Impulse to Soar

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I love this picture of the hubs, circa 2008. We were invited to sit by the runway and watch him practice carrier landings. It was awesome!!!

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But one thing I didn’t grasp until now was this idea- aviation is in his veins. Once he had circled the clouds like a bird, spanned the mountains & oceans from above, and lived beyond his wildest dreams, how could he ever walk the earth without soaring overhead in his mind?
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As an earthbound misfit myself, I truly did not grasp why his eyes were always on the sky. Now I understand. It’s not just his eyes, it is his heart. Once you’ve experienced life from a different viewpoint, it’s impossible to not see things from a new perspective.
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As a military family, we have lived a wildly adventurous life. We’ve been blessed to enjoy just a touch of the of this marvelous world- its beauty, its cultures, its people. How can we now be content with sitting still? How can we confine our lives to the parameters of mediocrity and feel fulfilled? Once you have learned to fly, how can you be content to creep?
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Friends, we were made for more than just existing. We were put on this earth to connect with God- through His creation, through His people, and through our own increase. How can we expand our understanding by staying in one place, if we do the same things, if we live our life by the same repeated patterns?

The truth is, we can not be everything we were made to be by staying comfortable. Flying isn’t always comfortable. The jet breaks. There are emergencies. The fight is hard and the struggles are real. But that doesn’t mean you stay grounded.

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Some circles preach contentment, but I’ve found that discomfort breeds creativity. Only those who are sufficiently dissatisfied with their current situation will seek to change it. Perhaps it’s a toxic relationship, or a job, or a habit you need to break. Perhaps its a positive change you need to embrace to be a better you. Everyone is going somewhere, this is a law of the universe. You are either moving forward or sliding backward- but nobody stays in one place. So what are you waiting for? Perhaps it’s time to spread your wings and fly! #perspectivechangeseverything

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Reflect What You See

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Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.
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Did’ja catch that?

The things we focus on are the things we allow into our life. Will I allow the sidewalk bubblegum stuck to my shoe to frustrate me, or will I be captivated by this scene as I stooped down to clean it off?
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Every one of us faces these tiny moments of decision a thousand times a day. Ten years ago I would have been angrily plucking the sticky mess out of my sneakers. It would have soured the moment, caused irritation and stress, not to mention I would have missed the beauty right in front of me.
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Let me tell you, the gum could wait. As a photographer, I didn’t want to miss this moment. The light, the colors, the cheerful buildings with no people and no cars… the mess would still be there when I was through. In this moment, I chose to fill my cup with creativity rather than consternation.
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I speak these words to you because I need to hear them myself- over and over and over again. If we focus on the negative, the irritations, the frustrations- our lives become a reflection of those things. Eventually we would *only* see the bubblegum and never see the beauty. And nobody wants to be around that!!!
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One of the reasons I love photography is because it teaches you to focus. It doesn’t matter what’s behind, beside, or even before you, if you just zero in on the subject and adjust your settings, you can capture the most beautiful images in the most unlikely places. It’s all a matter of perspective. Some of my best travel pictures were taken in trash alleys. True story
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If our lives truly are a reflection of what we see, then let’s be the flowers on a brightly painted windowsill! The world has enough people reflecting its littered streets
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What’s Your Art?

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Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things we see and everything to do with the way we see them!
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I believe God made every single person to be deeply creative. THAT MEANS YOU!!! If He is the great Creator of the universe, and we are made in His image, then what does that make us?

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You, my friend, are a creator. Perhaps photography isn’t your gig. But maybe you can whip up a gourmet meal, crochet quilts, or tell a story that moves people to tears. Maybe you can sing, or dance, or motivate others to action. Maybe you are a teacher, a scientist, a thinker, a communicator… a business builder… it’s not about the things you see, but HOW you see them

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Your perspective IS your gift! You see the world in a way that others don’t! Whether it’s through the microscope, or a telescope, a piano or a typewriter… YOU have something beautiful and unique to share!
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Stop believing that your perspective isn’t interesting. Stop comparing your form of creativity to others.

Stop 👏putting👏 yourself 👏down!

Grab yourself some Envision essential oil, or Believe, or Awaken… take a deeeeeeeeeeeep inhale from the bottle, close your eyes and let your mind wander to those creative endeavors in your life. Inhale again. Think about yourself as a creator. Inhale again. Picture your art form, your gifts, your talents.

💋I want to hear from every person who reads this post- whether you are an accountant or a trapeze artist- how are you creative??? Tell me in the comments below!

Soooooo, what’s your Art? You can do this! 💕
Ready, set, go!
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