I woke up this morning out of a deep slumber. Fluttering my eyes open, desperately needing some coffee and to get some things done today. It’s the last week of September. The funny part is I can hardly remember September arriving! I think this month has really taken a toll on me- physically and emotionally. As I approach one official year in business, I want to share some thoughts on one of my goals in my 25 goals in 2015. (On a side note, if you haven’t checked back lately you should see all of the things I’ve been accomplishing!) This blog is on number 23: believe I can make this my life’s work.

As most of you know, I work a 2nd job part time. I work for an amazing company with phenomenal colleagues, and I really have the opportunity to grow and develop myself. I love it, and it’s the one thing this year that’s allowed me to really have everything I want from my photography business because it’s supported me outside of my business. My 2nd job was the gateway for me meeting my significant other, which has also been a huge blessing in my life this year. However, juggling 2 jobs has been really weighing on my mind, body, and spirit. Lately as the summer season was more successful than I ever dreamed it could have been for me in my photography business I’ve been just drowning in different thoughts.

Can I make this my life’s work?

Do  I want to make this my life’s work?

What do I really want?

How much photography do I want in my life?

How many sessions can I physically handle?

How many sessions can I mentally handle?

Is it worth it?

I remind myself of Cinderella in Into The Woods when she sings, “But how can you know what you want til you get what you want and you see if you like it?”

Suddenly I wake up and I see that I got what I want, and the truth is… I love it!

I love photographing people. I love working with my amazing clients. I’ve put a lot of effort over the last year to make sure I’m working with the people who bring out the best in me. If you’ve ever worked with people you know that the kind of people you relate with daily are the people who shape your experience. When I have clients who love the photos I’m taking for them and who appreciate what I’m bringing to the table- it makes it worth it!

There are ebbs and flows in life. There are period of harvest, and periods of rest. There are times when I might have to be careful of how much I’m taking on, and times I need to set aside to giving myself fully to this business because I do love this, I do want this, and I do believe I can make this my life’s work.

It makes me smile in appreciation that I’ve really arrived at this place in my life and in my business. In honor of this I’m going to share some of my favorite photos I’ve taken over the course of this summer. I hope you can take something from these, and that you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to read this and follow me on this journey through this career!  Also, a huge thank you to everyone who has worked with me this year. You have left a huge footprint on my heart! Thank you for letting me photograph you.

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