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It is within you.

We all have a purpose in this life. Some of us find it early, others never find it. I found mine in my thirties. We go through life living for everyone else, right, for our jobs, our spouses, our children, other people. At some point, you have to break free and find what it is that sparks your joy. What are your dreams? If you never find what brings you joy, then you will never have it. Your purpose and joy go hand in hand. Once you figure out what your aspirations are than you will also find your happiness. Your reason for living might be right in front of you, along your journey that you are already on.

I went to college to receive a medical degree. I graduated as a certified surgical technologist. I went from one facility to another. Trying to find what specialty made me happy. I tried a surgery center and then a dentist office and once I got pregnant with our first child I had the calling to stay home with him. Babe number two came and I picked up my camera for the first time. I worked with another gal taking photos of anything that came our way. Eventually we parted ways and I started a new journey on my own. At this point I found two things that brought me joy, photography and my family. But it was more than just that I had a family, it was absolute pride in me as a mother. I get completely wrapped up in being and providing everything my children need. I live for their hugs and kisses, their smiles and their giggles. When they are sad I know that I have the words to make it all better and this gives me purpose. Teaching them about God, love, life, forgiveness, friends, this all makes me so so happy. This is why I enjoy photographing maternity, newborn and family so much. I am able to capture these intimate emotive moments between a mom and her baby because I truly love it, live it and have a passion for it. I have managed to use my purpose in life in my career and this has brought me so much joy. In return, I am delivering magical galleries that supply endless delight to all that see them.

"The purpose of life, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." Eleanor Roosevelt

Work on finding your joy. Literally take notes on your life. What made you happy yesterday? What did you do at work that made you happy? If you haven't been happy at work in months, it's time to find a new job. Your finances may change, but you will find your happiness and that is priceless.

- Melanie


Find your joy

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