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Sep 21, 2007

I found that something more.



Tonight, I had one of those surreal moments when everything you have been working so hard for all fast forwards from beginning to the present moment in less than a second.

I went to my favorite grocery store, Publix. (Seriously, like a mecca of grocery stores) I've been going to this one particular Publix since the day I moved into my condo a few years ago. To this day I remember my first few trips to the grocery store and how they were so theraputic for me. I had just moved out of my parents house, and something about buying my own groceries felt so "big girl" to me. However, I was in that phase in life so confused on what direction to take in my career. Not only had I just moved out of my parents, I had just broken up with the guy I thought I was going to marry, and I had just quit my nice corporate job that I had got comfortable with the secure biweekly paychecks. It was a big risk and everyone thought I was crazy to give up such a great job. But like my theme song of the moment said by Sugarland:

There's gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard times
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Taking a chance I might
About what I'm looking for
There's gotta be something more


And I was determined to find it while I was still young and able to. I was definitely having a mid 20s life crisis.

Who was Scarlett Lillian? What was her calling in life? What was she meant to pursue career wise? What were her passions? Who was she really supposed to marry if not the past two guys she had thought were the ones?

I'm still waiting for God to reveal the answer to the last one, but it's so amazing to be in a place of peace now all this time later knowing the other answers.

Scarlett Lillian is a photographer.

Whew. No more wondering, no more searching to find myself, no more career A.D.D. jumping around to different jobs trying to figure out what is best for me. I know now in the depths of my heart that photography is my calling and I truly love every minute of it.

So back to yesterday. I was in my Publix at the checkout line and who do I see on the cover of the new People magazine but Jenny McCarthy.

"Ha, there's Jenny, still got the same hairdo from when I photographed her a few months ago," I thought to myself so casually.

Then I kind of stopped and looked around for a second thinking "Wow, I remember the days when I used to walk around this grocery store so clueless about who I was and what I wanted out of life and now here I am in the same grocery just a few years later having already photographed the person that is currently on the cover of frickin' PEOPLE MAGAZINE!"

It was just one of those moments when you can look back at your life and realize how far you have come. In your career. As a person. As the woman God has created you to be. And it's awesome to be in that phase in life where I can look back and also see the many seeds of faith I planted now growing into a harvest of God's blessings.

As I flipped through the magazine while my check out girl was ringing me up, she asked, "Are you going to get that magazine, too?"

"Nah," I said and put it back on the shelf. Then thinking to myself, "I don't need the mag, I already have a ton of photos I took of Jenny myself."

Click here to view the entry from my old blog to see some of the photos I shot of her. It's so refreshing to see a celebrity use her spotlight for something positive in this crazy day and age of rehab, jail and partying. Go Jenny! I know many mothers applaud you for your efforts!

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Blogger jamiedelaine said...

Love this post. It makes me smile so much; God is so good. I love moments like these; I've had a few as well! Not as major as yours; but just God's little way of letting me know I'm on the right track.

September 22, 2007 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Shores Photography said...

:)

September 23, 2007 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

What a cool story.. Personally I find your work amazing and very inspiring.. I am glad you are a photographer.. and I think its awesome you got to Work with Jenny I hear she is a really awesome person

September 23, 2007 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

That's awesome Scarlett! You are definitely blessed to know your direction in life. I'm on the verge of 30 and still not sure of mine. I'm working on it though. :)

September 23, 2007 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Oh Happy Blog! said...

Scarlett-

This post was wonderful... sure the story was heartfelt- but what's more... it really makes me feel like all of the craziness that I am experiencing in my own life (with reguards to just starting out and having ambitious dreams) may one day actually come to surface as a reality... sometimes it seems that the road ahead is winding and everlasting- thus it is so encouraging to know that there are others who have traveled their own paths and have made it to a point that they can look back and see quite an amazing trail left behind... keep doing what you do...

-Danielle

September 24, 2007 at 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Those "AHA" moments are what make eveyrthng worth it. Glad you had a fun time shooting Jenny McCarthy. Jim Carrey is supposed to be one of the nicest guys (in talking with the nurses at St. Jude because he has visited the kids there) so it seems fitting that she would also be so wonderful as well.

Take care!
Jen

September 24, 2007 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Awesome! I still feel lost in the grocery store - mostly because I can't ever remember where everything is all the time and it's always freezing in there, hehe. I'm so proud of you!

September 24, 2007 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Jamie- Glad to hear you are having your own moments of confirmation! God is good!

Elizabeth- Yeah she was cool!

Katie- Ha, well from the looks of it, it looks like you are finding your calling in photography too!

Danielle- What a beautiful entry. You will find your way too all in God's perfect timing.

Jen- Oh that's awesome that Jim Carrey is getting involved in St. Jude's. Maybe you'll run across him in the halls one day! I hope sweet Allison is doing great!

Rachel- Ha!

September 24, 2007 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Amy Martin said...

I completely identify with that song. That CD has been in my car's player for as long as it's been out... and I used to sing that song on the way to work every day. As you know, eventually I quit and now when I hear it, it makes me happy :)

September 24, 2007 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Ha ha... it totally doesn't surprise me that it's your theme song too! GO US for having the courage to find that something more!

September 25, 2007 at 1:08 AM  

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