Life takes some unexpected twists and turns and than sometimes, it comes around full circle and you end up in a place and wonder why in the world it took you so long to figure out the way and get there.
That’s what it’s been like for me these last few months.
Here’s the blessing and the curse. I love a lot of things. I’m one of those renaissance souls. I’ve wanted to be everything from a light house keeper, a writer, a designer, a photographer, a rancher, a teacher, a choir director, a journalist, a political aide, a nurse and. . . I could go on, but I won’t. ;)
The problem with loving so many things is that you have a hard time settling on what you want to do in life or what your purpose is.
This past September, my husband and I decided together that it was time to quit my day job at the bank I was working at. I didn’t quit because my photography business was booming. I quit for two reasons. One, the job was sucking the ever living daylights out of my soul and it was time to move on. And two, looking at the long term goals for our family (and partly because of reason number one), we felt it was time to buckle down and try to build a business of our own, which is a dream we both share.
Now, if you know me or have followed me on social media for any length of time, you know that I had plans of becoming a full time photographer and photographing families. When I made the decision to pursue photography a few years ago, it was a very analytical one at the time. I felt like I had to make a decision about my life and just go for it. I’d already put a ton of time and money into school and knew I couldn’t keep doing that if I wanted to get anywhere in life. I wanted to be in a creative field, had a decent camera, and loved creating beautiful images, so why not, right?
Fast forward 3-4 years to the end of this past summer. My husband and I are talking about me leaving my job to focus on building a business for our family, but we’re not talking about building a photography business anymore. We’re talking about home décor and blogging.
I don’t remember if I finally got up the guts to tell him I didn’t want to pursue photography as a full time career anymore or if he figured it out and drew it out of me, because sometimes he’s good like that and sometimes I’m a scaredy cat. Anyways, somehow he figured it out and was on board, and here’s where that whole life comes full circle thing comes in.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved creating beautiful things, whether it was music or photography or an outfit or ornaments for the Christmas tree. And somewhere in that love of creating and beauty I fell in love with home décor. When I was younger I would spend hours on my bedroom floor tearing ideas out of magazines, circling and noting what I liked about certain rooms and filing them in notebooks for my someday home. I even tried my hand at drawing floor plans for my dream house. I would steal my moms decorating books, and my parents would take me along to look at flooring and paint colors and ask my opinion about design decisions for their house. When I walk into a room, my mind just automatically starts noting what I like or what I might do differently and when I see a house (we’re on the hunt for one), I’m not seeing it as it is but as what it could be and all the amazing potential it holds. With the exception of pizza, home décor is what I wake up and go to sleep thinking about.
Turning a house into a beautiful haven and home for my family is something I am passionate about, and it’s something I want to help other women accomplish for their families. And that is where the blogging comes in. Again, blogging is something I have been doing on and off for as long as I can remember because remember, I wanted to be a writer? ;)
So as of September, we are focusing on building a blog based mostly around home décor and diy’s with some food, life, and photography sprinkled in. I am not completely giving up photography as it is still something I love, but we’re just moving it to the side to make room for our long term family and business goals. Our goal with the blog is to share our own home journey as well as the nuances of design and décor that really make a home sing. I want every woman to be able to put together a home that she loves and her family feels comfortable in.
So, if you’ve been following me on my journey since I started with photography and wondered what was up with all the home décor posts, first of all I want to say thank you. I am grateful for every single person that takes the time to follow me on social media and read my blog. It means more than you know.
We don’t know fully know what this new part of our journey entails, but we are excited to share it with you and have you join us!