Well, friends, if I’m being 100% honest, it feels a little surreal to be writing this post to you! I don’t want to overload you with #allthewords and #allthefeels, so I’m really going to try to keep this short and sweet! (and I’m going to get to the point as quickly as I can!)
Most of you know that I’ve grown my little photography business (my #sidehustle) over the last several years while also working a full-time job in the mortgage industry. What you may not know is that 2018 was the busiest year that Lindsey Rickards Photography has ever seen, and I am so humbled and blessed to say that my 2019 calendar is already filled with the same number of weddings that I photographed in the entire year of 2018 – and it’s only the first week of February! Over the last couple of months, Jason and I have come to the conclusion that it’s no longer realistic to think that I could work a full-time job AND keep up with my growing business. (At least, not if we wanted to actually see each other in the evenings and be able to spend my non-wedding weekends together – instead of me being glued to my computer screen during my so-called “off hours”!) We have thoughtfully and prayerfully decided that it is time for me to be fully committed to this outrageous (and scary, and beautiful) dream of mine.
So, as of last week, I am officially a full-time photographer!
Y’all, I still can hardly even believe I’m saying that! Can I be real with you for a minute? (Heads up: here come some feels.) For a long time, there was a part of me that didn’t believe that this dream – the dream of being able to give my best “40 hours” every week to something that brings me so much joy (and actually earn an income doing it) – could be a reality. There was a part of me that believed there were just too many obstacles and not enough time (or, let’s be real, finances) to overcome them. Don’t get me wrong – this decision is a HUGE step of faith for us (and we’ll take all the thoughts and prayers y’all are willing to send our way!) – but the fact that we’re able to take the step in the first place is something I’m so incredibly grateful for.
I have been SO. humbled. by the support and encouragement that I’ve already received from our family, our close friends, the LRP tribe (aka the precious couples and families who have invited me to capture their stories up to this point), and even my colleagues at First Heritage Mortgage and in my local real estate community (especially my boss, friend and mentor of seven years) who were all so understanding and so supportive of my decision. I’m so looking forward to settling into this new season, because I believe it’s going to allow me to serve my clients better, and more importantly, I believe it’s going to bring a healthier balance to mine and Jason’s life. (All the praise hands for that one!!!)
As you might imagine, this process has been a roller coaster already, and Jason and I know that 2019 as a whole is going to be an epic adventure for us – maybe the most epic adventure our marriage has seen to date! I could go on and on about all of the emotions (good ones and bad ones!) that have come along with this decision and this transition, BUT I said I wasn’t going to overload you with feels, so I’m going to reel it in and just say one last thing:
(Okay, technically three last things.)
First and foremost, thank you to my incredible husband, Jason, for believing in me even though it hasn’t always been easy, and for supporting what often felt like an outrageous dream. Thank you for being so understanding of the many nights and weekends (and even the occasional road trip) that I spent hustling behind my laptop screen. Thank you for stepping into this adventure with me. I don’t think I would have had the courage if it weren’t for you. I don’t know what I ever did to deserve you, but I’m so glad I get to share life with you. I love you with every piece of my heart.
Second, thank you to those of you who have been cheerleaders in my corner over the years (you know who you are). Thank you for encouraging me even when I didn’t ask for it. Thank you for praying for me when I needed it. Thank you for believing in me always.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to my amazing LRP tribe – my current and past (and future!) clients – for inviting me into your lives and trusting me to capture some of your most important seasons and moments for you. I love being your photographer. 🙂
In many different ways, each of you have sown into my dreams, and into my life, and for that I am so grateful. From the deepest places of my heart, thank you.