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Saturday night, flying out of Austin I was struck by this scene as the plane ascended to its cruising altitude. It was peaceful. I watched those gray fluffy clouds and snapped shots as long as I could before we were too high to have this vantage and the sun dropped too low. I felt, for the first time in a long time, that I have something to say creatively; that the effort in expression is worth the risks. I’m still on my educational path with photography and with self-expression. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be. And I’m looking forward to the journey, despite any potential creative turbulence ahead.

I also thought about my girls; their wit, beauty and intelligence and how much joy they fill my life with. And I knew that one day, maybe many years from now, we’d be sitting on a plane, traveling somewhere great, looking out at the setting sun and relax, having risen above the storm below. This vision was a reverie and it has stayed with me, despite the late nights, despite the post-conference halo buzz and despite being exhausted.

Daily affirmation: Honesty always. You are worth it.

I’m likely going to repeat some of these. It might be subconsciously, it might be intentionally, but it will always be because I need these right now more than I’ve been comfortable admitting.