You know those day when you wake up and you think, “I don’t want to be an adult today” or for us mothers, “I don’t want to be a mom today.” That is me today, but I am going to battle that with my morning pink drink and reflecting on all that is good and right, and may not be perfect, but it is what God has blessed me with this week, and I am thankful.
1.) Making it to the finals
I made it to the finals in the Shoot & Share photo contest this year. This is the first year that I have entered and I was blown away that I made it that far! Over 110,000 photos were entered and I ended placing in the top 10%. It is so easy to compare myself to others and sometimes feel discouraged. But you know what, I worked hard to get where I am today with my photography and would love to grow even more. What one photographer might bring I could bring something else and that is the beauty of photography!
I once had a comment said to me that maybe if they never had school or work that they would be able to build their business like I had. But I am a full time mom and that means I had to use my spare time when I wasn’t caring for my children to learn and grow and practice. It was long days where I didn’t get paid for sessions, long nights staying up past midnight editing sessions and learning from blogs, forums and YouTube videos and then having to get up early and care for 2 young kids. Working while I was 8 months pregnant and then getting back to it only 3 months after having David and now caring for 3 young ones. Investing money in courses and getting help in learning Lightroom and equipment so I would be able to give my clients my best work.
I don’t think I got past the top 10% but it was a huge encouragement to be beside amazing photographers and I am excited to see where I can go with my talent with the Lord help and leading!
2.) Sharing my testimony.
It has been about 7 years since I last shared my testimony in front of a large crowd. I did not sleep the two nights leading up to it but it was worth the lack of sleep. It is also a chance for myself to remember all that the Lord has done in my life. To remember and really see again how He has always been faithful to myself and my own family. Thank you again to all that prayed and supported me the week leading up to it and then your amazing words of encouragement afterward! And of course I had to wear my SHE IS t-shirt to give me that extra boost of confidence that I could do it! 😉
My mom and grams were down on the weekend for Abigail’s birthday party and it was such a great visit. They stayed a day longer than usual and it really made a huge difference in being able to not rush the visit and just hang out. I love hanging with my mommsie and grams! And I am totally bummed that I didn’t even take any photos while they were visiting!
4.) A great birthday party
We had Abigial’s 5th birthday Paw Patrol party on Saturday. I feel like it was one of the best ones yet! To me it really felt like a community. All hanging out, kids playing outside, adults chatting. I’ll be posting more on Abigail and her birthday hopefully soon, the last little while I have been having a hard time fitting every thing in.
5.) Reaching my first weight loss goal.
The other day I reached my first weight loss goal of being down 10lbs! I’m trying to make my goals slow so I don’t get discouraged. I know that becoming healthier is a process and is a challenge and which is why I am doing this, to be healthy, not skinny! I want to be healthy and have the energy to keep up with my kiddos and continue to take them on all sorts of adventures. One of my friends noticed this week and it felt great, thanks Jess!
I have about 15lbs to go and then I’ll be down to my wedding day weight. I still can’t fit into my wedding dress so that is the next goal. I’ve been doing a combination of my Plexus and Trim Healthy Mama but honestly, mostly my Plexus. I find it extremely hard to follow THM, I always have. I like to have ice coffee and I have tried THM versions but the sweeteners that are plan approved seem to not agree with me, I either get a tummy ache or feel like I’ve just been drugged. I’m not giving up on THM completely I’ll still do a combination of both but I’m sticking to my sugar filled ice coffee! haha.
(in case you are interested in knowing more on Plexus)
*Bonus photos. I never got a chance to see which photos made it to the top 10% but a few friends tell me these were the ones:
Happy Friday eve y’all!