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photography is [being ever so thankful]

Even though thoughts weigh heavy on my mind about my mother-in-law’s current health situation, our financial future, our world’s political situations, Merrik and Maliea’s constant expectations of new toys and new clothes, our mysteriously high water bill, the future of the photography industry, my eyebrows needing waxing etc. I am still ever so thankful for many things.

I am thankful for my entire extended family and the support they give, my wonderful friends who are sincere and thoughtful and actually care about being friends, the beautiful hometown I live in and all the wonderful people there, our happy home and my inspiring, fun and caring husband and kids who put up with me and my incessant passion for photographing our real life-no matter what. I am truly blessed and I feel the appreciation for all of it every day.

Many years ago I read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and I still try to recall to memory each of them on a weekly if not daily basis. I believe that being sincere in following these has helped me live a more grateful and happy life:

The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word
The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally
The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions
The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

– Don Miguel Ruiz from The Four Agreements

The last one is by far the most important and one of the most difficult things to do as a parent. I tend to rush through my own work, my own needs and the demands of the kids. When I take the time to do my best on each and every project at hand-whether it is looking for a lost Lego, brushing my hair or concentrating on an idea for a new photography project-I tend to find time to fit it all in even when I’m not rushing off to do the next thing.

I am so thankful to have this awareness. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.