My year long adventure starts here…
It was 10 years ago that I opened the doors to my very first studio. I had very little business experience and didn’t have a clue on how to maintain let alone run a successful business- after all how hard could it be? What I did know was that I loved people, taking beautiful portraits was my passion, and I had all the hope and determination in my heart to make it work!
Oh how I wish i could go back in time and give my 26 year old self a big hug! The journey was not always easy but every obstacle and every hardship was worth it, I learnt how to run a thriving business which was built from the ground up and even managed to find and marry an incredible husband and have two beautiful girls to share my life with. So here I am 10 years later – blessed, fulfilled and over flowing with gratitude to still be doing the work I love while juggling a young family of my own.
As the new year approached I was asked “what will you do to celebrate?” in my heart the answer was clear “I want to give back”. So this is a blog about my journey, a year long adventure that I would like to dedicate to charity and share the stories that happen along the way with you. I want this blog to be a reminder to everyone (especially my girls) that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and how through helping others we can also heal from our own personal trials and wounds. Last year I hit rock bottom and was overwhelmed with the demands of work and family so i made a decision. I would make myself “better” by focusing my energy outwards doing good for others than wallowing in my own self pity. “I’m going to take 12 months off work” i said to my husband to which he replied with no hesitation, “go for it”..
For years just like thousands of others I have followed the inspirational story of Connie and Samuel Johnson from “Love your sister” – remember that guy in pink that rode around Australia on a unicycle? Well that’s Samuel! The charity focuses on breast cancer awareness and raises funds for Cancer research at the Garvan Institute. After reading their book I was compelled to approach the charity with a unique fundraising proposal that would involve Connie and Sam in a special way. After 5 weeks of waiting I received an email on the 31st of January saying that Connie and Sam were “100% in!”. I was so happy that I couldn’t see the rest of the email through my tears. Details of the fundraiser will follow in my future blog posts but I thought I would start by giving you a bit of background as to why I have decided to embark on this mission in the first place. I have set myself a goal to raise $100,000 for “Love your sister” and have given myself 12 months to do so.
And so my year long adventure starts here… (As i write, an email has come through for me to meet Connie in Sydney next week – what a privilege to meet her in person. I’ll be sharing that story with you soon so stay tuned)