Life’s Priorities

Sometimes you need a swift kick in the keister to bring you back to the ground.  I have had a couple of those lately.

Sometimes you wonder…. which way is up again?  What did I do yesterday?  What day is it?  You…. AGAIN??

It’s like groundhog day… Yes- Again.

I used to work in corporate America.  Was in the center of the rat race.  Life shifted and so did my priorities.

I decided to hang up the suits and pick up my camera.  Follow my bliss.

Be there for my loved ones.  Keep my priorities center stage…

These are the kids I adore.  These are the faces I am going to spoil and kiss…

These are the people I want to make sure know me.  Love me.  These are the cheeks I want to squeeze.

(The picture above is of my niece Lexi… those are really the color of her eyes.  Seriously… Gorgeous!)

Then you know what happened…. LIFE.

It all gets so complicated.  What should we do… Where should we be…. Who are we becoming??

I realized sometimes a person is happy… sometimes sad…. more often than not a combination of them both.

It’s a journey…. a really long and windy path filled with choice and uncertainty….a quest for the meaning.

Know what else I learned….you can do it alone… OR… you can surround yourself with people who love you…just for being you.

These are some of my favorite people…

Friends, family and home…. the cornerstones.

No matter where you go, I have also learned you never really leave behind where you started….

And I know that these are my priorities, my obligations…. my greatest life lessons…

Even Sam….  you can learn a lot about life and love from unconditional love like this….

I have pictures all over my house.  In boxes, in bins, on walls, stuffed in books.

Recently, I was asked to send in a picture of me and the boys for a school project- guess what… no pictures of me.

I am always behind the lens…and trust me it is SO much more comfortable for me to be there than in front… but I vowed to the kids and to me to step out once in awhile.

Some day I am going to be old (okay… OLDER….) and I want to remember the person I am now.

I am alot.  People tell me that often.  I am going to learn to embrace that….it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

As my friend Heather says…. I am going to work on “enlightened selfishness” – taking the time I need to be the person I want and need to be. That seems impossible when we are stretched too thin- trying to be all things to all people.  Sometimes we love and lose…. sometimes we get hurt by the people we love and trust the most…it happens.

Life happens.

It’s then that you remember your people.  Find them.  Pull them in.  Let them bring an umbrella to keep you dry.  An old friend recently reminded me of a great quote…

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”  ~ Dolly Parton

And if for some reason that doesn’t work… give them what my special friend Mike calls “The Gina Face” 🙂

Live and learn……….

Many thanks to MY people- near and far.  xoxo G.

Tracy GeitnerMay 15, 2012 - 1:00 pm

That just made me cry like a baby! MISS YOU!

Aunt LorraineMay 15, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Great thoughts and great pictures!!! I love you and miss you.

Leigh AnneMay 15, 2012 - 3:26 pm

How cool are you? Awesome thoughts, pictures and message.

CarlaMay 15, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Amazing thoughts; beautiful images!! Life is too short to NOT embrace who you are today!

AshleySMay 15, 2012 - 6:45 pm

beautiful post–both in writing, and in images. 🙂

Kim MillerMay 15, 2012 - 8:47 pm

You are gorgeous! Great thoughts and amazing photos.

Ava HristovaMay 15, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Well said. Very well said. Cheers!

Christy HarperMay 16, 2012 - 1:55 am

fun images!! I think my fav. might be the puppy one 🙂

garfield the catMay 16, 2012 - 5:07 am

I just got a tear in my eye…maybe thats the rain…now ill hope for the rainbow….good thing im patient

Stacey SMay 16, 2012 - 5:48 am

Such a great and insightful post!! I enjoyed reading it and love the pictures of the kids and you. And I love your shoes. 😉

TanzynMay 16, 2012 - 7:09 am

Beautiful post and images. Thanks for sharing:)

NicoleMay 16, 2012 - 7:34 am

Every single person in your family has gorgeous eyes! Love the pictures!

JenneMay 16, 2012 - 11:00 am

Beautiful and so well said!

SimonaNMay 16, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Great post, Gina, wonderful reflections and images to go with them. Really perfect and we all must stop up once in a while to reflect on life and values 🙂

SandiMay 16, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Eye opener! Huge reminder that I need to do this as well! You are so gorgeous! Love your style.. LOVE your shoes! hehe

NataliaMay 16, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is very inspiring! You are gorgeous, great pictures of the kids!

KellyMay 16, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Truer words have never been spoken! Don’t forget to bring this post back out again when you are having one of “those days.” Thank you, you just made my day a little brighter… 🙂

Danielle CordeauMay 16, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Beautiful!!

Jamie RubeisMay 16, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Great portraits of you. Love that face.

SusyMay 17, 2012 - 11:11 am

You are so beautiful! Loved your post! Great shots!

MartaMay 17, 2012 - 11:42 am

Beautiful light and clarity in your images.

StacyMay 17, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Beautiful pictures! You should be so proud of your work.

sallyMay 17, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I like your priorities! 🙂

And I love that dog!!! Those eyes! 😎

CathyMay 19, 2012 - 4:48 am

Hmmmm, where do I start? My girls adore that aunt gigi right back, you are constantly being talked about around here:) “life happens”….it sure does, thanks for always being a part of mine…you have been there through the funny, the sad, the wonderful and the horrible moments of mine. I can’t imagine my life without you in it…love you!

KimMay 19, 2012 - 10:46 am

Great post, definitely one to come back and revisit!

Jo ClarkMay 21, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Thank you for this. Lovely post and images.

AndreaMay 22, 2012 - 7:32 am

You just totally made my day 😉

ElizabethMay 31, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Beautiful…and so true.

JackieJune 2, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Gina–this is just beautiful! You are rare, unique, beautiful and wonderful and you should celebrate that every single day! XO

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