Day 3 & Pinnacle Mountain

Happy hump day, everyone! Halfway there.

Last night I had a fun portrait shoot down by the river! A co-worker of mine’s daughter is graduating 8th grade, and needed some current photos of her for her yearbook. We shot outside and around a beautiful home that sits overlooking the Arkansas river, and it was b-e-a-utiful! I can’t wait to blog my favorites in a few weeks. If you’re itching to see a tiny sneak peek, I post a couple over my business’s facebook page…facebook.com/sarahinglephotography. She was gorgeous. I was a little bit jealous that I didn’t look that cute in 8th grade.

If you’re a keen observer, you’ve noticed that I haven’t exactly been keeping up with my 48 Days blogging. Well, I haven’t had time to keep up with my reading this past week either! So, I’m vowing to jump back on the wagon and get back to it! Instead of rushing through the chapters I fell behind on, I’m taking it nice and slow and starting back right where I left off. And with that said, “today” is Day 3! Hayley, over at Healthy Hayley, shared her thoughts with us for Day 2:

“First of all, I love that you are doing this. It seems like such a cathartic thing to do, plus I get to learn more about you. What a great idea! /// What have been the happiest, most fulfilling moments in your life? The most fulfilling moment in my life was when 2 years ago, I taught 4th grade. I helped one of the students with capitalization and he got it! It was so amazing to help him learn something, see him understand it, and watch how he used it to express himself. I can’t wait until teaching is my full time job and I can see moments like that more often.”

Today’s chapter focuses on change. It spews off a handful of statistics about how drastic our workforce world has changed over the years, and how much it’s going to change in the future. It’s up to us to embrace the changes, find out what our “transferrable talents” are, and decide how we’re going to react. With the economy so volatile, having a solid feeling of “job security” seems to be a rare thing these days. “Your only security is knowing what you do well. Knowing your areas of competence will give you freedom amid corporate politics and unexpected layoffs.”

An interesting take on a job layoff is to look at it as, “the grace of interruption.” Sometimes you just need a good kick in the boot to get those dreams going. Maybe being let go or having your business fail is God’s way of finally shutting the door you refused to shut and opening up the door He’s been trying to get you to see this whole time” Maybe this major change was exactly what you needed.  “Affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” -Romans 5:3-4. Not all change is bad change.

Here are a few main points and I highlighted that you might enjoy as well!

-“Guard against letting setbacks embitter you.”

-“If you are in a negative environment, take a fresh look at yourself, define where you want to be, and develop a clear plan of action for getting there.”

-“…without change in some form we are likely to simply continue on the same path.”

-“We get used to very familiar paths in our lives and eliminate many possibilities along the way.”

-“First decide what kind of life you want, then plan your work around that life.”

-“Lead with your own unique talents and personality. Be authentically you and let God use you.”

-“Clarify what you want, create a plan of action, and begin to walk toward the goal you want.”

-“Just because you have the ability to do something does not mean that it is well-suited to you.”

And the two questions that stood out to me most:

1. Respond to the statement,”All progress requires change, but not all change is progress.” A. I think this is a very lofty statement, and true on so many levels. You might think that you’re changing in the right way, but maybe you’re not. If you’re not keeping your eye on the prize and the big picture, then sometimes change that you might think is good, isn’t really working in your advantage. Makes more sense in my head.

2. What statement describes your career path so far? A. I’d say ambitious, but “in-the-works.” I’m still working on landing my “dream” job, and discovering just what that is. For now, I think I have a pretty good idea, but the path to get there may not be the easiest.

What are your thoughts on those bulleted points? Anything stand out to you? Can you relate to any one in particular?

Tonight I’m taking the Monster Truck to hike up Little Rock’s one and only, Pinnacle Mountain. I was planning on meeting some friends from church for an evening hike, and figured it was about time Truckee became a real woman. It’s about time she reaches new heights. Now that she’s a swimming dog, she needs to be a hiking dog. Here is Pinnacle Mountain in case you are unfamiliar with Arkansas landmarks, which I’m fairly certain 99.1% of my readers are. If you went to Harding University, and graduated without making the long drive to LR to scale Pinnacle Mountain, you are a rare bird!

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There are several hiking trails throughout Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and two distinct routes to take up the mountain. (Arkansas is full of hiking trails, you just have to look for them!) If you’re a local, you know them as the “easy” or “hard” sides. (straight up climbing on rocks, or not quite as straight up and on more of a “trail”) Either way, you come out with a minimum 2 mile hike round trip, and a serious gluteous maximus workout. It really is a GREAT workout and you end up using all sorts of muscles you didn’t know were in your legs! Plus, it’s fun, even better! The views from the top are stunning- overlooking Lake Maumelle and a wide open aerial view of central AR for as far as you can see. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen the view :) I’ll save those pictures for tomorrow’s post- hike recap.

Check back later for my first lesson in my Photography 101 series! Have you “liked” my facebook page yet? I mean, only if you wouldn’t feel totally lame by doing so.

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Comments

  1. says

    “its like santa for you vagina” hahahaha that camp gyno thing is HILARIOUS. and yay i love the 48 days posts!! this stood out for me-”Guard against letting setbacks embitter you.” i think its important to go even a step farther and change your perception on “setbacks”– it might sound cheesy, but learning to view things i once considered ‘setbacks’ as positive ‘opportunities’ to learn, get smarter, and just keep moving forward.
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  2. says

    Have a great time on your hike! Can’t wait to see pics of Truckee’s first hiking adventure. Our dog LOVES to hike, and some of my favorite pics of him are from hikes we’ve done together.

    Love these statements:

    ”…without change in some form we are likely to simply continue on the same path.”

    ”We get used to very familiar paths in our lives and eliminate many possibilities along the way.”

    I’m in a work rut right now, and I need to challenge myself to step out of my usual path. Change can be scary, but it’s the only way we learn & grow!

  3. says

    That book sounds like it allows for some much needed soul searching.
    I love how you brought a positive light to losing your job. It’s nice to think of it as an opportunity to find your true path.

    Deciding what you want to do with your life is one of the most important decisions you can make. I think I am really good at what I do for a living but working full time is just too much sometimes. I yearn for a life of balance where I can also do things that I simply enjoy, whether I’m good at them or not. I guess that’s what retirement’s for, haha.

    Mount Pinnacle looks very pretty!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Sarah- No worries, didn’t lose my job, still very much employed :) In case you were talking about me! But if you were talking about people in general, then yes, I think sometimes it’s great to look at it as a blessing in disguise :) I completely agree! One day we will feel balanced..at least I hope!

  4. says

    omg, camp gyno *rolling on the floor laughing*, where do you find this stuff! Love the Camel too. That made me laugh.
    We have a pinnacle here too. I will have to photography it one day (also to show you).
    For what ever reason this statement stood out to me “”Lead with your own unique talents and personality. Be authentically you and let God use you.”
    In this day and age it’s hard to be just you, esp when everyone wants a bit of you, and wants you a certain way.
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Matilda- haha glad you liked that :) I saw it online while I was reading my morning news! I laughed out loud! Love that statement too, it’s so true :)

  5. says

    My favorite thought is this one: ”First decide what kind of life you want, then plan your work around that life.” That is SO true!! It’s easy to get completely wrapped up in work, but work is NOT life. It should be a part of life. It should make life more fulfilled, but it should never be everything.

    Great thoughts, girl!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Amy- I’m glad that stuck out to you as well, it’s definitly a biggie! We need to remember to live our LIFE and not live our WORK :)

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