Week 9 or 52 | New Beginnings & Free

Coleen and I were a little ambitious on week 9. Simply stated, we both posted a theme without knowing the other did. Apparently we were both on overdrive. Coleen posted "free" as her theme suggestion and I posted "new beginnings." Best part? I am completely giddy over how beautifully the two themes go together. Don't you think?

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end." 

And in my opinion, freedom is one of the most beautiful qualities to accompany any new beginning. 

So there you have it. With every new beginning comes the opportunity to be free. 

Let's see what kind of magic was made this week. 

 Free by Desra Ramey

Free by Desra Ramey

 New beginnings by Kathleen White   "We welcomed our third and final baby to the world a week ago. Childbirth truly shows just how incredible God is. Motherhood is full of new beginnings. We waited. We prayed. That moment they laid you on my chest is unlike any other feeling. We are beyond in love."

New beginnings by Kathleen White 

"We welcomed our third and final baby to the world a week ago. Childbirth truly shows just how incredible God is. Motherhood is full of new beginnings. We waited. We prayed. That moment they laid you on my chest is unlike any other feeling. We are beyond in love."

 New Beginnings by Jocelyn Collins  "Goodbye 5, Hello 6."

New Beginnings by Jocelyn Collins
"Goodbye 5, Hello 6."

 Free by Kishelle Linenko  "After having my second babe, the anxiety + stress was so overwhelming it hurt. Literally crippled me. Stomach issues, muscles spasms, sore eyes - the whole deal. I internalized it all because there was no way I was going to admit there was something wrong. I needed to be perfect for these kids, I needed to prove I couldn't be broken or stopped. Finally admitting that PPD was a real + present issue was a hard pill to swallow but here I am today. Free from pressing anxiety, free from the dark + lonely days.  The day before yesterday, I was super mom. Yesterday, I SUCKED at parenting. Today, I am doing my best and that is okay. Today I choose to not be depressed or let my anxiety take over and because of that - i'm free."

Free by Kishelle Linenko

"After having my second babe, the anxiety + stress was so overwhelming it hurt. Literally crippled me. Stomach issues, muscles spasms, sore eyes - the whole deal. I internalized it all because there was no way I was going to admit there was something wrong. I needed to be perfect for these kids, I needed to prove I couldn't be broken or stopped. Finally admitting that PPD was a real + present issue was a hard pill to swallow but here I am today. Free from pressing anxiety, free from the dark + lonely days.

The day before yesterday, I was super mom. Yesterday, I SUCKED at parenting. Today, I am doing my best and that is okay. Today I choose to not be depressed or let my anxiety take over and because of that - i'm free."

 Care "Free" by Alicia Keiser 

Care "Free" by Alicia Keiser 

 Free by Justyna Nina   "Bear took his FIRST eyes on his own!!! Not a walker yet, but it's a start to the freedom he's awaiting ahead, and mom just feels like he can fly now."

Free by Justyna Nina

"Bear took his FIRST eyes on his own!!! Not a walker yet, but it's a start to the freedom he's awaiting ahead, and mom just feels like he can fly now."

 Free by Erin Falkenham    "Of my 3 daughters, this is my free spirit. She wears what she wants (Bright yellow Minion toque 24 hrs a day..no joke), her hair is constantly tangled and unbrushed, she sings at the top of her lungs and spends more time doing headstands than she sits. She is unflappable in what she believes in and speaks her mind. I adore everything about her."  

Free by Erin Falkenham


"Of my 3 daughters, this is my free spirit. She wears what she wants (Bright yellow Minion toque 24 hrs a day..no joke), her hair is constantly tangled and unbrushed, she sings at the top of her lungs and spends more time doing headstands than she sits. She is unflappable in what she believes in and speaks her mind. I adore everything about her."
 

 Free by Jaclyn Elizabeth  "When my children are set free in the playroom, there is a 99% chance they will both get stuck on top of something...and as of now, I have two VERY free spirits on my hands!"

Free by Jaclyn Elizabeth
"When my children are set free in the playroom, there is a 99% chance they will both get stuck on top of something...and as of now, I have two VERY free spirits on my hands!"

 Free by Sarai Jacobs   "This couldn't be a more perfect theme this week for me as I'm currently trying to free myself of self-doubt. I started taking pictures when I had my last baby, so 2 years ago. I have three kids, so I've been doing this motherhood thing for 10 years. In those 10 years, I'd lost my identity in mothering. I lived and breathed kids....it wasn't healthy. But then I started shooting. I found this tiny little outlet in between the diaper changing and goldfish serving and it was good. It feed a part of me that seemed to be dead. Slowly but steadily I learn to shoot. I took pictures daily and it was so cool to see my progress. I finally felt like I had found something I could incorporate into my mothering, that also stirred my heart. I loved shooting! Fast forward to two years later, I still shoot my family, almost daily, but now I shoot some other families and friends too! Which has been great but with that came a weird side, a negative side. Competition over community. I hated it and I didn't want to believe it was there, but it was and it was slowly taking the joy from me. But in the last few months I've learned a tough but needed lesson that has freed me from getting caught up in it: not everyone will support what I'm doing but there are people out there that will, I just need to find those people. As hard as it is for me to except, I know that there are people who don't want to see me succeed. I don't understand it. It makes no sense. But I know it's a 'them' problem. So all I can do is keep pushing forward. Letting go of people's approval and remembering why I started down this road. In 40, 50 years, it really won't matter what anyone along my way thought of my work, it will be my memories to cherish and look back on."

Free by Sarai Jacobs

"This couldn't be a more perfect theme this week for me as I'm currently trying to free myself of self-doubt. I started taking pictures when I had my last baby, so 2 years ago. I have three kids, so I've been doing this motherhood thing for 10 years. In those 10 years, I'd lost my identity in mothering. I lived and breathed kids....it wasn't healthy. But then I started shooting. I found this tiny little outlet in between the diaper changing and goldfish serving and it was good. It feed a part of me that seemed to be dead. Slowly but steadily I learn to shoot. I took pictures daily and it was so cool to see my progress. I finally felt like I had found something I could incorporate into my mothering, that also stirred my heart. I loved shooting! Fast forward to two years later, I still shoot my family, almost daily, but now I shoot some other families and friends too! Which has been great but with that came a weird side, a negative side. Competition over community. I hated it and I didn't want to believe it was there, but it was and it was slowly taking the joy from me. But in the last few months I've learned a tough but needed lesson that has freed me from getting caught up in it: not everyone will support what I'm doing but there are people out there that will, I just need to find those people. As hard as it is for me to except, I know that there are people who don't want to see me succeed. I don't understand it. It makes no sense. But I know it's a 'them' problem. So all I can do is keep pushing forward. Letting go of people's approval and remembering why I started down this road. In 40, 50 years, it really won't matter what anyone along my way thought of my work, it will be my memories to cherish and look back on."

 New Beginnings by Christina Pauline Crandell "Every winter when I cut back our Pride of Barbados bushes I hope they will come back stronger or at all. We too have times when we feel cut down but oh, how glorious when we see the first signs of something new beginning."

New Beginnings by Christina Pauline Crandell
"Every winter when I cut back our Pride of Barbados bushes I hope they will come back stronger or at all. We too have times when we feel cut down but oh, how glorious when we see the first signs of something new beginning."

 New Beginnings by Susan Rice

New Beginnings by Susan Rice

 New Beginnings by Melissa Lane-Isaksson   "'And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.'" -Meister Eckhart    We don't all get it right the first time and that is perfectly okay. Thank goodness for new beginnings."

New Beginnings by Melissa Lane-Isaksson 

"'And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.'" -Meister Eckhart  

We don't all get it right the first time and that is perfectly okay. Thank goodness for new beginnings."

 New Beginnings by Melissa Helmick   "We are much more adventurous these days. Here’s to New Beginnings and where they lead!"

New Beginnings by Melissa Helmick 

"We are much more adventurous these days. Here’s to New Beginnings and where they lead!"

 New Beginnings by Steph Pate   "This was so exciting for us! It was her first sand dollar! <3 The sand dollar is a species of flattened, burrowing sea urchins. Once it is dead, the sand dollar leaves behind a white skeleton called a test. "

New Beginnings by Steph Pate 

"This was so exciting for us! It was her first sand dollar! <3
The sand dollar is a species of flattened, burrowing sea urchins. Once it is dead, the sand dollar leaves behind a white skeleton called a test. "