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This Might Answer a Few Questions About Me


For wordy-and-therefore-unlisted reasons, blogging is important to me.  For business and other reasons, so is my Facebook presence.

But I've been rather quiet around the interwebs, haven't I?

"What's up with all the crickets?" you might ask, if referring to silence as "crickets" is what you do.

I'm noticing that I tend to go radio-silent on the internets for one of too reasons.  Either:

A)  I simply *can't* blog because I am overwhelmed by our busy lifestyle and things that are important to me are being dropped while I'm desperately trying to "JUGGLE ALL THE BALLS!!", or

B)  I *choose* not to blog because I am enjoying our busy lifestyle, we are in the *flow,* and I'm letting balls fall so that I can focus on other balls that are even more important to me.

The difference between "dropping" and "letting go" is gargantuan, is it not?  

I'll answer that for you:  It IS.  I say so as one who is a master of the former and a student of the latter.

I'm happy to report that the most recent Silence de Radio up in here has been due to Reason Number 'B.'  I feel I owe you this explanation after writing "Got to Get Down to Get up" a few weeks ago, in case you're worried that I'm still flailing for air in the deep-end.

All is great here.  I have fully breeched.  We have made big, overdue, wonderful and necessary changes around here.  And the changes are good.

After returning from a long weekend in Topanga Canyon with my Love (see photo, above), I wanted to check in here to send some love to you (yes I mean YOU, lovely reader and spreader of light who shows up to read these words!), but I don't have much prepared as far as thoughts go today.

But wait:  I do!

A few weeks ago, Ursula Wayne of The Poppy Preppy Revolution interviewed me for her own blog.  I love Ursula's questions and can't help but wonder whether some of my other readers may be wondering the same things.

So I'm sharing my answer to her first question here and am also listing her other questions.  If you want to read more of my responses, click through to her blog!

I hope your Day of Labor was not laborious at all.  Sending you light and love and appreciation, as always.

xox, B


Here's my answer to her first question...


1. Tell me a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up? What did you study?   How did you find yourself?

I'll skim though the boring-ish details (Rhode Island-raised, Boston College, Communications major became pharmaceutical sales rep, yadda, yadda) to get to the meat and potatoes of your question.

Here's what I see as a relevant part of my background:  For as long as I can remember, I have been "overachieving" on the outside while struggling to find happiness on the inside.  That sounds deep for a half of a second until you realize it's the M.O. of every single over-achiever in the history of ever.

How did I find my calling?  Great question.  Through listening to my body when I was doing the things that weren't true to me, I suppose.

In pharmaceutical sales, it felt like a piece of my soul was dying.  Incredible job perks and respect from people who applauded my "accomplishments" were the golden handcuffs that kept me there.

But the longer I ignored my gut, the more I had physical symptoms:  I kept peanut butter in my car because on most days, that was all my stomach could tolerate.  And I felt dirty.  Not because the job itself was inherently "dirty" (one of my very favorite people in the darn world is a pharma rep) but because it was not the job that allowed MY soul to thrive.

I left pharmaceuticals to start a document management business, which was one of the scariest and bravest things I've ever done and seemed like the right direction until I realized I was always hoping people wouldn't ask me about it.

I'm no career advisor, but that might be a good sign you're in the wrong career, right?

At the time I came to that realization, my son was an infant and I had always "known" that being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) was my "primary life goal" and that it would be "all I would need" to feel fulfilled.  We were in a position where we could make it work, so I went that direction.

I must interrupt this story to say that it's HARD to change directions, Ursula.  It is one one of the scariest of all Scary-Assed Routes.  And it's embarrassing:  will people take me seriously anymore?  Will 


 take me seriously?

But if we ignore our intuition or try to pretend that something is right for us when in fact it is only right for someone else, the physical consequences get worse.  It's dangerous to our health, to our relationships and to our only chance at living our life's PURPOSE, ignoring our intuition is.

Recently, I got whacked upside the head with intuition again.  My "Joyology" and Photography work began as a side-project…a small business that could serve as an outlet for me as a SAHM.  As the business responsibilities have grown, I have not been honest with myself about how hard--no, impossible--it is to run a business AND stay at home with the kids.

I especially haven't been honest with myself about WANTING to work outside the home, because I was petrified that would mean bad things about me as a mom, which is another post for another day.

But by trying to do both, I have been doing neither the way I want to do them.  And so began my downward spiral into a recent month-long depression.

Like I said, intuition will do what it must in order to be heard.  For brevity's sake, I'll skip through the details of that spiral, but I will say that 

the great thing about hitting a low is that it gives you a place to plant your feet

.  It forces you to reevaluate.  It forces you to be honest with yourself.

So now I'm in the process of creating the structure so that I can work during the day and be present for my family in the evenings.  I am shifting again, and for the first time, I am making the shift ENTIRELY on what my intuition is telling me is right for me and my family, not based on what I think society or the people around me would say I "should" be doing.

It feels so, SO good.

I guess you could say that I've been able to find my "calling" because I've found myself.  I have been working with a therapist (for 16 years loosely, 4 years intensely) and I know now that you won't get anywhere in therapy unless you will talk about the things you don't want to talk about.  To find yourself, you need self-love.  To find self-love, you must first find self-acceptance.  To find self-acceptance, you must be willing to shine light on the things that you wish were not a part of yourself.

I guess you could say that I found myself through being willing to honestly assess and make changes.  And that I continue to find myself!  :)


Here are Ursula's other Questions.  

If you're interested, click through to the Poppy Preppy Revolution to read more from this interview!

2. Your photos and your approach to photography is so soulful.  Did you always know you wanted to be a photographer?

3. How did you find your niche?

4. Who has influenced you on your road thus far?

5. Your pictures are so happy. What makes you happy? How elicit such genuinely happy smiles from your clients?

6.  Who do you consider to be your peers? What blogs/sites do you read on a regular basis?

7. Your honesty is so refreshing. Have you always been so straightforward?

8. What makes you laugh?

9. What does the online inspirational community need more of?

10. What's the best advice you could give for someone just starting out to find their "peeps"? (Not the candy.)



A Beauty, An Update, and A Question


A Beauty, An Update, and A Question





Good morning, Catchers of Light!!

Three quick nuggets for you this AM:

1)  A Beauty

These photos of my sister make me catch my breath. They are so "HER."  I can feel her strength, her creativity, her pensiveness, her fierce passion for life, her silly side, the LIGHT of her BEING right through the photo.

That's what makes me breathe in suddenly when I look at these pictures.

When I take a photograph, I do my best to catch a glimpse of the person's soul.  My heart does a twinkle-toe fairy dance when my photos make people catch their breath.  The catching of the breath is pretty much my goal.

Maybe I should have named this site ""  [Chuckles to self.]

If you want me to do photos for you that make you catch YOUR breath, contact me soon!  I am almost completely booked for the fall.  

(I limit the number of shoots I take so that I can provide a high-quality product to my clients (and a high-quality of sanity to myself.))

2)  An Update

Check out my new pricing page!  HOLLER!!!  I'm happy with the way it came out.

The links on that page are broken; thanks for bearing with me as I continue to build this site at the break-neck pace of only the fastest of snails.

3)  A Question

One of the web pages that I'm working on right now is my FAQ page.

Do you have any questions you would like to see answered?

I'm making two FAQ pages:

  • one FAQ page for my photography business (ex:  How long will it take to massage, edit, and deliver my photos?  What should I wear?  Can you make my photos black and white but then add the color of our eyes back in?  etc.) and
  • one FAQ page for the happiness theme of my blog.

I have not received as many questions related to the happiness / optimal living / self-improvement theme of the blog as I have received about photo shoots.  I'm trying to figure out whether this is because:  

a) people are uncomfortable asking questions along this subject line,

b) people would rather go somewhere else to discuss these things,

c) people have no interest in reading my thoughts on such matters,

d) people have the "happiest life" question figured out; I am the only person navigating this ship,

d) people very much enjoy the reflections on happiness that I'vebeensharing but they're just super busy (is all),

e) I have knocked the socks off of my readers and they cannot type responses, thoughts, or questions because they are too busy looking for their socks.

f)  None of the above.  (Insert reason here:  __________________________)

Care to weigh in on this?  Even just a one-letter response would be helpful.

If you ever have ideas on things I could improve or things that (come hell or high water) I MUST CONTINUE doing, I'm always receptive to both constructive feedback and praise.   :)  [Heh heh heh.  I was being serious about the constructive feedback.]

I love hearing from you peeps.

15 Extra Credit Points if you submit an FAQ for FAQ Page Number two.  (You just submit the Q and don't you worry yourself about whether it's F.A., you hear?)

Aaaaaaaaaaaand BEGIN!!!