Image by Verde and Valor

Image by Verde and Valor

 
 

A meeting right where you’re at…

Welcome to the “Middle”. Well, there’s actually no real need for welcome, because you’re already here. The middle is right where you are. This very moment. In real time - that’s the middle.

Around the time I was going through my divorce, I felt a longing for community. No. It felt deeper than that. Just as much as I relied on my faith, I also needed my people. I needed to hear the stories I could find myself in, from other people going through. Yet as I searched, I found a disconnect from some of the messages out there. I discovered many triumphant tales recounting experiences, but from finish line. On the other end of the spectrum, I uncovered heart wrenching stories that made me question the validity of my own. I fell somewhere in the MIDDLE. Right in the middle, but very much in the thick of it all and desperately needing the kind of healing and encouragement that comes through encounters of shared human experience. I even made a 6 hour round trip drive to attend a self care workshop (read about it here) to find those connections. That workshop and the many conversations that have since followed, filled me up not only in one of my toughest hours, but I continue to find support and inspiration in the beauty of open + honest dialogue.

Messages From The Middle, is a means to keep the conversation ball rolling; A gateway to unbarred dialog. I have been blessed to meet, and be surrounded by, some amazing people who also believe a little vulnerability goes a long way, and can make us all feel a little less alone in our journeys. In this interview series, I photograph some of those individuals as they share where they are at in life now - their Middle. As you read the stories, look at their expressions. I hope you find yourself in their faces, familiarity in their concerns, and encouragement in their hope.