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copyright Karen UlvestadDeep thinking leads to insight and wisdom.  I am realizing that I made choices in the past 3-4 years that were made on the importance of family.  It’s also left me in a place that I’m going to need focus a lot of effort and work hard to grow my business.  Basically, I chose family over work.

We all make these choices everyday.  Every decision reflects our character and value of “things” outside ourselves.  Things could be people, situation, cars, possessions, or other.

I’m a professional photographer and writer.  I have chosen to keep my work close to home, or around my in-laws home.  My father-in-law has been sick for a number of years with Parkinson’s.

I chose to teach workshops for the local school district.  I write for venues that I can do from home or on the road.  I focus my energy on being able to travel to my in-laws, in case of need.  It all seems like a big blur right now.

I have had the opportunity to know these wonderful people.  My partner reconnected with his father.  My son got to know his grandfather, and ride ponies.  I got to take a lot of pictures, have down-time, have wonderful moments with my in-laws, and forged a great relationship with my mother-in-law.  We even witnessed a pony being born, which was incredible!

So, what did I give up?  I gave up the opportunity to teach a workshop in the Galapagos Islands (which has been a life-long dream), focusing on my stock photography, and taking photo assignments.

And, I DO NOT regret any of the it. . .it’s some of the BEST choices I’ve ever made!

I lived life in the moment.  I know that new opportunities will continue to come in.  The memories created in these past years make the impending passing of my father-in-law easier.

All of us are sad in our own ways, but are ok with him leaving.  I know there will be tears and sadness.  I know that we will all miss his humor and wisdom.  We got an opportunity to know the man he was, became through the disease, and know he is choosing his time to go.

Love & Light to All. . .Karen