(thank you Eric for this sweet pic! Cannot wait to see the rest)
I’m currently visiting Eric & Lora Kelley in Charlottesville, VA. We woke up early this morning for an amazing photoshoot with the NRP team, followed by a delicious breakfast feast and lots of talk about film photography. Let me just tell you, getting away from your “normal” and learning from other photographers is one of the best, best ways to grow. Especially right in the middle of wedding season. I feel so refreshed and inspired after being mentored by Eric and Lora. One thing that Eric said has really stuck with me, and it’s so true: We never, ever stop learning in this world of photography. And that’s where I always want to be – in a constant state of learning improving my craft and falling in love with this art over and over again.
I’ve also been learning a lot about myself these past few months. I am a day behind in blogging about the Contentment Challenge, and honestly this past week has been more challenging than all the others so far. Preparing for this photoshoot made me really want to get a new dress or blouse. A new something. Anything. Confession: I got seriously close to purchasing a dress I saw in a store because I wanted it, it was new, it was just what I was looking for, it was something fresh, and I am tired of all my clothes. But I decided to stay strong and not purchase it. Instead, I asked one of my sweet youth group girls if I could borrow some of her clothes, and I’m so grateful to have found a look that is very “Nancy,” and I didn’t pay a dime for it!
Even though there are only a few weeks left in the challenge (can you believe that?!), I’ve decided to adopt the same attitude for the rest of my life in regards to my contentment and spending :
I never, ever want to stop learning.
Learning about myself, my weakness and my strengths.
Learning that our culture lies to us a lot, and makes us think we need things that we never do.
Learning that you don’t always have to buy, but borrowing is a pretty great option.
Learning that Lord always satisfies, and His character never changes or fails me.
Learning to focus on memories and moments instead of stuff and spending.
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