It’s been a hard few weeks..to say the least, (I know there are days, weeks and even seasons) like this sometimes in our lives, but boy…this one has really got me down! I am trying to find the “lemonade” in it all…realizing that even in the hard times that we can find joy and learn and grow! So here are a few things that I’ve learned in the last few weeks.
Flexibility is really a must! .I recently read a quote that said “blessed are the flexible as they shall not be bent” I have tried to lean on that…knowing that the more I learn to “go with the flow” the fewer things will bother me and I will be less stressed!
Finding the quiet! My daughter (the sweet thing that she is) said to me last night and said “mom, a bit of advice from Dr. Makaley…you need a hot bath” she was right! I needed the time to settle my mind, to just escape from all the craziness. For me, the hot bath with peppermint oil was a must, but for you, it may be a drive in the country or a walk around the neighborhood.
Healthy Eating: I am so reminded of how garbage in means garbage out, and when life is stressful, we need more than ever to eat food that gives us fuel. The last few weeks I’ve been running here and there, putting out many fires and I was eating like crap, and it wasn’t helping anything, I had little energy to deal with all the “fires’ and so I made a commitment to eat better (clean) and it has helped a lot!
Find the fun: When work is crazy, when schedules are crazy, I have to work hard to find and make fun! Especially when I’m on the road on my own! Yesterday, while editing I binged watched a show that I loved (All AMERICAN…football and teen drama). Im hanging with a friend all next week for a workcation, I make good food, just things like that to help bring some fun into things.
Perspective makes all the difference: In the last year or so we have had some very hard things happen to our family…things that would rock our world to the core, but a few long months removed, it was the best thing that could have happened to use…our perspective has changed (as hard as it was) and so now, while my life is in one of those seasons…I am trying to remember that perspective will help me get through it all!
So not that I’m not okay, I am! It’s just been a very difficult season with a lot of circumstantial things that are beyond my control (health issues, two broken teeth, my husband’s MD has gotten worse) So I’m trying to take my own words and daily (sometimes minute by minute) remember them!
Switching gears big time! I had this amazing teen shoot last month, it was perfect, great girls…inside and out, an amazing makeup artist, just the whole thing was energy giving! I love these shoots for so many ways, I love what they do for these girls self-esteems, I love that it captures their time in life whether its dance team or middle school. I love the enthusiasm that they bring and I love meeting their moms! I’m so excited to share this young lady’s images, she has the biggest smile and a super fun personality that just shines through those big UH-MAZING eyes!
A few House Keeping Things!
Next Teen Shoot is August 28th! 3 Spots available! Shoot us an email here if you want your child to participate! (boys can do these too)
Senior Experience: Senior Pictures….We are booking for Class of 2021 (can you believe it) If you want fall pictures, now is the time friends! BOTH Gable and I are booking in Burlington and at the Beach! LOVE it!
Santa Sessions: Not sure these are going to happen this year, trying to get a bit creative and figure some things out! I’ll post something by the end of August!
Family Pictures: Fall Sessions, we only have a few openings for these! This fall is a great time to update your family pictures, but if you want fall colors, we need to get those scheduled 🙂