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Fail Forward | Nashville Baby & Family Photographer

August 6, 2014

This past year, I’ve tossed around the phrase “fail forward” in many conversations with friends. I love the concept so much (and need the reminder) that I have this print on a shelf in my office:

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It’s a beautiful idea and a good one to embrace. I often do things and think to myself, “How am I surviving on my own?!?” or “Why in the world do people pay me to do this?!”

But I’ve learned that wether skipping or tripping along the way, I have to keep moving forward. Sometimes falling or failing miserably, sometimes running full speed ahead, and sometimes kicking and screaming while life drags me onward.

Inspired by this post from Jeremy Cowart, I’ve made my own list of mistakes. Well, the entertaining ones, at least.

Here goes…

I once went to the wrong restaurant for a rehearsal dinner AND had a 10-minute conversation with the wrong mother of the groom.

When I finally made it to the correct restaurant, I took a photo of a group of folks who weren’t with my clients.

While looking through my camera lens, I poked a toddler in the eye in an attempt to tickle him and make him laugh.

I have a bad habit of turning my camera off during shoots and trying to take a photo before turning it back on.

I left a camera behind at a wedding reception.

I’ve deleted images from a memory card before uploading them to my computer.

We could also talk about all the non-work related mistakes I’ve made, like crashing a scooter into a parked car.

And breaking the back window of said car with my face.

Yep.

That one hurt.

Or the time I sat at an airport gate, got in line to board, and then heard my name called over the speaker. I was at the wrong gate and minutes away from missing my flight.

I once locked myself out of the house while a grapefruit was broiling. Those guys are only supposed to be in the oven for about 5 minutes. That day, the poor grapefruit was trapped and the fire department had to be called after the smoke alarm went off.

I really could go on, but I think you get it. I do hilariously dumb things. Often.

But, as I look back on the last four years of running my own business, I realize that I’ve come a really, really long way. And as I look ahead to what might be waiting down the road, I get both excited and terrified.

There are ideas and plans I’ve been developing for a while now that I haven’t started implementing.

There are more dreams, goals, and “what ifs” cycling through my mind than I have time to process well.

And fear.

There’s always a lot of fear.

This morning, I came across this quote: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. –Samuel Beckett

I like it.

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 I’d say this one is (literally) wrapped around daddy’s finger!

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