I’m Laura Radniecki and I’m thrilled to have you here in my little corner of the internet.
I know there are a million other places you could spend your time, so it means a lot to me that you’re here right now.
I am on a mission to seek joy in the midst of motherhood.
Since becoming a mother, my entire world [like most mamas] has been completely flipped upside down. Motherhood is proving to be the most incredible, emotional and utterly exhausting journey I have ever been on.
In the middle of this chaotic mess called motherhood, there is exquisite beauty. But only if we look for it.
I am doing my very best to let go of trying to be perfect, and focus instead on the joy found in the mess. To seek joy in the midst of motherhood.
And I want to encourage other mamas to do the same.
You can expect to read posts about topics including:
- Family, Motherhood and Life as a wife, mama and dog-mama
- Crafts and DIY
- Being an Introvert
- Mindfulness and the quest to Be Present
- And the frequent mention of my deep love of naps, Dairy Queen, and donuts with sprinkles.
I look forward to getting to know you, either through the comments, social media or by email. I’d love to meet you!
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I’m a born and raised Minnesotan. I’ve lived here all my life, aside from 9 glorious months in 2009 when I called Oahu, Hawaii home. [More on that in a minute.]
When I was 15 years old and a sophomore in high school, I met the guy I would later marry. Matt and I dated throughout high school and college [with a handful of breakups thrown in], and we got married in December 2007.
Matt joined the Marine Corps after a year in college, so the majority of my college years were spent going back and forth between Duluth, MN and Oahu, Hawaii. As I pursued a bachelors degree in Nursing, I took at least half a dozen 4-day trips to Oahu to see Matt in between his 2 deployments to Iraq.
After I graduated with my bachelors degree in Nursing, I moved out to Oahu, Hawaii and FINALLY got to live with Matt [who had already been my husband for 15 months at the time] on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.
We lived on Oahu for 9 amazing, incredible months as we waited for Matt’s Active Duty service contract to wrap up. During that time, I bought my first DSLR camera, and we spent our free time exploring the island.
Before I knew it, I was spending my days researching how to use my camera and how to start a photography business. My mind that was once fascinated by science became obsessed with photography, business and entrepreneurship.
By the time we moved back to Minnesota in late 2009, Laura Radniecki Images was born. My business has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since, and I am both humbled and thankful. Now, I can’t imagine myself as anything other than an entrepreneur.
It’s crazy to go through life with the same person you knew and loved when you were 15. We are soon nearing the point where we will have been together for MORE than half of our lives… So crazy!
Matt and I bought our first home together in late 2012.
While I wouldn’t classify ourselves as enthusiastic DIY lovers, we have made a lot of updates and improvements with the help of my knowledgeable and talented parents.
Our house isn’t fancy and it sure won’t be in any national publication anytime soon. But every time I drive in my driveway, it makes me beam with pride that it is OURS. It is truly perfect for us.
In 2013, we expanded our family from just the two of us to include a tiny little toy poodle we named Remy.
The years since we brought her home have been filled with long evening walks, wrestling, tug of war, and lots of early morning snuggles. I never thought I’d be a dog person [I had a cat growing up], but I honestly can’t imagine our life without our little Remy girl.
Above two photos by my talented friend Chelsie Elizabeth.
Our most recent major milestone and one that has completely transformed our lives for the better has been the birth of our first child, a baby boy we named Raleigh.
The video below is how we made the public announcement of our pregnancy.
Wife of a Triathlete:
Back in 2010, as Matt adjusted to life as a civilian after the Marine Corps, he was kind of bored and didn’t know what to do with his free time. He was getting his bachelors degree with the GI bill at the time. We both vividly remember me telling him, “You should get a hobby.”
In August of 2010, Matt signed up for his first Triathlon on a whim.
If you’re a triathlete yourself or you know someone who is, you’ll understand when I say that after that first race, Matt got bit by the triathlon bug, BAD.
In the years since, he’s gone from barely being able to swim to being among the first out of the water. He’s won 2 races this year, got 2nd place for 2 more, and competed in the WORLD Championship Sprint Triathlon in Chicago in September.
I’m proud and in awe of him, his ability and his drive.
Juxtapose that to me: I pretty much hate all forms of exercise. I like to take long walks outside, but not at a pace that makes me sweat.
Opposites attract, right??
This last few years have been one of transformation for me in many ways and for many reasons.
It began with the sudden onset of a mysterious and debilitating illness that I suffered with for at least 4 months in the winter of 2014-2015. It shook me to my core and made me question all aspects of my life.
From the ashes of shattered health rose a stronger faith than I had ever had before. My relationship with God continues to grow daily, and has moved up to the place of importance in my life that it needs and deserves.
Along with my health struggles and faith realizations came a deep yearning to release the concerns about what people will think, and allow myself to write freely and honestly on this blog. I’ve been blogging for over 6 years, but I’ve only truly given myself permission to be authentic in the last year.
Out with censoring and in with being open and honest!
My struggle with my health also helped me refocus my energy on a project that had been on my mind and heart for a long time. In previous years, I held semi-annual camera workshops in my home. I loved helping people learn how to use their DSLR cameras better. With God’s help, my vision opened up and the Love Your Camera Course and E-book were born.
My goal is to give as many people as possible the tools to learn how to use their cameras well. Once you learn how to master and control your camera, you can focus your attention on what’s happening around you.
If you’re interested in photography, I also wrote a 70 page e-book titled Photography SECRETS: How to Take Better Photos in 5 Easy Steps. You can download it for FREE by signing up here.
As I’ve embraced a more authentic view on writing and sharing my story, I have begun to accept myself in ways I haven’t before.
I am an Introvert through and through.
Most people find this surprising when they see me work with my photography clients. But regardless of the energy I bring to my photo sessions, I recharge my energy bucket alone. In solitude.
Our world has a huge stigma against Introverts. I’ve been made to feel ashamed and embarrassed for being an Introvert many times, especially in the business world.
I believe STRONGLY that being an Introvert is an asset! It’s a GOOD THING! And I’ll keep on shouting this message from the rooftops, until people stop apologizing for being Introverts.
Having a world made up of Introverts AND Extroverts is what makes it go ’round. We need both types of people to thrive.
I’ve written a handful of posts about being an Introvert. They can be found here.
My decision to write more freely also opened up my heart to share my struggles with Anxiety.
I’ve always been a worrier, but what used to be childhood worry morphed into adult anxiety as I got older.
My post sharing my anxiety story received some of the most heartfelt and amazing feedback I’ve ever gotten.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, you are NOT alone.
If you were to describe someone as “an anxious, Type-A Introvert”, I don’t think most people would consider that a compliment.
Those terms are usually used in a negative connotation, and in a way that is meant to degrade someone.
However, those terms pretty much sum up me! And I’m learning to be 100% ok with that.
I take after my dad in being Type-A and methodical about most things. We like order and we do things in a step by step, logical way. I enjoy having a clean house. I function better if there is minimal clutter. Sometimes, I have to stop what I’m doing and clean up before I can possibly go on.
I know God has a sense of humor though, because he paired me with Matt who is about as Type-B as they come. It’s been nearly 9 years since our wedding and we’re STILL arguing over his clothes laying on the floor of the bedroom instead of making their way into the hamper. As much as his messiness drives me crazy, I know he’s good for me and helps bring a bit of balance to my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
- I love to write.
- I wrote a fiction novel in 2008 titled “The Pact of Silence.” It’s loosely based on the true story of my grandma [when she was in her mid 60’s] finding out she was adopted and not an only child. I self-published two copies; one for me and one for my grandma.
- I have a handful of a semi-written novels saved on my computer. Someday, I want to write and publish another book. And by publish, I mean more than 2 copies.
- I can’t think as well when I’m speaking as I can when I’m writing. I’m terrible at comebacks, and because of this, I am very non-confrontational. My brain simply shuts down and I start to cry when I’m in face to face conflict. If I’m given room to think and write out my feelings, I can process and handle them much better.
- I’m kind of a paradox if you think about it. I’m a Type-A Introvert, and yet I’m also an artist who loves to write. I’m logical but I’m also a dreamer. I span both ends of the spectrum for a lot of things.
- I LOVE SUMMER.
- I find it ironic and hilarious that I live in one of the coldest places in the world. We balance our 6 month winters with glorious summer months that pass by WAY too fast. Like most Minnesotans, I complain all winter and look forward to summer. And then when it hits 86 degrees or higher, we’re all sweaty and overheated.
- Matt and I have a deep-seated urge to travel the country in an RV. Not necessarily to live full time in an RV, though. Our perfect plan [and the subject of many of our prayers] is to organize our life so we can spend summers in Minnesota, enjoying our home, and then as soon as the leaves fall off the trees in the fall, we can turn our RV [that we don’t own yet but will someday] south and head for warmer climates. When the snow starts to melt come April, we’ll head back north for another Minnesota summer.
Things I am obsessed with:
- Naps – I try to squeeze one in every day, even if it’s only a 20 minute power nap. I fear I’m becoming addicted to napping.
- Dairy Queen – I will never turn down an M&M Blizzard. I dream about them in the winter and crave them in the summer. Dairy Queen is my favorite.
- Donuts, especially when they have sprinkles. For Mother’s Day, Matt got me a donut bouquet. WAY better than flowers in my world!
- Flip Flops
- Any kind of Arts and Crafts — most recently, my sewing machine
- The Christmas season
- My DVR and the dozen shows I record
- BOOKS – I love, love, love to read. Usually anything in the romance, mystery genres, but I’ll try almost anything aside from horror or zombies. If you’re on Goodreads, let’s be friends!
Do we feel like friends yet? 🙂
Thanks for reading and getting to know me! I can’t wait to learn more about you!
P.S. If you want to reach out, you can contact me or email me at hello @ lauraradniecki.com