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Enjoy the ride, every day is a new destination!

Every day there are these touchy-feely quotes posted and pinned about how to enjoy the ride and why you should relish the journey. Like this one…

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How cute!

I know how hard that is when everything in you just wants to get to the end goal as quickly as possible! And that goes for just about everything in my life. I want to get to that end goal of 35 pounds lost, an economically sustainable photography business, and heck even the end goal of getting the kids bathed and dinner on the table. 🙂 Will it ever happen and if it does will it be easy and pretty? Will I be able to sit back, kick my feet up, and say “aaaahhhhhh… I made it!” Doubt it. Honestly.

So, like a ton a bricks, or an epiphany of sorts, it hit me. IT’S TRUE! Enjoy the ride Mary! If I spend all day, every day focused on what a 35 pound weight loss will look like I won’t be able to sustain it once I get there. I won’t be able to truly feel what it takes to maintain that weight loss. And like I did twice before, gain. it. all. back. Ugh! So I am determined this time to really enjoy the ride, enjoy the journey, find meaning in each meal. I love to cook new and healthy recipes, I really do. I love chopping the cilantro, squeezing the limes, and making my own seasoning blends. I love knowing that the foods that I choose are nourishing my body, that I am making healthy choices for me and my family, and that I am setting a good example of nutrition for my children. If I just skip past these things that are enjoyable to me every day, once I get to my goal I won’t pay attention to the fact that these things are what got me to my goal. So rather than giving in to cravings because I can’t stomach one more salad, I’m trying to be present in the moment and understand that I can do it, every day. Dinner last night (forgive the iPhone pic), blackened chicken breast, cilantro-lime quinoa, and fresh green beans almondine…

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I have been a stay at home mom for almost 3 years, what a joy and a blessing, but the time has come to debate the dreaded decision to stay home with the twins or go back to the corporate world and put the kids in daycare. Trust me, I have so much respect for all mothers, working inside and outside of the home! But I understand the pressures that go into making the decision either way. I would give anything to be able to stay home with my kids until they go to school and even then, be able to be with them before and after school but it may not be possible. I have long had a dream of being a photographer in such a capacity to be able to help support my family financially. But it’s hard! Being your own boss, marketer, accountant, the list goes on and on, is hard. The paychecks aren’t always steady and the stress of not knowing how many sessions you’ll book next month is scary. So again, I’ve been stressing about how to become a financially successful photographer in order to stay home with my children and I’ve found myself losing sight of the joy I found in being a photographer in the first place. I LOVE photography! Everything about it! I find so much happiness behind the lens of my camera it’s insane! So, what I am trying to focus on is the ride, the journey. Even if I have to go back to work to have a steady income, I will still love photography. I will still be a photographer. And I will enjoy every bit of it. I will still be a mom. I will still do puzzles and finger paintings. And I will enjoy every bit of it. One thing I love about photography, celebrating a brand new life…

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I will be thankful for the journey. I will enjoy the ride. I will be satisfied when I reach the end of the road because I know that the end of the road, is never the end…

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