I looooved all your responses to May's Blog Carousel where we showcased our creative self-portraits! If you didn't get a chance to view those, definitely click the link & take a peek. For those who are unfamiliar with our Blog Carousel, it's a group of passionate, professional photographers that have joined forces to challenge ourselves & creatively explore a given theme, all while presenting our work here on our blogs to share with you. At the end of this post, I will link to the next photographer's blog for you to see. I think this month's theme of "Everyday Stories" is going to bring out some amazing work! When I first encountered the theme, I'll be honest, I really didn't know what to do. I considered not participating. I just didn't have much that was speaking to me ... I didn't feel anything that was whispering "Everyday Stories". Don't get me wrong, I had thought of ideas ... but I wanted something more than that. To me, everyday stories may be something that seems simple on the surface, but brings a reality & truth to the forefront of our lives that we may not have considered before.
Then, in the last 24 hours, something swept over me as I looked at these pieces of paper in my office. You see, my business is five years old next month. And my oldest is just about six and a half. This is what he's always known - this world of me having an office, being a mommy & a photographer. Sharing my work with the world.
Go for long walks. Indulge in great conversations. Question your assumptions.
Love yourself. Pay attention to the moment. Be a little crazy. Count your blessings.
Let go for a little while & just be.
And that's what we've always done in my "office space". Where-ever that was, however it looked. Even when my "office" was simply a laptop at the kitchen table. Even when my office was located in a small corner of our bedroom.
We paid attention. We grew a little. We had great conversations. And I allowed him to just be.
Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people. - Nicholas Sparks
Five years later, I have a room full of artwork. The everyday stories of our journey together ... the everyday story of spending time together, in mommy's office ... drawing ... playing ... being. I love that my creative space, is also his creative space. We've grown there together.
What do you think of when you hear the theme, 'everyday stories'? What stories does your every day tell?