One year down - many more to go
Last year at this time I gave in my resignation to my day to day job.
I was terrified.
For the longest time, I wanted to work full time as a photographer and had worked 3 years prior to be able to live the dream I have always wanted to live.
A part of me was relieved from being able to do this full time, and to have a little more time to focus on my work and myself. I was literally working over 90 hours combining 3 jobs at once, and so leaving my two day jobs was the choice I made.
Another part of me was terrified. Did I make the right choice? Am I going to be able to live off my work? What if it doesn't work out?
Those questions that - still to this day I think of when days are a little longer than others.
Of course it's normal to feel all those emotions when you leave your perfectly stable job to pursue in an industry full of competition - let alone being self employed.
But here I am, sitting at my desk a year later writing my article on how I made it through the first year as an entrepreneur. It was a difficult one, with many ups and downs.
I fell down a lot. I jumped over huge mountains, but most importantly I learned so much.
I have had the opportunity to work with amazing clients, and have built so many projects I have never thought would of been possible.
In 2017 alone, I can say that I have been published in not one but 6 editorial publications. I remember a year back, I was dying to at least get one!
One year, and so much has happened.
This month will be memorable, as I go through my accomplishments over the past year.
Most importantly, today I decided to remember my trip to Hawaii that was in July last year - two days after I quit my job.
I left for Hawaii with four crazy girls for 10 days and discovered Oahu and Kauai. It was the perfect opportunity to leave right after a big life changing decision.
And out of all the places I could of gone, Hawaii was the best decision thanks to their beautiful Aloha spirit - charming sunsets and dreamy views.
We rented an orange Westfalia called Shoots, who could barely go up hills. We literally prayed every time there was a hill hoping to make it.
We swam with sharks (cage free --- I KNOW) and had the biggest adrenaline rush of our lives.
We hiked the Na Pali Coast and saw over a 1000 dolphins swim inches away from us.
It was a rebirth, a moment to realize that yes, I made a good decision and that life is full of adventures and surprises. You just need to allow it to come in.
The adventure is certainly not over yet.
And the next 3 years will be as difficult as the last one, but I am strong and ready to continue. I know that one day I am going to make it, and work with the companies I have longing to work for. It will take time, but like I like to remind myself: Take your time, and build your brand slowly but confidently. Empires don't grow over night, and if they did, they would eventually disappear.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and that keep following my journey. It's incredible to see and receive so much support and I wouldn't be able to be doing this if it wasn't for you guys. So thank you so deeply.
This is just the beginning, now lets bring the new year into full gear!