May 8, 2013

Why Start a Blog? Why Now?

Why start a blog and why now?  Good question that I asked myself for several months before doing it.  As a research and development engineer who found her way into sales, I am a project oriented girl at heart.  That is the way my brain works and how I approach most of my life.  I am the type to plan her meals every week (for the most part - I am not perfect, of course), in order to make my week go more smoothly and reduce my stress. Having a plan is a part of who I am.  For example, even before starting this blog, I researched for weeks on blogging and have created a resource guide for myself to use during this journey.

For years, my creative outlets have been party and event planning (from designing the invitations, creating the decorations, to cooking the food), gardening, and of course photography.  Like many amateur photographers, I had short lived thoughts and dreams about what it would be like to take photography more serious and drop the "amateur" title. I no longer work as an engineer or sales manager. As a mother of a 1, 3 and 5 year old, I took on the most underrated title of my life and career, "stay-at-home mom". I fully embrace this choice. I am grateful that I pressed the pause button to cherish those moments that pass quickly. However, not unlike many moms that have made this choice, I long for those moments to have a peaceful thought to myself and work on something that nutures my interests, talents and skills. 

Recently, I mentioned to my loving and supportive husband that with my love of all things food and desire to spend more time with photography, it would be great to combine the two and learn what it would take to drop that "amateur" title. He said, "well do it"?  And I said, "what!?! Do you think I could do it now?" As I began to give him all my excuses, he simply said, "If you want it..make it happen". He suggested I take a focused approach and dedicate as much time as possible for at least a year to learn as much as I can.  He said it in a way that was really more of a challenge....and I am not the kind of girl to turn down a challenge.  And so, my next great project was created.

Let the journey begin.  This blog is a place to share my journey, to serve as a source of accountablity for me (especially on those days when it is all about the kids and hubby and 24 hours in a day do not seem like enough), and to serve as a forum to solicit advice and encouragement from others who have traveled a similar road.

Do I have a complete plan as to how long this will take or how I will get there? No, but I am taking a leap of faith and doing it anyway. One thing I do know at this point is that I must start somewhere and take action. Accomplishments are defined by the journey taken and the end result. I am excited to spend more time pursuing my passions and becoming a better photographer. 

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