This year is the first year I’ll be pursuing photography full time. 📸
Since 2016, I’ve been working a full time job along with photography as more of a side thing, mainly for fun.
I actually never planned to take this photo thing full time, that thought always terrified me because I am such a planner. Relying on a job that is so unknown as far as when I’ll have jobs/income coming in, high self-employment taxes and the unexpected business expenses that might pop up sounded so scary. It isn’t safe and secure like my full time job, where I know I’ll get a paycheck weekly no matter what.
Towards end of last year was my breaking point. I got so busy with photography and so stressed out trying to manage it along with my full time job. I was giving my best 40+ hours a week at a job that drained me and then trying to give my best with photography also, which would sometimes be another 40 hours of my time. I’d use PTO a lot at my day job just to be able to do more photo work. I was always in a bad mood coming home from my job that I no longer had an interest for, always on the run, had hardly any free time. Joey, my sweet, supporting husband, saw that I was miserable as well, he encouraged me to do what I love, even if that meant less $$ & security.
So, here we are about 8 months since that breaking point, I’m finishing up the transition with leaving my full time job. Leaving my secure paycheck, my 401K, healthcare benefits, etc, all that behind. It is a little scary leaving that “safe” place! But, I have grown to trust God with this photo thing, he continues to bless me with work & I trust that he’ll continue to do so if this is what I’m supposed to be doing right now.
Within this transition, I’m a happier, less-stressed me, more excited about my future, and though we do have to live on a little less now, we’re learning to simplify our lives and be content with what we have and with what God provides.
I’m doing my dream job now, and my husband is also working a job he’s always dreamed of, can life really get better than that? So thankful for God, my hubs and where this little camera journey has gotten me.
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