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Embracing Uncertainty

Embracing Uncertainty: Navigating with Grace


Creating laughter with my teen teams - Fuquay Varina Portrait Photography
Raleigh Teen Photographer

As the college letters start arriving for the Class of 2024, it's natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions. Some will be overjoyed, while others may face disappointment. If you find yourself receiving results that weren't what you hoped for, remember this –


it's not the end of your journey, but rather a redirection.


This doesn't have to just apply for those college applications - this is for anything in life - an Audition, Interview, Club etc.



Getting a "no" or "deferred" doesn't define your worth or potential. It simply means that at this moment, a particular path might not be the right one for you. The future is unpredictable, and sometimes the best opportunities come when we least expect them.


So, chin up, because there's a million of possibilities waiting to unfold.



Consider this a moment to pause, reflect, and explore alternative routes. Maybe waiting and applying again later is the key, or perhaps an entirely different and better path is calling your name. Your journey is unique, and there's no one-size-fits-all approach to success. In the face of disappointment, allow yourself to feel the emotions – it's okay to cry, to process, and to let it out. But then, stand tall, because your journey is far from over. Keep moving forward, head held high, with the understanding that setbacks are often the stepping stones to something greater.


I often just for fun like to create fun sessions for my seniors to just let loose and have fun. Here are some recent images from a fun session - anyone from the Teen Squad and Model Team was invited. I warned them at the beginning of the session that they were going to think I was crazy (and they did, but when they embraced what I wanted them to do - it was nothing but smiles and laughter)


Laughter is good for the soul - and is an amazing stress relief.


This is why I almost will always choose a comedy movie over a drama movie.



During this session we picked silly children's songs and had them act out the songs. They would just burst out in laughter once the song started playing. We played songs from Barney, Blue's Clues, Dora, ABC's and other kids songs. I also had them play London Bridge. Adding to the laughter of the songs was our balloons just randomly popping??? And if you don't know me that well, I am a bit of a jumpy person, so I would let out a scream almost every time because it scared me. Why am I telling you all of this?


Well no matter why kind of stress you have going on in your life - take time to do something silly with friends that will cause you to explode with laughter.



It might not solve your problems or struggles, but it will help put a smile your face. Be grateful for the friends that want to encourage you and want to love on you.


JMFHOTO Teen Teams in Holly Springs, NC
Teen Team Portraits in Raleigh



Choosing community college over a four-year institution, opting for the military, or diving straight into the workforce – these are all valid choices. Your worth isn't determined by the college you attend or the initial setbacks you face. Embrace the path that feels right for you, and remember, it's okay to pivot along the way.



Starting college can be daunting, but don't be afraid to switch gears if the initial classes don't resonate with you. Begin with general education that can pave the way for various degrees, giving you the flexibility to explore different fields.



So, to the resilient Class of 2024, know this: your value is not defined by a college acceptance letter. If you did get a "deferred" college letter - maybe make an appointment with an advisor at that college and ask for guidance or what your next steps should be if that is still where you want to go. A "deferred" isn't always a "no", it could just mean "wait".


You are worthy, you are capable, and your unique path is waiting to unfold. Keep your heads up, stay positive, and remember, the best is yet to come.


Strive to always find the Joy no matter the situation - CHOOSE JOY AND HAPPINESS




If you are looking for this type of environment for your teen -



Teen Portrait Photographer serving Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Durham and surrounding areas.


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