This week is all about me.
Kane and Mav are home in Edmonton with Daddy, while I am in Los Angeles with a group of photographers learning more about documentary photography with the support of the Momenta staff. We are each paired with nonprofit organizations in LA where we shoot and then each day we sit down with one of the Momenta mentors and review all of our scary SOOC (straight out of camera) images.
This week I am shooting families at Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern California thanks to the hard work and connections of a number of key people, but also because I spoke up and recognized how I was feeling and what I needed.
This week I am also in the middle of listening to Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong. Brene is “my people”. She doesn’t know it yet. Maybe one day she will. Every one of her books (others include Daring Greatly and Braving the Wilderness) have been just what I needed, when I needed it.
In Rising Strong, Brene writes, “When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again”—my gut reaction is, “What a badass.”
One last Brene tidbit to leave you with…
The opposite of recognizing that we’re feeling something is denying our emotions. The opposite of being curious is disengaging. When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away; instead, they own us, they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.
And when I go home I will be present for all three of my boys, to help them wrestle tough emotions and find their truth.