So, not that long ago, on a typical family movie night, we opted to watch “Akeelah and the Bee.”  My kiddos hadn’t seen it and Mr. Hatten and I hadn’t seen it in a super long time.  So, pretty much new to all!  A perfect family movie really.  If, by chance, you haven’t seen it, it’s SO well worth your time.  Just do it.  You’ll think nice thoughts of my recommendation and subsequently, you’ll just simply have nice thoughts of me.  A win-win, per se.  Anywho, enough about that.  My point:  since watching the movie, I keep pondering a line in the movie where Marianne Williamson is quoted:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

What. A. Quote!


I read it again and again and I get a little more out of it each time.

It seems like so often we sit back and wait.  We just wait.  We wait for something to just fall from the sky right next to our feet so that we may pick it up.  We wait for any sign of confidence to squash the fear that prevents us from taking a leap of faith.  My friends, there is a little fire in every single one of us…each buried at various depths, I suppose.  It seems kind of silly to not dig a little deeper so that fire can escape a bit and burn a little brighter, don’t you think?

When I think about my own kids, like any mom, I sure want nothing but happiness for them always.  With that said, I wish for them to have the feelings of fulfillment and worthiness and I want them to experience joy in inspiring others to feel the same.  I want them to strive.  Strive with all they have and leave absolutely nothing on the table.

Every single person has a little something extra to offer this world…and time’s a tickin’…what are YOU waiting for?

As for my other favorite line in the movie…

You know that feeling where everything feels right?
Where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday,
where you feel safe and know you’re doing the best you can?
There’s a word for that, it’s called love. L-O-V-E.

And on that note, it seems fitting to share these images.  I’ve had good intentions of sharing this little session for too long now.  Yes, the ENTIRE length of this session lasted 45 minutes…45 minutes that also included the clothing purchase, clothing change, AND travel time.  20 minutes in front of the camera…they rocked it, these two.  I adore their friendship…

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