On several occasions over the past few weeks I’ve had these somewhat heart-stopping moments of pause. They’ve been moments where I suddenly become deeply overwhelmed with gratitude.
Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect when I first started working for myself first time. I had so many questions. Would I find work? Would my network prove to be as deep as I hoped? Would I be ok working from home? Would I miss working on a team?
I had carefully plotted and planned for self-employment but there’s a lot of risk that comes with doing what I’m doing. You’re banking on the work coming in and often it comes up at the last minute (which doesn’t suit my Type A personality at all times :))
But in looking back on the first three months…it’s been such a wonderful experience. I feel challenged every day in the best ways possible. I feel fulfilled in the work I’m doing and I love the people I’m doing it with. I work with a new level of accountability and I thrive off of the new found flexibility I have in shaping my days. I truly feel like I have a new lease on life.
I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of people who came forth to help me get my business off the ground. Many of these people were strangers not too long ago and yet they’ve been a large part now of the work that I’m doing that I’m loving so much. For that, I’m profoundly grateful.
And then there’s my work on wit & whimsy. I’ve been so grateful for all of you guys supporting what I do on this site and for the brands who have trusted me to curate content that will be mutually beneficial. I’ve always loved doing this blog but now I have found myself loving it even more without the stress and bad vibes my previous gig gave me! Not to mention, it’s allowed me to explore the city more for shoots like being on the Highline at 8:30 in the morning where these photos were shot. Relatively deserted and perfectly magical. Prior to working for myself I used to mostly squeeze in shoots in convenient locations near my house of near my office. Now I have more flexibility to bring additional variety to my backdrops (which I hope you guys are enjoying!)
I feel so lucky to be balancing this crazy, ever-changing dual-gig life of mine but I can truthfully say I’ve never been happier. I’m sleeping better, stressing less and every day feel truly happy to get out of bed. I’ve never been more aware of all the blessings in my life and wanted that to be properly recorded 🙂
I’m heading home from Ireland today with a mark on my heart. This trip has allowed me to really revel in what is important and all the blessings I’ve been afforded. It’s a truly special time in my life right now.
So a big thank you to all reading this. Much love to all of you guys!