Monday, April 28, 2014

Whatever Is Good For The Soul - Do That

Here's a little happy on this rainy Monday. Well...happy for me at least. It's weird how life works sometimes. Over spring break I did a whole lot of nothing. No gym, ate whatever I wanted (slurpees were in great demand....and excessive amounts of Easter candy), cleaned close to nothing...pretty much just enjoyed the nothingness. I did realize one major thing though. I'm guessing that all of the time off, letting my brain breathe and just relaxing opened my eyes to things I hadn't realized before. For one, I'm tired of doing jobs that I have to do in order to make a living. I have yet to do something that I am absolutely in love with. Nor have I thought of anything great. I have always been so envious of people who know what they want to do in life and actually enjoy it. Figuring out what you love to do and a way to make money off of it is a lot easier than it sounds. But I think I may have finally cracked that code.

Previously when I went through my hobbies in my head I came up with a short list of things I love to do:

- Play Sims
- Eat
- Craft

Keep in mind I enjoy crafting but I don't really do it often. Playing Sims? Yea that's not getting me anywhere. Eating? Again, nothing. Setting that April goal of getting out and practicing photography once a week was the best thing I have done for myself in a long time. I realized this is it. This is what I want to do. Are my pictures great? No. Do they come out how I imagine them in my head? Not yet. Do I love to do this? Yes. Can I practice my little heart out until the pictures start coming out how I imagine them? Of course.

With this new found thought, it was time to have one of those "let's talk about our life" conversations with Vernon. He has been in a similar struggle. Except he knew his passion, and has known it for But living a comfortable life is also important to us. Now obviously everyone's definition of comfortable is different. For us, we want more than we had growing up and we want more for our kids. We feel like that's natural.  Before all of this we thought that the only way to do that was if I kept doing what I was doing (working for the family business) and if Vernon got a job doing what he did in the AF. Letting go of his dream of working his way up in the fitness industry.

The tables have turned. We decided that we didn't want to go to work everyday and not be happy with what we are doing. You spend most of your life working. Why should you do something you don't want to do if you can do something you WANT to do? So that was that. We decided to push all of our efforts into turning dreams into realities. Now I am still keeping my current job because I am nowhere near ready to start my own business. But it's a 9-2 job. I have plenty of time to practice photography and learn everything I can.If you would like to be one of my guinea pigs, email me at I need all the practice I can get!

The expenses portion of a photography business is outrageous. That will be my next post. Where we stand on our debt, what we've done this year and how I plan to sloooooowly start investing in my business.