Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal blog post so, here we go!
As most of you know, at the end of 2018, I announced that I was taking Madalyn Yates Photography full time. At the time, I had just finished with a full-time nanny position while pursuing my photography so when the family left, I had the choice to either look for another full-time job or take the plunge and go full-time with MYP. After much thought, I took the plunge! I had back up money in my savings account & a few handfuls of weddings and sessions lined up for the next year so I was fully confident that I could rock the full-time entrepreneur life. And I did and I still am!
My life was somewhat quiet being that I worked from home most of the time, so when an opportunity knocked, I answered… I am part of a Facebook community for other wedding industry creatives and my now, really good friend Laney asked our group if anyone had some extra time to help her with her calligraphy business and I immediately said, I would love to be considered! And let’s understand, I wasn’t interested because I needed another job, but I was interested because it would be a great way to still be in the wedding industry and get to know another talented entrepreneur all while helping out Laney during a busy time. Little did both of know, two weeks turned into a little over a year! We had some great times & I learned a lot. Very thankful for Laney. Check her out, here!
So here I was pursuing my photography full-time and working a mini part-time job. I was loving life. It was a great balance and I was having fun!
A few months go by and I had a client, who runs a business coaching business, reach out to me to see if I would be interested in being her personal assistant. I know you’re probably like, why would you have time for this nor why did you want to take on another job, but I did. If you know me well, you probably know I am a go-getter. I am adventurous. I like to help people. And if something doesn’t scare me at first, I go for it.
You’re reading this right. I had three jobs. I was telling people I was a full-time wedding & lifestyle photographer. But really I was a full-time wedding photographer, a part-time assistant at Design by Laney and I was a part-time personal assistant. Wow, I am exhausted just writing this.
From November 2018 to April 2019, I was juggling two part-time jobs but most importantly, running my own wedding & lifestyle photography job. I was continuing to serve my couples, I was continuing to host mini sessions three times a year and heck, I brought on an assistant for the upcoming 2019 weddings! Say hey to Amber, here! It’s been a wild ride but here I am sharing what my past year has looked like. I wanted to share a little back story and explain why I fully trust all the decisions I made and how it’s strengthened me in my business, personal life, and my faith life.
When people usually say they are working a full-time job, that means that’s all they are doing. And as you’ve read, that is not what it meant for me. As a photographer, there are seasons of business that are quieter than others and that is why I took on other jobs. Being a single entrepreneur without any other source of income ie. husband, parents, etc, I wanted to make sure that even when I didn’t have weddings I was still able to pay my mortgage, utilities, and be able to feed myself and take care of my dog. But when I was working three jobs, I stopped doing things for me and doing things that make me happy. I started to realize I may be putting my hands in too many buckets. And it’s funny because at this point, Laney had announced she was going to be moving to Colorado. So, we knew my time with her would be slowly fading and then stopping completely. As far as the personal assistant job turned admin assistant was also switching around so it was a complete sign that I needed to slow down. I needed to
fully focus on my full-time Madalyn Yates Photography passion. So here we are!
May 2019, I no longer work two part-time jobs. I’ve been afraid to admit or share that I was working three jobs. Why? Because I was afraid people, even friends, would judge me and say, I guess she doesn’t trust that she can just do one thing. That’s part the truth. I was afraid and I didn’t want to let people down so I kept this to myself somewhat. A friend of mine recently shared a quote and I think it goes well with what I am sharing so I wanted to share it with YOU!
Trying to be all the things for everyone isn’t going to work. We’ll end up exhausted, burned out, and uninspired. That’s why I wanted to come on here today and remind you that it’s ok. You don’t have to do it all all the time.
Focus on what makes you happy and what moves your business forward, and let the rest come when you can. Let’s create a little more hygge and a little less hustle, okay?
- Ida Winstead with Hygge Design Co.
I am focusing on what I started in 2018 - full-time photography. I will no longer take on other jobs. I learned so much from working with both jobs but I am noticing that I am happier. I am noticing that I am spending more time with friends & focusing on relationships that mean a lot to me.
I will fully lean into God’s plan. Where I feel weak, He provides. Where I doubt, He strengthens. Where I fall, He lifts. When I feel inadequate, He tells me that I am worthy.
To be honest, I don’t know if this will encourage anyone or anything but I felt like it was something I wanted to share. To let people know that you don’t have to have it together all the time. We all tend to juggle things but only some realize how much it is affecting your life.
God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. We may not understand why He puts certain things in our lives but it is for good. When He starts something in your life He will complete it. You just have to have faith and praise Him through the breakthrough.
Cause You finish what you start I will trust You in the process
I believe You God.
Prophecy Your Promise by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
So here I am. Turning a new page in Part 2 of sharing that I am a FULL-TIME wedding & portrait photographer. Fully trusting God. Fully running towards serving couples, families and other business owners. Thanks for listening to my ramble. XO, Madalyn