I typically keep my blog pretty professional but I have felt so much gratitude this past week after launching my website that I felt very compelled to write this post.
I'm not exactly sure where to start besides first and foremost saying thank you. I have experienced some major changes in the past 2 months and like most people, have had sleepless nights worrying about the future. I am a very honest and open person and I have no trouble being upfront with my friends, family and even clients. We all have our struggles and we all have our burdens to bear.
If you follow me on Instagram, Snapchat or are friends with me on Facbeook, my life looks pretty peachy. This has always been a major topic of discussion. Everyone makes themselves look fantastic on the Internet, but we are all human and perfection is impossible. These major changes have taken their toll on my personal life but also the business side of my life. Now that I am fully on my own professionally, I have been floored by the amount of support and kindness I have received.
This is the second time in my life where things got turned upside down and I wasn't sure what was going to be the outcome. Let's be honest here - it sucks when you think you have it all figured out and you don't. I know everyone can somehow relate to a life change that you weren't quite ready for. I have an incredibly strong faith and my decision making process starts with prayer. That is where I find my peace and that is where I find my stability in life.
I am so incredibly grateful for my job - which I use the term "job" loosely because I can't express how much I enjoy photographing and meeting the people I get to work with. Owning my own business is not a new concept to me. What is a new concept to me is being completely dependent on myself.
I wake up each day with a full heart because I can't see myself doing anything else in this life. All the fears that I had are completely gone. Yes, I was terrified of failing on my own, but who isn't scared of taking the plunge at some point in their life? I have prayed long and hard about this experience but the outpouring of love, respect and kindness that I have received this week is more than I ever could have asked for.
Woo - we are getting there people. I have to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart for all the emails, texts, phone calls - every form of communication possible - that I have received confirming that this is in fact what I should be doing. There is no greater feeling than knowing what you are putting out into the world is making a positive difference. To be perfectly honest, I've cried so many times this week because the support I have felt brings me so much joy.
I get to travel all over the US, meet new people and photograph amazing things. I can honestly say it doesn't get much better than that. I remember that when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night.
Thank you again for the kind words + love from people I know, people I don't know and some people I just met. Every word means the world to me and I could say thank you 100 more times and it wouldn't even come close to the gratitude I feel.
I look forward to continuing this amazing career I am so blessed to have at my young age. There is truly nothing I could be more thankful for. Stayed tuned for some gorgeous weddings this season and some really fun collaborations in the near future.
Photos by: Luke A. Wright