Monday, September 30, 2013

Moments in Focus ~ A {free} two-week photojournaling practice for mamas

Are you feeling weary, Mama?  Like you're being pulled in so many different directions that you don't know which way to turn?

You've been told to cherish each moment with your little ones, because (as we all know) they don't stay little for long.  If you're like me, hearing those words only puts more pressure on you. It leaves this Mama feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, because there is no possible way to cherish each one of those precious moments that we are gifted with as mothers.  

Instead, I simply strive to become more aware.  To find a balance, between savoring those days of childhood and taking time for myself, so that I don't end up frustrated and drained when my head hits the pillow at night.

Since the beginning of summer, I've been on a quest to find peace in my days as a stay-at-home mom.  Not to have an agenda, not to try and savor EACH and EVERY single moment, but to connect with my son in meaningful ways. To find happiness in our routine. To slow down and observe my little one as he reminds me how lucky I am to be his mother. (He is my greatest teacher as I strive to live each day with joy.)    
If you've been following this blog or our Facebook page, you know that I just love to take pictures.  Of nature, of my everyday life, and especially of my 3 year old.  

Taking pictures helps me to be more mindful.  If even for a few moments each day, it allows to me stop and focus on the beauty found in my life as a mother.  To see my life through the lens of a camera.

I often look back over these photos and feel so grateful that I've captured the routine events of our day, the memories of how we connect as a family.  They help me remember the little notice the slow, everyday moments that may otherwise pass me by.

In doing this, I am on my way to learning how to live my own version of happiness. On finding a balance between strengthening our connection as mother & son, while being gentle with myself for craving time alone. For, sometimes, needing space during those overwhelming days.  

So now, I invite you to join me.  

Starting on October 14th, 2013, and for the following two-weeks, you can begin to develop the mindful practice of using photographs to help you slow down and reconnect with not only your children, but also your life.

For 2 weeks, you will receive two simple, creative prompts each day during the week.  

  • The first will be a photo prompt, encouraging you to record a part of your day in which you will find connectedness with your child(ren).  There are no big assignments, nothing extra to set up or do.  These will {for the most part} be moments that already occur in your daily routine.
  • The second will be a journaling prompt to help you look deeper into the moment.  It can be as simple as recording one sentence into a notebook that will caption the picture for your day.  One sentence.  If you wish, you can take it even further and write a paragraph - or if you enjoy writing, an entire page. It is entirely up to you 

The prompts are designed to be a gentle reminder to stop and find the beauty amidst the disarray. Some will be specifically fashioned as a way to connect with your child(ren) and some will be a whisper from me to you, asking that you take care of yourself in the moment.  Because, let's face it, if you take the time to care for yourself, you'll have more patience and energy throughout the day to nurture your little ones. 

You do not need a fancy camera or a writing degree.  I'm not asking you to go out and buy a leather journal to fill up each night.  All that is required is that you are a mama seeking a bit of focus...looking to find a bit of stillness and beauty in your life.  

Over the course of the 2 weeks, you will also have the option to share your journey with other Mamas in a private, supportive Facebook page or through Instagram.

This practice if my gift to you.  To share what I have to found to help me through the course of a day as I continue to search for harmony and connection with my son.

Just enter your email address below to join us!
I can't wait to begin!

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  1. This sounds amazing! Really looking forward to it :)

  2. What a neat project. Photography is a way I can savor moments with my children long after the moment has passed. Often, because we're so busy in the moment, no matter how centered I am, I still don't see it for what it is.


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