"Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams" - Unknown
This weekend was a monumental time in my life. Not only did I turn another year older, but I truly had an ah-ha moment. Here I was Friday night, out with all my fabulous girlfriends, sipping on a cocktail, & I just stopped. These women were out celebrating not only my birthday, but they were celebrating ME. They brought thoughtful gifts, they said thoughtful things, but most importantly, they showed up. And it was at that moment I realized, these are my people.
I know this all sounds a bit dorky & perhaps a bit cliche. But this weekend, and these women, was MUCH needed. I work hard, every single day, to create a life I am proud to live. I work hard, every single day, to create an art that shows women and families, the truest beauty of birth & family photography. And to have people who not only notice that, but believe in it, is such a wonderful feeling.
Aside from my amazing friends, I have been taking part in a group with other creatives in the Akron/Canton community titled The Rising Tide Society. The sole purpose of this organization, is to encourage each other. To build community over competition. How inspiring it has been to connect with so many talented people who are right here in my area! Not only that, but I have been able to connect with other birth and family photographers from all over the U.S. and the amount of appreciation I have for those new found friendships is immeasurable.
The point of this Monday morning blog, is the quote that I started this off with. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams. It will light a fire inside of you that will never burn out. It will awaken a part of you that you didn't even know existed. Not only do I get to chase my own dreams, but I have surrounded myself with people that will support & encourage those dreams.
Take a deep look into your circle and your community. Are you competing or are you supporting? Are they supporting you? If not, make a change.