Leah Mullett Photography

living in the present

This past weekend I found myself going for an afternoon walk in between my editing to clear my head. Northern Michigan, so beautiful in its fall essence. The colors of my surroundings were so inspiring. I just LOVE fall around our cabin. Burnt orange ferns, the green pine trees with white birch trees all around, It’s oh so perfect. It was a tad bit windy but I felt so at peace. Walking around while Zoey jumped in and out of the woods sniffing the ground. For once I didn’t have head phones blasting or a phone up to my ear, I just took in all of nature’s beauty and felt so at peace. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with how complex life can be. I am constantly searching and searching within myself to figure everything out in life. Very rarely do I find myself being content and just enjoying where I am at. I’ve come across this quote a few times over the past few weeks and I think its a sign. I’m not saying I’m depressed by any means, but either way, this poem hits home for me and reminds me to live in the present.

“If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. If you’re at peace, You’re living in the present.” -Lao Tzu

What a great reminder to let go of mistakes and your anxieties over the future and just be present and live in the now. To be honest, I know so many of us struggle with that but I truly think my problem is just being content. I mean lets just take pinterest into consideration. Why do we pin and look at all those goodies on this site? Pinterest has made it so easy for us to find that motivation and creative idea and give us all the tools to do them. So here I am, pinning everything in site. OH MY. I love looking at all the pretty photos on there. And I want to do them ALL.

I have to remind myself that I’m not ‘houdini’ and can’t make all this happen. But boy would I love to have everything done in my house like these pinterest photos, my whole life organized?! YES PLEASE. Oh and that recipe … I need to put that on the bucket list! Geesh, I mean my list of life to do’s are getting so crazy that I feel as though all I have is goals, ideas, inspirations … and you can really get caught up in it and loose control and next thing you know … you’re always just looking onto the next project, and here it is …. not living in the present. Enjoying your accomplishments TODAY. We need to reward ourselves for the goals we do tackle. Even if I have numerous weddings to edit, celebrate that wedding I just put in the mail before I stress out about the next one.

So today, on this fine Tuesday afternoon … I’m bringing myself back to that PEACE I had this weekend of no worries, ideas, or crazy goal lists … and just enjoying today and what I have accomplished. Take each project as it comes and ‘unpin’ my life a little bit. When life seemed so simple in the woods this past weekend and I remembered everything I know and everything that is good. Even if every part of my life is not pinterest worthy, life is too short to not celebrate the small victories. So I will smile today and leave you with a smile at this beautiful bouquet my talented friend Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events made. I’m honored to have my photo on her blog today, this is one talented chica!

Happy Day!





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  1. MeLissa Olson
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    You need to spend time with Quinn. She is the nature queen. I bet she knows more trails & places to be one with nature than most lifers in the area. It is good for your soul.
  2. Ginger
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    I can SO relate to this post. I have so many projects and hobbies that my brain just spins with all the things I want to do. Life is so fast paced now...sometimes I wish the world would just go back to the "Little House on the Prarie" way of life! Good post! :)
  3. Jan
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Well said, Leah!
  4. Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
    I've been meaning to comment on this post and am so sorry it's taken me this long, Leah! I just love that quote and think it's such a positive reminder to live fully and truthfully. When your plate is full sometimes you need to just slow down a bit and be content with not finishing everything on it :) I love you! Keep at it, friend! xoxo
  5. Mary LaReau
    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
    So very true!!