To give everyone an idea of me and my journey, I decided to take it from the beginning. I’ll try to make it short and sweet but yet still inspiring enough.
Let’s take it back to Christmas of 2015. Well actually a couple weeks before. See my husband and I do this thing every Christmas, we don’t get gifts for each other. We solely concentrate on the kids because we love to spoil the shit out of them, who doesn’t. We usually just plan a little vacation that we can do together with the family or maybe some alone time. Well not this Christmas, this Christmas my husband gave me my first DSL camera, Nikon D7100, and since he gave it to me a couple weeks before Christmas he said it wasn’t technically a “Christmas gift”. Ya, my ass. So anyways I jumped up and down and kissed him and got right to work on the computer trying to figure out how to set it up and learn all the ins and out of it.
Here I am year 3 with the camera and I’d say I got the hang of it pretty good. Then I became a momtrepreneur. Just last year 2017 I opened my own photography business. Taxes being claimed and all. So now I’m a little over my first year and id say it went/going decently well. I’m still new so my name hasn’t reached it’s potential yet. So, this year I have been just building my brand and name for everyone to hear. I made a business Facebook and Instagram account, I have reached out to people via email or word of mouth. I have given free sessions just to have people tell their friends and family about me, you know anything for exposure. I’m still on that train and I can proudly say I’m doing just fine! That’s been my photography business so far, I stopped thinking about all the little details to get it perfect or all the what if’s and just jumped head first into it. If you sit there and think about every little thing to make it perfect, you’ll never get it done.
My advice… jump.
Leading into my next leap of faith, mommy blogging. This is so so so new to me that I have done so much research that I am still lost and learning every day. So, to take it from the top for this mommy blogging thing. My day job was a nanny Monday- Friday, during school season and all summer long, all year long. Then I found out we were expecting our third child. As nice as it was bringing my kids to work with me, three kids and watching two other kids was enough for me. So, I decided to “retire” with my nanny job. Now my job is just a photographer and a full time stay at home mommy. I’m saying “only” it’s a lot of work and most of you would think nothing of it but the other half of you would understand what it takes to be a full time stay at home mommy to three kids. Yeah ask me where my sanity went.
Okay okay to the point. I’m sitting here day after day, reading my favorite book of all time, “crushing it”, and as I’m reading it I’m reading it as a photographer. As I’m reading, I just feel deep down there is something else I’m supposed to do. There is something MORE I can do. I was sitting on the couch one day after reading for a little and I pick up my phone to just check Instagram and this women blogger pops up on my explore page. “Ginger Parrish”. I creep her page for a good hour and start looking at her website and my stomach did all these weird tingles and butterflies and I just felt a connection to it. Since I no longer have a steady income every week (besides photography sessions here and there- winter months being dead as can be) I thought to myself why can’t I be a mommy blogger and just show my life? Seriously, who is to say I can’t? I’m a 26-year-old mom, I have three kids, and have my own business I’m trying to run. Why not just show that to the world and see what happens? So, after changing my mind set of being in fear, you’re not a freaking writer, you know nothing about writing, I went for it. I jumped off this huge cliff, partnered up with someone to help me make my website, researched other mommy bloggers, took notes, learned the blogging world + decided, do it. Freaking do it. I have said this before, this is my timeline of learning a new world and showing just what I do in life. Some may like it, and some may hate it, but for me no one can break my mindset and tell me i can’t do it, because i can, and am doing it. Its going to take some time but I hope you follow along with me and watch me grow into one of the most badass momtrepreneur + mommy blogger.
It’s just me, being Courtney