March 1st Update: We're selling some SUPER cute tees/tanks as a fundraiser. In our first two hours live, we made it almost half way to our goal of 50 shirts! If you'd like one, you can purchase here (https://www.bonfire.com/help-lydia-noah-serve-the-kids-of-s-africa/) by March 15th. 


February 17th Update: $260 later, Noah and I have applied for our (VERY FIRST) passports!  It was our first big step toward our South African missions trip. 

If you know Noah (my eleven-year-old son) at all, you probably know that he's a BIG saver. He understands the value of a dollar and is thoughtful about how he spends it. When he heard the amount needed for this trip, he changed his mind about going. If I'm being honest, BOTH Noah and I are still terrified of the financial commitment of an overseas missions trip. Each time I've expressed concern to a friend, they reiterate the same thing... FAITH. So, we're taking a big leap of faith and trusting that it will all fall into place. And so far, we haven't been disappointed.

I know we're both going to learn a lot on this missions trip, but even the fundraising process has already lead to so much growth for both of us. We have been touched by and are so thankful for the donations so far.

Check out the Facebook Live video below to see my mom brain hit level 100, see the family circus unfold around me (all three kids popped in on the live video!), find out what we'll be doing in South Africa, and learn how you can help.

Donate $10 or more and be entered into a drawing to win a seat at my in-person or online beginner photography class!

BIG SCARY GOAL: We have a deposit of $2,400 due by April 8th and would SO appreciate your support. I have a beginner's photography class in the works (online or in-person), which I'll be using as a fundraiser, as well. 

Get updates on the beginner photography class: http://bit.ly/2sz4bKP
Support financially: https://www.gofundme.com/lydia-noah039s-missions-trip

If you've been considering a family session with me, now would be a WONDERFUL time to book it and help us get closer to our goal!

How to Tell Your Child's Story

How can you tell your child's story with your own camera?

Day in the life shoots are a great way to encapsulate your child’s personality, likes, dislikes, quirks, routines, and relationships. But beyond that, they make a beautiful, timeless keepsake to cherish for years and generations to come. 

What's a Day in the Life? How can you create one? Do you need a fancy camera? I've created a video to teach you AND a free planning guide to get you started. 

Bonus: Complete the challenge by March 5th, post your favorite shots on social media (be sure to tag me!) and be entered to win a completely FREE seat in my upcoming beginner photography class for moms!

Why I Almost Closed Down My Business (and How You Can Help)

Anxiety. Paralyzing anxiety. But for me, not in the way you might think. It isn’t worry, irrational fears, or self-consciousness and over-analyzing. My anxiety stems from overwhelm.

It can be falling behind on housework, running late, having a calendar that’s too full, or too much editing to do. I overextend myself and instead of managing my time well and getting to work, I avoid the work altogether. And avoid. And avoid. AND AVOID.

It’s hard to see each smaller task as manageable when all of it together feels GIANT and impossible to catch up on. Even small tasks like returning an email or text can feel like a giant mental effort, since I see it as another piece of a giant puzzle that I can never finish. I even fell so far behind that I nearly closed up my business that I LOVE and feel fulfilled by. The anxiety was getting in the way of my big goals and dreams for myself and my business. I wanted to avoid it all and scroll Facebook for hours while binge-watching This Is Us. 

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But I didn't. I am finally taking steps toward healthier habits and better time management to help with the paralyzing overwhelm. I’ve been focusing on my physical health and my mental health. I’ve (temporarily?) deleted my personal social media accounts (more on this later). I’m working hard to learn better time management skills and improve my focus. And I'm chipping away at the mountain of work that had accumulated. 

How You Can Help

Show your loved ones grace. Ask how you can help. See if there's a task you can take over completely. Encourage them. Remind them of times in the past that they've overcome anxiety and come out on top. If you've experienced anxiety yourself, share, so they know they're not alone. 

And if this is you, HANG IN THERE! That nagging voice that's telling you that you're lazy and weak IS A LIAR. Take one step at a time. Shut down social media. Turn off Netflix. Sit down with your calendar and schedule out what you plan to accomplish! Don't be afraid to say no to new commitments. ASK FOR HELP WHERE YOU CAN. Break your big tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Set your timer for 30 minutes and work on ONE thing till the timer goes off. When you meet a big goal, reward yourself with some yoga, a book, a nice long walk, or a hot bath!

For now, I need you to know you’re not alone if your anxiety looks like this, too. If you have strategies or books that you’ve found helpful, please comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you! LET'S CONQUER OVERWHELM TOGETHER!