‘ In these sticky moments that you feel like you are having to drag your feet through the mud to get to the next page - they probably mean it’s time for something new.’
Starting over… A topic that has been on my mind so deeply over these past couple of days.
Do you ever take a moment to stop and think to yourself - if there was only one thing I could do for the rest of my life what would it be?
* If you didn’t know, that question is what brought you Simple + Suite.
Now, take a moment now to answer this question for yourself.
Take this moment to reflect on where your heart is at right now.
Often more times than less as humans we feel stuck in where we are, we feel as if we are trapped and cannot shut the current book we are in the middle of writing for ourselves — we feel as if we have to finish it… but the question is, do we really have to finish it? And if you said yes, what is your why? Is that why enough? Does it make you happy?
Have you ever been in the middle of reading a book and suddenly you are no longer relating to the words or felt as if you were having to drag your feet through the mud to get through it? Well I think this happens in life a lot too. In life sometimes I think we just have to shut the book and start on a new one. Why continue to write a book that no longer is fulfilling you? To stop, close the book, walk away, exc… is the furthest thing from giving up or not ‘completing’ something. Truth is you tried something and you’ve been giving it what you’ve got but some things are just not meant to be. In most cases shutting a book takes a lot of courage. Suddenly these what if’s start creeping in. These what if’s come alongside other feelings such as being scared.
* What is so scary about being scared?
I’m here to say, it’s okay to turn your back on what you’ve been doing if you no longer feel attached to it, if you no longer love it, or if your feelings have simply changed: you are human and you are allowed growth.
If you loved the same things you did five years ago, I’d actually be truly concerned. Hopefully what you love has grown in some way shape or form in those five years… and you have re fallen in love with it. If not, maybe consider starting over.
One thing I say often is - if I am where I am today in a year then I am absolutely doing something wrong. Where is the growth if no change is occurring in our lives?
When I decided to take my name off of my wedding photography brand and re-brand it as Baird & Lim with my associate earlier this year it was one of the hardest and yet easiest decisions that I have ever made. I knew it was time to close the book on Sawyer Baird Weddings… though it didn’t have to be shut and I could have easily kept writing pages I knew they wouldn’t have as much heart and soul as they use too. The pages would get pretty muddy if I continued down the road of weddings alone (finding my work wife was seriously the best thing, ever). For me it was the right time to close the book on Sawyer Baird Weddings and start over. Though my start over in that department isn’t extremely crazy it is still completely starting over. Talk about scary.
Now for my heart, if I could do only one thing what would it be moment?
My heart and soul is deeply rooted in what’s happening here at Simple + Suite and yet I wanted to keep a platform to shoot weddings under if I wanted to. I love both, so I had to make some very scary decisions to do both. I followed my heart and when your hearts in it, then you’re doing something right.
In these sticky moments that you feel like you are having to drag your feet through the mud to get to the next page - they probably mean it’s time for something new . Does that mean closing a book and starting over? Maybe. Take a moment to think…
What is your heart calling out to you?
Where do you see yourself?
How are you making an impact?
Do you want to be seen differently?
Are you inspired by your surroundings?
You know that thing that scares the shit out of you that keeps sneaking up in your thoughts?
Go for it.
Close the book you’re in and dive head in first for where your heart is at (and obviously head, too).
So, if you could do one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? That thing - go for it. Start over. You have the opportunity to dive head first every single day. What are you waiting for?
Founder, Sawyer Baird