I’ve been doing photography full time for about 2 and a half years. I still can’t believe it’s been that long. There are a number of things that I’m sooooo thankful for. I used to think the biggest thing would be that I could be my own boss. For the 13ish years that I worked for others, I would see things that could be done better. Sometimes they would take my ideas, sometimes they wouldn’t. It was when they wouldn’t that I would get the most frustrated. I also used to think it would be the flexible schedule. Being able to work until 3 a.m. when I was “in the zone” editing a wedding or taking a nap when I was tired.
But today I was reminded of the best outcome of being a full-time freelancer, the ability to be there for my friends, no matter the time of day. See, today one of my friends was having a really tough day. I sent them a picture to help cheer them up (see below). Then spent the better part of an hour or so texting encouraging things to them. Sending verses. Sending funny videos and GIFs. Calling and praying for them.
If I had a 9-5 job, I couldn’t do that. If I was at my last job (receptionist), I couldn’t do that.
But this is my life now. I can “drop everything” and give that care. I think this is what God intended for me the whole time….that I wasn’t just going full-time in photography, but He was giving me the freedom to be a full-time friend and helper. Just a few weeks ago, I was able to take over “mom duties” and drive my brother around to his school things because of a family emergency.
Are there days I wish I made more money? Oh my gosh, yes!
Are there days I miss the “9-5, boss telling me what to do, don’t have to worry about the CEO duties?” Oh HECK yea!
Are there days I miss paid vacation? Um, like, always?
But! I would take struggling for money, figuring out how to run a business and furthering my education constantly, and vacations that I pay for any day.
Oh and it means that I can do this at my desk any time I want. 😀
*note that is NOT my hair, it is a wig. I put it on about an hour ago. It is still on.