As I began thinking about what my first blog post would be, all I could think about writing was what has been happening in my life the last 24 hours. Then I remembered why I made this to begin with.
The last year has been an absolute whirlwind of emotions through the time Charlie has been with the Marine Corps. Selling our home, moving across the country, and starting a new job alone was by far the most questionable decision I could have made in midst of adjusting to our new life. Throw planning a wedding in there and you have one hell of a time.
Initially, I refused to be a military spouse. I refused to put myself in a position that would “limit” me from living the happiest life I could. I expressed to Charlie I wanted to respect his dream, but that we should end things so I don’t hold him back from it. As a smart man would, he didn’t let me go. He did quite the opposite, bringing me some of the best days of my life until I was so far in love with him that there was no turning back.
Flash forward to yesterday, and we’re saying our goodbyes. In a week, Charlie will be leaving for his first deployment. He will be in a new country, on a new continent, 15 hours away for the next six months. Over this time period, I know there will be many days filled with frustration, tears, and heartache. The beautiful thing is the light that will lie within these days. Photography is one of them.
Thanks to Charlie, I have a camera that I can put my all into over the next six months. I can focus on developing skills towards photographing the world around us that will hopefully intrigue others. If my husband has the courage to follow his dream to fight for our country, there’s no sense why I shouldn’t have the courage to go after what it takes to be a professional photographer.
Here’s to finding what you’re passionate about and following your dream. This is my portfolio. Enjoy.