You may have noticed my absence, or you may have been busy living life. Which is what I’ve been catching up on, myself, so I hope that you have had a few enjoyable days lately, too!!
My sister came into town, from out of state. So, as I’m sure you can guess, we exhausted ourselves trying to soak up every moment! We squeezed in two birthday parties, our own family pictures, and every yummy meal possible. And while this was all packed into 4-5 days (With 5 kids under the age of 3, what were we thinking?!?), I’m sure you can imagine the several days of prep before-hand, as well as the several days following of getting everything back to “normal.”
****Whatever THAT is! Can someone tell me what “normal” looks like? Because all I’m seeing is endless laundry……****
Any-who, while all of this catching up has been exhausting in its own way, it has been so valuable! It made me slow down, get on my kids level, visit with family long missed, and think about myself, as well, when answering all of those “What have you been up to?” type questions.
It made me reevaluate what I’ve been working so hard for, and what is truly important. You see, sometimes we get caught up in the things that we think should be important, and we miss out on the things that really ARE important.
Family Time. Knowing oneself. Enriching the world.
It’s really that simple. Stop looking at the catalogs to decide what gifts to give, and get to know your children, your spouse, your siblings, and parents. Then give them something that inspires them, encourages them, challenges them. Spend time with loved ones every chance you get, because you won’t have forever. Stop trying to do everything yourself, and let your family members teach you something new or different. Or go and do something for them that they struggle with. Be the expert in your strengths, and work as a team to do amazing things in our world!
I’m going to be honest here, I don’t really know where I was going with this. I have all of these little “aha” thoughts just swimming around in my head. But I do know what started it:
I was a hypocrite.
I tailor all of my sessions with you lovely people so that they highlight your uniqueness. And you know what I did Sunday? I posed every single one of my family members, including myself, into stiff, boring poses! You want to know how well it went? It went HOOOOORRIBLY!! Every child was crying or screaming at one point. We all had strained smiles. None of us were showing ourselves for the beautiful people we were.
Why do you think I did that?
I can tell you why. I was trying to be the master of everything. Photographer, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and Auntie. I guess this is what got me really thinking on what is important.
So, I leave you with this. Stop it! Know what your strengths are, and they may be different depending on the situation, but stop trying to do everything. Slow down and ground yourself in family time, take time to explore yourself, and work to your strengths.
I am a great mother, a kick-butt photographer, and a pretty rocking wife. (I’ll let my family share their thoughts on my quality of sister-hood and daughter status.) But, I can’t do it all by myself, and definitely not all at the same time! Surround yourself with a great team, and let the professionals work for you when needed. *wink, wink*
(During a playtime at the Deming Park. We love being outside! Follow us on Instagram for our “personal” side.)
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” ~Mother Teresa