Hi friends! I'm sure some of you have noticed that I kind of dropped off the face of the earth as far as social media goes. Yes, winter is naturally my down time for my business, but to be honest I just haven't had any desire to post anything! Haha well, that's not something terribly new for me, I've said it before how I'm really not a huge fan of sharing my life online, but that's been especially true lately!
I've been taking a step back because my life was turned upside down this past December. The man that I had hoped and planed to spend the rest of my life with was supposed to be finishing up his battle with one disease only to be diagnosed with a new one that we were told was terminal. Not something you expect to hear and have to deal with in your early thirties! So, needless to say my priorities had shifted a bit and I've been focusing my thoughts, time, and energy elsewhere. Fast forward through a second opinion which led to more tests and now a different diagnosis which will hopefully prove to be correct when he goes in to remission after treatment!! What does this all mean? Why am I finally sharing about it? What have I learned?
First, people are what matters! Thinking that I would only have him in my life a short while longer just made me want to spend every moment possible together and have as many experiences together as possible! Along with that, you need people to get through life with! One afternoon after we first found about all of this I was sitting in a coffee shop with a good friend and we both ended up crying, not able to talk, having to type messages to each other, all the while I'm picking at my lettuce hoping that it'll help me to stop crying. Guys, as great as lettuce is at helping you cope, people are much better :)
As self serving as this may sound, I really have a new appreciation for having pictures of us! Trust me, I am the last person who wants a picture of myself, but suddenly none of that mattered anymore and it meant so much to have those moments to look back on! Take the time, make the effort, spend the money on professional portraits, because honestly they will become some of the most valuable things you have!
Lastly, I know we hear it all of the time, but I'm going to say it again because it's important, and that please do not take time or your health for granted! You honestly never know when something may happen. Also, please just remember to always approach people or situations with kindness! You never know what someone may be going through or dealing with and the simple act of kindness and understanding may be just the thing they need to help them get through their day!
I know this post may seem a bit random, but I felt that I need to explain a bit of what's been going on before I jump back in to normal life. I know the points I made earlier seem a little scattered and short, but I could go on for days about all of these thoughts and more! So, my goal was to just explain why I took a bit of a step back and maybe remind you to be grateful for what you have, appreciate the people in your life, and to just always start with kindness!
Photo credit: April Zelenka