I have often been asked, "How do you homeschool AND run a business?!"
Well, let me back up to the beginning...
When I [we] first started this business, I was a solo act. I could work countless hours on building my business and could shoot anytime I needed/wanted. Fast forward 2 years and we found out I was pregnant and knew a new and amazing shift was happening for us as a family. It took a little time to figure out the new dance both personally and professionally, but we figured it out and continued to grow the business along with our newest addition.
Fast forward 6 more years and my daughter was starting to attend school full time, which was great in a sense because I could again focus 6 hours of dedicated time to my business again. However, deep in my gut I felt something was shifting and changing for us, but did know what. Slowly and surely, things started to be made more clear to us and what our path was for our daughter Brooklynn.
Heading into the summer of 2015 we made a really big decision for our family and decided to homeschool Brooklynn. And let me first start out by saying, I was totally one of those people that was more on the lines of "when pigs fly" is when I would ever consider homeschooling. But little by little I felt that change taking place throughout her kindergarten year and after lots of prayer and talking, we decided to take the plunge.
I was really nervous about how it would change things for me as a business owner. I have worked HARD the past 8 years to build my business to where it is and was nervous that shifting in this direction would affect it. But thankfully - it hasn't.
Sure we have been given a new dance and need to figure out our own steps. But I have been so thankful for how "easy" it has been to make this shift. Brooklynn is my baby, my buddy, and my little assistant. Having photographed families for over 8 years and always being a family first business, my clients have seen and understood that from the beginning. She often times will come with me to photo shoots and help prep things or even get babies to laugh like no other. She has a servants heart, and I love that she has the opportunity to see her mommy in an entrepreneurial role that will give her skills beyond her years. I am also so grateful for my clients who totally get it.
We are finally falling into a new "normal" and a new rhythm that has actually made running this photography business much smoother. I also live by the quote that Theodore Roosevelt once said:
And it is true. If I compare how I am running my business to others, I will feel let down. If I look at how others are educating their children, I might feel like we are not living up to other people's standards. So on and so forth. Choosing to compare myself with others will only rob me of the joy that is right in front of me.
I am PUMPED for what 2016 has in store!!! Things are shifting yet again and I CAN'T WAIT to share those details with everyone!
I want to end by saying THANK YOU. I am sooooooo grateful for the support I have been given by family, friends, and of course my clients. This business would not be what it is if it weren't for you!