Joy is what I need right now…

I have been glued to my computer for weeks working on The Many Faces of Elgin. To say I have been obsessed with that project would be the understatement of a lifetime. It has kept me from getting exercise and it has left me grazing on all sorts of bad for me food– just so that I can keep plugging away at my keyboard. I would tweak a little of this design element and then adjust a font here or there. I’d stay up later than I should to send out updates to people I had interviewed. I have known for a long time that I have a hard time with incomplete projects. The Many Faces is so much more than just a project though. In my mind, I know that it is not going to be done for quite some time. That I how I knew that I needed to rip myself away from my desk. First I started with a nice bike ride. The weather has been heavenly. There was a beautiful blue sky and a gentle breeze. It felt so good to stretch my legs and get my heart pumping. As I rode my way back toward home, I could feel the draw back to my computer. There was no way I was going to waste this amazing day sitting in my office!

After a quick shower, I grabbed my camera and I decided it was time for me to roll down the windows and hit the road…in search of some barn storming. I am avid follower of the Facebook page “Friends of old barns.” The great part about where we live is that we are on the edge of city and country. We can turn left to head into downtown or we can veer right and lose ourselves in cornfields. I dialed up a podcast on my stereo, set the GPS for Sandwich, Illinois and let the road stretch out in front of me. Every time I encountered a car that might be annoyed when I pulled over, I made a quick change and headed in another direction. By the time I got to Virgil, I had spotted some barns. Anywhere I could safely do so, I pulled over and made some shots. I was out at the worst time of the day in terms of good light, so I don’t even know if the shots I captured are any good. Perhaps a little bit of photoshop magic will be able to save them. ┬áToday was not about getting that epic shot to hang on our living room wall. It was just some simple phototherapy!

My goal was to roll into Sandwich and find a spot for lunch. So here I am sitting enjoying an epic brisket/pulled chicken sandwich at a corner spot called Smooth Moon Barbecue. Yummo! And just like that the cycle of obsession has been broken– at least for the time being. For now, I can wrap up my leftovers and turn on the Cubs game and enjoy a leisurely trip back home. At the very least, I want to check out a forest preserve in Elburn that I have not been to in a long time. If I remember correctly, it will be the perfect spot for a senior portrait session I am doing in a few weeks. We’ll see..

At the very least, I did something that I tend to forget which is listen to my body! In my heart I know it was so much more. Today I chose to embrace the now and to embrace whatever came next. That whatever turned out to be a beautiful drive, a delicious lunch and possibly some fun photographs.

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