In this transitional season, I’ve had some ups and downs and had to process a lot of emotions along the way. Something that has been healthy for me is to consider: what things have been life-giving? What things have added to my life? What things breath life into my spirit? What makes me thankful or joyful?
Trevor and I have now been living in Seattle for a little over 4 months. One day we were out of our rooftop looking over Lake Union and taking in the city. We had just got back from one of the docks because I wanted to sit and journal. I turned to him and asked, “What things have been the most life-giving to you in this season.” It was the start of a healthy discussion as we processed with each other the lifegiving activities we have experienced thus far.
Both of us listed activities that included being outdoors. Trevor has enjoyed walking around the city in nice weather and I have enjoyed going near water or exploring parks in the area. Being outside and in nature always brings me to a place of peace and stillness in my soul. I feel more in-tune to my breath and I acknowledge how small I am in the beauty of nature and how powerful God is. It’s always humbling and brings me past myself. I need more moments when I move beyond myself to consider more and I offer myself I time and a place to be still and to take in the beauty.
We both really enjoy exploring the city and having fun on our date days together. I look forward to every Saturday because we take time to spend the whole day together. On Saturdays, I’m always reminded of what a cool city we live in and that it is so much bigger than the couple blocks I drive within the week.
I especially get giddy when I have my camera and I photograph things I see when we explore on our date days! I love taking in all the details through the lens of my camera. One weekend we went to Pioneer Square and I loved photographing the old buildings and historic charm in the city. This most recent weekend we went to the Volunteer Park Conservatory because it is free the first of the month and had so much fun! I took so many pictures of the different cacti. I loved trying to photograph the range of colors and textures. I get so giddy when I think I captured a good photo. These moments are so life-giving to me to document this new season through the lens of my camera!
I’m so thankful to be in a job I truly love and can fully tap into all my creativity. I love creating compositions through my camera and sharing them with people. Photography makes me so happy because it connects me to nature, exploring new things and meeting new people. I’m excited to continue to build my business in this new city and meet so many people along the way. I’m excited about the 2018 wedding season and getting to hear couples stories and photograph the beautiful moments on their special day! This job has been life-giving to me in a trying season.
Yoga has also been a life-giving activity for me. I’ve just been practicing from home, but it allows me to take time for myself and to focus on my breathing and what is going on physically in my body. It feels good to stretch to breath and to slow down to listen.
We are starting to meet new people and have gone out to dinner or taken time to get to know people more. I love that we are building deeper relationships because I am such a relational person I truly enjoy these times. I get so excited to feel like my community is growing and I feel known in the city of Seattle.
I think it is so important to consider what is life-giving to you and to make more time for these activities. You will feel full and able to love those around you!