Finding Joy Everyday

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I know that I have been a bit absent from blogging these past months and I apologize! I hope to change that in the near future, but I did want to share something with you today that has been weighing on my heart lately. It’s something that most people already know and probably struggle with as well, but also something that tends to be lost in the back of our minds as we become encompassed in the daily grind of everyday life. It is something that is simple yet complex and is too often forgotten. This year has been an interesting one for me. I have been a daughter, a sister, a friend, a photographer, a business owner, a wife… But this year I became a mother. Something that I had always dreamed of but yet was foreign to me. Having nine months to prepare myself was a gift, but at the same time NOTHING could fully make me ready until the day we welcomed our little lady into the world. That day was both terrifying and magical.

In the past nine months since bringing Adeline into our lives things have been quite different. In many aspects it’s been the most amazing change I could imagine and in a few others it has been hard. People always told me that being a mom is the hardest job you’ll ever love… How true that is. It is extremely exhausting but truly wonderful!

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Being a mom has been the most rewarding experience. I am so thankful that God has entrusted me to be a mama to such a sweet little girl. Her giggle is contagious and her smile lights up my day. I HATE mornings!!! I always have and probably always will, but when she wakes me up at 6am with a smile I can’t help but melt and return the grin.

Another thing I didn’t expect… Bringing a baby into our family has been interesting on our marriage… It has brought us closer in many ways… nothing like watching your wife give birth to strengthen your bond! However, it has been hard in other aspects as well. I am sure that this is normal and takes adjusting, but the change from focusing on each other and giving one another most of our attention to giving almost all we have to a tiny human can be consuming.

Running a business has also been interesting while technically also being a stay at home mama full time. I LOVE documenting stories and my business is very important to me, but I can’t help but feel like this year was quite hard. It was hard to be away from her for events and lately it has proven to be difficult to be productive with such a cute tiny person begging for all of my attention!!

I share all of this with you today to get to the point that I have thinking about lately… And that is Finding Joy Everyday. I know, it seems like a simple concept… However, it is one that many don’t do. I am guilty of becoming consumed by my daily tasks that I can miss things that are spontaneously magical. My ‘to do’ list can become a weight in my mind that distracts me from being fully present.

Since having Adeline I have been trying to be more intentional about finding joy every single day! She has been growing and learning so quickly that I sometimes feel like my life is on fast forward. I don’t want to miss a single thing because I was too busy to pay attention. I want to enjoy my family as we grow and thrive in our new roles. I also don’t want to take for granted how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place and to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family.

I encourage you to try and finding something (even if it is small) to be thankful for each and every single day. Find joy in the big things and in the little things. I know I am going to continue to do so… I fail sometimes, but hope to get better at this!

Life is far too fleeting to waste a single second.

Where do you find joy??

I find it in the crisp breeze on a fall day that flutters through the wispy leaves on an aspen tree and in the rushing water of the river that sits at the feet of those beautiful trunks.

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I find joy in Jesus. In my husband and beautiful little girl. In sharing memories with family. In a good conversation with great friends over a tasty hazelnut latte. In a stroll through the park on a chilly day. In reading a good book curled up on the couch while it pours outside… Those are just a few things that bring me an abundance of joy.

What about you??

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As I said above I do plan to mend my blogging absence!! Becoming a mom and running a business has been quite the tasks for me to juggle and it’s been interesting for sure! However, I am finding my rhythm and will be better!! Stay tuned!

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