Jacy + Dakota :: Phoenix Arizona Couples Session

Happy almost weekend, everyone! 

These past 3 weeks have been packed full of information and I am still trying to sort through all of it, but today I want to share something that has been on my heart.

At the workshop I recently attended (Over Yonder Hideaway -- Hosted by Cody & Allison, Hinterland Stills, Grace + Jaden, Twyla Jones, Michael Cardwell, and Nicole Seligman -- 100% recommend!) we were encouraged to find out why we do what we do and to come up with a brand/slogan, if you will, that describes that. I am not sure if I can actually make this my brand since I am stealing it from the movie Cinderella, but the phrase "be kind and have courage" keeps ringing in my head and I'll explain why...

I've always been a huge advocate for being kind to anyone and everyone. I just think it's the right thing to do. Have you ever heard the phrase, "Do unto other as you would have them do unto you"? It is known as the Golden Rule (and is also found in Luke 6). Have you ever been treated poorly by someone? They maybe said or did something rude and it left you feeling less than? You didn't like the way that made you feel, did you? So why would you in turn, make someone feel that way on your own accord? You shouldn't. That is why I love the first half of that saying, "be kind and have courage". Just be kind. Treat others with respect. It's not always easy, but doing what's right rarely ever is.

The second half of that saying, "have courage" speaks to me personally in a huge way. I'm not a very confident person. I second guess myself constantly and it's usually easier for me to not do things out of fear or anxiety. But to have courage means exactly that: "the ability to do something that frightens one" ....Wow. That definition left me speechless. It's okay to be afraid, but don't let that fear stop you from putting yourself out there. Fly across the country and hangout with 20 strangers in a cabin for a week. Road trip down the coast with one of your friends and experience how big the world is outside of your small, mid-western town. Do something that excites and terrifies you at the same time. You might end up hating it -- you might end up loving it; at least you will be able to say that you did it and you put yourself out there. :)

So there's my two cents as you head into your weekend... Be kind. Have courage.

xoxo, Summer