Chapman State Park | A Few Photos

Chapman Dam State Park | Autumn Camping Photos

I had every intention of posting this in October (because that’s when my family and I went camping), but life got the better of me.

So here’s a short, not-too-many-words, lovely post featuring some of my favorite photos.

We went to Chapman State Park, and my goodness, it was gorgeous. I fell in love with turning leaves and foggy mornings and campfires ages ago, and it was nice to get back to it.

My aunt and uncle came, and my uncle is a photographer, so I got lots of new information from him that I can use to take better pictures. It was pretty great. So here’s to new things and improving my photography.

Autumn Camping Pictures

 

Find more pictures from our trip on my Instagram. (@thoughtsfrombehindthelens.)

What I’ve Learned about Time Management

Learning Time Management
Photo by Dawid Liberadzki

When I first started this blog, I didn’t think I’d need to set specific days aside for it. I thought I’d be able to work on it in my spare time, and that would be enough. Time management didn’t even cross my mind.

But, funnily enough, my time slipped through my fingers. I wasn’t able to focus on Thoughts from behind the Lens nearly enough. Too many things came up, I wasn’t home enough, or I’d be too tired and fall asleep instead.

This led to me being super stressed out because I had too many things to do, and no time. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Take time management seriously.

This is something that’s actually important, not just some dumb thing you do to make yourself feel like you have your life together. I need to set aside time for blogging or it doesn’t get done. And sometimes that means pushing myself. Because when I come home from work, the last thing I want to do is more work. I’m usually exhausted and ready to fall into bed.

But writing is important to me. So I do it.

How do I apply this?

Take my Instagram, for example.

This week I’ve decided to post on Instagram (follow me here!) every day this week. Which I don’t think I’ve ever done. Ever. So I took Sunday afternoon to do a few photoshoots and research hashtags for my posts. I had everything put together in a note on my phone so I could just copy + paste the hashtags.

Go behind the scenes.

Then there’s plenty of other stuff that goes along with blogging, like:

-writing drafts

-pinning my published posts on Pinterest

-either taking photos or finding them on stock sites

-researching ways that I can be a better blogger

-sorting through my to-do list

. . . and many more things.

If I don’t set aside time for these things, they don’t happen. I say, “Oh, I’ll blog in my spare time.” But then my spare time gets eaten up by sleep or my social life or my day job. If it’s a priority, I build it into my schedule.

I need to stick with my plan.

This goes for more than just time management. I use the same principle in budgeting. And this might just be the most important part of this post.

Let’s say I set aside time to blog. How about a Thursday afternoon? Then, let’s say something comes up. A friend wants to go out for coffee, or I had a really rough morning at work and I really just want to be a slug. What happens if I let that time slip away?

That’s right. If I don’t stick to my plan, I don’t blog. And that’s not a method that works.

So what are you going to do?

Here’s what I’d recommend:

Take whatever it is you need to manage, and then sit down with a piece of paper. Or an app on your phone, a Word document – whatever it is you use. List out what you need to do, and an estimated time for how long it will take you.

Then what? Set aside time for those things. Maybe it’s a Tuesday evening or a Friday morning. Find what works for you, schedule those specific things you came up with, and stick with your plan. Try to keep distractions at bay. The key here is time management, not procrastination.

Best of luck!

Have any other tips? Let me know. I love hearing from you.

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Leaving Anxiety Behind

The Journey of Leaving Anxiety Behind

The Journey of Leaving Anxiety Behind

Anxiety has been something I’ve always struggled with, but it’s increased considerably within the past few years. While I’ve had my triumphs over my anxious heart, I find myself with wide eyes and shaky hands more often than I should. I can’t even count the times I’ve lost myself to fearful tears.

The problem with anxiety is that it sucks the joy out of things. How can I be content when I’m constantly worrying? Anything can get me – driving, work, blogging, or social anxiety. It robs me of my happiness and my ability to enjoy life. It takes away the power of the knowledge that God will always protect me. Read More

What I’ve Learned about Friendships

Some Key Points of Friendships
Photo by Clarisse Meyer

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)

You need to actively care.

Actively caring comes in all shapes and sizes. It can range from the act of comforting to spending time with each other to plainly using your words to encourage. A couple key points are:

Consolation. When you have a friend who’s hurting or in a bad mood, it can be first nature to give him/her some space or to let them work things out on her own. But think: what would you like in that situation? I know that sometimes I’d like someone to help me work through my emotions. It can be hard to gauge, but the more you know your friend, the easier it will be.

Making the effort. Be the one to initiate conversation or to set up a coffee date (I’m personally awful with this one). Be intentional with what you ask, and pay attention to the answers. Find out your friend’s love language, and then find ways to use it to show him/her you care.

People are meant to be in community with others—so be involved in yours. Read More