When was the last time you got really excited? Jumping out of your skin, grinning from ear to ear excited? So excited you’re anxious?
Every time I ask our dog, Gizmo, if he wants to go for a walk, he gets very excited, jumping up and down, tail going crazy, barking up a storm, doing circles around me, and running back and forth to the door in anticipation of actually going for a walk.
That’s pure joy and excitement, right there. Same as a child would react who loves the outdoors and where every day is an adventure.
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
An experience I had recently, involving work I created for two dear friends, brought out some pure joy and excitement in me, that I hadn’t experienced before in my business quite in the same way. I had held on to that work for several weeks, allowing other things to take over in my schedule, because if I’m being honest…I had a lot of anxiety surrounding putting this work “out there” for all to see. What most don’t know is that this was two years in the making. And two years of me resisting and getting in my own damn way. So for me, it’s like “giving birth” to a new possibility that is both exciting and very nerve-wracking at the same time.
I’ll share more of that story in the full blog post at a later time, where I’ll share more of their images, but in the meantime, these are the two I posted on my Facebook page.
This is Lori, who, on the day of this beauty session, turned 40. This was a celebration beauty session!
This is Jen. The resistant-at-first friend who realized, towards the end of the session that, what just happened, was much more than just a make-over.
That, right there is work that I want to create over and over and over and over. Because it matters. Because it’s empowering. Because it has long-lasting good-feeling mojo long after. Because, I feel, it’s work that is bigger than me. And because it just feels right to me.
Now, you may be wondering…huh, guess those children, families, weddings, couples, and seniors she’s photographed weren’t as awesome. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. I take away and learn something from every interaction I have with my clients. A senior in high school takes me back and reminds me of my more youthful days, brings an energy to the session that no other session can. Whereas, children bring this natural wonder and curiosity that even now, I still have as an adult, so I find it easy to relate to children in that way. And families….well, it’s a reminder for me, every time, of the blessing I have in my own life that even though my own family is very small, we are very tight. And how, through my marriage, I have been introduced to so much more love in my life and have that father role model, as an adult, that I never truly had as a child. And all the weddings I’ve photographed, give me hope, that in this world, there is still goodness and love prevailing and you see it all unfold in one very important, emotionally-charged day…and to be a part of that and to document the start of someone else’s love story? It’s not something I ever took very lightly.
I’ve put passion and love into all of those sessions, but this….this is different. It’s as if a sleeping giant has been awakened in me. And I didn’t fully feel it until Friday, October 24th and it’s a day I will never forget. Simply put, this has been a big deal to me. And I have no idea where this will take me, what will happen from now on, but I do know this: that when you feel true joy and excitement…that’s when you know you’re on the right track.
Seek out the joyful moments in your life and do whatever it takes to feel it on a daily basis. It may be simply taking the dog for a walk. It may be turning on the jams and having your own dance party. And I feel like I’ve written about this before. But truly, you will see a difference taking shape in your life when you do. And it starts rubbing off on those closest to you as well.
And before I go, I want to share a little update on this previous post, where I shared how I planned to tell the kids what I love about them. Last week, we had sat down for our evening meal and I went around the table telling each of our children what I loved about them. Their faces just lit up. Two days later, Xavier shared that he disagreed with me on my previous assessment of how he makes a situation funny, whereas Jozlyn will make others laugh at her expense. He disagreed and proceeded to give an example of how he made others laugh. That told me one thing, that what I said to him, made him think and also actually stuck with him. Alexandra too – busily made cards for her dad and I to put on the fridge days after that conversation.
Kids are sponges; taking in the good (and the negative) things we say, directly or indirectly stated towards them. Becoming mindful of what I tell myself (in my own mind), has made me more mindful of what I actually say. It’s a daily practice, and I still find myself allowing negative things into my mind. But, it’s honestly been helping me change the tone of the conversation in our home. And with my older two, it’s going to take some work. As I learn, they too shall learn. And maybe through reading this blog, you too, shall learn right along with me.
Have a blessed week and until next time, be mindful of what your feelings are telling you and never hesitate to share, with others, what you love about them.