A Major Announcement…
I’m so happy, I could cry tears of joy (actually, by the time you are reading this, I’m certain I’ll have cried at least twice). Believe it or not, I’ve been waiting to write this post for 3 years now. At first, it started out as nothing more than a dream. As the months went on, it turned in to a lofty goal, seemingly far-fetched at times. Slowly, my wild dreams started to become reality and I had to pinch myself daily, asking “Is this really happening?”. Well friends, the answer is finally YES. This is happening. After 3 long years of working a 9-5 job and running my photography business, working 80+ hours every week during the summer and not having time to see my husband, I can finally announce that I’ve left my day job! As of today, I am now a full time photographer!!!!
As many of you know, I grew up thinking I was going to be a nurse. I mean, I picked the college I would attend based on their nursing program and was 2.5 years deep in their program when my Dad passed away. At that moment, my whole world was turned upside down, the medical field no longer held the luster that it used to. I remember sitting in my bedroom, counting all of my losses, when I decided to make a few goals in the hopes of giving my life direction. The only piece of paper within reach was a 3×5 note-card leftover from my nursing flashcards. I quickly jotted down a few goals and taped the note-card to my mirror so I could visualize those goals every day as I got ready in the morning.
The years went by, our family found a new sense of “normal” and I forgot all about that little note-card. When I called my Mom to tell her I was giving my notice at work, I mentioned that I was nervous about the unknown and the road ahead. She offered to pray with me and said, “It’s normal to be scared of the unknown but just remember that note-card taped to your mirror. It said ‘Start a photography business’ and Kalli, this is exactly what you’ve been working for.”.
Over the past 3 years, I feel that I have poured my heart and soul in to this business and God has blessed me with more clients and new relationships every year. There are no words that can accurately describe the joy that I feel, being able to serve other people while giving them the gift of fleeting moments captured through photographs. As I embark on this new chapter of my life, I am so thankful for every opportunity I’ve been given, all of the relationships that have been forged and for all of the past and future clients who believed in me and my once “wild dream”.
To all of you day-dreamers out there, keep hustling & working hard! I’m living proof that wild dreams really do come true.