Authentic: the blog {dallas, tx engagement & wedding phtographer}

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's my one word for 2011. And it's been interesting to see how that one word has already started to shape how I make decisions over the past 13 days. It's almost like having a second conscience peeking over my shoulder. "Is that really the right decision? Are you choosing that because you know it's right, or just because it's what other people expect you to do? Are you being genuine right now?" And it goes on and on and on...

It's been so so good for me. It has affected small decisions like, which pair of sunglasses I chose to buy the other day, and big decisions like, how I'm dealing with relationship issues in my life right now. I'm spending less time wondering about what other people will think if I say or do something and more time thinking about the likes and dislikes, interests, goals, standards, and personality God has given me in particular and how he wants to be glorified through them. And I'm only 13 days in...I can't wait to see what happens over the whole year :)

One of the little projects that I started on January 1st was a new blog.
It's something that I've wanted to do for a while now, and the beginning of the year seemed like the perfect time to do it. Alot of you have probably heard of project 365, which is basically just taking a different picture every single day for a year, editing it, and posting it somewhere. I love the idea, and thought it would be a fun way to document a year. I'm a horrible journaler (as much as I love the idea, and even love doing it, I'm terrible at keeping up with it) so I thought it would be fun to journal the year in pictures. But I added another element to it. I also have to take, edit, and post one self portrait every single day for a year. And I have to print all 730 pictures that I take and post, and put them in my picture journal for the year. So at the end of the year, I will have one picture of the day and one self portrait from every single day of my year in a journal. An entire year documented through what I do best, pictures.

And the name of my new blog? Authentic. Because that's what I want the blog to be about. You're gonna see pictures of me without make-up on, pictures with greasy hair because I just didn't have time to shower that day, and pictures of my life that maybe are boring to you but that mean something to me.
Seemed fitting that a blog highlighting little pieces of my world/life for a year should be titled with my one word. It's been a fun challenge (I'm only 12 days in and I'm already running out of self portrait ideas!) and if any of you are interested in keeping up with it you can click here.

Winter came to TX this past weekend, we got about 4 inches of snow and alot of it's still here!

Much Love.
Jessica Shae
p.s. I'm absolutely looooving all the emails you're sending me about the internship, I can't stop smiling, y'all are so stinkin nice! And gracious me, I was hoping that at least 3 people would actually sign up so it wouldn't be a total flop, but I've gotten 12 applications over the past 5 days!! I'm working on figuring out how/when I can fit you all in. Can't wait!
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  1. LOVE your blogs, Jessica! Authentic was actually a synonym of a word I contemplated focusing on this year (Mine might have been "Real") But I ended up going with Rooted. Love the photos -- it's a winter wonderland over here (haha, cliche much? ;) but it does make for some fun photo opportunities. And goodness...I wish I lived closer so I could apply. That would be like, the best. :)

  2. I have been thinking about interning, but I will be mostly in Austin. So, I didn't know if it would work out. Oh, and I love the word you picked for this year!

  3. I love the one word idea! This year I decided to try something new too, I'm going to set at least one new goal at the beginning of each month so that maybe I will accomplish more "New Years Resolutions" that way. But also give me a chance to add more or modify it along the way. :)

  4. Awesome - I have to go check out that blog. =)

    AH! I'd better hurry up and apply, cuz I simply have to come! =)

  5. this intern thing so makes me want to be a photographer....sad. You are fun, Jessica, and your blogs make me smile!

  6. Hey Jessica! I came across this video and I totally thought of you... for some odd reason! :) You should watch it... it's inspiring and very cute. :D

  7. Your street looks charming and magical on this cold winter day.


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