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February 9, 2017

Like everyone else out there, I have dreams. 


I have big plans that scare me. There are major accomplishments I would love to check off my to-do list. My current age of 22 comes with all the "what's next" questions, and a lot of times I get really caught up in trying to answer those questions for other people--and for myself. 


This picture was taken in Paris, France this past June. As you can imagine, this was one of those lifetime goals I was able to check off my bucket list. This picture is a perfect representation of what I was feeling! I felt on top of the world and it looks like it too!


But that brings us full circle to those "what's next" questions!! Yes, I went to Paris. Yes, I ate croissants in a French bakery. Yes, I scaled the Eiffel Tower. And yes, after ten days I took a plane ride home back to "what's next?" 


So, what's the point? 


The point is that I have discovered the very real battle of contentment. Sometimes looking through my photographs of my trip to Europe I do not see beautiful images and fond memories. What I do see, however, is somewhere I wish could go back to. I see all the images I didn't get to capture. I see places I didn't get to visit. And by focusing in on what the photographs do not contain, I miss is the joy that it was to be in Paris on my 22nd birthday with some of my dearest friends!!!


Right now in my life I am able to live yet another one of those crazy, once-in-a-lifetime dreams that I have always wanted to do. I am on a team, called Sounds of Liberty, that I've dreamed of being a part of for about eight years. This team travels every weekend for eight months out of the year. And as an aspiring wedding photographer with few free weekends.... I think you can see where this is going. 


We humans are so funny. We want it, then we get it... Then assume we need a new focus because that one didn't quite fill us like we thought it would. Yet, like all cycles, they never end till we put a stop to them. Can I just encourage the stay-at- home-moms, and the teachers, the managers, the preachers, the students, and all of you asking "what's next?" Look at exactly where you are and count those blessings. Be 100% where you are because that's what you have been given. So for you moms that see us twenty-something year olds at college just wishing you would have gotten the chance to experience a university... Just know that every girl here is "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing" over every couple with a baby and just dreaming about one day when...  


So be happy and thankful exactly where you are. Because I know one day I'll have nothing but time for every photography session that comes my way, then realize how much I miss this time I have to pursue my Masters degree at Liberty University. We'll never be filled by the "what's next?" But I hope this lesson I'm learning can encourage someone to be thankful for what you've been blessed with today. I find my contentment in the Lord Jesus Christ. That alone makes waking up this morning in the top bunk of my dorm room better than waking up in Paris, or to a super successful photography business or even my future family. 


Thanks for reading and I'd love to hear your current situation that you get to wake up to today! It's always great to know we're in this together! 


Link to view the full Paris album:








Mackenzie Wray


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