On Friday morning, I headed out to hear the conference speakers and guests.
Brian – the real superhero of this trip – took the kids to Disneyland by himself! I cannot say enough about how supportive and easygoing he was during this entire trip. As I watched the clock, to be sure I was following the itinerary , Brian made sure the kids were having their own kind of fun!
The day was full of inspiration. I was very aware of the same messages pulling on my heart that were present at Hope Spoken.
Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a voice. When you share your story, you just might be helping someone get through one of the toughest times of their life.
Maybe they are a new mom needing encouragement. Maybe they are a tired mom just trying to find a little joy and beauty in the day. Or maybe someone told them to give up and they need us to tell them to just keep on going!
Here are a few quotes I wrote down for you:
“When your job is about making people happy, you end up with a lot of happiness. It’s a nice bi-product.” – Tom Staggs
“This is a love letter, to our fans.” – Jay Ward
“People connect with people, not logos.” – Tom Smith
“Blog for a reason, not for attention.” – Donald Driver
“Whatever your plan, whatever your passion, keep going – your blog changes lives.” – Donald Driver
“It’s not what you have, it’s what you give that determines your legacy.” – Maxine Clark
Right?! Wow. Over and over again – those in leadership positions – are telling us the secret of their success. And it is surprising. It’s not about us. It’s about others.
Let that soak in for a second.
When I sit down to blog and I think about the original reason I started to blog – I wanted to share my song and invite others to come along.
What is my song? My family and my Faith. I wanted to remember the moments and share them with my family.
If others find inspiration, wonderful! If I can encourage and lift up someone, wow! If God chooses to use me to light up someone’s day for a minute, I’d be honored.
But… when my children have grown and when there are other photographers that can chase after little ones much faster than I can – what is left? What do I want my legacy to look like?
I am going to define it right here, right now, so that it is always a beacon before me:
Kate’s (hopeful) legacy – Love. A love that is innocent and true and humble and kind. A love that always points back to my Savior as the giver of everything good. A love that wraps my children in comfort. A love that encourages my husband as he works everyday to provide for us. A love that respects others. A love that shows grace.
Now wait… how does this line up with Disney?
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”. – Walt Disney
Courage. Yes, it takes courage to just be yourself. Thank you, Walt, for being courageous and showing us that it can be done! Let’s do this!