Finding My Artistic Expression at Sunset

Tomorrow marks the first day of September, a day that represents the end of summer.  School starts back up soon, I'm heading into my busiest and most stressful month at work, and my son is transitioning to the "big kids" classroom at his preschool (eeee!)

Usually I'm the one waving sayonara to the summer months, excited to transition my clothes to hoodies and jeans full time.  But not this year... I'm not ready to let this summer go.  I believe I'll look back on this summer as a major transitioning point in my life.  I've made a conscious effort to be honest with myself on where I am in my life, to be vulnerable to myself and journey down the path of self discovery, and to practice meditation for the goodness of my soul.  

I swear, every time I sit down to write I get emotional.  Artistic expression has always been inside me, but it wasn't until this summer that I have allowed myself to be vulnerable to it.  To express myself, my words, my art, freely and without apology or expectation.  I have never felt more compelled to share my struggles/ hopes/ dreams as a woman and a mom in hopes that maybe, just maybe, I can help someone else out there not feel so alone.  

This summer has opened my eyes to an awareness that there is a bigger plan for my life.  I can feel it in my bones that my work as a photographer is meant for something greater than myself, I just have yet to discover it.  Regardless,  I am grateful for the presence of mind to know it exists for me.

Since moving to our home in Centreville, I have been in a phase of transition.  The weight of a new home, a new job, my mother moving in with us, and my children growing faster than I know how to handle, has at times felt like I am carrying the world on my shoulders.  This summer however, I learned how to just breathe, to be present, to notice and appreciate the beauty in the mundane, and to have faith that I am worthy of an amazing life.  

The past few months have felt like the beginning of something new in my life, and I couldn't think of a better way of putting my words into images than a sunset shoot of the two littles I love most in the world, doing exactly what they do best- enjoying life and reminding me to slow down with them...

 

How about your summer?  Was it filled with hectic schedules and late summer nights?  Did you slow down or speed up?  Comment below, let me in on your life...