As I sit here and reflect on this past year, I can’t help but be grateful for the things God has given to me in 2010. Above all things, God has given me freedom. He’s given me the freedom to pursue my passions and dreams. You see, two years ago, I was listening to a web cast of Jules Bianchi talking about how many people want to open studios or go full time in their photography businesses. She talked about making a plan basically saying, “What can you do now to ensure you can be full time in a year?” That was a very puzzling question that I had ZILCH for answers to. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed. I prayed that God would someday give me the opportunity to no longer work for corporate America so that I could not only focus on my business, but have the chance to just be a student so I could finish my BFA. Well Internet, I’m happy to sit here before my computer screen, typing to you, to tell you that two years later, my dream has come true. I am not only focusing on my business full time, next Wednesday, I will start the first day of the rest of my BFA.
This year, I attended my first bridal show, my grandma died, I sat in limbo waiting for news of whether or not we’d get the TriCare contract, the news came and I lost my job, we are still in the process of selling our house in a short sale, I moved back to Florida, and am very blessed to be where I am. There is only one thing missing. My husband. He’s still working in Chicago until he can secure employment down here in Jacksonville. I’m still praying that he will be here soon, but it’s easy to grow weary of it after 5 months of being apart. So… With that said, it’s time for another “Dear xxx,” letter.
First and foremost, I pray to God that you bring my husband down here with a great job that has great benefits. I’m also hoping you bring me a baby, because let’s face it, I’ve been married for almost 5 years, I’m going to be 27, and I’m ready to be a mama! So bring it! Stork and all! Please also bring me 15 wedding bookings (one down, 14 to go) because I think that’ll give me a great start here in the Florida market, while also allowing me to keep my head on straight, you know, with school and hopefully a baby and all. Please bring us blessings and prosperity in the things we put our hands to. Please also sell our house, because I’m tired of having it lingering over our heads. Lastly, bring us another house that we can rent so we can have a fence, because, well, my dogs are a lot nicer when they have a yard to run around in.
Well Internet, I wish you all a happy, blessed, prosperous New Year! Please do NOT drink and drive. I’ll be second shooting for Dana Goodson Photography today and I would hate for you to hit and kill me on my way home. So don’t do it!