I love my job.
I find myself saying those four words so often that it almost feels ridiculous… but its true.
I wake up each morning, head to the kitchen, grab a cup of coffee, usually put on a sundress or something comfy, tend to all my mommy duties and then settle into my desk at home to edit, market, web design, blog, network and budget etc. Whatever the day calls for, I will give to my job, and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to get to it. I think about it nearly constantly. It’s always exciting, and I never feel the fire and drive diminish.
I switch gears a lot – after all, being self-employed does mean you need to wear a bunch of different hats (but I’ve always been a fan of hats anyways), and today was no exception.
I finished up edits on an event shoot, gave my website and blog a little face lift, and put in several hours of editing on a wedding I am hoping to have done soon.
Even though I do get to set my own hours, I can’t seem to get enough, and I do think my boss (aka me) is a bit of a slave driver. It’s hard for me to imagine now, but I remember that there was a time when I didn’t have this much drive and passion, when it was all too easy to take a few too many days off. That was a time when I felt anxious about the responsibility of capturing moments, memories and emotions, before I embraced the enormous up-side.
What drives me the most now is exemplified by a moment that happened today. A bride whose wedding I recently shot stopped by to bring me a gift. The bride and groom gave me a pot of honey (oh I cannot WAIT to break into it, pooh bears got nuthin on me!) and a beautiful bracelet with a Venus charm on it. It’s meant to symbolize love, beauty & inspiration…and it made them think of ME!!! It was so generous and sweet, and truly touched my heart to think that something I can do, can be so meaningful to people that they end up seeing me with such warmth.
Really, it’s I who feel lucky. I got to witness people on the most precious day of their lives, surrounded by so much happiness. I had the honor of caring for the recording of that day, and I’ve been reliving all those wonderful moments as I edit.
I often catch myself smiling at my desk as I edit, perhaps looking into a client’s sparkling eyes as I edit.
…then as if that wasn’t enough, I also get gifts!!
I am addicted to making my clients happy. As a child I wanted to be a singer, and I would often do so at the drop of a hat (wow gross miscalculation, I apparently could not hear myself!). As I have grown to really know myself, I have discovered that the reason I wanted to sing and dance for people was because I LOVED to make people happy. Today I can think of no better job then the one I do to fulfill that desire within me. Somewhere deep down I’m still a 7 year old girl singing “Tomorrow” as loud as I can. I remember my family and random strangers always kindly smiling and never letting on that I was destroying their ear drums. Let’s hope now that my clients are smiling genuinely and with me when they look at the pictures they let me create with them. I promise you that behind the camera is an equally smiley girl:)
I’m so grateful to my treasured clients every day. Thanks for your smiles:)