As I stepped in to the room I felt my stomach leap, my heart beat faster, and my mind spin.
“This is happening.” I thought. “Holy shit. It’s really real.”
For almost two years I would lie in bed dreaming of a space that I could call my own. I would stay awake at 3am looking up listings for commercial spaces for rent. I would sigh when I saw a “For Lease” sign on the window of a building that had amazing light.
“Keep dreaming.” became a daily reminder to myself.
My husband is in the Navy and the possibility of having to pack up and move on short notice (and having deployment dates constantly change!) meant that any long term plans were out of the question.
I had ticked off every single item on my business goal list.
Go full time. Check.
Have a steady flow of clients. Check.
Buy everything on my gear wish list. Check.
Solidify my branding. Check.
Gross 70k. Check.
I am a perfectionist with extremely high standards. I also make it a point to get what I want.
The fact that the one thing I wanted was out of my grasp only increased my frustration.
The perfect opportunity fell into my lap and it didn’t take me very long to make a decision.
This past month has taught me many things as a business owner and as an individual:
Just ask. What is the worst thing that can happen? Somebody says no?
I am stronger than I think I am. I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to.
Comfort zones never made for great stories.
Best friends and amazing family will be the love and support you need to push you up when you feel like stepping down.
And last but not least… Girl, stick to your budget!!!
So as I stepped into MY studio, I saw all of my dreams come to life.
Our new studio is a labor of love and new beginnings.
Sometimes you just have to say, “Fuck it. Let’s do this!” and seize the opportunity.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Because a blog post isn’t complete without a photo, check out one of our gorgeous sets! I remembered to snap a few photos before our first sessions in the new studio. Stay tuned for more photos of our Virginia Beach Boudoir Studio!
September 8, 2014