• Lara Flanagan

Day 43 - 360 days

Updated: Feb 16

Day 43 – 360 days

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66.8 kg – 4 kilos in 43 days

Calories: Less than 1200

Alcohol: none (day 43 of 43)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 18-minute yoga. 13-minute yoga. 23-minute yoga.

It was amazing to wake up this morning. I felt rested and luxuriated in my few minutes before the alarm went off counting my blessings. I think I crawled into bed about 6.30 pm and probably fell asleep by 7 pm. I woke up to let Kevin out for a wee at 9 past midnight and then to let Kevin and Rosie out at 20 past 5.

The beauty of rest and sleep still takes me by surprise. I have a big week ahead with a pre-shoot location inspection this afternoon, my normal (mortgage-paying) work, and then a photo-shoot on Thursday. I am at the markets on Saturday and heading to Brisbane on Saturday to have dinner with my dad. Finally, I am heading out at dawn on Sunday to do the shoot at the location that I visited today. Starting the week off feeling rested is a blessing.

A busy day is a better one when it is filled with things that make your heart sing

A 360-days musing......

When I thought of my week ahead it did not fill me with anxiety, rather it felt like my soul was smiling. It is hard to believe that I picked up my first DSLR camera in 2015 and I am now pursuing my dream of doing photography full-time. In 6 years, I have learned so much and am in awe of how much I must learn. Yet there are things about photography that I have absolutely no interest in pursuing.

When someone contacted me about shooting a wedding, I was almost sick in my mouth. Due to a few dodgy customer experiences, I am also coming to the realisation that I don’t particularly want to take photos of other people. I am not a fan of working with people when it comes to my camera and it is so freeing to realise that. Just because I want to take photography does not mean that I must embrace all facets of photography.

I think my dream is to take photos of places, people, and things that make me happy, to chase light and capture beauty. I also am now envisaging a small gallery where I can sell my prints.

I don’t care about how much money I make, or what I should be doing. I simply want to pursue what makes me happy. Because a busy day is a better one when it is filled with things that make your heart sing.

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