Writing this feels a little bittersweet. A big part of me is overly excited about this new adventure, and the other side of me is sad to say goodbye to this chapter of my life. I moved to Florida with my husband and daughter after my husband got out of the military. This little country town we call home currently was the best decision for our family at that time, and although this city has certainly grown on me over the past years, I knew in my heart that this wouldn't be the last place I call home. This little town is where I started my business, where all my big dreams started. I have amazing clients all over Florida, many of them turned into friends, and for that, this place will alway have a special place in my heart. We have family here in Florida, so I'll be back plenty and plan to keep up relationships with my past clients as much as possible. I hope each of them knows how much it means to me to have them value something I am so passionate about and that their support has been the backbone to building my business into what it is today.
If you follow me on my photography page, you probably followed my little adventure to the islands of Hawaii where I got to document a beautiful wedding. My sister and I arrived there around 2 am since one of our flights ended up getting delayed, we picked up our car rental and started driving. We drove out of the city on the back roads and parked our car by a little beach park. We didn't have a map, didn't know where we were on the island but figured we would hang out there until sunrise and then make a plan. I'm not sure if it was the jet lag, excitement of finally arriving or the bag full of chocolate covered coffee beans we had eaten but we stayed up all night talking by the beach until the sun came up.
I fell in love with Hawaii at sunrise when I got to see in person just how magical this place truly was. The sun slowly uncovered the island, the water, the mountains and with every minute that passed, that I could stay there for a long time.
Throughout the trip, I explored as much as I could, inspired by every turn I took and loved that so many places were undiscovered for me. I missed that feeling in Florida. After living there for years, I felt like I've explored everything. As much as I love going to the beach, island hopping, floating down icy cold springs I feel like I have seen it all and done it all.
Being somewhere new felt right and made me think a lot about if this meant it was time to move somewhere new.
I texted my husband that I wanted to move to Hawaii (kind of as a joke, and to see what his reaction would be...) Of course, I was greeted with a big "We can't move to Hawaii honey" and of course that was met with the simple thought.
"But why can't we?"
After coming home, we talked more and more and finally came to the conclusion that moving to Hawaii isn't really as crazy as it felt when I first mentioned it.
Would it be hard?
Am I scared to leave behind what I know and do something new?
Does is sound crazy to most people?
Seems like it...
Is it crazy to sell everything and start over?
But here's the thing, any BIG life change is hard because when you decide to go for it, you really don't know how this all will play out in the end.
I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM TODAY BY PLAYING IT SAFE
AND HAVE LEARNED THAT WHEN IT FEELS SCARY TO JUMP
THAT'S EXACTLY WHEN IT'S TIME TO JUMP.
I have an amazing husband who will stand by my side through any adventure. Together I know we can do anything we dream of. We have two kids who I know will love having a childhood built around such a beautiful place they can learn to explore and appreciate. I have a business that strives by me being inspired. My business has allowed me to work from home and made it possible for my husband to quit his job and gave us the personal freedom to do what we love and start this new chapter. It will no doubt be a lot of work, but I'm ready for it.
Every day I teach other creatives to chase their dreams, even when it's scary. Everything you want in life is on the other side of your doubts and fears. This is me putting it all on the line and going for it. I would love to share this little life adventure with those of you who are interested in following along. I'll post updates on the blog and my fan page and of course welcome any questions any of you might have along the way.
I know this seems crazy, but we couldn't be more excited.