I'm Hannah: mother, wife, photographer, writer, artist, wellness enthusiast and lover of the simple and beautiful. I live in South Florida with my husband Manny, our three children (Seth, Isaac, and Eaden), and our golden doodle Lily.
This is my journal of motherhood, homeschooling, health, and living with grace & intention

What Really Matters

So after my post yesterday about priorities and what mine aren't, I wanted to say a few things about what they are. For starters, this:

My silly, sweet, passionate little boy, who is literally growing right before my eyes. It's said over and over again- kids grow up too quickly. It seems even faster if you're preoccupied by less important things and don't pay enough attention. He and his daddy are my first priorities. My family is everything to me.

I am blessed to be passionate about my career- I really really love what I do. But it is just part of who I am. I recently saw a video on Framed, interviewing photographer Benjamin Reed. He spoke of the mentality in our culture that we live to work, and how monumental the idea of working to live was to him. When you love what you do, I think it is especially important to work for a balance, and intentionally keep yourself from working all the time. Especially when you have a family. Because, contrary to the lifestyles of so many Americans, there is so much more to life than the work we do. I believe that we are defined only partially by what we do, and just as much (if not more) by the relationships in our lives.

So, some things that really matter to me:

-Obviously, my family. Spending time with them. Doing things together. Creating memories. Documenting their lives. (Because the busier I get with work, the fewer pictures I seem to take outside of that.)

-Teaching my son about the world. Spending time in nature with him, letting him help me garden, sharing my values with him, giving him rich experiences that with shape his worldview and happy memories to look back on.

-Creating a living space for my family that is peaceful, clean and beautiful in a perfectly imperfect way- a real extension of who we are as a family.

-Doing work that I love, and building my business around that. This means learning to say "no" to work that isn't right for my business. Refining my artistic vision based on me- not anyone else. Spending time on activities and ideas that will actually help my business to grow and thrive.

-Building and strengthening relationships. Not being too busy to see and talk to my precious friends.

-Maintaining my sense of self apart from both my career and my family. When I became a mother, I changed forever, but promised myself I would never forget or leave behind myself. It is so important to spend time doing the things you enjoy and that make you, you. For me, that is reading, journaling, blogging, working on creative projects, and taking care of my mind and body through yoga, meditation, exercise, and nourishing foods.

My hope is that by rearranging my priorities and holding myself accountable for the how I spend my time, I will have more of it to devote the things above.

{The three images above were taken with my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic and Kodak Portra 400nc and 160nc.}


So tell me, lovelies-- what really matters to you?

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What Doesn't Really Matter