me being me

me being me

In handing my 13-year-old daughter my new iphone and teaching her the basics of Hipstamatic, I was evoking magic. With her creative flair and a brand new muse, I knew she’d manage create something wonderful and have a blast doing it. That’s the way it goes with kids. They see the world through fresh eyes; excitement, wonder, curiosity, unbridled enthusiasm for anything and everything that crosses their path. No plan, no worry, no hesitation. 

The above photo is one of the images she captured that afternoon that stopped me in my tracks. I had no idea she even took it which is probably why this might be the most authentic image of me ever captured.

Me in my daily life. Me in motion. Me in my routine. Me as mother. Me in my mini-van. Me in my aviators, ponytail, t-shirt and jeans. Me as who I truly am.

I’ve been slow to post here lately I know. And that’s because I’m busy; exploring, engaging, experimenting, working, creating, mothering, living and best of all, being me.

I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing lately. My guess is, much of the same. That’s the beauty of this living thing…we are all in it together.

If you haven’t kept up with the I am Enough Collaborative lately, I encourage you to spend a little time over there. The stories of insight and courage are amazing and more proof that as we write and play out our life stories, we are not alone.

  • Cara
    Posted at 17:36h, 28 June Reply

    I love it, that is a picture my kids could have taken of me. We all know about busy, especially moms!

  • shelbi
    Posted at 17:53h, 28 June Reply

    awesome-ness. what a great capture tracey…and your daughter caught it. my soon to be 7 year old has taken to the photography bug, can't leave the house without her camera, (just like mama). it's amazing their little eye. what they see and what they find snap worthy. ourselves through our daughters eyes. what can be more authentic than that? at least now you know– you are beautiful through her eyes . xo

  • stefanie renee
    Posted at 18:04h, 28 June Reply

    i know exactly what you mean…i too have been doing my thing and wondering where i've been…mothering, running around, working, creating, collaborating and then I stop and wonder…shouldn't I be doing this and this? but then i say..this is what life is…doing, being.

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 18:52h, 28 June Reply

    Love the picture and love the idea of your daughter photographing the true, authentic you, without your realizing. xox

  • Meghan @ Life Refocused
    Posted at 19:08h, 28 June Reply

    love this shot and totally relate to the busy-ness of LIVING. so thrilled to have gotten my iPhone today. hipstamatic, instagram, etc., here i come!

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo
    Posted at 19:37h, 28 June Reply

    What a beautifully honest capture.

  • Jamie Solorio
    Posted at 21:48h, 28 June Reply

    You look a movie star in this image!

  • Julia♥
    Posted at 00:27h, 29 June Reply

    I love this blog post mom 🙂 totally cool!! love you 🙂

  • elizabeth
    Posted at 19:10h, 29 June Reply

    Ironically, busier than ever balancing summertime activities and trying to sneak in a small amount of summertime laziness, plus a whole slew of Air Force commitments while gearing up for the rodeo here in Cheyenne ; )

  • Black Hockey Jesus
    Posted at 20:19h, 29 June Reply

    I'll give them pencils and paint and glitter and glue and teach them about assonance and when to enjamb a line. But I can't let them hold my phone. I just can't do it.

  • Alexis Yael
    Posted at 03:33h, 30 June Reply

    I love it!

    My son (on the autism spectrum, with a significant verbal delay at the age of 5) is TOTALLY into taking pictures on my iPod touch. Before that, I let him have my P&S, but I'm happier to hand over the iPod, it seems less likely to break (he likes to try for the extreme macro and managed to jam the little P&S's lens at one point, which I did fix, but yeah).

  • Trish
    Posted at 17:23h, 30 June Reply

    Love you!!

  • melissa
    Posted at 16:38h, 01 July Reply

    i see you…and your beauty as you be you. may we all have the courage to be seen.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 22:07h, 01 July Reply

    Lovely to read this! I especially liked how you described the approach of children: "no plan, no worry". How great would it be to actually adapt such a style – at least when it comes to photography!
    I have been learning how to play lately. Not that I think I am finished. Far be it from me. But I am learning how to let go of "being in control", of tidying of "being grown-up" and just letting go for a while. For that, I am documenting the "mandatory mess" (as I call my construct) as a new category of my blog ( to keep myself reminded…

  • Mary
    Posted at 14:10h, 02 July Reply

    Great picture!

    So simple, yet so telling.

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