Family, Career Growth, and My Journey to Full-Time Entrepreneurship
You are probably sick of hearing this, but in case you haven’t (and you are reading this for a reason)… I am moving to TAMPA!!! My husband and I are moving to Tampa Bay, Florida, and we couldn’t be more excited for a ton of reasons:
Hubby’s Career Growth
Full Time Photographer
Number One: Family
No. We aren’t starting our family just yet. You guys need to give me a few more years on that one. Daniel and I are from the Tampa area. Daniel was born in New York and moved to Riverview when he was 12 years old. I was born in Sarasota and moved to Brandon in 5th grade. So, it’s home.
Family means SO much to both of us, and we both have HUGE families. Like, huge HUGE. This move means so much to the both of us, because we miss out on life’s important, and not-so-important moments. With both of our careers it was difficult making the trip back to Tampa even though it’s only 3 hours away. We missed out on birthdays, parties, births, and other important milestones. But the part we missed the most? Just being able to pop on over, on a random Tuesday night, and have dinner with our family. Those are the greatest moments.
How’d we end up in Jacksonville? I will make this long story short… Daniel and I ended up attending Riverview High School at the same time. That is where our friendship began, and led to our relationship after high school. After high school, Daniel attended Jacksonville University and I went to school at the University of South Florida. After graduating in 3 years, I wanted to be closer to him (and have a non-long distance relationship). Also, the job market was a heck of a lot better for a new grad with a business degree in Jacksonville.
Daniel has only ever had one job, yeah he has been with Winn Dixie since he was 17 years old. He loves every second of it, and has worked his way up through the company. Crazy, I know. As for me… I went from a job in corporate America, to a Marketing Manager for a small business… yet, MY business was always on the back burner.
Number Two: Hubby’s Career Growth
This man freaking loves his job. I mean, I don’t get it, because it’s a grocery store, and he works at least 12 hours a day. But he TRULY loves it. Hey, more kudos to him, because someone needs to do it… and that someone DEF isn’t me. Some of you may know, Winn Dixie was struggling there for a bit, but Daniel has stuck through it, and it will pay off.
He has been so fortunate to work under some amazing leaders, gain an insane amount of exposure from corporate leadership, and progress his career at such a rapid pace. He started out as a cashier and worked his way up to now being second in charge at his store.
Winn Dixie is going through a ton of structural changes, both financial and at the store level. My husband has been a part of projects to update processes throughout the company. His store is also about to go through a re-model… which you probably think isn’t a big deal… but it is INSANELY amazing. Without boring you anymore, he is getting transferred to a great district and will have opportunities for advancement in Tampa. I can’t wait to see him flourish.
Number Three: Full Time Photographer
If you are still reading, give yourself a pat on the back. You a real one! This is the reason you clicked on this blog post… you want to know more about my journey into full time entrepreneurship.
I have to start by saying, I am scared, really scared. Yeah you read that right. I am petrified. Yet, I have never felt so happy and content in my entire life. I am not scared of failing, because I know I will fail, and I will accept that gracefully. I am scared to find out if I am enough, and if I have what it takes to run a business full time. I am scared that this decision could be a huge set back in my life. You know what I am more scared of though? Regret.
I know this is the right, and only, time in my life I will be able to take a risk, and face entrepreneurship head on with every fiber of my being. Daniel and I have prepared as much as we possibly could, both financially and emotionally. We have taken as many steps as we can to make this thing work. Now, it is up to me to actually make it happen.
If you have been around since the beginning of my business, you know I started out doing #AllTheThings. I found a specialty in weddings and portraits, and after two years, I found my niche in branding and portraits. I grew my business in the wee hours of the night time and on the weekends. Throughout college and in my early 20s, I did enjoy myself, but not to the extent that my peers did. I didn’t go out every single weekend. I couldn’t go to happy hour every week. I simply had to work, and work my butt off. I spent every waking moment at my full time job, working on my business, and taking care of myself/house. That was it.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVED everything about it, and I would never trade it for anything in the world. But, I still didn’t have the time to build the business of my dreams. It still wasn’t enough.
I am proud to say that I can now put every ounce of energy into my passion. Into my business. And into myself. I know it won’t be easy to make this move. Hey, I am basically building a book of business again from the ground up.
And in case you are wondering… I will still be around in Jacksonville, I will take clients in the area, and I will travel. My portrait and branding photography studio will now have a home base in Tampa.