Letting Out The Words

June 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Last night I had this realization that I should probably let you know that this blog space is transitioning.  My courage and creativity first tested its floundering little wings in the world of photography.  And I LOVE it here.  I love to make photos that reflect people’s stories.  It’s why I photograph.  People are the best stories, and I’m always so inspired.

I thought photography was "it" for me.  Not in a bad way, but in an I-love-this-so-much-I-just-want-to-do-it-more kind of way.  I wanted to focus EVERYTHING that I had on building a great photography business.  And then I hit this internal wall.  I still loved what I did, but a portion of my energy had shifted and I felt at a loss about what to do with myself.

It's been in the neighborhood of eighteen to twenty months ago since I hit that wall and scribbled an answer to a question in a journal filling up daily with more and more words.  I couldn’t seem to stop the writing.  The words spilled out of me, and Barnes & Noble’s journal sales went up and still I kept on.

The question: For what do you have energy?

And the word that popped out was WRITING.

So I kept on, less as a discipline and more as a way of being (read here: surviving).  I process by writing.  I find out how I feel about things as the characters make their way onto the page. 

I don’t write perfect things.  I don’t write out theologically correct things.  I write from my heart, and because I write from my heart, things come out bent and broken and a little twisted sometimes.

I’m not here to be theologically correct as much as I am here to BE with honesty.

You need to know this.  I don’t think the world needs another blogger.  I’d rather not add to the noise.   But I do want to show up for my life fearlessly and know that I gave it one hundred percent.  It’s not so much about making a splash as it is about showing up to our own lives and doing the thing that needs to be done because it’s in us to do it.

So when I write, I want the words to honest.  I want them to encourage.  I want them to inspire and empower.  I want them to humble us both, and make us stronger.  I want the words to be raw and untethered.  I want them unreligious and light on those churchy buzz words and heavy with God.  I want them to put their little sans serif arms around you on the hard days.

So that’s it.  I just wanted to tell you that I’m adding more words to this photography blog.  I’m still documenting people’s stories, and that’s not going away cause I still love it like I love cheesecake…all day, every day.  (Not really, but I would I if I could get away with it.)

Really the only thing that’s changing for me is the landing space for some of my words.  Some of the words are going to find home here in this little corner of the big, loud internet. 

I hope the words find you and hug you hard on the days when you need it most.


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