Sometimes you sit back and think really? How is all of this even possible? I must be the luckiest person in the world. I have a day job that I spend 40 hours a week at. It is laid back, I love my co-workers, I love my boss, I live a block away from my office, I can take time off when I need it, and really there is nothing wrong with it at all. The thing is, I don't LOVE IT and I don't mean I don't love it because I need some "perfect" job I mean it doesn't satiate my soul, it doesn't inspire me to do more beautiful things, and I am not proud of my time spent there.
Back to why I am the luckiest person in the world. I not only have a day job that pays the bills and appreciates me I also have real passion in my life for what I do when I get home at night. I get to leave my cozy desk job and meet and photograph beautiful and inspiring people, I get to design art and flowers for people, and I get to share it with all of you here online and get constantly pushed forward, motivated, and encouraged by this community.
Well, over the last 6 months some amazing opportunities have come my way. It's almost impossible to say "no" to work that you truly love. At first it was just so flattering and crazy to me that people were wanting to pay for my art and my photography that I didn't even notice I was staying up till 3am most nights. I didn't notice that I was feeling my body become really unhealthy and I didn't notice my I had very little time left when I didn't have a place to be or a deadline to meet.
On our road trip last week Dustin and I were able to talk a lot about this while we drove. I am lucky enough to have a really supportive husband who has 100% faith in me as a creative person. It was on this trip during conversations with him and all the other talented people we got to meet and spend time with that I realized this dream of working full time on my art and photography didn't have to be something I waited for.
The only reason I was staying at my day job was money and once I realized that I was convincing myself that I needed way more money than I actually need to "survive" I knew right away that it was time I make the leap! There is never enough money, even now, so I rather be unbearably happy doing something I love and possibly not having enough money than working full time at a job I don't love and making what I do love secondary.
I could go on forever, but I will stop for now! Over the next couple of months I will getting phased out of my day job and manzanita will be number one! I have been waiting what seems like a long time say that and I am so grateful and excited to pursue this career! Thanks to all the couples and clients who have given me their hard earned money, their support, and their encouragement over the last year! It has literally made my dream come true!
besitos my friends,