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What’s important …..

Today I was remembering my mom, and really missing her. It just hits me in the pit of my stomach sometimes that I can’t pick up the phone and call her anymore. I can’t count the times I’ve thought “I need to tell mom this!” Only to remember I can’t. It’s the saddest, most empty feeling. I realize I am still going through a grieving process and that takes time.

I remember one really hard day when mom was so sick, I prayed and cried to God asking,”WHY are we even here!?!?” It was so terrible and I just didn’t ¬†think I could take much more of the painful moments and sadness. The answer I heard was “relationships, relationships, relationships.” I sat with that. It opened my eyes and made me look deeper into my daily life and at the people around me. I’ve always loved people and tried hard to go out of my way for them, but this was different somehow. It reminded me of why I’m here, why I do what I do.

I always wanted a career that made me feel like I was making a difference. I prayed for it and got it. My job is so much more than photos…for me it’s about ¬†relationships, connecting with the people I work with and hopefully making an impression on them and helping them enjoy life just a little more.

I think I will always miss my mom, but memories of the experience remind me just how powerful love and compassion are. Going out of your way to help just because. This is the kind of person I want to be every day, now and for the rest of my life.img_21221

  • Dina @ White Thread - This is a beautiful and heart touching post. Thank you for sharing such a personal matter. You are an inspiration!

  • Donna Salley - Juliet, Your mom obviously raised a beautiful, caring and giftfull person!!!! She was so proud of you and your accomplishments even before she passed away. You carry on her legacy as a gracious and caring person. I miss you and thank you so much for using your talents to give Paige and I memeories to hold on to forever!!! Take care and keep touch, Donna Salley

  • Janice Ironmonger - A friend sent me your website because I was at the Coastal Living event and you even took my picture. I am the lady looking at the brochure with my friend Stacey. I looked at all of your work and at the end I read what you said about your mom and I cried. No wonder you are an incredible artist-you see with your heart.

  • Mary Sue - Juliet, I miss her too. I got out my little jacket she sent me and thought of her today. I just thought I would visit with you a bit through your blog. I miss visiting with you. Larry and I pray often for you. The rose is lovely. Mary Sue