It has always been difficult to get myself established as a photographer after moving every 2-3 years at a time. Because of this (and other things), I never felt successful in my business. About three years ago, my husband made one of his hardest decisions to leave his beloved Marine Corps and pursue medicine. We had to say goodbye to sunny California after making it our home for the last 11 years and begin new roots in Texas. It was not unfamiliar to me as it was my home while attending my last couple of years of high school and, soon after, joining the Air Force. But very new for my husband (and maybe the fact that he is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan coming into their biggest rival, Dallas Cowboys, territory =P ).
We spent a couple of years in San Antonio, very close to my parents, while he went through his undergrad program at UT San Antonio. After tackling classes, prepping for and taking the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), and applying to several medical schools, we got the good news of acceptance to UNT Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, YAY! However, this would mean we would have to pack up and move our entire lives...again! I immediately began looking for a new job, researching the best areas to raise a family, listing our house for rent while keeping it as clean as possible for showings during all the packing we were doing, and finding our new home all at the same time. I can tell you that my sanity was gone and there were many episodes of defeat, exhaustion, and just about every emotion possible. I was reminded that you're allowed to scream, you're allowed to cry, but do not give up.
Fast forward to the present, we are comfortably settling into our new abode here in Fort Worth. We found a beautiful house of our dreams (something that we only imagined years later), I have an amazing new job that allows me to schedule my hours flexibly, and the kiddos have incredibly adjusted well to the new surroundings. Although, I dearly miss my family being so close before, they are only a few hours away now to still visit on occasion. We love it here in North Texas and all of the craziness getting here was worth the while. At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.
I began this post stating how my business has not been what it should be, but with this newfound hope and some time, I will get it there. Right now, for the next four years, the focus is keeping my whole household sane while my husband gets through medical school. I will be a busy mama to two small children with a full-time job - how will I keep up? By knowing that I can do this because I already have. This is only another chapter in my life that will help me grow and learn. <3