At 25, I had a quarter life crisis. But at thirty something snapped. I realized everything I’ve been through hasn’t been a setback, it’s been a way for God to develop me. For him to tweak things about me I was not even aware. For me to become a great wedding photographer, I need to change certain things.
Change doesn’t begin at the end of your comfort zone. Change begins when you’re frustrated.
In the past few months, I’ve read more books than I’ve read in a few years. Embarrassing, to say the least, but unfortunately building a business had turned me into a workaholic that didn’t know when to stop, take a break, and take time for myself and my loved ones. The past two years have been tough, but balance is what I have learned from it all. You can’t expect things to change if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, that would actually be the definition of insanity.
A few years after starting this business, I’ve learned that photography is not only a gift and talent God gave me but it’s also a tool for me to reach people, and in that way I’m worshipping God. None of it is about me, it’s about serving others and working for others as if I’m working for God. It’s about showing people what love is and loving people the way Jesus loves us. It’s about planting a seed even if it means someone else will water it. But most importantly, it’s about how God must become greater; and I must become less (John 3:30). That right there is a huge change. Our ego wants to take all the credit for our talents and our gifts, but I’ve realized it’s not about me.
And finally, another thing that snapped the minute I turned 30… I had to pull away from things that were providing instant gratification but were no longer filling my soul.
We’re almost at the halfway point of 2018 and I’ve been reconsidering the goals I had placed for myself in the beginning of the year. My mindset has changed since my birthday and this is what I wanted to share with you all today. You don’t have to wait for a new year to create new goals, what are you so frustrated about right now that needs to change today?
– I’ve realized I love helping other creative vendor-friends find their strengths and develop their branding strategies for their businesses. I want to create a few websites for some of them.
– This year I want to build new friendships. Women that I can pray with, grow with, and are not afraid to empower one another.
– Read my Bible everyday. Read more books. Do more of what I love to develop my relationship with God.
– Get out of my comfort zone. Travel more and photograph random people on the streets of new cities!
– Host a Bridal Brunch Party for my past brides to attend. Catch up with them and meet their babies.
– Finally finishing my degree! And quite possibly relocating to a new city outside of Miami for 2019.
Some of you have asked when watching my Instagram story. Therefore, here’s a list of books I’ve read to this day with their amazon link. They have been amazing books that have helped me a lot and I encourage everyone to check them out.
+ Friend of Sinners: Rich Wilkerson Jr ( I attend Vous Church on Sundays but this book was amazing)
+ Fervent: Priscilla Shirer (read with Christ Fellowship’s small group; teaches you how to pray fervently)
+ The Purpose Driven Life: Rick Warren (read in 2017 and did it as a 40 day program; but I definitely recommend it)
+ Currently Reading: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt: Jentezen Franklin