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Since becoming a mother and deciding to start my own business from home, I’ve found that I have very little free time.  Go figure, huh?  I’ve been working really hard to find that perfect balance of mother & wife, while keeping a good home, getting a business off the ground, still having “me” time, and staying balanced and grounded.  There are days when I knock it out of the park and days where I totally fail at all of the above.  And I’m not gonna lie, I totally wouldn’t be able to even come close to meeting those goals if it weren’t for other people, random acts of kindness and little pieces of happiness found in unexpected places.  I found that at least once a day I said to myself or someone else, “I am SO grateful for this.”  And while the gratitude never leaves my heart, I thought it would be so awesome to document one each day as a reminder of all the good things in my life.  I had been thinking about this for a while, and then I randomly read about a project called “365 grateful.”  If you have a few minutes to watch this video, it will tug on your heart strings a bit and maybe inspire you to document your gratefulness as well.

With that said, starting today my journey to 365 days of gratitude begins.  Every day for one year, I will blog about one thing that I am grateful for.  Seeing as how this is a photography blog I’m going to try my damnest to incorporate an image with each post, but I’m not going to put any pressure on it or take away from what it means to me.   

And for anyone who keeps up with my facebook page, you’ll know our house has been hit with a plague so due to the fact that we’ve all been bed ridden I don’t have a photo of my own to go with my first entry, but I just wanted to get this party started!

I had an action packed weekend with my in-laws and am grateful for the good weather, good times, and to be part of such a loving supportive family.  Tomorrow I’m starting a year long journey of gratitude and am very excited to share it with you all (if anyone reads this, ha!).

Between the workshop I’m taking right now and a new client that I am working with I am feeling all full of thoughts and inspiration.  I thought I’d share what’s on my mind for today:

The current issue of Anthropolgie catalog has a main spread of women in an open prairie with wild horses.  It looks like it could be the hills of Wyoming or Colorado.  As soon as I saw the front cover I just let out a sigh and a smile.  It spoke to me as soon as I saw it. Mostly the vast countryside but the tone of it too.  I can feel the chill in the air and the sun about to rise on my face.  It’s peaceful yet a little sad.  Loneliness, solitude.  A life away from the stresses of the city and suburbs.  I would be beside myself for the opportunity to photograph in such a gorgeous environment.  My inspiration for the day 🙂  And it doesn’t hurt that I’m obsessed with everything they sell.  As soon as I lose these last 20 lbs of baby weight, and book more clients, I may have to treat myself to a mini makeover….

Check out their catalog online here and see if you’re inspired too!

The holiday weekend has drawn to a close, and although it’s still in the high 90’s it feels like summer is officially over.  Amidst the summer heat little man Baker was born to the sweetest parents you’ll ever know.  I loved hanging out with the Rinehart’s and their new addition.  He totally was not digging me putting that little knit hat on his head, but I’m glad he stuck with it, because he looks like a little bean!  Can’t wait to watch the little man grow and be loved by everyone that meets him.

 

This weekend I got to photograph a good friend of mine, Tony, and his super awesome family.  His son Seth is a “fan” of superheroes.  And by fan, I mean he literally knows of every superhero there ever was, can tell you every minute detail about them, and totally will if you let him.  He’s amazing. It was so much fun hanging out with them!