* It's officially official!!!!
We're moving to Illinios to be closer to home!
I can't tell you how long I've been waiting to shout that out to the world. I'm going home! I'm going home! I'm beyond happy and excited.
I've lived here in Cayman for sixteen years and my husband has been here ten. We've loved it, but have always known we didn't want to be here forever. The last few years have been difficult, to say the least. Having a baby, working full time, and having no support network is hard. Our apartment burnt down with everything in it (except us and the cat thankfully), and we had some so called 'friends' betray us in a very cold and calculating way. You know how the saying goes though, "what doesn't kill you, will make you stronger", and we are definitely stronger!
Although the last few years have been hard, we wouldn't change a thing. We have an incredibly awesome, loving, sweet, hilarious little boy who has enriched our lives beyond measure! But he's a handful and we can't wait to be able to drop him off at grandma's and grandpa's so we can have a little time to ourselves.
Our apartment burning down almost two years ago was devastating, horrible, and terrifying. To this day, a whiff of smoke immediately puts me into high alert and I get a little panicky feeling in my chest. I can now smell even the tiniest whiff that is barely detectable to others. It's weird. Knowing that you and your child were minutes away from death, literally minutes, really puts life into perspective. It makes you appreciate the most important things in your life, your loved ones. It makes you thankful for these people, each and every minute. Material possessions get regulated to non important, which is exactly where they should be. The outpouring of love and generosity from family, friends and strangers alike during that time was beyond comprehension. Amazing.
Having friends betray you? Well, that makes you realize all people do not have your best interests at heart. When that little voice inside you called 'instinct' tells you something, LISTEN. My little voice was screaming at me and I refused to listen, because I thought they were friends. Now, I'll listen. I still believe most people are good and kind, but I will now always be aware that there are, lets say, unscrupulous (and that's being kind) people in the world. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing to know. Another plus? I've learned to trust myself and believe in what I'm thinking and feeling and go with it. It's a wonderful, empowering feeling.
So, in only three very short months we will be off! For everyone in Illinois, I will be doing photography full time!! Yup, that's what I said, FULL TIME! I can't believe it. Along with this post, I'm officially launching my new website and I will be taking bookings for June. Please check it out, leave me some love on facebook, pass it along to friends and family, repost it, whatever. Anything anyone can do to help me spread the word would be greatly appreciated. If you have any advice for me about moving my business, doing business in Effingham/Illinois, or anything at all, I'm all ears and will happily listen to any suggestions
I'm so looking forward to this coming year and all the changes it will bring. To making a new life in the place I've always called home.........Illinois.
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and a few pictures of Illinois.....