Making a life, not a living

One of my BFF's, Kristin Knight bought a small staffing agency when she was just 21. She grew the company until she became what I teasingly (but accurately) like to call her, a "mogul." Now that she's 40 something and spent the last twenty plus years building her empire she's looking for something new and something creative. She's not sure what will come but she's excited about it. I'm excited just watching her. I told her that I'm sort of in the same place although I'm far from a mogul. My empire only expands as far as two kids, a husband and our new kitten, but I'm also in the situation where I'm more interested in building the life I want to live versus just working for the dollar (for the moment at least). Hopefully the two will one day merge, but for now I'm content just building my skills as a photographer and seeing where this journey will take me.

I don't think my husband (an aspiring mogul) can understand wanting to do spend so much time on a career I don't make any money at. In fact, I pretty much LOSE money running a photography business with all the gear I buy and classes I take. But doing photography brings me so much joy. I love capturing images of people and if they are paying me they don't generally mind me taking photo after photo of them. If I didn't have clients I wouldn't be able to get the shots I want to get.

The funny thing about my husband shaking his head at me turning down some great design jobs so I can spend more time NOT making enough money to cover my expenses is that I felt the same way about him when he was creating his own company. He was turning down well paying corporate jobs to do his thing for zero pay. In fact it cost us money for him to run a company because he needed to hire developers and fly around to meet with people, etc, etc. He was passionate enough to work his ass off for free building his own company and it is currently paying our bills. I remember being jealous of his passion for his work. Now I have passion again. Hopefully the money will follow for me too, but for now I'm so happy to have a moment where I can concentrate on what I want to do versus just bring home a paycheck.

Anyway, this is a really long introduction to the photos I took of Kristin last week to kick start her new life as a creative consultant, philanthropist, angel investor, yogi master, chauffeur to her kids, world traveler and champion of women's causes (human trafficking in particular.) I'm inspired by her passion and am excited to see where this next stage of life will take her. She too is now looking to design a life instead of just chasing a living. She is making the 40s look GOOD!

I'm thinking Kristin can add "model" to her list of potential second careers too!