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  • Christine Chang

    Wedding Photographer. Adventurer. Ninja.

    Lover of brussels sprouts, chubby dogs, and theme parks.

    My interest in photography began in grade school. I would set up my "portrait studio” in the living room by hanging a bed sheet and shining house lamps toward it. Fast forward 20 years and today I am living my dream as a worldwide photographer based in Los Angeles.

    Here you will find some of my recent work along with adventures, personal growth, and other random banter.

As adults we don’t act on our intuition as much as when we were kids.  We’ll get a great idea and then talk ourselves out of it.

I got invited to a Rajasthani Royal wedding in Jodhpur, India by someone I barely know 2 weeks ago.  My initial reaction was – that sounds awesome, but I can’t fly to India in a few weeks.

I didn’t check my schedule.  I just assumed it wouldn’t be a good idea because it would cost a good chunk of money, the year is just getting started, my dog would miss me, etc. etc. etc.  Lots of excuses.

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A few days ago I woke up thinking what it would be like in Jodhpur.  I Googled pictures of the ancient city and watched videos on YouTube like this one.  I envisioned myself taking pictures at a 2000 person royal wedding.  Something about it felt right and it sparked a YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) moment.  I love taking pictures, I love weddings, and I’ve always wanted to go to India.

I went to happy hour to meet my friend Jake.  Jake is older.  Jake is a lawyer.  Jake is responsible.  I brought up my silly YOLO moment.

Me: “If I went I would leave in a week, and I would have to come right back for another wedding.  That’s crazy.  Plus I should be saving money.  I’m not gonna go.”

Jake: “You should totally go!  What if you meet your husband on the trip?  Or WHAT IF you meet your husband a year from now and he’s a rich start-up guy?  Then this money will be NOTHING!  I went to India with Terri (his wife) and it was one of the best trips of my life.”

Before talking to Jake or any of my other friends, I already knew how I felt.  I wanted to go.

So I messaged the guy who invited me and asked if it was crazy if I came.  He didn’t respond to the message.  Instead he called right away.  It was 4:00am in India.  He told me to please come as his family’s special guest.  He said, “While you are here, you will not spend a single penny.  Your hotel and food are all taken care of.  My cousins are fashion designers here.  They will sort out your outfits for the wedding…”

What?  I felt like Bollywood Pretty Woman.

He said, “Please come.  Amy (his girlfriend whom I also met) and I would be so excited if you came.”

I went online to look at flights.  35 hours of travel to get there and I leave on Saturday?  This IS crazy.

Opportunities are always showing up waiting for you to take them, you just have to open your mind and tap into the space to see it as a train stopping for YOU.  Do you want to hop on?

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I’ll tell you one thing - It feels so right to allow one of my dreams to come true.  I made a commitment to myself to enjoy every single moment of this journey and live life without regrets.

I AM GOING TO INDIA.  *Squeeeeeal!

My friend gave me an amazing gift called the “Journal of Awesome.”  Every night before I fall asleep I write down at least 5 things that were awesome about my day.

Journal of Awesome

Some examples from yesterday:

– Wearing my (super soft!) new robe for the first time.
– Dancing with Carla in her living room to Elvis.
– How the guy at the juice place knows that I don’t like my smoothies too sweet, so upon ordering he said, “no agave, right?”
– Handsome guy asking me out on a date.
– My best friend from Canada calling me and making me laugh for 15 minutes.
– Wrapping a birthday present and having the perfect amount of wrapping paper left to just cover the box.
– Putting all my laundry away and having no stray clothes laying around (finally).

I love this ritual because it trains your brain to look for the positive instead of the negative. Some days have more obvious things than others, but there are ALWAYS things to be grateful for every single day.

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