something AMAZING has happened to my heart...

WARNING: This post is going to have raw thoughts. I'm feeling so many things and needing to write them out. ...I actually feel like my heart has grown in love.

My heart is full. I'm thinking about changing the way I do things. I have so many things I love and some things I hate. You've heard me speak loudly about the things I love often on this blog: family, Jesus, friends, photography, traveling, church, reading, singing, and my passion for teaching others...

But, I've never told you about the things heavy on my heart. Probably not. I haven't even whispered them until lately and now, I'm ready to talk.

What do I hate? Injustice. More then that...I hate injustice towards the poor and towards children.

I'm ready to do something about it. I'm ready to love.

Have you ever heard anything about Human Trafficking? I'm new too. At first I didn't want to hear about it, look it or talk about that would make it go away. But, now I have heard, listened, seen and I am changed...wounded by horrors of one human enslaving another for his own gain.

I'm just starting to learn. So, what do you do when you don't know about something? I typed in "Human Trafficking" in the Google search bar and found

The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. (read more)

I stumbled upon Love146 through a friend. (Pressing this link will change your's changed mine)

I keep thinking about the "utopian" society that the American 50's tried to create...and still there was so much hatred in our country. I feel like one of those sheltered 50's moms or wives that recently stepped out of the kitchen and decided to go to a Martin Luther King Jr. public speech...I'm shocked, stirred and changed but I keep asking the question what can i do about changing anything? Answer:  I can do something.

1. Give money to a trusted organization.

2. Pray for the end of Human Trafficking.

3. Invest my time into learning and teaching others.

I have many titles but for my work I always list "Photographer" as my job. I feel like need to change my title to Photographer/Abolitionist. I will be working just as hard to end modern day slavery.

I watched "Amazing Grace" last week and was struck by the sickly, small in stature, young statesman named William Wilberforce. God opened his eyes to see slavery and proceeded to open the eyes of everyone around him. He changed the world. Our modern day views stem from his unwavering determination to change laws to protect the poor and end slavery. I feel like we're let him down by owing it back into our culture. Wilberforce's "great change" involved his time and money. Those are two things I have control over too.

If to be feeling alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.

–William Wilberforce

There is so much more coming on this topic. I think I might start doing TWO blogs. :) Am I crazy? YES. My heart is captured and I have to do something. I'd love to hear your thoughts.



Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.