Everyone is asked this question as a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up"? Kids usually respond with occupations such as a singer, actress, doctor, basketball or football player, model, lawyer etc. It's awesome if they actually stick with it but why limit yourself to one thing?
I've met so many people who just settle in life. They get comfortable with their lifestyle and put their dreams on hold or even forget about their dreams and goals all together. I don't want to be one of those people. I want to always follow my dreams and continue to create new ones.
I fell in love with photography when I was in high school and I continued to explore it when I got to college. I found out the best way to really learn was to get out and shoot. So I started taking pictures of my friends for practice. Once I learned how to use my camera I decided that I could turn my passion into a business.
The road hasn't been easy. There were days (and still are) when I want to give up and quit. It's not easy to follow your dreams. You really have to want it. It's easy to work a 9 to 5 job for 40+ years and retire, it's easy to give up. It's hard to keep going when you just can't seem to get that big break you've been waiting for. It's hard when you put your all into something and get little in return. It's hard to accept failure, but it happens, to everyone! However when you love what you do and the good out weighs the bad, it makes it all worth it.
It's the simple things that bring me happiness and that keep me going. Making a big sale isn't why I do what I do. I love working with high school seniors. I love how excited they get when they see their makeup and their final images at their viewing and ordering session. I love that they want products to show off to family and friends.
So what do I want to be when I grow up? I want to be a photographer, a business woman, a mentor, a storyteller and a continuous dreamer. If we never stop growing why should our dreams.