The importance of gratitude...

Part of being a human is accepting the fact that everything in life with naturally be a series of ups and downs. Sometimes the lows can feel big and scary, and the highs can feel fleeting. I find that intentionally taking the time to feel into gratitude manifests joy, peace and grounding in my world. On this Thanksgiving day, instead of focusing on the difficulties of the past year, I will share my gratitude.

1. Nemo

Naturally, my horse child has to come first. I've had Nemo since I was 17 years old, and he was 3. We've been on quite a journey, and there really are no words for gratitude I feel for everything this horse has taught me and done for me. I don't know where I'd be without him.

horse and rider connection off the track thoroughbred photography
horse and rider bond bay mare white dress portraiture

2. Duet

Moving onto my other horse child, I am so grateful Duet has landed safely in her forever home with me. She is sweet, gentle, and loving. (Not to mention she's absolutely I am not bias). She has taught me patience, acceptance, and the power of trying again. Thanks for being you, mare.

3. My amazing clients

I am still in shock that I am a full time Equine Photographer. It still feels a little funny coming out, like, "did I just say that?" I am so grateful for my amazing clients. I continue to learn and grow through each client experience, and I wouldn't be where I am without each and every one of you. Thank you.

behind the scenes equine photographer cutler farm
best friend sisters small business owners photographers

circa 2011 in the "being a teenager is hard" era

4. My business bestie

I've been lucky enough to have amazing support in growing my business, one being my best friend and partner in crime. Texas based Leigh Fields Photography has been my person to bounce ideas off of, cry to, vent to, and beyond as I go through the tough realities of running my own business. I'm beyond blessed to have someone to grow my business alongside. I seriously don't know what I'd do without her.

5. Pets

My dogs and my cat (not pictured) are my home. I am grateful for their lessons of being in the now, finding joy, and unconditional love. My pets are my family, and that will never change. Gratitude doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about them.

black and white fine art pet portrait spaniel dogs
new england fall foliage horse and rider connection portrait session

6. New England

I took a huge leap of faith this year. I left the comfort of Tucson, Arizona; I trusted my gut and jumped into the unknown. This new adventure has brought me joy, success, new and old friends, and so much more. On a simple note, I am grateful for the beauty of New England. It's been many years since I've enjoyed the the rivers, the foliage, the woods, etc, and I appreciate the simple joy.

What are you grateful for?

I encourage you to take a moment today and ask yourself what you're thankful. Allow yourself to sit in it and to feel into it. It might just change your perspective.

Happy Thanksgiving!