”
so, i stopped practicing those mindsets and have been trying on new ones. well, this photo my wife took of me is proof that they’re making a difference (i kept looking at it, astonished that that is me...)
there’s a lot to the #buildyourbestlife practice, but the most essential part is practicing it often and with this in mind - seek life and all that it has to offer with all that you have!
what’s one thing that fills your soul or makes you feel good about life that you want more of in your days?? comment below or dm me and let’s chat!
This is about time. today. now.
if you could design your day to do the things that give you life and also give you opportunity to speak life into others, what would you spend your time doing? @tinamariekraemer chose to spend some time at #showitunited2018 with my wife and i giving her boy some much needed, and strongly desired time. she spoke over his life, gave voice to her hopes and dreams for him along with taking time to simplycelebrate his birth and her ability to love him and feed him with her body. it was a magical thing to witness and help her make a permanent part of their lives with photographs and artwork!
if you could design your day tomorrow, what would you spend your time doing? got it in your head? good, now go do that!