Thursday, January 12, 2012

On living your dreams

There has always been this part of my heart that has hoped to create for a living.  I started out in college majoring in environmental design so I could create interiors.  Unfortunately, a lack of drawing skills and the risk of an F on my official transcript caused me to reevaluate my dreams and move to another major. I still sometimes wonder if I gave up too fast on that one.

As a teacher there was a lot of creative thinking.  I was designing lesson plans, creating a learning environment and putting together my students' assignments.  It doesn't sound terribly creative to someone who's never worked in a classroom but teachers are some of the most creative people you'll meet.  A lot of thought went into the way my classroom looked, how I set up our routines and the way my students learned.  Teaching definitely scratched my creative itch.

Since having left teaching I have missed being an "artist."  My current job is more administrative.  From time to time I get to help plan special events (which I do love a lot) and I had the opportunity to do some creating when it came to our summer camp.  But overall, it was not a position where my heart felt free to dream, design and create.  Since I started helping out at Midwest LifeShots I have been reminded just how much I need to create for things to be right in the world.  I love photographing people, capturing emotion and thinking about how to tell their story in a way that is honoring, artistic, and beautiful.  I love the design element of piecing together an album or designing a product that clients will fall in love with.  I have felt my heart come alive as I fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of photography and design.

I have been encouraged by friends who are doing what they love.  Every. Single. Day.  My friend, Emily, just began her own photography studio in Jeff City, MO and blows me away with her creativity and talent.   My dear friend, Polly, is working to start a blog for profit and is loving every moment.  Several years ago, my college friend, Camille, began an event planning business in Austin, TX, which is super fly and professional.  She's been featured in all sorts of publications and even done some videos for HGTV (she's kind of a BIG deal).    What I love about these ambitious friends of mine is that they're living their dream.

I am excited to announce that I too am moving into a more creative field.  I will be ending my time at my current job to join Jen and Scott and the team at Midwest LifeShots.  I will be doing photography, editing images, creating albums and exercising my need to create.  I have loved my time as a staff coordinator and summer camp director but I am so excited to be a part of the Midwest LifeShots team and learn more about this growing passion of mine.  I didn't expect a job change while we lived in Rochester but God has opened the door and I'm stepping through.

The new position allows for more time with this girl since I will be working some from home and some from the studio.
I can't lie, the thought of extra snuggles in the morning, new adventures in the afternoon and more time together is a incredible perk to my new job.

I am excited to begin a new adventure.  I'm eager to work more part time and have a more flexible schedule and I am thrilled to continue to learn this craft.  I feel so lucky to get to live out a dream.  Thanks for being along for the ride!


  1. Wow, congratulations! It's kind of crazy where life takes us, huh? I'm excited to see where this adventure takes you!! Maybe when you're in mid-Missouri again we can get together and go out shooting somewhere? Thanks for the shout-out, by the way. Lovin' the Lakin picture, too :)

  2. Congratulations! How exciting! It is so amazing that you'll be doing what you love and what makes you feel alive. Happy for you!

  3. So fun! God knows the desires of our hearts! I can't wait to see some of your photos!

  4. Oh my so many emotions going through me now! As with everyone else I"m so glad God has opened this door for you. Its been fun to see you get more and more excited about your photography and really fun to see you get better and better at it!!! On the other hand I am going to miss seeing you and Lakin SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO much!!! It has been so rewarding with for you! You are a great listener and have made my job even better than it was. I know we will still see lots of each other because I just won't have it any other way!! Congrats again. You are a very special lady and deserve so much all the blessing God is bestowing on you.