Since this used to be a blog about running and a side of my life, I’ve decided to share my weekly photos and maternity journaling that I’ve been doing since week 9. I’ve posted some weekly chalkboard photos to Instagram, but these are more personal. I was really unsure about doing this. How much do you keep private? How much is too much to share? How much do you protect your child’s privacy? What am I willing to put out there? What if something happens? Being open and exposing emotions is not easy for me at times, but I’m growing and learning. Aren’t we all still evolving versions of ourselves?
Then I realized that family and friends who want to stay updated could. Plus, I love reading these types of things from others. Those not interested can simply mark this post as read. The original idea for this came a few years ago when a high school classmate of my husband’s did this photo journal during her pregnancy. The difference is she is a renowned and seriously amazing photographer. I’m an amateur without Photoshop trying to do my best with a basic DSLR camera. I want to give credit to her for the original idea that was so creative and so her. Check out her work at Lexia Frank Photography. And trust me, I’m not kidding about her photography. Her film photography is both stunning and breathtaking. She has been published in magazines and has traveled the world taking photographs.
Some weeks are missing in the photo journaling Life got busy. I felt tired. I felt sick. I felt like I wanted to do nothing, but lay on the couch. So goes the first trimester. Now that the fog has lifted (mostly), I’m embracing these changes in my life-including less running. While my weekly mileage is not what it used to be I’m thankful for each run and each week. Soon enough my life will be turned upside down. I’m sure running and miles will be there for me just like they always have-even if perhaps in a different way. I hope to look back at these weekly photos and remember this sweet, changing, challenging and unpredictable time of my life. Enjoy the journey with me if you like.
Next time I won’t wait so long to post, but I’m not promising anything each week.