Hey everyone! I wanted to put some thoughts down about working for myself over the next year and thought this space would be a good spot to do it! Ready to hear all about my first two months of working for myself full-time? Well then keep reading!
Let me begin by saying what an absolutely wild time to begin working for yourself! HA! I left my full-time job on Friday, February 28th, rumors/fear/panic over COVID-19 started swirling almost 2 weeks after that, and then the whole world shut down by March 28th. All of my sessions in April were canceled or postponed, and as of writing this, all of my June brides have had to postpone their weddings.
It’s been an emotional few months to say the very least. BUT!
When Kyle and I decided that Jesus was leading us to something different and asking me to leave my job He knew this pandemic was coming. January and February were filled with a lot of encouragement to just trust God, and we decided to do that. Now in retrospect it’s almost as if Kyle and I got a head start on what the rest of the world was going to need to do. By the time everything shut down we’d already had to put our lives in God’s hands trusting that he knew what he was doing.
I guess some people would say that I had very unfortunate timing, but my perspective is: the timing could not have been any better.
These last two months have been hard, yes. But we’ve also seen financial and spiritual provision in the most unexpected ways. We’ve experienced God’s faithfulness as we’ve decided to activate our faith. We’ve seen growth in our marriage since we’ve both been home all day every day. We’ve seen spiritual growth and the Lord’s faithfulness in magnifying issues we needed to deal with. So much spiritual growth! We are thankful.
This time has also given me the chance to complete some photography education I didn’t have the time to complete before, and the ability to think about how I can use photography can serve others.
My first two months working for myself full time didn’t look at all like I anticipated, but here’s some things that have been happening:
Finding a good work-from-home schedule – right now I’ve been most consistent with iced coffee and moving my body at some point during the day
Tiger King (duh)
Lots of reading – I just finished What If It’s True? by Charles Martin and The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister and I HIGHLY recommend both!
Listing to my Spotify playlist
Lots of lots of homework – This week is finals for me and then I’ll only have two classes to complete before I get my Master’s!
Lots of baking – mainly a Joana Gaines banana recipe that I adapted for zucchini and dark chocolate brownies
Lots of snacking – mainly berries, lots of berries
Lots of giving myself grace because I am a new business owner and it’s ok if I don’t have any idea what I’m doing and feel slightly paralyzed by fear of the unknown
I have some Cap & Gown Sessions coming up for some sweet seniors (and a kindergartner! OH MY GOSH!) so I can honor them! AND! I have a maternity session for a friend that was postponed!!! I was so worried that we weren’t going to get to do it before baby came and I’m happy to report it’s happening! I can’t wait to share!
I’m also looking forward to celebrating these 2020 weddings. I’ll probably be more emotional than I normally am at weddings this year. HAHAHA!
Thank you for reading!