Already There….


Pretty in Pink

Technically this is a reblog.. Below is the first ever post I wrote on this blog.. December 2nd, 2011.  WOW.. that was a long time ago now.  And yet the words I wrote then are just as relevant for me today.  Unfortunately very little, if anything has changed since I wrote this.  I am no more successful now, than I was then.  Sure.. I have had my moments.  Made a few sales.  Graced a few magazine covers.  But basically, my day to day isn’t much different.  My skills have improved… and I do hope to continue improving.  I’m not where I need to be yet.  But I have definitely made progress.  And that’s always a good thing.

Enjoy my first ever post………

“I want to be a successful photographer more than I want oxygen.  It’s almost all I think about these days.  I have been working SO incredibly hard and putting in such long days.  And when I am not working on my photographs, I’m thinking about my photographs… planning, scheming, figuring it all out in my head.

Landscape photography means early mornings and late nights, which translates into very long days, especially in summer.  And to be honest, I am getting tired.  I have been trying so hard, and pushing so hard, and working so hard, and as much as I just adore what I do, I’m getting tired.

So this morning whilst out scouting locations, I suddenly thought to myself… “what if I had already made it?”  How would my day look different if I was already the success that I hope to be?  What would I do differently?  How would I feel? What would I think about?
Maybe my day would be no different at all.  I would still scout locations.  I would still take photo’s.  I would still edit photos, publish them, post online, work on my website, etc etc..

But I would “feel” differently about it.

The pressure would be off.  I could relax a bit.  Maybe even have fun, enjoy the process again.  Get even more creative. I wouldn’t have to push so hard, try so hard.  I would still totally work just as hard, because this is my true passion.  But it wouldn’t feel quite so much like work.

So I did that.  I let go.  I told myself that I had already made it.  I was already the successful photographer I dream of being.  And guess what happened.  My shoulders dropped a little.  A tiny smile spread across my face.  The sense of urgency that has been following me around, suddenly disappeared.  I even think I might have walked just a tiny bit taller (wonderful when you are 5’2″)  I felt successful.

And just with everything in life… it’s all a matter of perspective.  Compared to Ansel Adams I am not the least bit successful.  But compared to where I was only 9 months ago, when I started my quest, I have come such a long way, and improved so incredibly much.  We can spend our time tying ourselves in knots because the road ahead still seems far too long and treacherous.  Or we can appreciate the progress we have already made, and let the feelings of gratitude and accomplishment make our days that much brighter.

So ask yourself today… how would my day look if I already had all I desire to have?  How would I feel?  What would I do differently?  And do those things.. feel those feelings.  And act as if you are Already There.. (because if you think about some ways, you already are).”