I hit the reset button in life! Here's my story and hopefully someone will benefit from it.
I had it all. A job making $90,000 a year in the tech industry with lots of room to grow, a brand new quarter of a million dollar home, no debt, and an awesome city to live in (Austin, TX). I had all that any many other material things. However, I left it all behind in pursuit of my dream and to help family.
Would you leave all that behind? SO....... Why would anyone do such a thing? I had it all, right? No, I had it all, but I was wrong.
Let me explain why I left it all behind. I learned in 2013 that I was putting all my sense of security in a paycheck $$ and Not into myself. Trust me, it's an easy trap to fall into. I was chasing making more money and not my dream of being creative as a photographer/videographer. I had all the things you could want but all those "things" (big house, car, etc) weren't satisfying. I realized that real happiness comes from surrounding yourself with family, good friends, and working hard in pursuit of dreams.
So, I took the leap of faith and left the corporate world. I was scared shitless of not knowing exactly what would happen. I am a type A person who likes to plan every detail out but I've learned you have to be open to LOTS of failing in order to succeed. I realized I was confident in my creative abilities and once I knew that, making the leap of faith was just the next step to reach my dream.
So, what is my dream? Well here's the rough draft ( trust me they're all rough drafts :) ) .
To own a sustainable creative ( Photography| Videography| Design ) business that allows me to travel, be with my family & friends, and ultimately help people and create a better world.
So, what's my plan?
I am restarting where it all started. St. Louis, MO.
Part of my dream is seeing my mother has a good home to live in as she gets older. So, I've temporarily moved back into my mom's home and will be helping rehab her home. The home is in need of repairs and I am going to do what I can to make sure she has a good place to live. If anyone wants to help please reach out :). Momma will cook for you!
I'll be here for 3 months then I am moving on. Preferably into home or apartment with a studio space. This allows me to help my mother our while I get the business running here in St. Louis.
The next phase is relaunching the photography business here in St. Louis with a focus on head shots and aerial drone real estate videos. Check out one of my latest drone videos here: https://vimeo.com/79118878
Creativity, education, travel, and helping people is what makes me happy and fulfilled. I am ready to pursue those dreams! Here's to a great 2014 and lots of hard work! Wish me luck!