Trying Something New

It’s crazy how something can be daunting but also exciting even within the same breath, right? If I’m being completely honest, this past year has been the most challenging year of my life. It’s pushed me in so many different ways, it’s hard to even put into words. I’ve been excited, I’ve been terrified. I’ve been up, I’ve been down. Just the craziest effing roller coaster I’ve ever been on.

For the sake of transparency, most of my days in the past 8 months have been down. I was spiraling into a dark hole of sadness where it was hard to see past the cloud of negativity. Doubting myself (<—the big one), regretting the move, fearing for my business… I’m not sure what to call it: depression, postpartum craziness, just those stupid hormones? I don’t know. But I knew none of it was good and that something needed to change. I needed to change.

There are things I want to accomplish. Things I want to be a part of. Things I want to provide for those I love. And it just was feeling like those dreams kept fading farther and farther away. I got comfy in my sadness, and I hated it.

“Life will only change when you are more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”

So here I am. Trying new things.

I’m scared. But I’m also excited.

 

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Summer Travel to Indianapolis!

I always try to make time for our amazing clients. And since I’ve had a few people inquire about doing some summer sessions in Indianapolis, the Smith family is making a trip back! We’ll be visiting with family during that same time, too, so I’ll only take on a limited number of sessions (read: if you want in, act fast to book your spot). 🙂

Here are the details:

  • $500 (50% deposit to book session)
  • 1-2 hour session for up to 6 people
  • High-res, digital images available for download 2-3 weeks after session
  • Limited copyright ownership of images

 

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Welcome to the NEW Bungalow Photography

Brandon and I (well, mostly Brandon) have worked so hard at creating a beautiful new website for Bungalow! So grab a drink of your choosing, sit in a comfy chair, and look around for a bit. And just so you know, I appreciate you being here. 🙂

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Oscar’s New Adventure: Part Deux

Just wanted to do a quick follow-up on my last blog post. Oscar had a very good first day of Kindergarten. He even rode the bus home – that’s a huuuuuge win. 🙂 He stepped off the bus with a smile on his face, and almost immediately said, “I should have rode the bus this morning.” Haha! The next morning, he only hesitated for a second before going on the bus. And this morning, he gave me a hug and got right on the bus – he’s getting braver every day.

As far as I can tell, he’s having a good time at school. I get a lot of “I don’t know” responses when I ask questions, but I think that’s pretty par for the course. He did say that he doesn’t talk to many of the other kids yet, so each day I challenge him to talk to just one kid in his class. Hoping he can make fast friends – that will put this mama’s heart at ease a bit knowing he has buddies that make him smile. He has such a good smile. And a goofy one, too. 😉

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Recent Happenings with the Smiths | Oscar’s Kindergarten Adventure

We met the teacher last week, saw the classroom, and found his cubby – and you could just see him taking it all in. He was excited and nervous. He was quiet and shy. I knew going into this time of our lives, it would be a bit overwhelming for him. But overall, he has done sooooo so well with all the transitions over the past few months. He’s ready for this.

Today, he starts his Kindergarten adventure. It’s the first time he’ll be in a classroom environment (he didn’t do preschool), and the first time being away from family (we were lucky enough back in Indy to have family nearby when we needed sitters). You can tell he’s feeling all the emotions – just like I am. Last week, he was counting down the days to start school. Yesterday, he said that he didn’t need me to be there for him when he got off the bus, and that he could do it himself. Then, this morning, he said he didn’t want to leave home and didn’t want to meet new kids. Aaaand he didn’t get on the bus this morning because he was scared. It’s hard to say he’s ready for this.

So, we loaded up the van and followed the bus to school. There were kids, parents, and teachers flowing into the school. We walked in the double-doors and found his teacher. He sat in line quietly, he listened to his teacher, and he followed directions. He walked in line with his classmates, down the hall to the classroom. He’s ready for this.

As I sit here, I’m hopeful he’ll have a great day, but nervous that at any moment his heart might be sad. I find myself wondering what he’s doing about every other minute. I know it will take a little bit of time – that it will get easier and that he’ll quickly grow to love his adventures away from home. And I know, deep down, we’re ready for this.

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