Thinking about Why and Where I'm Going

Why?

I've been thinking about this question a lot this week. If you don't know why you're doing something, you have no reason to continue when things get hard. And they WILL get hard. There's this idea that, "if you have a strong enough Why, you can endure any How." And I genuinely want to endure.

So WHY am I doing this? Why did I quit my job? Why have I been spending 8 hours on photography every single day this week? Why am I pursing this full time?

Although I have a very definite answer to these questions, I'm still not entirely sure the best way to put it into clear, concise sentences. I planned to share with you my eloquent, well-put together mission statement today, but honestly, it's still a messy jumble of words and I need a little bit longer to process through it. So, instead, I'd like to give you a little status update about where I am and where I'm going.

About three months ago, I posted that Stephanie Nunley Photography would officially launch on May 20, 2013. This past Monday.

And it did. Quietly.

I had planned to share my branding process with you during the last three months - the creation of my new logo, sneak peaks of my blog and website re-design, and tempting tid-bits of the products and services I'd officially be offering.

None of this happened, and although I feel a bit like a failure, I've come to accept that it's okay. The past three months have been, without a doubt, the craziest three months of my life. I was working a part time job, finishing up college, planning my own wedding, investing in Luke and I's relationship, spending time with the Lord, running my business, traveling a LOT, and trying to have a little bit of a social life… it was straight. up. overwhelming. I had to come to terms with the fact that the less essential things had to be postponed… which means I didn't have much time to spend planning for the future of my business and promoting it online.

And that's okay.

So, this past Monday, I woke up early enough to sit down at 8 AM, turn on my computer, and officially begin my new job. Very quietly. I've gotten a staggering amount of things done this week, but I also realize that there is a mountain of things still to be done over the next few weeks. And, again, that's okay. Because now I have the time to sit down and actually do them to the best of my ability. Which is very, very exciting.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be working hard to…

     - finalize a cohesive brand that reflects my mission and values.

     - make sure this brand is implemented in my website, blog, and social media.

     - create materials and systems to ensure my clients have the best customer service and experience possible.

     - organize my life. It's still kind of everywhere.

I'm so, SO excited to have the time to FINALLY be intentional about getting these things done, and I hope to be able to share my progress with you over the next few Fridays. I want to be as open as possible about this process to encourage others who are going through the same thing and to give you a better idea of what to expect from the experience of hiring me as your wedding photographer.

And I'm very, very excited.

Cooking with Husband

(totally unrelated, but Lucas and I have been having so. much. fun. cooking dinner together each night. A few nights ago, we made stir fry... and it was delicious. You have to understand, though, this is coming from someone with absolutely ZERO cooking experience. None. So I've been feeling fairly pro.)