Anyone out there want to book a Fall session with me? A long break has been important to take time to really explore some soul healing and gather what’s really important to me. Creative outlets have surfaced as one of those things that make the top of the list, so I’m excited to get back into the swing of things!!

 

 

 

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I’m currently booking limited sessions for September, October, and the first weekend of November. If you’re interested check out some details here and then use the “contact” link at the top of the page to coordinate our schedules! I’d love to meet some new families and I’m already looking forward to reconnecting with some of my regulars! Watching the kids grow each year is an amazing privilege – it makes me realize how fast time is passing and how important it is to be intentional with it.

Let’s do this! I can’t wait to capture YOU! Let me know if you’re interested!

 

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If you’ve visited in the last month or so, you might notice I’ve done some re-branding, re-organizing,  and re-doing of the website and blog.  I’m even mobile friendly now!! I’m kind-of excited about it.

While I’m still on a bit of a summer blogging break as I discern exactly what I want this space to be, I did want to do a little reveal of the new digs. I’ve released some other commitments recently which has given my heart space to dream and get back to what truly feeds me. I’m finding myself longing to create again, to share creative bits and re-discover a bit of that creative self that’s been stored away for a bit. When I began this blog (six!!) years ago, it was a space that was creative, it was an outlet for the stuff I made and the things that I was passionate about. It felt true to me. I want to get back to the roots of what that was for me. People responded to what I shared. It met something in others that made me feel like I was making a difference. I don’t want this space to be overcome by session peeks and business stuff. Though I imagine I’ll share that from time to time, I don’t want it to be the focus. As I played with this new re-design, I didn’t plan how this corner would look – I don’t really work that way – but as I culled and tweaked and perfected little bits of it, I’ve noticed it has become quite feminine with lots pink which surprises me a little. It reflects the colors I’m drawn to, and the beauty that makes my soul sing. It reflects my longing to get to a simpler lifestyle, simple concepts, simple pleasures, simple beauty. I’ve been working hard at simplifying all areas of my life and I’m leaning that way for this writing space as well. It may become a corner where my heart sings a little and you get a peek into bits of my soul. We shall see. I’m not committed to regular contributions until September. But in the meantime … have a look around … I think it’s very pretty! In fact, I would welcome your feedback if something isn’t intuitive. Please do let me know.

One thing I did want to note is that I’d like to pick up my family sessions to some degree again. My schedule is free’d up a bit so I have a slightly more flexibility than I’ve had the last couple of years. I shot my first session in several months last night. It was SO good to be with one of my most faithful families again. They’ve shared 4 years with me! That is so humbling, and I am so grateful. My presence here will be more consistent in September but I’m open to scheduling sessions before then – just get in touch with me for details and to work out a date that works for both of us! Please note, I am only shooting newborns and families. I don’t do events, weddings, or family reunions.

Also, if you haven’t found me on Instagram yet, I’m most active there. I find that outlet to be a natural extension of who I am and how I think. My captures reflect moments of gratitude – an ongoing visual journal of gratitude.

It feels good to be back at this space. I like it here. Back at my core passions. Back at making and sharing soul cleansing beautiful things, moments, thoughts … it’s a new season – one long awaited!!

  • Meghan L - Thanks Julie! Just wanted to let you know what K said as soon as we got in the car –
    “I love Julie.” I thought you’d like to know how he feels about you.
    Meghan

  • Julie - Thanks for sharing that with me, Meghan! I love your kids too! Delightful.

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace

This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!  

I’ve followed Bonnie Gray for at least a year. I love her heart. Her quest for soul space echoes mine. When her new book came out, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. And I knew it would speak to a place in my soul that I have only recently understood in my own quest for soul healing. Finding Spiritual Whitespace is Bonnie’s story from heart wrenching panic attacks and anxiety prompted by memories of trauma and emotional abuse as a little girl to finding her way as a mom and young adult, seeking true healing through the gentle touch of Jesus. I appreciate her transparent and honest journey as a christian woman, working through the affects of having closed off her heart to the real her. The little girl in her that needed to be healed and embraced and whole, just as she is, was, and always will be.

A few of the quotes that resonated most with me include:

“I can do capable; set goals, check lists, and construct new plans. But deep inside, where no one can see, where I seldom go myself. I feel restless. Unsettled. Disconnected. My heart feels lonely. I don’t really see it as loneliness. Most of the time I don’t know what’s wrong. So I tell myself nothing is wrong. That I’m fine. But I’m not really. Because, you see, I feel numb.”

“Rest is not something we engineer, but something we invite.”

“Whitespace is anything but nothing. Whitespace is a choice to convey quality and artistic value … Whitespace keeps the message from being cluttered and draws attention to what’s important. Am I trying to control the message my life is reflecting by filling it up – while avoiding the images I’d find if I stopped to rest?”

“Your soul is an instrument of God’s voice. Taking care of yourself nurtures the voice God placed in you.”

“… we were never made to do life as maintenance. God designed us to be fully alive: creative, renewed, by a sense of adventure, engaged with community, and soul-fed. Without these elements of creativity, adventure, community, and soul care, we experience a different kind of stress. Soul stress.”

Rest. It sounds inactive, doesn’t it? I was surprised to find that rest is one of the only three ambitions that God explicitly calls out in the Bible. The other two are preaching the gospel and pleasing God.”

I love that she draws out that whitespace and soul care are a choice. It is not selfish or lazy – rest is something we need to be actively pursuing. Soul care creates space for the things that are truly important rather than allowing life to crowd out our heart and the roles that we were created for.  I’ve spoken here of the call to write more. To share my heart in new ways. I’m also sensing the ongoing nudge to pursue the artist in me. Part of finding whitespace is listening. To the REAL longings of my soul. To simplifying my schedule and saying no to the non-essentials that don’t align with who Jesus is calling me to become. I’ve experienced a lot of growth in the last 10 years. And I’m learning to really listen to my soul in ways that I haven’t not understood before. But to listen requires silence. Space. For my soul to speak up. To be heard. The world and busyness and old messages that I work hard to protect myself from – they all drown out the voice of my soul. There is strength deep inside there, but the soul is fragile and easily stifled. Soul strength requires whitespace, soul grace, and a willingness to do the active work of becoming whole, true to you, and me, and the core person we are created to be inside the loving embrace of Jesus.

This book was a great reminder that whitespace, rest, the active pursuit of things that feed my spirit – are all gifts, and commands, and are celebrated by Jesus who calls me his Beloved.

**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

Bonnie Gray is the writer behind Faith Barista.com who wrote a book about her inspiring, heart-breaking journey to find rest, which garnered Publisher’s Weekly starred review. You can get a copy HERE.

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