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Living with Purpose: Burlington NC Photographer

I’m a big goal setter…like I always have my goals in front of me so that on a daily (sometimes hourly), I’m reminded of what I’m suppose to be doing and where I’m going!   This weekend our pastor spoke about purpose and it was so good and really spoke to me!  That our purpose is usually not about us…but about something bigger and if we get out of the way, we can often fulfill out purpose to a greater fashion!   I’ve been thinking about that all day and decided that for this week, I’m going to work on being more purposeful (not task oriented) and allowing myself to be used for something that is outside of me!

When thinking about being purposeful there are a few things that I feel stand in the way and one way to move forward is by seeing the obstacles and deliberately moving them!  Here are 3 that I know get in my way!

Fear:  For some reason, we are given big dreams, we have goals and desires that I believe are often providence driven and places in our hearts and souls for a reason, but then we let fear get a hold and tell us that those dreams were meant for someone else, that those hearts desires are not attainable for someone like us.  We have to give way to fear, we have to push it down down and let our dreams shine!  Let them overtake the fear!   Our gut often pushes us to the edge of taking that leap, but then fear says “don’t” and we listen!  Dont’ listen anymore.  What is the one thing that you can do this week that will overcome fear?  I find the more we face fear head on, the easier it gets.

Not Knowing Your Why:  Why is it that you want to be purposeful?  What are the things that are being written on your heart even as your read this.  I know that there are things in your mind that you think “I want to do this” or “Im being led this way”  what I suggest is that you write down your WHY….because it will help keep you motivated.   For example, my Mother Child Project!   I love doing them, it fills my soul, even when I’m swamped and feel overwhelmed, providing those single images for moms everywhere helps to give me a purpose.  But what really drives me is the WHY…it’s because I feel so strongly (because of my own personal experience) that every child (not necessary moms) deserve to have one beautiful image of them and their moms.  My why is what keeps me motivated to do it.  When I loose track of the Why, I then let other things get in the way!  What is your why?

Don’t Procrastinate:  For me this is a huge obstacle.  I often find reasons why I should put something off.  I can think of a zillion reasons to “wait”  reasons like I’m not prepared, or I don’t have the time, but the fact is that we need to just do!  I have found that if I just jump, then it’s often when things work out the best.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are many things that need some planning, but often we can plan our way out of doing something.  Just get to it.  Let your heart really lead you and you will find the motivation to move forward.

So here’s to living with more purpose, to following those deep dreams that are in your heart and to leaving a legacy, because in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about!

This beautiful girl with gorgeous eyes and an amazing sense of style!  I loved her sweet disposition that shines through in every single image!  Ally, thank you so much for being so wonderful to work with!  Special thanks to Kara for all her work with hair and make up, you’re awesome!

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