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July 7, 2017

A Bohemian Styled Portrait Shoot | Guest Blogger | Callie Hendricks

A pastor recently described our generation as the greatest generation to ever have walked the face of earth. I’ve been pondering this thought for a while.

What does it mean to be part of the greatest generation on earth?

I often drive myself into a frenzy thinking that I am not doing enough to impact my community in a big enough way, that I am not leaving a distinctive mark in people’s lives. I have spent hours journaling or reading books trying to find my purpose and how I can make a meaningful contribution.

It wasn’t until a few nights ago that I stopped to think, maybe I am making a difference. Just not in the way I thought that I would.

About a year ago I started running just to keep fit and maybe shed a few extra kilos. I never really enjoyed it, but it was the cheapest and easiest form of exercise for me at the time. I also didn’t think much would come of it. I was doing it for me. After two months of going to our local Parkrun to run 5km every Saturday, a friend encouraged me to do a 10km race with her. I went. Completing the race gave me a sense of achievement and I entered the next race with the aim of beating my previous race time. I enjoy running, but even more than that I like the fact that my body is doing what I never thought possible and that’s why I push through. When I started running I didn’t think much of it, but that has changed so much. Since my first race I went on to complete another five races as well as a 15km race. Running has even become one of my major goals for the year as I aim to complete a 21km by December.

Back to the story of a few nights ago. A lady who stays down the road from me sent me a Facebook message. She complimented how good I look and asked if I could train with her as she wants to lose some weight for summer. I agreed in an instant. She was not the first person who asked me how I did it. I laid in bed that night thinking that perhaps I am making a difference. I am not speaking to nations (yet) inspiring them, but I have inspired a few girls to get the gym to look after their health.

My fitness story is not complete, better yet, I think it’s only starting. Life is a journey. A process of constantly becoming better at whatever you are doing and reinventing yourself as you go along. I am learning to enjoy the journey of reaching my personal goals and through that inspire someone else to set and achieve a few of their own. This might not be a big thing and I am not saying that this is my purpose. God says in His word that he knows the plans for my future, that they are plans of good and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). I may not always know what those plans are, but I know who does and a sure way of finding out about my future is to get to know God more.

It gives me so much peace to know that I don’t always have to have everything figured out right away, because my Maker has it all under control. I get to enjoy the journey in pursuit of living my best life.

Article by Guest Blogger Callie Hendricks

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We decided to make a little Behind the Scenes video of Callie’s shoot, which you can view over here 🙂

A big thank you to Jarrod Hutton for filming our vlog and Callie for being a great model 🙂

   

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