I’ve been thinking about this blog post for some time now…like months. I’ve tried to write it and then stopped. Then I finally sat down to write it, and almost didn’t post it. Why? Fear. Fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown.
I’ve done a few ‘scary’ things over the past year— I left a stable part time job to devote more time to my photography business, I attended a conference where I knew no one, and I’ve taken on big tasks when I didn’t feel 100% sure that I could do them (often adopting the “but I’m only just starting out” mentality). Here’s the thing--I prayed (and prayed and prayed) about those scary things, and I heard over and over again…do it and trust Me! So I forged ahead with a racing heart and (if I’m being totally honest) a few lingering doubts and I DID those scary things. And you know what? GOOD things happened. I met amazing, wonderful people, I felt fulfilled in a way that I never had before, and I started seeing things in a different light!
You’d think after all of that I would have learned to TRUST and that I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I still find it hard sometimes! Fear creeps in and starts to steal my confidence.
I’m about to do something scary…it’s scary because it is a risk. It isn’t necessarily steady or stable (even though I hope it will be!), and I know it will put me out of my comfort zone at times. It’s also something that I have prayed about, and I feel like I have 100% been called to do it…
Friends, I’m so excited (and let’s be real- a little anxious!!!) to announce that the end of this month, I will be taking my photography business FULL TIME!!
I am so thankful to my clients & friends who have supported my little business, believed in me & in my vision, and who have encouraged me to DO this even though it is a bit scary!
I had to muster up some courage to post this on the blog today, because of all of the ‘what ifs’ …the biggest one being, what if I FAIL! (And then everyone who reads this will know I tried and failed- YIKES!)
And then it hit me. If I’m living my life for the Lord & using my business to glorify Him…how could I fail? Maybe this business is only meant to be for this season of life, and maybe it will look very different in a few years. Who knows? For now, though, I am confident that this is how I can serve and glorify Him, and that is all that matters.
The way I see it -- the only way to FAIL would be to become concerned only with myself, with making money, or with growing my business for MY sake. And THAT would be scary.
So, there it is, friends!! My big announcement and something I’ve fretted over for a couple of months now is on the table! If you’re a creative entrepreneur feeling any of these same things (whether it be going full time, trying something new in your business, or if you’re thinking about making the leap from ‘hobby’ to ‘business’), I want to encourage you, hold your hand, and pray with you about this awesome, wonderful, scary, exciting time! I can say from experience that having a network of supportive friends in the industry makes a world of difference when you’re facing big business decisions! So let’s do this together, friends!
Here’s to faith, trust, and new beginnings!! xo!