Shaking Out The Curated Life

A curated life. This is something that I have been meaning to talk about here but have been trying to figure out the best approach. It is something we face everyday, on the internet. Being an online ministry, it's easy to get caught up in the cycle. I want to break it and share what I'm thinking. It's like when the photographer tells you to breathe deep and shake your arms and shoulders, just so you'll relax and not look so stiff. I want to unstiffify things here.

shaking out the curated life

Breathe. Deep. Relax. Shake it out. 

First things first, I am a photographer. It is a part of my craft to create beautiful images and then publish the best for the public. I believe in sharing progress and growth (the real stuff) in constructive ways. I want people to know that I, too, am human. Similar struggles. Similar fears. Yet I don't want that to be the focus. Why? Because I think for so long I thought that there were only too roads. Perfection and Failure. 

After reading, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, I finally started to realize that being where I am, currently, is beautiful. After a while, I realized I was motivated to perfect my craft for the public, not to please them, but because I enjoy getting better at what I do. I used to find it so hard to balance "keeping it real" and "perfecting to the T."

I think the middle of the road is the awesomest spot to be when crafting and building something. It's important to enjoy the process and failures, but I think it is extremely freeing to share our best with others without shame. God designed us to excel and thrive! Not to compete with one another, but to show how awesome we were designed! It's straight up worship when we give Him all the credit.

shaking out the curated life

It's easier to understand this in our careers because there are people watching, but I think this applies in the home as well. Even when no one is watching, making where we live a beautiful place is good. I strive to share, with you guys, the best of what I know. I take time to layout images to better explain concepts and leave you inspired. This isn't a competition of who does LIFE better. I want us to excel together!

I hope to continue sharing my best. At the same time, I would also love to share with you what I surrender to. Sometimes the best means of leaving the dishes to sit in thankfulness with family. We don't need to focus on the fact that the house is messy and I don't intend to do the same here. Just know I am there too. Cobwebs, mud, and dark days included.