You Are My Wild Project

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

To tell you all that little ones haven’t been on our brains would be a complete lie. Maybe they are on mine more than Mike’s but they are usually a topic of discussion a few or so times a week. I seriously am frightened by the idea, but also overly excited and emotional about the thought of having a kid. There are reoccurring dreams I have about our life as 3 and with all my friends having babies this Summer these thoughts are becoming increasingly more frequent.

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

So when I came across this project through Brooke Schwab called You are my Wild, my heart leaped. It is a weekly project of a group of photographers who share how they see their children and I find it captivating, cute, funny, and absolutely beautiful. See the full list of participants here.

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

I think my biggest hesitance with children is the little bit of time I can currently give of myself. So many people say that when a kid comes around they take all your time and energy…oh god that is frightening to me.  My life is so wrapped around working, building a business, making money to reach financial goals (aka buy a house), and finding the time just to feed the dogs, keep the house clean, and oh yeah get dressed and put makeup on like a real person. By no means do I believe this is a healthy way of living and I am hoping we will reach the end of this craziness by Summer, but I wonder how does it all fall together? How do you figure out to balance it all? Worst of all how do you know you are giving enough to that little soul?

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

Part of me sees a child as an opportunity to learn to enjoy life in a whole new way and through their eyes, but there is also a part of me that fears not having the time to slow down enough to know what I am experiencing and to really enjoy it. The reason this project is amazing to me is seeing how these business owning families are living, adventuring, creating, loving, and viewing the world. I sometimes need a reality check to know that it all works and somehow it will all balance out when the time is right for us. Things are not perfect but the most beautiful things never really are.

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

Most of the time when I think of having a little one I think back to my memories of being little. I lived for made up adventures. I collected reptiles and other creatures. I thought the creek behind our house when we lived in Kentucky was the most amazing thing ever to come in to my life. I spent hours there. I found nature extremely interesting and I lived for the creative parts of life. When I think of that I think of how amazing having children could be. These little people learning, discovering, and reminding us that life is pure and simple in ways we have lost sight of as 20 something adults.

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

Knowing that makes the idea of little ones in our life much less frightening and much more exciting. I finally have begun to understand my parents that much better just thinking of this potential of change in our lives one day.

You are my wild project  |  The Fresh Exchange

The funniest thing is how these feelings of wanting to begin a family happen and how your body has you craving certain experiences, such as having children. WTF body? I was always SO frightened of it, but more and more it sounds exhilarating,  fun, and amazing. Has this happened to any of you? Those that do have little ones and own a business…I want to hear your thoughts! Tell me!

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  1. I’m so glad to know someone else shares the same desires and fears as me. So many of our friends are starting to have babies and most of the time we don’t feel ready, but it’s hard not to catch the fever. I am so ready to experience it all, just like you said. But I also have a fear of missing it. I told my mom one night, I am so busy with life, I don’t know how I could add in having a child, I would never have time to give them a bath! I think it’s because I have such a desire to plan it out, but I know that whenever it happens it will fall into place. I don’t currently own a business but I would love to, and I’m working on it, so a part of me feels like I need to accomplish that first, which I kinda dislike. Thanks for the inspiring post, this sounds like an amazing project!

  2. I love love Brooke’s project. Her instagram feed is also full of beautiful pics of life and children. I own my own business and am currently expecting our first little baby. I finally gave up the need to feel “ready.” How can you ever be ready for your entire life to be turned upside down? I hit a mark in my business where I feel like I emotionally have some space to create more of a personal life and then we just went for it. But ready? Eek. It gets even scarier the day you see the positive pregnancy result!!

  3. Having little ones does change a lot of things, ok, everything. But it’s not forever. It might mean you have to slow down on the business for a bit, a few months, years, whatever you fancy. Tyler and I love to travel and didn’t want to give that up when we had children, so we made a decision not to. My little ones (3 and 1) have been all over America (we live in England), St Lucia, France, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, and are planning a trip to South Africa this fall. What I’m saying is that your priorities are a choice. I love my sweet boys, but would feel like a part of me was missing if I didn’t have my photography business and travel. Make the kids part of your life’s adventure, your life doesn’t need to stop, but be prepared for reworking how life looks now. Good luck!

  4. can’t wait to check out this project.

    it is crazy. but somehow you manage. i don’t know the difference in that i started all of this after kids were already in the picture. yes, it will interrupt everything and turn your world upside down but you will find a way to turn things right side up and juggle and then wonder, “what did i do before kids?”

    but truly, it is the greatest adventure ever and seeing life through a child’s eyes again is nothing short of magic.

    ps- i had a creek behind my house too…. some of my fave memories!

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