I'm not going to lie - this week has been rough. The stress of everything going on in the world right now is heavy - the worry I have for my family, friends, clients and those on the frontline is constantly on my mind. Our girls must be picking up on the tension despite my best efforts to protect them because they've been a special kind of challenge this week. I am a planner, a doer, a type A, enneagram ISTJ-T. I thrive on answers, on logic, on schedules and timeframes but right now, we have absolutely none of that. It's exhausting in every way. I read a great article last night (link in bio) by @harvard_business_review about categorizing what we're feeling as grief. Every single one of us have lost our routines, the comfort of knowing, in person connection and the world as we knew it in a matter of days. One of my favorite parts of the article: “𝑊𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠. 𝑊𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒, “𝐼 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑎𝑑, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑𝑛’𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡; 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑠𝑒.“ 𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 - 𝑤𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 - 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑟 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔.“ . So, for now, I'm praying for peace and an end to this tragedy while trying to accept the things outside of my control. I'm thinking back to happier times (like this fun moment just about a year ago) and I hope you can find a bright spot to cling to as well. If your heart is heavy, please know that you're not alone and that it is okay to feel this right now ♥️
How are you? Are you holding up well in today’s crazy world or are you teetering on the edge? At any given time I feel like I’m sort of walking on a balance beam with “we’ll make it through this, give it to God” on one side and fear, worry, sadness and frustration on the other. . No amount of preparation could have made any of us ready for our current reality and despite all of the horrible things happening right now, I’m so inspired and uplifted by the positive sense of community and camaraderie in the world! Neighbors are helping elderly, supplies are being shared when there are none to be had in stores, people are posting about small businesses, clients are rescheduling instead of cancelling, businesses are hosting virtual story times to entertain kiddos of parents trying to work from home - IT IS INCREDIBLE! There is so much good coming out of all of this and I’m trying to keep that at the forefront right now. We are writing the history books of our children and grandchildren and I hope that part of those future lessons is the mend of some of the divides in our country. . In order to keep some sense of normalcy, I plan to begin posting some regular, non-virus related, content over the next few days and weeks. It doesn’t really feel right and it won’t in any way be intended to be insensitive to the things going on in the world or those that are affected but in order to keep doors open and to continue serving my amazing clients beyond this tragedy, we have to continue forward. Thinking about and praying for all of you ♥️
I'm feeling like we could all use a big hug right about now! As I sift through messages from concerned couples and clients, it's hard not to feel a bit overwhelmed by the state of things. Beyond my livelihood, this business is about relationships and I care so much about each and every one of you - the thought of this virus impacting my clients, their wedding plans or their friends & family is heavy. Regardless of whether your date is rescheduled or if we're able to photograph your wedding or session as planned after we get through the next few weeks, I want you to know that I'm here for you and I know how important this is! If you end up needing to postpone your date or even if you just need some support or reassurance, we will work together to make the transition as seamless as possible. Sending you all of the virtual hugs, elbow bumps and toe taps!
It's hard to find the words about what's going on right now. The weight of this is heavy on all of us so I'm hoping this bit of color brightens your day! Couples - if you're planning a spring 2020 wedding, there's a wonderful article from @apracticalwedding at the link in my bio. Stay safe and scrub-a-dub!
Quiet moments of connection can be hard to come by on the wedding day but it's safe to say I do a little happy dance when I capture ones like this!