I wanted to create a blog. I wanted to write more and develop my story. So, I bought a how-to blogging book, researched blog sites and technical information, created a site on WordPress, and published my first post.
I wanted to be better at photography. I wanted pictures that I would love. And I wanted to know how to work and understand the fancy camera I received as a gift one Christmas. So, I read books on lighting and depth of field and composition, researched lenses, started following professional photographers on social media to study their poses, and practiced. And practiced. And I still practice.
I wanted to photograph for others. I wanted to share my passion for documenting. So, I reached out to friends to photograph their families to gain experience, began creating a portfolio, said “yes” when people asked if I would photograph them, and began publishing more of my work on my blog and social media platforms.
I wanted to create a business. I wanted to know what it would feel like to add the word entrepreneur under my list of things I’ve tried and done in life. So, I spoke to fellow photographers in the area to see what I was getting into, researched small businesses, and spent one scary (and exciting) afternoon completing forms on the Internet to make a business happen.
I wanted. So, I did.
Not without failure or confusion or scary feelings about creatively putting myself out there. I had plenty of those. But I left that doubt at the door. I closed my eyes, whispered a tiny prayer for strength and protection and peace, and began making my wants into reality.
It started with a gut feeling. A gut feeling that I should write more. And I ignored it… for awhile. Then one day I quit ignoring and began to write. Then I wrote more. Then I made writing a priority. Then I realized I wanted to do something with these words. Something good. That is how the thought of creating a blog happened. Now, it is grown into so much more than just words.
I am off the rest of the week to attend a photography conference. My first photography conference. I didn’t know that when I said “yes” to writing more it would lead me here. But, it has. I couldn’t be happier with how I’m spending my time these days.
Wondering why I’m sharing all of this with you today? Because I believe you need a push. The type of push that says take a small step into your wants today. Take a small step into the type of life you want. Take a small step and say “yes” to something. Or “no”. Buy the book. Ask for help. Begin researching. Try something. Do something. Sign-up for the class. Let go of something to create more time in your life. Try something today. And be open to where it leads you. Say a tiny prayer, have faith, and take action into creating more of the life you want. You will be so glad you did.
One last thought… I will be away from my laptop the rest of the week improving my photography skills and enjoying the long weekend celebrating Memorial Day. Stay tuned for the next post to be published on Thursday, June 2nd.
Go find life, enjoy your day, and have fun, friends – I’m cheering for you!