“Our date nights consisted of time around the computer, editing pictures and dreaming up new business ideas” ...what does THAT mean?! Read on..
If you’ve been following my story, I’m doing a massive cleaning of my home office. In doing so, I found some disks with photos from my past. So let’s back up a bit for story time🤓
It has taken me up until recently to stop being ashamed of my past. I was in a relationship from age 18-26, never married and never even engaged. It ended ugly, so I took off and moved to Virginia. But what I have forgotten is how much it taught me about BUSINESS ownership. My ex is not in the photo btw, he took this photo😉. He is a VERY talented photographer and while we don’t speak, I have no ill will towards the guy. We were both two kids when we met. He hated the corporate world, so did I. So he built a photography biz. Our date nights consisted of sitting at a computer at the house editing pics and dreaming up the next creative idea. Being hustlers, it never bothered me. It was fun! It was the hustle. A word so many have made into a “dirty you must not have a life term” but I EMBRACED it! But what made me sad was he was building his dream, meanwhile I worked in a call center, 40 plus hours a week, and RARELY got the spotlight. I would assist at shoots but never was in the shot. FINALLY, in 2009, the year before we split and I moved to Virginia, I got to be in the spotlight for a victorian style vampire Halloween shoot! These photos will ALWAYS be special to me because it was the moment I realized I was worth more than standing behind the scenes!
2015 was the year I realized that I ALSO had HELPED BUILD a business and it was time for me to take everything I learned and while I chose a different industry than photography, business ownership is all similar in some respect, I started my own business. .
Today I realize that none of this has been a mistake but simply steps that have got me to where I am today. Yes, I’m a rare cup of 🍵. I don’t think many people can handle or enjoy someone who views her date nights as talking “shop” but I’m a creative and a HUSTLER and I am ADDICTED to forward movement. Don’t regret your past. Embrace it!