CHOOSING ADVENTURE

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After over a year of constant battles, life seems like it’s settling down and we have finally turned the page to a new chapter called Somewhat Normal. I’m liking this period of our story so far, and feel like it’s giving us an opportunity to breathe deeply and step into renewal. Sure, I’d experienced school and job related stress in the past, but there is nothing quite like a seemingly endless lawsuit, false attacks on your character & a huge amount of loss that contributes to cortisol pumping through your veins – the stress these types of things breed is unlike anything either of us have ever felt. It can be debilitating if you allow it, and, I’ve realized that wearing a mask of Life Is Perfect and I’m Mighty Woman is the complete opposite of what should happen when working toward healing and renewal. I’ve found that stepping out of the facade and being open and real – willing to admit the truth (I’m exhausted.  I’m anxious. I’m not okay. I need to recharge life’s batteries) – is not a bad thing. It shouldn’t make me feel guilty and it does not label me as a failure or incompetent. Instead, it does the exact opposite. Stripping down pride and being honest about where you stand after a challenging period of life actually frees you in a way that mask-wearing cannot – it gives you power over a situation that has tried so hard to tear you down.

Often, when life begins to feel out of control, it’s easier to withdraw to maintain an illusion of safety and well-being. In doing this, we give power to fear (the fear of being vulnerable, of admitting the need for rest) and we allow that fear to paralyze our lives & decision making. After being knocked down again and again, it became easier and more comfortable for Charles & I to withdraw – to “protect” ourselves from whatever scary thing might be waiting around the corner. But that’s not okay. That’s not who we are or who we have ever been. We’ve always striven to follow’s God’s direction for our next chapter, despite risks and outsiders’ judgement. When we stepped back and began evaluating ourselves and current stance in life, we realized that the “choose adventure” mentality that we so often lived by had been stripped down and we knew it was time to make a change.

Instead of tensing up & trying to stand our ground when scary situations come at us, we are realizing we need dive headfirst into them. We need to roll with those life happenings, rather than struggle against them. It’s not fun at first, but once we begin step outside of what is comfortable, it becomes easier to ride the ups & downs. And, it’s also far more enjoyable than spending our lives watching from the outside.*

After a lot of prayers and soul searching, Charles & I have decided to take a risk and use summer twenty-fifteen as a time of rest – a sabbatical of sorts. A summer of Brittventures- where we choose adventure and stepping out of comfort zones over the coziness of watching from the outside. We both took an enormous step backward from our jobs for a majority of the summer, and will be taking almost the entire month of July off to experience new things. We need to prove to ourselves that, despite what life has thrown at us, we’re still strong and able – to remind ourselves that Someone Bigger is directing our steps & leading us in this journey of life. It might look foolish to many watching us from outside, and, I’ll admit, it seemed insane to me when the thought first began entering into our minds. But we know without a shadow of a doubt that we’ve been given a beautiful gift of time & freedom, and we need to use it in a way that will grow, stretch & equip us for whatever is next – as adventure so often does!

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“When the clouds are full of water, it rains.
When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.
Don’t sit there watching the wind. . .
Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life…

…don’t take a single day for granted.
Take delight in each light-filled hour,
Remembering that there will also be many dark days…

…make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it…Live footloose and fancy-free!”
{Ecc. 11}


*Quote adaptation from “My Year with Eleanore” by Noelle Hancock

Nancy - June 10, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Oh Megan, I am beyond proud of you and Charles to take stock and be the leaders of your life and not the followers! Have the best summer of your lives, all the rest will follow.
My love for you both,
Aunt Nancy

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JEREMY + CARRIE | MARRIED

And I found someone to walk me through this life
The brightest sun has opened up my eyes
Tonight I need exactly who she is
We’re going to be perfect… & in my life,
If I can have one thing I don’t deserve
Then I have never wanted anybody else but you
– Jon McLaughlin, Perfect-

Jeremy & Carrie’s wedding was, by far, one of my absolute favorite weddings to photograph. While the setting, flowers, decor and details were Pinterest Perfect, the overall “feeling” of the day could not have been more beautiful. Both Jeremy & Carrie were so focused on what was to come after their wedding – the real life of marriage, and their desire for the His presence reigning on their day was unbelievable. I can honestly say that the richness of His Love was more present in that barn than I’ve felt in many a church service; a majority of the day’s focus was on the bride and groom, yes, but Jeremy and Carrie strove to make sure the primary concentration was directed to the One who knit their hearts and story together. And all of this was done in this humble & genuine way that I feel is so often neglected.  I am so honored and privileged to have been a part of their beautiful day and am confident that their new life together is going to be an amazing, God-filled adventure!

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THE PHILLIPS | FAMILY SESSION

“There’s life to be lived
And stories to tell
Lessons to learn
We don’t know yet
Nothing to lack, looking back
Knowing that we have lived it well
With stories to tell”
– “Stories to Tell” | Dave Barnes

The Phillips family is one of the neatest families I’ve ever met. They purpose to live life together and live it well. Rather than leave their girls behind while they’re out exploring, climbing or camping, Brad & Kayla plan their daughters’ sleep schedules in a way that allows them to participate in some of their parents more “grown up” activities. Both girls can often be seen scaling the indoor climbing walls of Triangle Rock Club, or cheering their parents on as they climb. The way the Phillips family operate as a fully functioning, tight-knit community is exactly what a family should do & I love being outsider and watching them – they inspire me to look at child-raising through a new set of lenses and are the epitome of people living life a life brimming with stories to tell! Plus, their girls are probably some of the cutest little buttons I’ve ever met!

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THE JAGGERS | MATERNITY & FAMILY SESSION

“There’s life to be lived, and stories to tell. Lessons to learn & we don’t know yet
Nothing to back, looking back & knowing that we have lived it well with stories to tell.”

This family radiates true, absolute JOY. The type that can only originate from One place… and it was contagious. In our hour together, I was able to see that the Jaggers family purposes to not only love, but to love well
something that so many others seem to miss. Also, let’s just state the fact that Melissa is just about the most beautiful pregnant woman I’ve ever seen! I can only hope to look half as good if/when we have kids some day ; )
Having the opportunity to meet these three & snap some photos of their life before the arrival of their upcoming addition was a blessing for me in many ways
& I’m so looking forward to seeing them later this summer to capture the arrival of their baby girl!

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