> A Bumpy Road

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While writing this post I decided I wanted to refer to one of my favorite blogs out there, The Better Man Project. I wanted to look back at some of my favorite pieces he posted, but instead I found a very recent one that hit all the points – simply perfect. I couldn’t have said it better, Mr. Sanders. (Side note: what a great blog to get lost in! Motivating and inspiring and fun and creative. Definitely worth the time.)

To be sure, the idea of owning a business that I created is thrilling. But it hasn’t come without some hiccups along the way. The whole experience has taught me so much about patience and positivity. Those two things are so important when the going gets rough.

What gets me down – sometimes:

When I moved away from home, I didn’t just leave family and friends and my old neighborhood behind. I left a whole lot of connections and good networking opportunities (that I’m convinced would’ve led me to a great job much faster than starting over here). On a bad day or during a hard week, I think to myself, “What would I be doing if I lived there?” And then the angel on my shoulder whispers, “But look where you are now.”

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I didn’t test the waters too much at first. Instead I dove in head-first, eyes closed, breath held. And I’ve been playing catch-up along the way. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way – I wanted to do something with my photos, so I did.

I do most of my work from home, when I’m not shooting. Last year, that meant my office was also in my living room… which was part of my bedroom… which all sat near my kitchen. In short, a studio condo is not an easy place to run a business. Even now, with a separate office at home, I’m still working on my self-control and time management (though I’m admittedly much better now). TV, food, naps, kitten, hot tub: distractions galore! Then again, the commute is painless.

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I’ve realized that doubts and “what if?”s and frustrations are all a part of doing something new. But sticking with it, staying patient and trying to turn a negative into a new opportunity goes a long way. And I have so many reasons to be thankful: I’ve met new people along the way and learned some valuable lessons that have made me stronger and ready to take on the next hurdle.

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