Heat, Babies & Something New

In lieu of having my own kids, I take pictures of my friends' offspring. We had a cute little Mother's Day picnic with our friends Jes and Mike and their daughter Parson (affectionally known as #pdaisy in certain circles), as well as a few of their friends and their babies. Toby and I were totally outnumbered, but in a good way. We all met up at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which I've always seen signs for but have never taken the time to check out, and holy shit, Angelenos, if you haven't been there yet, do it. It costs $6 to get in, but it's totally worth it; there is hiking, the views are incredible (picture above - can you spot tiny DTLA?), there's a little stream and a lake and ducks and playgrounds and lots of grassy areas to hang out, and on and on and on. The one downside is that it's adjacent to an oil field. Of course. Good ol' Los Angeles. 

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I started a new job yesterday. It's a part-time hosting gig at a cafe close to the beach, in one of my favorite areas of Los Angeles. I've never worked in the restaurant industry before, so I'm anticipating some long days and nights ahead trying to muddle my way through memorizing table numbers and dealing with the inevitable grouchy customers. I'm hoping to at the very least get some good stories out of the experience, along with making more money and finding the motivation to truly push forward with my photography career.  

I'm still feeling more than a little stuck, but I'm hoping this newness can provide a jumpstart. It's been difficult for me to find the drive and confidence I need when I keep turning a blind eye to the progress I've made over the past few years. My mental habits need a major overhaul. Deep down I know that I have grown and learned and flourished, but instead of acknowledging these things and finding gratitude for the life I have, I focus on all that I haven't done; the places and things and career not yet in my possession. It's an unsustainable mindset, and one I'd like to conquer, hopefully sooner than later. 

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It's a scorcher this week. The temperatures have been in the high 90s for the past couple of days, and we're being told that those numbers will last through the weekend. I'm not complaining, mind you; it's uncomfortable, but the heat just makes heading to the beach that much more enjoyable, and I mean, it can't last forever...right? Excuse me while I go take a cold shower. 

Happy Tuesday, friends.