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Jenni Young Jenni Young constant learner. memory catcher. inspirational artist.

Jenni Young is an award-winning film producer, professional photographer, and life coach who lives her dream daily, serving people around the world seeking health and inspiration. [www.simplereminders.com]

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I’m intrigued by life. I see moments visually and appreciate how meaningful one moment in time can be. If I can capture that moment, I know it may help someone remember and reminisce in the future. To me, that’s totally inspiring.

Many years ago, I took a darkroom class. As soon as I saw the photographed image come alive on paper, I was hooked. At the time, I didn’t know anything about cameras. So I practiced – A LOT.

Sometimes people struggle with creative expression because they’re too focused on being naturally good at something. It’s more important to figure out what you’re interested in, what you enjoy doing. Then start doing it by taking itty, bitty baby steps.

Everything we achieve in life starts with baby steps. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. We have to practice to get good at something and most of the time it takes a lot of practice to get where we want to go.

There were so many times when I thought, What am I doing this for? But I forced myself to stick with it. Sometimes we give up too easily. If you just force yourself to take the next step toward something you’re interested in, even when you don’t want to, you’ll be amazed where you end up. When you look back at your life, you’ll see that all of those baby steps added up to mean something. You’ll be amazed at yourself.

Have goals, but don’t hold on so tightly that they become the only things that make you happy. The high of accomplishing a goal only lasts so long, and often there’s a lot of time in between highs. When we learn to enjoy the highs and the lows, we can achieve a steady, satisfying balance of happiness. It’s when we’re satisfied with ourselves that we really inspire others.

I recently received an email from someone who told me that four years ago they were so inspired by my work that they quit their job and became a photographer. My photography changed their life and I’d had no clue. Though we might think we’re not doing much in the world, every little thing we do could inspire someone else. We really never know.

Once you’ve found your own inspiration, get out there and share it! Sharing is one of the greatest gifts each of us can give to the world.

– Jenni Young

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