"Don't give up..."

"And uh - oh, I see another mountain to climb, But I , I got stamina.... Don't give up; I won't give up; Don't give up, no no no."  - Sia, The Greatest

In our culture we can find song after song about not giving up, standing back up when you're knocked down and not listening to nay-sayers (or as some people call them - haters ;D).

Why is this?

The artists each have a different style and maybe use different language but each of them carry the same message.  "Don't give up, I won't give up. Don't give up, No No No. "  Because they have experienced times where they have wanted to give up! Have you ever felt like that? 

Dude- I have, and I feel this way most of the time trying to pursue this crazy, beautiful, exhausting dream of photography. 

Today I felt like this. 

There's a lot more than just taking photos that goes into having your own photography business and the amount of work that has to be done can take a toll on you.

On any given day my mind can become so fixated on negative thoughts and worry. "There is not enough time in a day to do everything I need to do. People aren't taking me seriously. I need to rebrand. How do I re-brand? Where do I start? SEO-what? Income. Taxes. I need to study more. People I love think I'm wasting my time. (AHHHH)."

Maybe I should quit.

But then ---Sia's song rang through my brain. "Don't give up, I won't give. Don't give up, No No No." My daughter says "no no no". So for me, it was kind of like Aria reminding me to not give up. 

"No. No. No."
This isn't just a hobby for me. It's no some pipe dream. 
It's what I want to do for my whole life. 


Because of people. Because of their stories. Because of my daughter. Because of Love. Because of beauty and getting to find it in the most unpredictable places. Because of moments you can't get back. Because of You.

No job ever has been as hard- or been the most life giving for me.  I get to be there cheering marriages on when two people say "I Do.". I get to bring out the best in people when they are shy and feeling self-conscious. I get to see babies born, and the capture the joy and elation the new parents faces. I get to snuggle newborns in my arms before most families want to venture outside with them. I get to build lasting relationships with people who become my friends.

And now there's even more added to that! 

I'm sitting here editing & writing this blog while breastfeeding my daughter. I get to interact with her daily. I just spent time watching her play before sitting down to accomplish something today. Yes, it's not always this wonderful balancing being a mommy and owning a business but it's in these little moments of bliss I am refreshed and remember WHY I'm working so hard.

I hope that this encourages you to dust yourself off, remember your WHY and push forward no matter what obstacles are in your way. 

We are building legacies for the little people around us.

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"Don't give up, no no no." - Sia

Warm hugs,