I can't believe we are already into the 3rd week of 2019! I've been meaning to write this post for some time now. I actually started thinking about it way back at the end of 2018. Before my oldest was born, I started a blog to keep family and friends up to speed on our adoption process (for those who don't know, both of our girls were adopted at birth through domestic adoption...they were both born in WI). I kept up with the blog for the whole first year of our oldest's life. I love reading it and being able to actually go back in time.
When I started my little photography business, I wanted to include some writing. During our adoption process a friend of mine said I should write a book about our story. Since then, people continue to say, "you need to write a book". I am not a writer, I have no idea how to write, and I would need an amazing editor, #grammarissues. I feel like people tell me this because my adult life has been filled with a lot of crazy. Some crazy many other people read about, but can't imagine going through it themselves. Don't get me wrong I know many, many people do not go through life with an easy button, there is nothing extra special about my own crazy. But would my writing help others, would it just be a way for people to know more about us, would it help me so I could get all the crazy that is in my head down on paper or into cyber world? I am not sure, but what I do know is I am always thinking about writing, telling a story. Being more creative.
I never really knew just how much I love creativity until I started photography. It's the perfect outlet for me, since I stay home with my kids. I love capturing moments and memories for families. A perfect example of this, is this past weekend. The mother of two boys told me she is a hand surgeon, so she wanted to make sure I captured her boys' hands in hers. She had done this over the years since they were born and its a special keepsake for her. I don't have a lot of time to get to know families when I am taking photos, but I feel their photos capture who they are.
This year I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my head and its time to get them out there. I might start to blog about each photo session, so I can share more through photography. I would love to do another photography series like my Warrior project I did a couple of years ago. My oldest and I are working on book ideas about our dog, Hank...YIKES, now its out there, let's hope this gives me the push to get our scribble ideas off the scrap paper and into an actual book #hopeful! I have written a book for each of our girls. Their books are about their birth story and my inspiration was Jamie Lee Curtis' book "Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born". I wanted my girls to have their own personal story in print. This is a time I should give myself a pep talk, "Jennifer, you have done this before, so let's do it again, only this time lets do it on a bigger scale!" Side note...I am listening to a Podcast about creating happier habits and one of them is to talk to yourself in the 3rd person. I just did that and I think I'm feeling a bit happier...so much growth happening with this blog post!
I also want to start using my photography with other passions in my life, adoption for one and animals. Lots of ideas around these two subjects, so more to come on that! I needed to write this post. I needed to get some of these ideas out of my head. I am hoping as I continue through 2019, I am able to bring some of these ideas to life.