Jenn I LOVE this! Glad that I am not the only one...  Jul 22, 2012, 6:18pm

colleen take it from an old lady who followed her life long photography dream a couple of years ago and is just loving it.....it's not about the destination...but the journey. Sometimes you have to define 'success' just for you. Love your blogs and your amazing photography....you are already on the top of the mountain....enjoy the view!  Jul 17, 2012, 5:33pm

Sandra Fazzino Fear can be a big motivator. As long as you leave room for faith and let go every once in a while to allow God to orchestrate His plan for you, you're golden. Sometimes I have to pray for months - for clarity - an open heart - and an open mind. Eventually, without fail, He always works His magic. Every. Single. Time. So, embrace the fear, but keep the faith.  Jul 17, 2012, 5:03pm

Paul God, I love you!!  Jul 17, 2012, 3:45pm

Stephanie Stewart Mary, you always have a way of reading my mind and putting into words in an organized way of what is swirling around so much of the time up there! Love you! And thank you!  Jul 17, 2012, 3:15pm

Kathryn Denelle Stevens I've decided that while my mountain certainly has a top, my goal isn't just to reach it, but to explore the lesser-known trails, to linger in the meadows, climb some big boulders, then enjoy a swim in one of the many lakes, letting the sun wash over me. For me, if I'm going to climb a mountain, of course, I want to prove to myself (and others) I can get to the top, but if I really think about it, that's not what fuels me in the in-between, hard moments...it's all the little things I'm discovering along the way. Keep not only climbing my friend, but keep discovering...always.  Jul 17, 2012, 2:14pm

molly there aren't enough LOVES in the world to say how much i love this post. you shared your thoughts so eloquently, mary... and i feel like it's something we can ALL relate to. not just photographers - but all of us. thank yoU!  Jul 17, 2012, 2:09pm

Alicia I love such honest and pure posts -- so many of us (even in different stages of our growth) are feeling the exact same emotions. Sometimes it's scary to think about let alone speak them, but it's nice to know we aren't alone <3 Thank you for this today, and I'm so glad you got some time to rest, relax, and get pampered!  Jul 17, 2012, 1:14pm

Lauren Wakefield Man oh man do I know that feeling! <3 you guys. Even if the boulder goes backwards....you and I both know you have more than enough strength to push it back up.  Jul 17, 2012, 1:08pm

ashley barnett I just giggled thinking about Katelyn's manicure mitts! Thank you for reminding us all that we truly all are going through the same things, even when we feel very, very alone on the journey sometimes. I guess Miley Cyrus might be onto something... :)  Jul 17, 2012, 12:58pm

sharon elizabeth xoxo  Jul 17, 2012, 12:56pm

bethany cox perfect  Jul 17, 2012, 12:29pm

Emilia Jane YES! Amen. Seriously. Give yourself room to take a break :-) I'm not going anywhere (and I don't think any one else around here is either!)  Jul 17, 2012, 12:10pm