A couple of months ago it suddenly became clear to me that I needed to move back home to Maine.
I've wanted to do it for years, but the logistics of making it happen always seemed too complicated so I never pushed very hard.
Then one night I was trying in vain to fall asleep & it hit me like a lightning bolt to the temple. I didn't WANT to move to Maine...WE as a family NEEDED to move to Maine. I didn't really know how it was all going to work out, but I knew that I had to make it happen. So I did.
It took a few (very frightening) weeks for everything to come together, but they did. My husband's company agreed to let him work from home and I had the all clear to quit my job & start packing up all our stuff. We had a place to live (at least temporarily), steady income including health insurance, and I was going to have the freedom to stay home with Ciara for the summer to get us settled before finding a job for myself.
Now the summer is coming to an end & it's time for me to be productive. I need to seize the opportunity that I've been given if this move is going to fully work. Which leads me to contemplate- What exactly IS my dream anyway?
I have developed a passion for photography over the last several years. I have never taken any classes and I'm very much an amateur but people seem to agree that I have a talent for it. So I guess the ultimate dream is for me to turn my passion into a career. BUT...I know that doesn't just happen over night. It's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to get there.
So the next question becomes- What can I do in the meantime to make money so that my family and I can have the life we really want, but still have the time and energy to pursue my ultimate dream?
The possibilities in small town Maine tend to be a bit limited.
Except I refuse to allow them to be. I am an intelligent, capable woman. Surely I can convince others of this?
What am I good at? What do I have to offer my community? Where is there a need for me & my abilities?
Here's the amusing thing (well, amusing to me anyway)- various members of my family all came back with the same answer independently...SOCIAL MEDIA.
The businesses in my small city are only just beginning to grasp the benefits of using social media as a marketing tool. It's the perfect time to jump in and make a name for myself. If I play my cards right, use my connections and my wits, and work HARD, I really believe I can do this.
So for now, I guess my dream is this...
I would like to build my own business. I want to make my own schedule and be able to be there for my daughter. I want to be able to volunteer for field trips and to help her with school & extra curricular activities. I want to become involved in the community where I was born & raised. This is my home and I think that I have a lot to offer to help make it a better place to live. I want to study photography. I want to understand the science of a photo well enough that I can plan each exposure and not just luck into a few nice ones here & there. I want people to love my photos so much that they can't wait to hire me to take some for them. That's my dream. NOW...to make it my reality.
PS Here's a little sample of some of my favorite photos. Enjoy!