I’m saying forget the expectations I have for myself. Forget the requirement of my posts being at least 400 words long. (Why is that even a rule for myself? No one’s paying me.) I haven’t written for my little space in almost a week, and all because I haven’t made the time to sit and write every thought in my head. I wish to change that.
Today, I declare myself free of the expectations and write because I love it, because I enjoy it. I’ll leave the rules to the people I write for and that pay me. (I make it sound like there’s a list of them. I’m manifesting the list!)
I’m giving my heart full range again, and as with many things in my life, I have motherhood to thank for that. I took my Nuggets on a mini-adventure to our local mountains and was hoping to capture all of our adventure, but my phone died. It was the best thing to have happened because it reminded me that the best things to be learned aren’t found in text, they’re found in experiences.
Cheers to being free from the expectations!
It was his goal to get up on that mountain. As you can see, he did it.
He also wanted to go down it. I could not agree to that one without his bubble wrap suit on.
This girl was in heaven! She sang like a little bird throughout our mini-adventure.
I am grateful to live so close to the mountains. It changes my perspective on not having a backyard to play in.
I don’t know how I forgot to share my first published piece over at Fit Bottomed Mamas. Oh yeah, life happened and continues happening.
I was put in connection with one of the main women that run Fit Bottomed Girls (word up to my girl Tish!) and was given the opportunity to write for their sister website, Fit Bottomed Mamas. FBM’s mission resonated with me and inspired me to begin writing pretty much instantly. I quickly felt at home as I submitted my first piece and received great feedback for my honest words. The inspiration continued.
When I received notification that my first post had been published, I felt like I was on top of the world. I felt recognized as not only a contributing writer, but also a human being who had some knowledge to share. Let me restate that, it’s not even so much knowledge that I’m trying to share, it’s simply my experiences that I learn from that I want others to experience with me. I try and stay cognizant that what works for me is not going to work for everyone else. I guess that’s why I attempt to keep it light-hearted and personal.
We all have a different normal, and I intend to shine a light on my normal to remind others that we don’t have to meet anyone’s expectations. Only I know what works best for my family and me. It’s all right to be different in more than one way. I’m the captain of my ship and I intend to continue running it the way I know how. I hope that my experiences help inspire you to do the same.
I remember reading something about enjoying the journey as much as the destination. Two weeks ago, my lover, some friends of his and I journeyed out to Las Vegas to attend Elton John’s first night as a Cesar’s Palace resident. Although Elton John was the reason to travel to Vegas, I will say that the trip there was as much fun as seeing the legend in concert. (This is coming from my photography-loving heart.)
I won’t verbally go into detail about what our trip was like because well, I feel like the pictures I’ve chosen to share do the talking. I was in heaven at every stop. It’s been over a year that I’ve enjoyed an inspiring photoshoot—I forgot how having a little one limits my photography opportunities—so this trip was more than I could’ve asked for.
I am so grateful for the inspiration I experienced at the sights we stopped to indulge in. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed producing them.
Cheers to practicing our passions!
Our first stop was the Bottle Tree Ranch.
There’s something about taking a picture of someone taking a picture that inspires my heart, especially when that person is my lover.
Friends sharing a journey.
Love these pictures!
I love seeing other people’s perspective.
I’m not as much of a fan of selfies as I am of self-portraits. And no, I can rarely take a normal picture.
Figuring out our next stop.
Our intention was to visit Zzyzx, however, the road was flooded halfway in. We settled with pulling over and experiencing the salt flats underneath our feet.
I think it’s safe to say that we made the most of what we safely had available to us.
My love and me.
My favorite(st) stop!
Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation located in Henderson, NV.
This was an exhilarating and at the same time calming experience.
My heart and eyes were in heaven!
I am grateful for these experiences and look forward to having more like this, with and without the Nuggets.