This old blog business used to be a little different than this.
When we were just starting out, Aric had this blog, and I had my own blog. I would post silly pictures of myself, write about my day, share exciting news, or just share the desires of my heart. When I took over this blog, I felt like I really couldn’t do that anymore. I felt like I had to be “professional” and that I couldn’t share those changes that were taking place in my heart, or the silly pictures Aric & I take when no one else is around. Some people think the personal stuff should be left as just that…personal. And others think that sharing your personal lives helps connect you with your readers- the clients, the blogstalkers, the fans, etc. Obviously there is a fine line that we ride between personal and professional stuff when it comes to blogging. We are, after all running a business here. The weddings and sessions we shoot and the people we meet are also the income for our little family (Us and our “kids”…yes, we have two orchids that we call our kids) and when it gets too personal we begin to appear less professional- which could be devastating for our business. But on the other hand, hiding behind all that “professional” stuff has left me feeling disconnected. Disconnected from myself, the business, and most importantly our clients and the real reason we are here to begin with.
The past several months I have been living in this fear. The fear of getting too personal. The fear of being who I am. The fear that my writing won’t be as humorous or eloquent as the next person’s. I could go on and on.
So…I’m ready to conquer this fear, and start “reconnecting” with this here blog, and all the other aspects of our business. I’m accepting the fact that maybe not everyone will like what I have to say or care what I have to share and really, I’m perfectly okay with that.
Now that I got all of that out, here’s what’s been happening lately…
I’ve been reading this book called “Lineage of Grace” by Francine Rivers, and I never want it to end. To be perfectly honest, I never want any of Rivers’ books to end. From the very first book of her’s that I ever read (Redeeming Love) I was hooked. There is just some kind of powerful in the way she writes these narratives that are so FULL of truth, adventure, beauty and incredible grace… it just leaves my soul in a good place, and yes it leaves me wanting more and more. 🙂 If you’re lookin’ for a good read, pick up any of her books-you won’t be disappointed. Promise! 🙂
A few other things that have been heavy on my heart lately are Haiti and Matt Chandler.
I came across this sermon from Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church. He spent 32 hours in Haiti a week or so after the earthquake and his sermon is earth shattering. Aric and I don’t watch much news. I get most of my news from the internet or social networking. But this sermon and the video they took while they were there is truly eye-opening. Makes the stresses of every day life seem like we live in a fairy tale land compared to these tragedies. It’s well worth the 90 minutes of your time.
Lastly, Matt Chandler. Not as widely known as the Haiti news, but he’s well on his way there. He’s the 35 yr. old pastor at the Village Church in Flower Mound. So what’s the big deal, you ask? Well….I was gonna give some background, but I would never be able to do it justice and this article covers pretty much everything you would want to know…so I’ll just leave you with this… Matt Chandler Article.
Okay I lied, one more thing!
On a lighter note, this week is Doppelganger week on Facebook. I’ve never heard of this before, but you’re supposed to change your profile picture to your celebrity look alike. I don’t have a celebrity look alike, My hunk of a husband; however, has a serious celebrity look alike. (But of course my hubby is way hotter… ;)) Let me know if you see the resemblence…
Brian Austin Green!
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great rest of the week! 🙂
Aric + Casey