Pursuing a Dream | Claudia Lewis Photography | Portrait Photographer in Haymarket VA
Do you have a dream? Have you had the courage to pursue it? I believe that some of the most courageous people are those that take that first step toward their dream when their current circumstances make them seem like fools for even considering it! I understand this struggle all too well. When I made the decision to become a photographer, everything in me told me that I was nuts for even considering it. Negative thoughts haunted me EVERY SINGLE DAY and I fought tooth and nail not to listen.
After the death of one of my best friends and spending several years mourning her loss and not picking up my camera, I woke up one day with renewed clarity. Life is short…..make it count….make a difference.
I wanted to live my life with purpose and bless as many people along the way that I could so my photography journey began. It has been the most difficult thing that I have ever done and I am not there yet! Most of the time I felt like a little spider hanging on for dear life and yet, I have felt more fulfilled in the trying than I have ever felt before :)
Sometimes I wonder if we put off following our dreams because it makes us feel selfish. After all, we would have to sacrifice something or someone in order to accomplish them. I know that I struggled with this. At the time that my dream began to flourish, I was a homeschooling mom and motherhood was my priority. I worried that I would have to sacrifice family time in order to study and learn and somehow that made me feel selfish. It’s part of the reason why it has taken me so long to get here. It has been a long journey to discover that I wasn’t being selfish at all and that you can do two things at once! I didn’t have to give up being a mom to pursue my calling. I just needed to put the right systems in place to make it work.
“Understand this: Dreaming and desiring are not always born out of ingratitude. The most powerful dreamers are those who are grateful for what they have; they don’t see themselves as victims of circumstance. Instead they see opportunity no matter where they are or what they have at their disposal. They are focused on their dreams, not on their lack. Their ambition has pushed them to achieve excellence in EVERYTHING they pursue, not just merely putting out the least possible.” Alicia Caine
Fast forward 15 years from when my dream began, and I am just now in the beginning stages of seeing the fruit of my labor. I still have a long way to go but I have experienced the joy of seeing someone’s face light up when they look at images of themselves as if looking at themselves for the first time and I know that it has all been worth it!
If you have a dream, I encourage you to pursue it. It will feed your soul in a way that you wouldn’t expect. Live out your life’s purpose. God has a plan for you! For now, just take the first step. And tomorrow morning, when you wake up, take another and never look back. I have been taking these tiny steps for 15 years now. While it may have taken me longer than many others, I believe that everything happens in God’s timing. My hope for you is that you will live with purpose and not fear!
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