Mental Health Day 10/10/2019
I never wrote anything about mental health before now, because I thought I wasn't qualified to. In hindsight it's a little bit ridiculous; To think that my story won't make an impact simply because someone else is sure to have it worse. I wonder if that's why people don't share their stories. To go through such a long process of 'what if's and 'but's' and fearing it won't even make a ripple in the copious ocean of life. Well, the best thing (I've finally realised) is that you don't need a qualification. You don't even need a short course in creative writing. All you need is a story. All I ask, is that if my story inspires or impacts you in any way, let me know. Help me satisfy my curiosity to see the difference one person can make. And if you feel inspired, share your own.
Due to my strong habit of talking extensively and going on tangents, I will restrict myself to these main points; The beginning, what changed and what I'm focussing on now.
What does it mean to be a Boss Babe?? This was the question I found I was asking myself this week in the leadup to today for the Boss Babe Planner Launch by Chrystal Russel (@bossbabe.perth) which was amazing!! It's definately a concept created in recent years and after doing a bit of searching I found this article by Creations by Sasha that sums it up in a great article. I'm still deciding what this term means to me personally but do you know what it means to you??
August Thoughts 7/8/2019
As a photographer, I feel it is a selfish thought that photographs in this day and age are simply captured moments. Images are everywhere we look and they are all conveying messages to us through various lenses of personal interpretation and perception.
Being able to take a photo without expectation, (I like to call them 'happy snaps') evokes a certain freedom. That was my first experience of photography, but that was over 10 years ago. Now I want to do so much more. Now I can do so much more.
Sharing an image is a powerful tool. It is an opportunity to express and connect. And for me, personally, it is an opportunity to make a difference in this world, one day at a time; To impact others and to let them make an impact on me. This is why I share so much more than just happy faces and well known quotes. I have a longing desire to show images laced with curiosity, purpose and self discovery. Images and words designed to inspire.
I guess being on my own journey of self discovery in recent years has been my biggest inspiration. It is something I endeavour to pursue and invite as many people as I can to start their own unique journey.
Trust yourself, find your dream and learn how to chase it without fear. After all, you can only fail if you stop trying.
I strongly feel that there comes a time in your life that you decide to believe in yourself. In my case, I finally decided that it was time to believe in myself. After years of self doubt, letting my age determine my actions and seeing others pursue their passion around me, I finally decided.
It wasn't just today. And it wasn't just a single thought as some may assume. It was accompanied with years of experience; both in my passions and in life, persistence (the fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition), support; from those who I truely connect with and ongoing inspiration.
This is something I wanted to share, because I'm sure I'm not the only one. I'm sure everyone has moments where everyone believes in themselves. Just like we all have moments of self doubt.
The challenge I found, is extending that moment. So it doesn't just last a moment. So it can last for days. So you can start planning like you're going to be a success, because you believe in yourself. And then those days turn into weeks, months and even years. And that belief fuels a passionate fire to start a business, a social movement, an attitude and maybe even make a difference to the world.
I believe everyone has the chance to find this feeling at the right time in their life. And to be completely honest, it would be so easy to wish I could have found it sooner.
However, I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and I am just grateful that I have found this feeling now and not a day too late. It has probably been in building gradually the last few months but today it is strong enough to be visible. It is strong enough that I feel compelled to make the time to write it down and make it visible to others. To make damn sure that it lasts longer than a moment. And with any luck, maybe inspire a few people along the way.