When life gets you down, just take the next step!

I was talking to a good friend this morning – I think it was still morning, at the time – and somehow we got onto the subject of how sometimes, we put our goals on the back burner in order to keep from creating an awkward situation. We avoid the awkward at all costs – even sometimes at the expense of the things we really need. It can be in relationships or in our career or in our goals. If it makes things weird between us and someone else, we just slip it under the rug and tell ourselves it’s not a big deal.

But it is! It’s a BIG deal if it’s something that occupies our thoughts, our reactions, our progress, etc.

“We cannot live in fear of someone else’s issues,” I said to my friend.

And then it got me thinking about how much I needed to tell myself that. In life, there is so much to be afraid of, it seems. It’s this fear of the unknown of how things will turn out if we do something one way versus another way.

“What if I take this way, and it doesn’t turn out how I want it to?”
“What if I miss something, and something terrible happens because of it?”
“What if I put all this effort into my business, and it doesn’t work?”

I think we get so caught up in the end result that we forget the most important part – to do somethingI get such anxiety sometimes, trying to figure out how I’m going to make it from Point A to Point B in my life, and it can be paralyzing. You can reach this point of utter stagnation, and that’s not where we’re meant to live. Even as a Mom, sometimes I weigh the pros and cons of going through the production of getting the kids out of the house for something I want to do but it feels like such an ordeal to leave the house, not knowing if one of my children will have a meltdown, or if the weather will hold up, or if it will be more stressful than enjoyable.

And as a business owner, I want my business to be successful and profitable, and sometimes it is downright hard! When you take time away from it and come back, it can feel daunting to try and get your brand back up and make sessions happen. But I know that even though it’s hard, I’ll never know if it could be great if I don’t keep pushing, even when it may be uncomfortable and sometimes feel awkward to be my own salesperson.  (Speaking of which, DO be sure you check out the Family Photo Fail contest this week! You have until August 10th!)

Just do something! Life happens whether we choose to live it or not. I encourage you to live it!

What is the next step you can take today toward something that seems far away? Take one step, and then take the next one. And keep going. Just keep going.

Throwback to that time we were in Digby, Nova Scotia, and it was the most amazing trip ever – until I got terrible food poisoning from eating poorly refrigerated cheese shortly after this spirited jumping. But the part of the trip after this was actually the best part. Keep on keeping on, my friends!

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  • KimberlyAugust 2, 2017 - 3:12 PM

    Yes. Yes. YES to all of this! I struggle with this so much. I have major guilt over having my kids in school while I work, especially if I don’t have an overly productive day. I feel like I’m missing out on their childhood. At the same time, if I don’t give myself the chance to grow and explore and expand our business, I’ll always wonder. We’ll never get where we want to be by doing nothing, or letting our minds hold us back. You have to just jump in and try it! I’m doing something similar with birth story videos right now. It’s scary, emotional, and unpredictable… not to mention IMPOSSIBLE to schedule. But, I LOVE doing them. And want to do more. So, I’m taking that leap of faith and saying, hey let’s just DO THIS. I’m so excited for your return to photography! ReplyCancel

    • Rachel FoxAugust 3, 2017 - 8:55 PM

      That is AWESOME that you’re doing birth story videos!! I thought about going into birth photography, and I actually was going to do it for a friend, but her labor was so crazy that we did a newborn session instead. I bet that’s amazingly rewarding to be part of though. 
      Mom guilt is so ridiculous, because YOU know you’re doing the best you can for your family and yourself. I used to read all the parenting articles about “What to do when your child blah blah blah…” And then I realized that God made ME their parent – not the Internet or the mom who wrote a book about parenting her way. He made ME their parent, and I have to trust that He knew what he was doing and go with my instincts on what’s right for us. There’s no room for guilt in those decisions. It’s all pretty much trial and error anyway. 🙂ReplyCancel