I love this post from the blog Little Brown Mushroom about a year ago. Every once and awhile when I feel the delicate balance of my family life and business is starting to crack, I read it for reinforcement. When I am overwhelmed, It helps to hear other's stories of struggles with a sense of purpose and creative focus. It helps to know I'm not alone. In some ways, having Liam has made me more creative. So much more creative. We play more music, we dance, we imagine stories in far away lands, we explore nature and find inspiration for art projects. But, in terms of pursuing my own photographic projects, well, it just hasn't happened. I often fall prey to the green monster and spend way too much energy beating myself up about how I should be spending more time growing my business, designing a new website, networking and creating work like "so and so". Comparison is my gremlin. So, in the last year, I am slowly making progress taming this gremlin. I've chosen not to look around my industry to see what everyone else is doing. I am practicing, as a very wise woman once recommended, "working in my own garden." And now that Liam is 3, I have a bit more energy to generate new ideas and a bit more time to actually make the ideas a reality. Here are a couple images of Liam from a recent project I'm exploring. I'm not ready to even articulate what it is I'm exploring...I just know it has something to do with childhood and vulnerability and connection. We'll see where it goes.