Over the weekend I was checking in on the lives of my Facebook peeps and noticed a comment made by a family member in his newsfeed that stopped me. His statement was simply "Dreaming of the future." This made me stop because many years ago I had big dreams of becoming a portrait photographer. There was a lot of fear and insecurity held inside me back then. There idea of even trying to start my own business left me with nothing more than a hand full of dreams and a heart full of fear. I didn't think it could be possible to make a living doing something I loved. I found out years later, I was wrong. My comment to him under his feed was simply this, "Don't dream, do."
I said this to him and to all of you because two years ago when my husband was laid off we were forced to stop dreaming of the future and just do it. We buckled down and took our dreams of starting our own businesses and made them our reality. It wasn't easy and there was a lot of hard work, long nights, and tired bones. But the pay off was this, today he runs his successful home improvement company while I run my photography business. We have learned to take what we have a passion for and make money at it. Cant beat that - right?
My photo session a week back was a strong and humbling reminder of how far I have come since those fear filled days. This little sweetie was my second photo session ever when I started. She was just 16 weeks old and I recall how bad my hands were shaking when I held her. Absolutely terrified that the photographs I was going to take would be horrific. Well looking back today on those photos I see where I have grown in my craft, but none-the-less I faced my fear and kept on going and growing. Today this little girl is nearly the toddler terrible twos. However, I doubt this sweetie has an ounce of terrible in her. I just don't think it's at all possible. :)
My finial thought I leave you with today is find what makes you happy and stop dreaming about it. Don't give yourself the opportunity to look back on your life and say - "what if?". Give yourself the opportunity to say - "I DID IT!"