My friend Annie once said to me “I like how you create businesses around the things that you love.” and it’s true. I wanted to be home with my kids, so I started a home daycare. I fell in love with felting and started giving workshops. I fell in love with yoga and started teaching. I have loved photography for forever and have created Annie Bananie Photography.
I love being an entrepreneur. It gives me the freedom to create something out of nothing and watch it grow into something that is viable. It enables me to set my own rules and frame work from which I can work and live my life. Yes, it’s hard work. I spend many hours at my computer editing photos, working on my website, marketing material, learning and so much more. All that work is worth it, it fuels me. I get so excited, when I get home from a shoot, and download the photos to my computer and see what story evolved from my time with my clients.
Photography is not only about taking photos but building relationships with people and I love that. I love meeting all kinds of people and finding that sweet spot where they can relax enough to allow their true natures shine through my lens. I have read that one important aspect of living a happy life is feeling connected to the people around you. In my life experience, I feel this to be true. When I connect with others, may it be my family, friends, a client and even a stranger, I feel happy.
Now for the bit about, why I am excited. I am excited because for the past four years, I have been working hard. My focus has been on building this business, so that I can gain enough momentum to retire from my daycare business. I am excited because I have been persevering and pushing through feelings of self-doubt. I am excited because I have had my best year yet!
This season, me and my camera have documented a 50th wedding anniversary, which was so touching it had me in tears. I am excited because I have a wedding booked for September and one booked for next summer 2020. I am excited because I have a family reunion booked for the end of August and a branding shoot for September 1rst. That does not even include fall family shoots. That makes me a busy, happy woman. I am not retiring tomorrow, but I definitely feel like there is a momentum happening, that encourages me to keep going. The universe has my back and I am on the right path! It’s true what they say: “You get what you focus on.”
Well, that is it for today. One thing in having a business is that there is always something to do, but once in a while I need to put all of that aside and be present to my family and partner. I am currently at the cottage and after posting this, I will bring my attention away from business and towards family and friends. I will spend time in nature, take deep breathes and slow down time. Life does whizz by and I have to slow down and appreciate all of it.
May you have an amazing long weekend and talk to you soon. One more thing, I can’t sign off before giving photo credit to Drew Clipperton Photography for the photo of me demonstrating my excited face. Thanks Drew!