good life – by tracey clark
Part of cultivating a good life is learning how to reframe things.
And by things, I mean anything and everything that might need a little change of perspective. Not everything needs a reframe. Some parts of our lives are fantastic—beautiful, joyful, inspiring—just as they are. But, certainly not every part.
I have spent the past 10 years slowly but surely letting go of an ideal of perfection that I had worked toward for much of my adult life. And that letting go set me on a path toward a more understanding, more compassionate me. I was finally able to accept myself as I was: imperfect. I was enough. No changing, no fixing, no extra work required. It was quite a turning point.
But embracing imperfection means you’ve got to live with imperfection–my clutter, my disorganization, my dirty laundry (so to speak) all in plain sight. I wanted, I needed to stop beating myself up over these unsightly parts of my life and for once, just let them be. But that didn’t mean I needed or wanted to focus on them.
Over the years, I have used my camera as a creative tool for many things. For self-expression, income, storytelling and even for helping me see through post-partum depression. But now, I’m using it to help reframe my everyday life. Through my lens, I am able to focus on what’s important, what I’m grateful for, and what inspires me. The beauty of morning light on the kitchen counter (dirty dishes or not), the possibility that a blank page of a journal can offer (even when stacked beside the junk mail), the tender, quiet moments of cherished family time even amidst the chaos of our busy lives, all are among the small vignettes I choose to capture every day.
I don’t want to show it all in my images. I’d rather reframe things in a way that makes me appreciate every single bit of beauty in my real, good life—one picture at a time.
Note from Becky
There is no question that Tracey’s photography inspires, and I join with many others who understand that she as a person – is indeed inspiring. Tracey is a leader in encouraging others (women and mothers in particular) to document life in a way that is significant and meaningful without being complicated.