"Making mistakes is a lot better than not doing anything." - Billie Joe

It feels almost foreign to me writing a blog right now, it's been so long... 

I just happen to find myself in a spot where I have some quiet free time. Where does the time go?!  Oliver is well on his way to five months old! What have I been up to, besides figuring out this parent thing? Well, I've started working on my own business and brand with photography, cinematography and video production and am already seeing results and rewards from that. So, that's pretty cool. Been a lot on top of a full plate, but I do love to eat... 

Everyone has told me that being a father now, life has changed forever, and yes that has certainly been the case. Everything has changed, but it's been for the better in every way. I look at my son, and I can't remember life without him. It's been such a blessing, and I could have never imagined how proud I would be to be here doing what I'm doing now. It just feels...awesome. Wholesome. It feels right.  

I'm slowly coming back around to a state of mind that I was in before the gears got shifted with the news of Oliver's impending arrival, a state of mind, wherein I feel free, creative and very influenced to move on my artistic impulses. I feel like my vision of life and myself is more clear now than it ever was before, and I can't help but feel like Oliver has contributed to this renewed image of who I am. It's almost like he pulled me back down to earth so that I could look back up to the stars with this new vision, this fresh mind, and see a more captivating picture of what this can all be. 

I'm hoping that I can find more moments to sit and jot these thoughts in my head down again from time to time. It helps. Me at least. If it helps you in anyway, that's cool. If I had a message to share here with this post, I guess it'd be, I'm back at you and better than ever with a totally rad side-kick. 

Watch yourself now,  

- Jared C. Shumate