Well guys I really don’t know where to start other than it feels SO SUPER GOOD to be able to blog again and have puzzle pieces fitting into place! I always picture in my head a huge puzzle of my life and I can see the pieces sliding to place but, there is no greater feeling to see corners and edges matching up and fitting together to create a section. A small portion and picture of my life is being shared today but, some major pieces!
The social media aspect of the world tends to take some of what I believe is the “better” things in life away. My blog has forever had a special place in my heart… my love for writing and documenting all things in life is what makes a big piece of my heart thrive! Don’t get me wrong I love instagram and most parts of Facebook but, I LOVE free writing and having a place to express my thoughts and pieces of life lessons! Sharing things that may give someone a sense of HOPE, simple real life situations, to things that may just be a gentle reminder (Lord knows I need reminders) to live our best no matter what season we are in! If I was to share with you all what I wanted it would seriously take a week and I can’t seem to fathom crunching my last few years in one blog post (don’t worry I tried)! Overtime, I will continue to share bits and pieces of life as is, how some dreams have come to play, some “suffering”, some goodness, some ugly days, BUT SO MUCH JOY and all because of what He has done and continues to do within my life! I have written before on how it’s in His timing as we all know this to be true and best. I as a human, am a “bit” of an organized human (don’t ask my husband) ;), and can be known to have a hard time with His timing! Matthew 6:34 was always hard for me because I tend to always be the planner. The one that wants to plan things far in advance. If you ask me now my main “motto” is one day at a time! He taught me so much in one small scripture and i’ve seen how first hand when we do not worry about tomorrow but, live for that day, in that moment there’s never any need to worry! It really does add days to your life when we try and control His master plan. He takes care of every little detail as He sees fit for our lives! Over the last two/three/even five years He has drawn me closer to Him through life circumstances that I knew He had to be up to something GOOD and wanted to teach me even more on giving EVERYTHING to him! There’s been days that I didn’t see the light, days that I would scream out LORD, I AM STRONG enough, what do you want from me! There was a time in life I HATED change; I was comfortable right were I was! Today, change gives me anticipation and a challenge! I dream of new things to do because I never want to be complacent in life! I was complacent (just doing the motions of daily life) for so long. I was living life for Him but with regulations (not good) bc I didn’t release every piece of my life so easily to Him; I didn’t want Him to change what I had planned. His challenges slowly changed me in many ways and continues to do so daily! To be honest, some days I may not meet the challenges quiet like He intends for me to but, the TRUTH and a little bit of hard headedness pushes me to never give up! I know that no matter what happens in life; HE has my best interest! He doesn’t change things in our lives to harm us but, to help us trust Him; to draw us closer and closer and make us stronger. When we release those dreams, fears, worries, sickness or whatever you may be dealing with to Him the process is much more enjoyable and easy flowing! SO if you’re waiting on an answer from God today and anxious about something… rest in His presence; being content with His plans and love always brings out the best in us and reminds us that with HIM we have EVERYTHING! It doesn’t mean it’s always easy but, finding that JOY in waiting is SO important!
Which leads me to today… a dream He started stirring in my heart almost three years ago! I don’t know what He will do with it! I don’t care, all I know is I am excited! My mind craves originality! I LOVE photography but, I also wanted something different to add to the world and business! Something to change things up a little, to build on to my dreams and combined family dreams! Something that you don’t see every time you turn the corner! Something that I can get creative with and design my own work and sets along with my sisters and family! Something that’s one of a kind! If you remember a year or so ago I launched www.simplicitydropsanddesigns.com! A website where I design/produce my own backdrops and sell to whomever! This dream was mainly created to lead up to this dream! It was created to help lead us to that final piece of this particular puzzle which “I thought” was to come shortly after I launched it! God, He had other plans and my human nature was trying to rush it! The website took a back seat for a while as well as “my” dreams.
During that time in waiting… my family had some ups and downs and what seemed to be so close to being finished came to a halt! Today, as I look back I am understanding exactly His beautiful timing and as it slowly produces blooms my excitement arises! In order to make this short, I am leaving so many happenings, so many GREAT stories in between out! Things that I will love and look forward to sharing along the way as the Good Lord leads me!
For now… since so many of you are thinking i’m pregnant. I’m not but, meet out newest edition to the business THE TRAVELING STUDIO and while you’re at it take a look around the new and improved blog! She may not look like the baby you were expecting but, i’m telling you the getting here was not always a breeze and definitely worth the sweat and tears in delivery!
DON’T WORRY! YES!!! We are still currently doing what we love, family sessions, children, maternity, newborn (done a bit different now), seniors and WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO DO THESE SESSIONS! We’re just EXPANDING DREAMS! Venturing out and adding on!
THANK you to SO many people who have helped this come to life.. listened to all my scheming and thoughts! To my clients/friends that are so loyal to my work and believe in me! To my children for inspiring me daily! My husband who always believes in me and just goes with it and lastly but, most importantly… My God! The one that has laid my dreams out from day one always guiding me the right direction even when I cannot see or want things differently in the moment! We’ve got big plans and I look forward to sharing as we travel this journey!
Also, a BIG THANK YOU @gathered_tx for the cake plate set and all rentals as well as @lapeonyevents for creating exactly what I had envisioned for The Traveling Studios birthday shoot bouquet! It was a great celebration and a day to remember forever!
Now that we’re here, the Simplicity site will be able to resume SOON and be prepared for stories in how we got here! Again, welcome…. take a look around, visit our link above to understand a bit more of what this new adventure entails, contact us with any questions or to be the first few to book with THE TRAVELING STUDIO!
Much love and always remember to dream BIG with Him! He may change your plan but, the master plan is always the most beautiful finished! Spread YOUR wings! DON’T be afraid to fall; He will help you back to your feet! If you don’t you’ll never learn to fly!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
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