As I sit here attempting to study for my third exam in my A&P II class, I can’t help but think about my future, and where I want to be in these coming years. I’ve been working towards a nursing degree, and I’m actually on the waitlist for getting into the program itself, but I can’t really guarantee when that date will actually come to the present. I need to share a little honesty though, alongside some pretty Fall decor because this Arizonian is missing true Fall right now….
I don’t want to be a nurse. Could I become a nurse? Would I be a good nurse? Am I someone that would care about my patients? 100%. Absolutely. No questions asked. I loved working with patients in the healthcare field, and I would love and care for them just the same as I pursue this course. Is it my dream? No.
If I am to be completely honest with you all, I spend my time in lecture dreaming up ways to spoil my brides. I prep my “ATH Bride Tribe” ideas. I brainstorm ways to continue to make my business better and stronger. I’m writing down the different venues and vendors I love and adore. I’m doing essentially anything and everything business related, and nothing school related. If that doesn’t show where my heart is at, I’m not sure what does. In fact, as I’ve been sitting around (and watching videos) of topics having to do with the heart and the blood vessels, all of which will be on my exam this afternoon, I’m almost dying inside. Okay, that’s dramatic, but you get the point! Nursing is not where my heart is at, it’s simply a job security.
But isn’t our life short? Doesn’t every person say how fast our days will pass us by? I’m getting a reality check of that as I plan for my son’s SECOND birthday this weekend… where does the time go? If time is passing by this fast, why should I be sitting here working towards a career I’m not even head over heels for?! I literally eat, sleep, and DREAM weddings. I think about the different gorgeous landscapes to do post wedding portraits at. I prep ideas to help my client’s day (and my day really..) go as smoothly as can be, the list goes on! It’s my passion.
It’s scary though isn’t it?! It’s a dog eat dog world out there! In any career field… We have to constantly strive to stand apart from our peers, to show that our experience is different than those around us. That’s been my biggest focus these last few months. I’ve been focusing on really setting my brand apart. I’ve been writing down idea after idea. I want my brides to feel so special, and for them to know that they aren’t just a paycheck to me. I want each and every one of my clients to feel like they are a part of my family now, that they’re part of the ATH Tribe. I really do love each and every one of my clients! I still talk to a numerous amount of them! I love hearing about their new life updates, seeing their new chapters, you name it. If I’m lucky, I even get to photograph them a year or two down the road!
Anyway, the point is this, I’m really trying to hone in on me. I’m trying to get my business where it needs to be so that I can be flourishing 5, 10, 20 years down the road. I have dreams of moving to the East Coast. I want to see A Traveler’s Heart Photography bloom in the New England life style. It’s the closest to being a European I can be in the United States. (Correct me if I’m wrong!) I want to live that comfy cozy house life. I want to see leaves changing, and snow settling in. I want to complain about having to shovel snow off the sidewalks just to get to my car. I want to get ready an hour early just so my car can heat up… okay, not really, but you get where I’m going with all of this! In a perfect world, that’s where I’d be. So why am I not pushing towards it 100%, and a hundred miles an hour? I need to be!
My question for you all, my wonderful readers, is this:
Where do you see yourself in a year? What about in 10 years? Are you where you want to be? Are you heading in the direction of your dreams? Not just the “dream” that gets you by, but your passion!
That’s actually way more than one question, but that’s okay. 😉
PS: I really hope you caught on to my pun about Following your dreams! Fall-o-ween… because of Fall, and Halloween! Get it?!