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This Time Last Year : Gainesville, VA Senior & Wedding Photographer

This time last year I was working a 40 hour a week job. It was was a good job, but it in no way aligned with my goals as an individual or my dreams for the future. At that point in my life, I was balancing that job, a then one year old and my then part time photography business. It was a crazy time period, one where I always in a hurry, one where I lacked a lot of sleep and one where I felt guilty for not being the wife and mom I had hoped I would be. I was struggling quite a bit. Despite my hardest efforts to juggle all my commitments and responsibilities, I was dropping the ball in many areas and just couldn’t keep up with it all.

So a year ago today, April 21st, 2013, I sat down and typed out my goals for the upcoming years both professionally and personally. I promised myself that this crazy time period would only be a season in my life and the hard work and effort I was putting into my side business would pay off. One specific goal I had that day was to replace my full time income with photography and my timeframe for that goal was two years. I remember that goal felt like a long shot. I knew my numbers and what I needed to do to make it happen, but I question whether I was really capable of making it happen.

We are now a year out from that two year goal and guess what??? I no longer have that 40 hour a week job. I am a full time Photographer. In fact, I parted ways from that job back in August (only 5 months into my two year goal and way sooner than I thought)! Though I’m thankful for the role that job played, I have a huge sense of relief in no longer being there and pursuing something that fills my soul. I posses a joy that comes from having the ability to pursue my passion in photography & make a consistent living for my family. Does this mean it’s easy? Hardly. I still make mistakes, I still struggle with balance, but I’m learning. I’d rather struggling in something that fills me up than something that takes away.

So what’s the purpose of this post. It’s twofold. One, I want to publically thank all of my family, friends and clients out there who have supported me along the way. Thank you for valuing what I do and thank you for encouraging me to keep pushing ahead to bigger goals and bigger plans. I wouldn’t be where I am without that.

And point number two: your dreams are worth following. I don’t know where you are in your journey, but I know each and everyone of us has talents and gifts to be used for a greater good and in service of others. Regardless of whether that aligns in your full time job or whether you desire to pursue another road, my point is is that your dreams are worth pursuing. It will take hard word for sure and maybe a lot of sleepless nights, but it is so fulfilling to be able to provide for your loved ones by waking up and doing a job you love. Don’t waste your dreams and talents. Sit down and write our your goals in a realistic time frame, set smaller, baby-step goals that help you meet those larger goals and work your tail off to get there. You won’t regret it when you arrive.

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Gainesville VA, Modern Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Heather Chesky