Starting a project is easy. The hard part is going through the ups and downs, taking
it to completion.
I once had a friend who started something new every six to eight
months, but never finished. She always started out with the best intentions, but as
soon as things got hard, she’d give up and try something else.
I think that happens a lot, because I’ve seen it over and over throughout my life. I
too, have struggled with sticking with projects when they get hard, but I’ve learned
that the trials are part of the journey. Now, I welcome them with open arms. It’s the
universe testing us to see how badly we want something.
Three years ago I started a journey that would take me through more ups and
downs than anything I’ve done in my life. I had an idea that was born in 2007, but I
stopped when it became hard. I picked it up again in 2012 and said this time I was
going to finish it, no matter what. I felt it was my duty, my obligation in fact, to bring
this project to life.
The project would require me to travel to every state in America and photograph
children from 100 families. It was a humungous project to take on, but I saw it
clearly in my head.
Today, President’s Day, is the launch day of this project. I am happy to say it is
complete and now available online and in Barnes and Noble stores all across