the podie people: DIY Family Photos

DIY Family Photos

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

If you're confused at the title of this post, its okay I am too. I mean who does their own family photos and then doesn't even get the whole family in them?! Haha jokes aside it was such a spur of the moment throw something on let's go for a drive down the road and take some pics at sunset. I absolutely think I need to invest in a tripod so we can get our whole family in more shots without having to call a friend but it was our first time attempting to take some photos for us! I kind of meant it as test run but I think they turned out pretty cute thanks to Mac photo editing and a decent lens.Hey we may just do our Christmas card photo too! 
DIY hasn't come very naturally to me but I  think that this time of life where our days are busy and our budget very small it has taught me so much about minimalizing the way we live and teaching myself to do things on my own. I struggle so much with the balance of it everyday but sincerely I thank God for pushing me in the areas he knows I need the most work. It has always been hard for me to see others who may seem to have more or be happier than me. But the feeling when you finally earn something or over come an obstacle and come out on top makes it 100x more rewarding.  It may seem cliche but now more than ever I am learning that true happiness has to be created in our own minds and hearts. I've often fell into the trap of thinking "oh I'd be happy if I could afford that too." or "Yeah when we have money then I'll be able to do it easier!" But that mindset is a toxic trap that is hard to get out of. I can openly admit I have cried over thinking our life should look a certain way or compared it to my peers, feeling sorry for myself. But through the process of learning to love myself right where I am and who I am ---I am learning that our thoughts absolutely manifest into our reality. When we truly feel at peace with our life and who we are we can start to live a more fulfilled life and the abundance and reward of that will follow. If you can't be happy without something, its unlikely you'll ever be able to achieve happiness with that thing.  
Sorry to get sappy!  But I hope anyone reading this who may think we look so happy or it seems so easy knows that we have had our share of heart break and tears. And guess what, we still do! No matter what it appears someone has remind yourself, they have a story and it may be different than yours but yours is the only one you get to write. So choose love, choose to see your trials ( yes like having $20 to your name) as a challenge of spiritual and mental growth. YOU GOT THIS. And if you ever want to take your own photos don't be afraid to try! Document this time of life and find strength in your trials and faith in your discouragement.