Hello Darlings! It’s been rather quiet around here lately. For those of you who have emailed and asked why I’m not consistently posting, “Thank you!” It means so much that you have missed my voice.
Please allow me to explain.
For more than a year, I have been in the process of making some rather BIG life choices. They have not been taken lightly or made in haste due to the weight they carry.
As of February 1, I am no longer employed in my comfortable position with incredible people who support me…I am officially a “Freelance Photographer” or “Self-Employed.” Isn’t that terrifying?! I am forced to take full responsibility for everything that I do even if I don’t want to. There’s no one to pass the buck to. I am the “Sole Proprietor.”
That’s right people! I’m using grown-up words. And they’re using me! I now have a CPA and an attorney. I plan for taxes long before tax season. My organized chaos is now my home office.
There are several factors that went in to my having no mode of transportation other than a leap of faith.1. I truly believe that God is leading me and he is faithful.
2. I have a man who champions my dreams while holding me accountable.
3. I believe in taking risks.
I have met some incredible people. I am working with everyone, from 4 day old babies to corporate giants. I believe that we are all spiritual beings with skin on and that rather levels the playing field. I could give you the whole speal about making a difference, blind faith and helping those who need a hand up, not a hand out, but I’ll save that speech for another day.
My purpose, here, on this page today, is to connect with my readers. With those of you who have encouraged me and moved me forward. Those of you who have trusted me with a story filled with vulnerable statements like, “I was too ashamed to post this in the comments…” I want you to know, I’m not going anywhere. I may be quiet for a bit while I’m figuring out how to integrate my writing with my photography.
For those people who say, “You can’t do both.”
I don’t agree.
There have been times in my life when I had no words, but a picture taken told the whole story.
So where I am not setting out to prove anyone wrong, I am embarking on this journey with a sound mind, a full heart and open hands. And when I allow others to make me feel like any of those things have been compromised, I quickly return to the basic truth that God is for me and when I am faithful in doing the work, He will deliver the blessings.
This first year (or three) will not be without struggle. Of that, I am fully aware. I am going into it with enthusiasm and trust. Nothing truly worth having in my life has ever come without sacrifice, humility and perseverance.
So today, friends, I am grateful. Grateful beyond the words on this page and blessed far greater than I deserve or could have ever imagined. The future is very bright.
Best of luck with your new endeavor and career path Joy!
I expect you will do very well.
Thank you, Phil!
Coming from someone as talented as you are, your thoughts mean a great deal to me.
Congratulations Joy. Now you will tell stories not only with words but with pictures as well and sometimes I am sure both. It is an honor just to be around to see where this journey takes you. Relish It. I think it is awesome you have a champion too. Go Chris! You also have those of us out here cheering you on too. No doubt you will do well. I would imagine times when photography takes up the majority of your time and times when writing will do the same. There is nothing wrong with that. I think for you both will make you better in the other.
Thank you, Mark!
You have been a loyal reader and so encouraging. I appreciate that a great deal!
I’m excited for the future. My CPA said to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best 😉
Joy, this is very inspiring! May God continue to bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand. Praying for your new career!
Thank you so much, Brenda!
All of God’s blessings to you in your new endeavor. I too, think photography speaks a volumn of
things so please put some pictures on when you can. As long as God is for us, who can be against us! God be with you!
You have been such a wonderful support and encouragement to me. Thank you. I appreciate your prayers more than I can say.
Blessings to you!