i'm finally getting something so basic, i can't believe that it seems like such a new concept to me. i'm realizing that my sporatic workouts, my less than stellar eating habits, my good intentions about working through *an artist's way*...basically a whole lot of things that i haven't been disciplined about, are never going to happen, if i don't make a conscious choice and make them happen. i've been thinking, "as soon as i get caught up on this or that...." and i'll never be caught up. so i just need to make my priorities top priority, and not let other things distract me. i'm not talking about putting relationships off, i'm thinking more about using my time wisely as far as working, and internet time. plus, i think i put unrealistic pressure on myself to get my shoots edited super fast. and it's just not a speedy process. so pacing myself and realizing that this is my life now, and i don't have to work around the clock. i remember making a decision quite a few years ago, to start my day with coffee, Bible reading and prayer; and at the time, it was a huge commitment. now, i wouldn't think of starting my day any other way. it's become a way of life, so to speak. same thing with skin care. i used to be super lazy about taking my makeup off at night, and using moisturizer. then one day, i noticed that my skin was looking pretty abused....so i made the decision to be disciplined about taking care of my skin. so now, i'm recognizing that there are things that are important to me, and day after day is passing without getting around to them. so this weekend, i'm going to re-evaluate some things and have a fresh start on monday. i share this, because just typing it out, makes me more likely to follow through : )
last night, i had the pleasure of taking photos of one of the most inspiring families. i got a glimpse of what being a part of a military family is. just a glimpse. drew and sharon are friends of ryan and jennifer, and when i mentioned that i wanted to find a military family to photograph, jennifer suggested the gobers. the minute she suggested them, i knew they would be perfect. last july we met drew and the kiddos at ryan and jennifer's lake. sharon had been deployed to afghanistan. i already had an admiration for this family. drew, stepping it up and keeping the household going, the kids *sharing* their mom for the greater good. i have such respect for them. even more so, after last night.
my breath literally caught in my chest, when i saw this image. i don't know when i've had such a strong emotional reaction, to a photo that wasn't of one of my family members.
this is the location that i was dying to use. it's going to be developed soon, so i was super anxious to get these taken.
i asked sharon about their specific job titles etc...and i'm not knowledgable at all about military rank, but i do remember, that when asked, she said that drew is 05, a lt col, OSI (remember the 6 million dollar man?), working counterintelligence, and sharon is 04, a social worker/therapist and i forget her rank. after a shoot, i'm usually not very good about absorbing facts...i'm still thinking through the shots i took. another very refreshing thing was how unassuming they were. they thought there was probably another family more deserving-they had NO sense of entitlement. such an unselfish family-wholly, as a unit. i so appreciate the gobers and all the other military families who are making sacrifices daily for our freedom. thank you so much!
God bless each of you!