Since my announcement I had a few of you reach out saying- "Why the move?" I had posted a few blog posts on juggling it all & that you didn't have to be full time. It does seem like the pot calling the kettle black, but sometimes unforeseen things can change the path you are on pretty quick.
I loved my manager and my co-workers, the pay was decent and my health insurance got the job done. The hours were consistent and my Saturday's were covered for weddings....but despite all of this, the truth was still as clear as day-I could never truly give my business the attention it needed to thrive if I was sitting behind a desk wishing I were editing or marketing for my business.
Don't get me wrong, I am SO thankful for the 8 years of financial related knowledge I've learned. The customer service that has been instilled in me since I was 16, I am also thankful that it helped fund my business and helped prepare me for taking the step on another path....
Sometimes you just have to take the leap, ready or not because for me-one more day of wishing I weren't there & resenting having to drive there every morning was going to kill me. If I had to sell one more loan or think of another way to get checking accounts that just weren't happening....I was going to go insane. I literally got to the point of crying myself to sleep because I couldn't keep up with the demand of editing and the demand for sales. Quite frankly....I'd rather edit.
I am so blessed to have all the weddings I have this year and an amazing support system who are keeping me afloat. Yes it's scary wondering if in 2017 I'll have the 26 more weddings I need...or if I'll be able to help pay the bills that pile up every month...but to finally be able to ENJOY my time and do something I really LOVE in life is worth so much more then a steady paycheck at a 9-5 that sucked the life out of me.
I'm not saying you need to quit your job right now, Lord knows I wasn't truly ready either. I'm just saying to figure out what you want out of life, what makes you happy? Life is entirely too short to think "what if" or "I'm so scared..." life is scary, life is unpredictable but it is what you make of it. You CAN work full time and be a successful photographer, I know it because I did it! & if this doesn't work out....I will pick myself up and find another job.
I'm cheering for you & I hope you'll cheer for me too <3