After spending a sunny afternoon in Emily and Mitch’s home to meet their newest family member, I wanted to stay forever in the cozy calm. It felt so nice in my overly scheduled life to pause and soak in the moment. Begrudgingly as I handed Cal back to his parents, packed up my camera, and drove to the next thing to cross it off my to do list, I realized that there wasn’t any reason I couldn’t have more of those quiet moments in my life and immediately began reshaping the way I thought about my schedule. As Shauna Niequist says in Present Over Perfect, “But you can’t have yes without no. If you’re not careful with your yeses, you start to say no to some very important things without even realizing it. In my rampant yes-yes-yes-ing, I said no, without intending to, to rest, to peace, to groundedness, to listening, to deep and slow connection, built over years instead of moments.”

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