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I have been trying and trying to come up with some witty piece of advice or a fun story to share. Instead, I’m completely drawing a blank. Many of you know I host an annual pet portrait fundraiser ("Pin-Up Pets"), and that has completely consumed me throughout April (I had about 75 sessions to shoot!) and now into May with sales. It’s an awesome event that raises thousands of dollars for our area pet rescues.

But as I say, it consumes me completely and there is just nothing left in my brain.

So, instead of advice or a photography-related story, I’ll instead tell you about a conversation I had with my husband after he finished reading an article in the 4/23/17 Sunday edition of the New York Times. (I was taking a much-needed nap in the sun on my hammock while he was reading!) The article talked about human nature and how humans tend to think our lives were easier when we were younger and the best times of our lives are behind us. I found it interesting that the author had found this to be true through his research. Of course, we can all agree that kids have it made – their lives are typically easy - they just don’t know it at the time. Aside from that, though, I’ve always looked to the future – how can I grow, what can I learn, how can I be better? We are constantly evolving in all aspects of our lives – our relationships, our work, our economics. Change is inevitable and we should embrace the change and grow when change calls for it.

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakingly think they’re finished." – Daniel Gilbert

It strikes me as incredibly odd for humankind to believe that who we are now is who we will be for the rest of time. Be the person you want to be, and don’t be afraid to change everything if the situation calls for it. Incredible things might come with it!

Lisa Asp, M. Photog., Cr., CPP

TCPPA President

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