I posted the instagram above a few days ago from a devotional I’m reading by Rick Warren. It got a lot of response. I think things involving setting goals and becoming better usually get a pretty positive response. Even from me. The follow through is a bit harder. I’ve never really been one to set New Year’s Resolutions or to lay down very specific goals for my life. I’m not what one would classify as a planner. I married a planner, he married a spontaneous, go-with-the-flow free-spirit. Lucky him…lucky us :)
That being said, in the last couple months I have been feeling God strongly calling me to seek out His specific purposes for my life. To identify strengths, weaknesses, hopes, dreams and fears. To see needs in the world that I have a unique ability to help. To do great things with what I’ve been given.
I think some of this really came about when Matt & I started looking for land to build our home a few months ago (more on that later!). Setting down deep roots is a big step. Learning how to take care of chickens and keep an organic garden alive…even a bigger step :) So this new adventure that we’re on has caused me to really think about the bigger picture of my life. What are the purposes for our home? How am I spending the precious time I am given on earth? What am I doing to nurture the relationships of those I love? What purposes does God have for my life that I haven’t sought out yet? How can I live out my wildest dreams?
I feel like one of those lucky people who gets to marry the man of her dreams, has an amazing family and works at the exact job she was made for. And I am one of those lucky people. So now that God has given me literally everything I could ever hope or ask for, I am reminded of Luke 12:48 “Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given.”
So even though this is a blog about my wedding photography, I also want it to be about my life as a wedding photographer. This amazing journey of meeting wonderful people, documenting life, learning how to live healthy, pinning every possible photo with linen and reclaimed wood known to man, reading as many books as possible, maybe dusting off my oil paints and hopefully making a difference in this world one wedding, one person and one moment at a time. This year I want to share these things with you.
I mean really, who doesn’t want to read about me chasing chickens in my backyard?
Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, documents the spirited, fresh, timeless story of weddings in Nashville and destinations worldwide.
this is why i love you.
and the fact that i’ll probably get to chase chickens with you ;)
God is doing an amazing work in all our lives, love seeing the change!!
Thanks for posting this Kristyn! I really feel like I’ve had a lot of these same feeling lately also! And for oil paintings…. above my couch is looking a bit bare and Michael has said since we’ve lived here that he wants a painting (from you) ;) Come visit us soon please <3
Kristyn this post is The Truth…meaning awesome and real talk. Everything you mentioned I could relate to, well not the chasing chickens part BUT I digress. So excited for you & Matt in this new phase of your life & wishing you all the best! xoxo
I’ve read this post over and over again the past few days and love it more each time. You have such a gift for so many things Kristyn, including writing in such a heartfelt way. I hope that someday you can find time, maybe after you’ve chased a few chickens, to write a book. It would be a best-seller for sure!! I am so proud of you and for honoring the blessed life that God has given to you. You are a blessing to your family and everyone that you meet.
Keep on keepin’ on and remember that I am your biggest cheerleader. I love you to the moon and back. Momma