I never know how to begin personal posts, so I’ll just get right to it. Two years ago today I was laid off from my job as a project manager. It was the best and scariest thing that has happened in my career. As you may know, photography had been a growing part time business for me at the time, but I was terrified of quitting and jumping in full time. What I’ve learned over the past two years is something I don’t think I would have experienced if I would have stayed in the corporate world. Maybe I would have at some point, but would I have been forced to? The best way I can describe the process and transformation of becoming self-employed is an emotional roller coaster and, for me, a constant test of faith. From making sure my clients are satisfied and thrilled with their photography experience to the mundane tasks such as taxes (ugh), it’s all MY responsibility. No pressure, right?? Running a business is a tremendous challenge and one that pushes me further each day to see that it evolves and is a reflection of the true ME. I’ve learned so much about myself, how to stay motivated in business and am beginning to learn how to share my voice and it’s message to clients/potential clients. I’m not one to pour my heart out on my blog, but I truly hope you see my words and photos as a reflection of who I am and what I want my business to become. It’s not going to happen overnight, but you will see some subtle changes in the near future and more over the course of the year. I’m passionate about photography, love, family, friends, faith…and Sprinkles Cupcakes, but I’ll save that for another day. 🙂

In keeping with the theme of March 11th, today was also an unforgettable day. For the past four months I’ve been training for a half marathon and today was race day! As I sit here with sore legs and tired feet, I’m extremely thankful for the friends and family around me who support me on days like this. My nerves can sometimes get the best of me, but today was different. I felt excited, prepared and ready. Running a half marathon is no joke. It’s not easy, but that’s what training is all about. It may take four months and many long Saturdays, but it is all worth it when you cross the finish line. Trust me…but you should also try it for yourself too! You won’t regret it. One 2012 challenge complete…bring on the next!

You didn’t think I’d throw in a post without a picture did you?? A little peek from my session with Trishell, Ian and Luke yesterday!