Day 2235 – I Am Truly Humbled By Others – or – A Response To My “No More Photography” Announcement

At first, I had no idea what to post today. It’s been a great day, I’ve been really productive and totally blew away a funk I’d been in last week. I felt like I had a clear head all day and have accomplished a lot of what I intended to accomplish. About 20 minutes ago, I put a plea out to my Facebook friends for a blog topic (I’ve done this half a dozen times before and I’m always grateful for the responses). I had a lot of “back to school” suggestions – but being homeschooled, the lines between when school started and when it stopped are really blurry. I mean, sometimes we didn’t even get snow days!! Though, I will say, we got benefits a lot of “school kids” didn’t…my favorite was going to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens in the off season.

But as the responses started pouring in, I got to thinking about another blog post I’ve been wanting to write – my response to how people responded to my “we’re no longer photographing” post. Friends, let me first say I cried a lot that day! I was absolutely humbled by the wonderful things people had to say. I LOVED that the first response was from my last bride. She was thankful that she found us before we hung up our cameras. I had several other brides say the same. I had others who just all around said they were excited for our next adventure. Dude, I was SO afraid of sharing that post. I thought, well, maybe I’ll just keep things to myself and let out little bits of “oh, you didn’t know we stopped photographing?” here and there, but not publicly announce it. For a number of reasons, I knew it was time to share.

The response reminded me of a very important business lesson – you are the sum of the people you hang around with and let into your life. If you surround yourself with people who squash your dreams, who remind you of everything that will go wrong and are just all around negative then your dreams will be squashed, you’ll give up and become negative yourself. I have made a very conscious effort to block out negativity of my life. It is hard work to keep that crap out, boy howdy!

So friends, fight for your dreams. Fight for your business. Fight for those who will lift you up and not tear you down.

And because this was a suggested topic and this has been on my mind, I’m sharing a photo of my good ‘ol van.

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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