Facebook recently shared with me my memory of 6 years ago. At the time I wasn't married, or engaged for that matter and I was going in to my what would be, the last year of my Criminology Degree. I scrolled though my older posts to find statuses like " can't wait until I start doing my youth counselling" or " does anyone have any leads on a job opportunity with youth centres?
Its only now that I can really say that I appreciated those 8 years of University. To this day my degree is not up on the wall... I should hang it because I am so proud of myself for achieving it!
6 years later and I am not even in the field at all, I am a photographer and I AM LOVING EVERY BIT OF IT!
I have had countless conversations with people and every time they ask me my story. How did I end up doing photography? Especially with a Crim degree.
My degree was NOT a waste of time. For any of you who have gone to school ad now are doing something completely different I say to you!!! YOUR EDUCATION was and will never be a waste. I loved volunteering in the prisons it taught me a lot about life and choices. I loved working with youth it taught me about how important it is to be able to support programs that instil good values to help shape the adults of tomorrow. I loved doing projects and researching because it got me out in my community. My education was never a waste it simply transformed me in to the person I am today and prepared me for this step in my life.
While all this still brought me joy, I felt like I was never fulfilled. I was always looking for something that ignited a spark inside me, that set my soul on fire.
Now today with my business I feel like I found my true calling. That I have found something that is for me. My unique purpose, the one that gives me joy, happiness, fulfillment and gift to share with the world.
When we are able to share our special unique gifts with the world, we are fulfilling our destiny which in return brings us to a greater self.
My job has taught me many things and I am by no means done...
Living a life on purpose will allow a path that at times may be rough but my goodness its so worth it.
Don't be afraid to say YES! How will we ever take that leap if we sit there writing it down 30 times over? The only thing that's doing is taking up paper...
Sometimes I sound like a complete doofus because people will ask me " How did you get to where you are today" and my mind draws a blank because I literally just jump in to things ... sometimes its been a disaster and then other times its been so kickass!
Also your heart is the best determination path finder!!!!
I always listen to my heart... its my life compass! It steers me in the right direction.
Finally be grateful... because loving your life, yourself and others creates this big shield! It protects you and allows you to take those great leaps of faith and to punch fear in the face.
So what are you waiting for? Your adventure is out there waiting for you to say YES!
....and when people ask me how did I get here?
I just simply say " I'm just a girl who decided to go for it"