Opportunities

Sometimes social media can be a negative thing but on the other hand, social media can also create so many opportunities for creativity and collaboration. Back in February, Trent and I won a shoot with Shutter Lush Photography. We got to meet and take pictures with the wonderful Paige Jackman and we’ve been able to stay in touch through the months. Here is that blog post.

Β In June she texted and asked if we wanted to shoot again and I jumped at the opportunity. Trent couldn’t make this one but Paige was willing to just take me πŸ™‚ Not only is she an amazing photographer but she has a serious sense of style and this shoot was nothing short of fantastic! We were going for a more boho vibe and I thought the clothes she picked were perfect. Antelope Island was absolutely gorgeous that morning and we couldn’t have picked a better spot. We were both amazed that we could drive two minutes down the road and find a completely different backdrop. It was so much fun and we were both giddy wandering around such a beautiful place! Although we were eaten alive by bugs that morning, I couldn’t be more grateful for a darling friend made through social media and the many opportunities this life presents us.

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Also, huge shout out to Bailey Schiess for hair and makeup. She is absolutly amazing at what she does! Find her on Instagram @schiessstyless.

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Finding Joy

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I love people. I love meeting new people, learning about who they are and what makes them who they are. I also love people watching. Sounds creepy but I really could sit at the mall and watch people for hours on end. It’s so fascinating! I’m always amazed when I look into a crowd of people and realize that every single person has a story. A story so vastly different than mine and yet I’m sure we can find some similarities in there as well. How cool is that? Everyone has a story.

We live in a world made for comparison. We constantly see images of others peoples lives, see updates, see the success that others are having etc. etc. Social Media is a wild place. I’ve had my fair share of conversations with many people about the positives and negatives of social media. I agree there are a number negative things associated with social media and I also agree that a lot of good can come from sharing our lives with those around us. Often we can fall into the trap of comparing our stories with the ones we see on our feeds. A lot of “why don’t I…” and “that doesn’t seem fair…” comments arise and I am definitely guilty of falling into the hole. What’s important to remember is that each of our stories are so incredibly unique to our own situation that comparison is almost impossible. In a blessing I received a long time ago, it said that I would learn to find joy in the success of others. What a joyful idea! To find happiness when others succeed instead of instantly comparing their lives to mine. It’s also an interesting idea. How can I partake of someone else’s success if I’m not benefiting from it at all? I have a feeling that it’s not only possible but it will help ease the comparing, slow down the worries and make your own lives that much more enjoyable.

My challenge this week to myself and to whoever wants to join with me is to find joy in your own successes but also the success that others have. Let’s see what happens πŸ™‚