india | light and darkness

Agra, India

I pretty much love this picture.

After we arrived in Agra we opted to switch up our itinerary and visit the Agra Fort first because we wanted to see the Taj Mahal at sunset.  Turns out our plan worked out perfectly.  At the beginning of our wanderings through Agra Fort it started to pour.  (By the time we reached the Taj Mahal the rain stopped.)  When I took this picture the rain came down suddenly and heavily, but I like that this did not hinder these people from looking around.  That saying "the calm before the storm" did not apply.  The rain seemed to bring a sense of quiet and calm over everything.  It was like the rain stopped everyone in their tracks and people just stared off at the landscape.  It was pretty incredible.

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My life since India has mellowed out considerably.  I'm still shooting but I've reclaimed a good number of my weekends back.  With all my traveling and the busyness of work I'm resolved to spend as much time as possible at home.  I sit here at my computer and happily edit and return emails and blog and what not.  I'm such a homebody.  I enjoy waking up without any plans besides working.  My schedule isn't the best but I've developed a nice little schedule that I enjoy.  I go to sleep at about 10am and wake up around 4pm.  I start working immediately and have some dinner around 5 or 6pm.  I stay up working until 5am when I blog then I go make myself some breakfast while I watch some shows on Hulu or Netflix.  I'll spend another hour watching tv and knitting, then I'll continue working and go to sleep at 10am.  It's definitely not an ideal schedule, but it's a rhythm.  And I like routine.  I tell people it's jet lagged, but really it

Over the next weeks life will get crazy and will probably continue to be crazy until I get home from Europe in January.

The other day I was thinking about what it takes to live life.  And that to be happy you must be willing to sacrifice.  You have to let go.  You have to be flexible.  You have to trust God.  Easier said than done, right?  I feel like it's taken me almost 29 years to figure out just those simple things, knowing there's still so much to learn and so much of me that needs to grow.  It feels so good to make any progress, though.  I feel like when you truly trust God you're want for nothing.  And that gives me the kind of peace I can only describe by sharing this photo.