Tuesday, December 01, 2009

What I've Been Up To...

I feel like blogging has just been one of those things I haven't been able to get to recently. My own family photos are piling up, my online family scrapbook is getting behind and I miss getting around to visit my friends. I have been trying to log onto Facebook a bit more to compensate, but it's just not the same. But, I do have a good excuse! At least I think I do.

You may recall that I announced at the beginning of September that I decided to leave my corporate job of 16 years. I loved my job and I loved the people I worked with, but even with moving to part-time and working from home, my meeting schedules, constant deadlines and sometimes evening events were making it difficult to juggle work and my family well. So, when my family leave from Kara's adoption was over, I made the difficult decision not to return. But it didn't take me long to realize that I would not be completely happy unless I was doing something to fulfill that creative desire within me. (My former role had been in marketing, communication and graphic design.) And as someone who has worked since I was 14, even a small paycheck with my name on it was an added bonus. So, at the end of October, I decided to launch a small photography and digital design business. The photography side of things has been keeping me so busy thus far that I haven't had time to focus on the digital design side of things, but hopefully, I'll get there in 2010.

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I don't claim to know everything there is to know about photography, but I continue to learn everyday and I feel a rush that I cannot explain when I am behind the camera working with my clients. This truly is a dream job for me. And while this new venture does take some time away from my family, I view it very differently from my old job since I now set my own schedule. Plus, Leila and Kara take turns coming with me on my shoots, which ends up being good one-on-one time for us. And I just have to add how AMAZINGLY supportive my husband has been with this. When I begin to doubt myself, he is my biggest cheerleader. (Thank you so much, honey!!!)

I have been posting some of my favorite images on Facebook, but I just hit the publish button tonight on my new photography blog. I hope you'll pop over and see what's been keeping me busy. And if you follow me here, I hope you'll follow me over there, too!

17 comments:

Doug said...

I admire anyone who follows their dream. Congratulations!

Stefanie said...

Look at you!! That is SO awesome, Michelle... I know you'll do well!! Following your passion always leads to success :)
Great pics over on your photo blog, you've been BUSY! Loved seeing all those sweet smiling faces!

Hannah said...

That is awesome! you take wonderful pictures...How exciting!

Mandi said...

Just got back from your photo blog. WOW!!!!! Your pictures are amazing. I can't wait to see more.

BTW, I know I say this alot, but your girls are just beautiful!

Mandi

Gail said...

I love that you are following your passion Michelle...you are extremely talented and will go far I'm sure!

I always love to see what you are posting next on facebook.

xo

Denise said...

I am in awe of your beautiful pictures! And you go girl for following your dreams!

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulations! That is soooo exciting and it sounds like a perfect fit for your family too! I am headed over to check it out now!

Jaymie said...

What an awesome step in your life! Also any job you can bring your kids along to is a blessing!

Stacy said...

So happy for you! I'm heading over to check out the site!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I am so glad that you are chasing your dreams.... you work is amazing and so inspiring:) I look forward to following you as you advance through the world of photography and digital design.....you are one talented lady!! CONGRATULATIONS:)

Love the new bloggy look......and of course those three lovely ladies in your header.....BEAUTIFUL!!

xo,

Lisa

Joe and Jane said...

Congrats on your new venture! Finding something that satisfies both passion and desired lifestyle is so hard...good for you for figuring it out! I'm excited to see your photo blog!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Love your photo blog!!!! What amazing talent you have. I would love to get more into photography.

Norah said...

Congratulations!

Marla said...

Good for you! I wish I had half the nerve, you rock!

3 Peanuts said...

I am so happy for you and I have no doubt you will do very well with your new venture:)

Tisha said...

Michelle,

Good for you! Is there any blog designing in your future? I would sign up to be your first client! You are so talented. And with those great talents and the Lord's great blessings, Katy bar the door!

Thanks as always for your sweet comments. Wish I had more time to blog and comment as well. I hope you know that I always read what you are up to even if I don't have time to comment. Your blog is one of my favorites.

Now, I'll pop over to see your new blog. How exciting!

Blessings,
Tisha

Ashley said...

OK my friend - but i must just say you are so talented!! I see you passion and vision in each and every photo!!!! I hope to have a few pictures of Evan and my big day up on my blog soon, but then I think I am going to "retire" from blogging - just too much on my plate.

However, I will always stop by to see you and your beautiful family!!!

Blessings and Hugs, Ashley