My name is JD and this blog is my way of communicating to the rest of the world my passions in life. My love of photography first began when my father presented me with a 35mm film camera on my 11th birthday. My love for writing started around the same time, when I got one of those lock & key diaries. Combining the two has brought me to create this blog.

When I was little, people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always had different answers, depending on how old I was when someone was asking. I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be a marine biologist. I wanted to be a playwright. I wanted to be a psychologist. In the end, I put my blood, sweat and tears into being a mom.

I remember once saying I wanted to be a mother, and someone told me that wasn’t a real job. After spending the last six years as the stay-at-home parent, I’m laughing at that now. Motherhood can definitely be a full-time job, a hard but rewarding job. Though I wouldn’t have traded this time I’ve had with my kids for anything else, the days of being home all day with them are coming to a close.

Come autumn of this year, my oldest son will be heading off to first grade and the youngest will be starting preschool. Now that my family is approaching a new phase of life, it seems like a good time to get a new focus. One day I want to work full-time in the field of photojournalism, with the hope that someday I will travel to new places, reporting life with my lens. I would still like to go back to school and finish my degree, but until both of the children are in school full-time, I have to dream small.

For now I will experiment here. Having this place to come to, for practice and learning, will remind me that I am moving forward.  My hope is that this will give me invaluable experience. Even baby steps are still steps.

For the moment, I’ll have my everyday life. I’ll have my local community to explore and a few road trips to take. I’ll have ordinary days to share that are just as important as extraordinary ones. I can’t guarantee this will be fancy or elaborate, and sometimes it’s going to appear to be rough around the edges. But I still need to do this, to commit to something that is outside out of my comfort zone, to branch out and explore so I can mature in new avenues of my life.


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