I have a pretty new white desk, perfectly organized with everything in it’s place. A bamboo plant rested in the right corner, green and inspiring with its climb. It brings good energy they say, (who’s they?). An antique clock without the battery is placed directly in front of me, with time standing still. Appropriate enough for how I feel, every April 17th. Time stops, I inhale, and the ability to exhale quickly leaves my mind lost and confused. I can’t breathe for just a moment.
It’s her birthday. The one who changed my life forever. The girl who stole my heart in an instant. The girl whom I held as she took her last breath.. That changes you. If you’ve just met me, you may not know of her, but you will. You see, I have 17 pages of her, to last me a lifetime. Her album flips just enough times to see a mother’s love, a mother’s sorrow and a loss, and then it ends. No pages to be added… Prints matter.
I was asked “What’s your why? Why portraits? Why prints?” Her. She’s my reason why. I lost my daughter in 2001, and while she wasn’t here for too long, she was here. I never want to forget that. I never want those around me to forget her. She was here, and she mattered. You know that question often asked “If the house was burning, what is that one item, you’d run back in to get?” It’s her album. I can’t replace these images. I don’t have the film, or the usb, this is it. It’s my everything. Stop hiding your images on drives that will be obsolete soon. Print your images, life will never be the same.
I’m so grateful for Kathy & Cat, without them, I’d have no images of her. The memories one day would begin to fade and I’d have nothing to see her face. Prints matter, and that’s why I changed how I do business in 2017. She is my WHY. She’s the reason years from now, your children will be able to flip through your albums, or pull out your heirlooms and see your face.
Happy Birthday Akaya. Never forgotten my love. I have 17 pages to last a lifetime.
17 pages of you, just isn’t enough…
March 25, 2008, is the day I lost my “good” job. I remember curling up in the corner of my closet, hiding from my four small children and crying until there were no more tears. My life was in a million pieces, first my marriage was over, then my job was gone and here I was, now a single mom, without a job. I did not want to come out of the darkness, I’d fallen too deep and so fast. I wanted it all to be over. YES, OVER. Thank God for my children… Or I would not be here. I’d already buried a child, now all of this, what was the point of my being here? To be in pain and struggle? Depression is real. Can anyone relate? I can not be the only one… Just maybe the only one to speak about it.
Let’s fast forward to today…
It’s March 25, 2017… I have NEVER worked a JOB again. I have never worked for someone else again. I have never had someone else tell me my position again, I created it. I became the boss. Let that sit for a second. Not only that, I surpassed my salary the first year in business and every year since has been increase. And let’s be clear, that job paid me really well.
When I look back now, I know the job was a stepping stone. My life was never about the job, the titles, the degrees, the accolades, etc. The job created relationships that would build strength, wisdom, character and knowledge in this young grasshopper. The job was my path to success, NOT my success. This took years for me to understand. God knew I’d never quit my “good job” so he took it from me. He gave me the vision, but not the instructions on how to accomplish it. I had to figure that out on my own. It was the BEST thing to ever happen in my professional career and my life.
I don’t often share my story, but I felt compelled to do so today. So many are lost right now or in the corner of their closets. Facing what feels like the impossible. Some find themselves in the same darkness that I once did, and they sit silent, like I did. Embarrassed, confused, lost? A million emotions around it, I get it. I’m reaching out to you. I am here. Whatever it is that has you there, you don’t have remain there. I rewrote my story… I created my path when it felt like the road had ended. Sure I cried a ton of tears along the way, but every tear shed was watering the determination under my feet.
Since that crazy day, I’ve traveled the world doing what I love. That’s not a boast or brag, I don’t need to do that, but I want you to see life is bigger than where you are right now. I’ve been capturing life and love with a camera, proving that people who were once in their “closet moment” existed where they once felt alone. Who would have thought? A camera saved my life. Not me. God had greater purpose for me than that JOB, but he had to take me through some things first. He had to break me down, to build me up better. It had to be done, so one day, I could appreciate the “closet moments” of my life.
If you’re in your “closet moment” right now, dig deep, let those tears fall, there is strength in it, activate your faith… do not sit there long. Figure out the lesson in the pains of your life.
I’m passionate about people and purpose. So here’s to vision, peace, purpose and prosperity. Claim it. No one ever said it would be easy, but trust me, it will be worth it. Hold on a little while longer. Surround yourself with conquerors, eventually you’ll be one as well. By the way, never forget where you have come from… the growth is hidden within that.
love & light,
I’m Tasha Prescott and I’m a photographer with purpose greater than myself.
Next time something is going wrong, I want you to remember someone’s situation is much worse, and could be permanent. Someone lost a love one, someone lost a job, someone is sick, anything. A fire alarm chirping every 45 seconds, it’s annoying but again, not permanent. We have to learn to appreciate every moment. Life is so short, it’s also… temporary. Laugh at the small stuff, shrug your shoulders at everything else. It’s going to be fine. Grab a glass of lemonade, take a sip and breath… You’re a lot stronger than you think, trust me. And well, no one knows what storms you’re weathering unless you tell them. Share your storm, someone may just share their umbrella. Light & Love, Tasha.
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How many times have you talked yourself out of giving your all? Doing your best? We often get comfortable, and “GOOD ENOUGH, is enough.” Has the lack of a pep talk from someone you trust, kept you from trying, anything before? I’ve been there before, trust me. Now I’m at a place in my life where I can pep talk myself for the most part, and well the only failure in my eyes is not trying. What are you putting on the back burner because of nerves and fear? Why are you holding back? Ask yourself real questions, and give yourself honest answers. Are you afraid to be great? Many of us are. The pressure that comes with being great is Unimaginable. DO it anyways, experience that feeling, just once. Trust me it will be worth it in the end.
You can’t walk through the hurdles of life… Just like at the track, you must, JUMP! Happy Wednesday! Click the link for the book recommendation for your personal development is .http://astore.amazon.com/tashpres-20/detail/1599950812 this week. It’s perfect for this week’s Wake Up Wednesday! Grab it, lets talk about it.
Tea time anyone? Often when I’ve said Namaste to someone, they give me a confused look like “What did you say? or What’s that mean?” Its a greeting of respect. With so many things surrounding me lately, my life vibrations have been off, the energy has been misplaced and I found myself deeply saddened and unable to pull myself out of it. It wasn’t until having a conversation with a friend, was I able to see that I had the power to change all of that. So I chose to celebrate the life we have left, go on adventures, laugh and be JOY, not just experience but Be Joy as well.
This led to a trip to Southern Pines, to visit our friend Dr. Jen at Wood Element. We met her a few years ago, and as with most people she instantly took to my youngest daughter, Akira. There’s just something about that kid that pulls people in, she’s the gatherer. So after asking a mutual about my girls a few times, we said lets go see her. My calendar was unexpectedly free that morning, so why not make a quick road trip right? GO Live is our new moto… When we arrived, Jen, Holmes and Shirley greeted us with their infectious smiles and already I could feel the hug within the room.. The energy was full of peace and joy. Its that thing I knew I would feel the most. They are pretty amazing people, and I enjoy their presence every time I see them.
Jen began sharing the teas and educating us on the differences, which if you know me I am a tea junky, but this was different. They all have purpose. Our noses were on a field trip through scents of jasmine and more, and well, I’d go on that trip any day, trust me. We sat together, we sipped together, we laughed together. Jen had acupuncture clients scheduled throughout the day and we got lucky and one said, we could come see! What!! Of course we want to see. Our field trip was elevated to a level 20, GO COOL mom, right? lol (I will be easing my way into her busy calendar as soon as I can find an opening)
Afterwards, we enjoyed even more teas and talked about their Europe and Asia adventures. The travel bug in me was looking up flights for the end of the year before I even left the building. I LOVE to travel and well Europe and Asia are high on my list of must do. Anyways, For some I may be rambling at this point, and I share all of this to say this: Don’t get so caught up living your life, you forget to LIVE your LIFE. Let it marinate for a bit, and hopefully it will make sense.
GO live, be present, be adventurous, be spontaneous. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve taken time for granted, and I refuse to do that anymore. Its time we celebrate LIFE, someone’s just changed while writing this, and regrets have stepped in. Leave little room for regrets… Now don’t get crazy and blame me, I’m just saying, stop thinking about some of the things that are very doable as goals, make them realities. Make your goals and dreams so big you get slightly nauseous… Hit them and make some more. Oh yea, and capture it all on camera, or it didn’t happen.
If you’re ever in Southern Pines, be sure to stop by and see Dr Jen at Wood Element, she’s amazing. She even read my tongue for me, it read a lot healthier than the last time 🙂 Did I mention she specializes in Chinese medicine? She’s pretty amazing!
As women, we often are taking care of everyone but ourselves. One of things I’ve learned over the years is simple “I don’t do enough for myself, and I should.” We should be able to celebrate who we are, right now, in this moment. Why not do so in the most beautiful way possible? Photography. There is nothing more gorgeous than a confident woman. I doubt that many would disagree with me, and if you don’t think that’s you, I promise you, it is… We just have to bring it out. Let’s schedule a couple hours away from the busy world we called LIFE, and celebrate what makes you special with a boudoir session like no other. Enjoy being pampered with a hair & makeup session, and then wardrobe, and of course, amazing photography. Scared? Awesome, most are, because it is completely out of their comfort zone. The cool thing is Its time to get Comfortable with being Uncomfortable and living life to the fullest! The session is done to your comfort level, so lets chat, lets plan, and Lets Shoot!
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