is all about being in the picture. I've shared before that I have an ongoing battle with myself about a million and one things. One being my appearance.
In fighting my discomfort of having my photo taken, especially those times I hadn't planned to be (like the photo below), I realize how much more important it is for me to document a moment with my daughter rather than hide BEHIND the camera. I look through so many photos I have of my Little Bee and feel sad to see that I am in so few. When she is older and looks back on the amazing moments we've shared together I want her to know that I was there. That I was happy to be there and that I was worth being in the photo too.
This message isn't just for me. It's for her. I never want her to hide behind the camera. I want her to stand in front of it. To #beinthepicture
and be seen. To teach her this, I have to live it.
Yesterday we hiked to a beautiful waterfall, which we are so lucky to be surrounded by. While we sat for a little break and relived the several slips we almost had as we climbed down the recently rained upon hill, Little Bee snuggled in and hubby snapped a picture.
An earlier version of me would have asked him to put the camera down but this version of me made a silly smile, make up free, sweaty from carrying my growing child down a path that I would struggle with on my own. I want my daughter to see this picture in a few years and realize that it was a moment worth capturing. That I was there and happy to be with her.
What is your Mantra for today?! Read this post from a few months ago about all the things I want to teach my daughter: http://booksbeesandabcs.com/15-important-things-teach-daughter/