How do some people do it? Raise 3 kids, have a job, blog every day!
I've been wanting to write this post for at least a week now, and am only just getting around to it! I guess it's all about priorities, and for me, my family is my priority at the moment, and when I say family, that includes me. I'm also making myself a priority.
At this point, you may be thinking, what's this got to do with Photography? Well, as I mentioned last time, I recently went to visit my family down south, and I'm going to share a few of my favourite pics from that trip in this post.
For those of you that know me well, you will know that becoming a mother has been the most challenging thing I have ever faced. Lots of people I meet tell me I am brave for travelling the world or moving to a new city to study, that's got nothing on motherhood! It brought up plenty of issues within myself that I am still working through now, and will probably continue to do so for a very long time. One of the many things causing me grief was my relationship with my Mum (love you Mum!). Lets just say we don't see eye to eye on all matters. Because of this, I was slightly concerned about our visit home, and really had to prepare myself and get in the right frame of mind.
One thing I have been doing to help myself is reading books by Deepak Chopra, and more recently I have been introduced to the book Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye. You may have noticed my last post was a set of images from Timbers recent talk at She Speaks Gallery in Townsville.
These teachers both encourage acceptance, positivity, meditation (or mind training) and living in the now. Although reading the books has been very helpful, hearing Timber talk combined with the input of audience members really brought some of these messages to life and helped me see things from a different perspective.
So, I am happy to say, that our trip home was a success. I am not saying that I have mastered control of my at times totally crazy mind but I did manage to reign it in enough to genuinely enjoy and appreciate almost every moment I spent away. And that seems to have continued since our return to Townsville, which is very encouraging. I can't give the books all the credit, I would never have even made it to that point without the support of family, two people especially but I won't play favourites, friends and time to myself to be me and not just Mum.
I am now enjoying my time with Sebastian more, even if sometimes I really want to edit some photos or post something to Facebook, if he wants me, he gets me. I have placed less expectations on the people around me, which is saving any resentment in my relationships, and I am being more accepting of other peoples realities and trying to think positively in all situations. I can't remember being this happy for a long time.
The only negative it turns out, is that I didn't get any pictures of Mum and Sebastian while we were home! The only ones I took were on my phone, but at least I still have the memories :)
Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.