Driving in circles and unexpected beauty… Part 1

About once a month I get to go somewhere fun and take photos of families, pets, brides, grooms, etc, etc… At these shoots I always volunteer at a small rescue (or large rescue) to do what I do best, take photos of their animals having fun.

It’s at no cost to the shelter or rescue, I just do it because I love it.  No, it doesn’t pay the bills, but for me, it’s not about paying the bills with these kinds of shoots.  It’s about sharing joy with others.  Images are so powerful.  they can make or break your mood.  I do these photos because they are uplifting AND they showcase animals who need homes.  It’s a two-fer that I love, and I have a blast doing it…

The visits turn in to a problem when I am looking for somewhere to steal wireless and do actual have-to-make-money-so-I-can-pay-my-bills work.  I usually drive in circles looking for somewhere to work from.

driving in circles


I think WAY too hard about where I want to go, and I end up wasting my valuable work time by not making a decision.  I sit in my car (parked!  ahem…) and stare at Google maps trying to find the best spot, with the best reviews, on the best route to my next session. I could have just gotten some writing done if I would just make a decision and stop second guessing myself.

I find it is kind of an allegory for my life.  I sit and think WAY TOO HARD about where I am going, what I am doing, what I should be doing, and what the cost/benefits are.  I end up wasting valuable time obsessing, when I should just use my best information, and stop worrying about whether I am going to make a mistake!

Mistakes happen, and unless death and/or loss of an incredible amount of money is going to occur, sometimes it’s just best to make a decision and go with it.  If you need to adjust how you handle that decision along the way, that’s life… and if I have to go to a different coffee shop because the one I’ve chosen sucks, well that happens.  It’ll be fine. And I might find something unexpectedly beautiful along the way.

Do you obsess?  How do you avoid it?  Have you missed opportunities because of it?


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3 Comments on Driving in circles and unexpected beauty… Part 1

  1. Kathy G
    May 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi, Hannah! One thing I HAVE been able to learn is to LET IT GO! Losing my Dad to cancer and fighting the battle with my Mom against dementia, not finding the love of my life until I was 47 and couldn’t have the children I always dreamed of having,,,, wondering WHY??? I have learned that life has a mysterious way of taking care of things – and I am getting better at putting my trust in the higher powers to lead me on the right path… I so admire you for your strength and wonder how you do it… you always seem so confident and sure!

  2. Paula W
    May 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm (8 years ago)

    HI Hannah,
    I have learned that no road trip is complete unless you’ve had to make at least one u-turn. My Mom and I laugh about it all the time. And as you said sometimes you find something unexpected along the way. Enjoy the ride! Your only human, we all over think things, so you’re not alone.

    Keep on being you!

  3. Alison
    May 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Hannah, Don’t we all obsess about many things throughout our lives!! A lot of personal upheaval in my life had me becoming even more obsessive, rather cautious about making the right decision, or one that wouldn’t overtask my tight budget. Then I realized that overanalyzing, making lists of pros and cons, wasn’t going to really lead me to a perfect answer… only the better alternative. So now I’ve learned to take it more in stride, “let it go” because we learn from “mistakes” and we also might discover something good and unexpected from the choice made.