Self-Employment | Month 7

Things have been so busy I haven't actually looked through my website since February.  Yeah, I go into the software to update the galleries and whatnot but I haven't gone to the actual site and viewed it the way a potential client would view it.  I know, bad business owner.  Well, I made up for that earlier this month.  I'm planning on releasing an updated site soon so I was scoping it out to see what to keep and what to eliminate.  In doing so, I felt something I never expected to feel - pride.

Since I haven't looked at it in a while, I was able to view my portfolio with a fresh set of eyes.  And you know what?   I liked it.  I actually was happy with what I saw.  I finally feel like I'm starting to come into my own as a photographer and discover my own style.  Sure, there's plenty of room for improvement.  Who doesn't need improvement?  I firmly believe we can never truly stop learning.  But I've come a long way since starting this journey last fall and I can see that difference when I look through my work.  That, to me, is key.  As long as I'm growing, I'm moving in the right direction.  Visible and measurable growth gives me a much needed confidence boost.

Please don't get me wrong - I know there is still a lot of work to do.  I know I need to continue reading everything I can about running a business, practicing editing techniques, pushing myself creatively, and shooting photos at every opportunity.  My weaknesses are no secret and I know what needs to be done to strengthen them.  And I don't mean to sound arrogant or egotistical, either, but if we can be honest with ourselves about the negatives in our lives, why can't we be equally honest about the positives?

This month, I've realized it's important to recognize what you've done - both good and bad.  We have a natural tendency to see all our flaws and beat ourselves up over them but we should be just as honest about our strengths.  The good can be hard to see sometimes with the bad and the ugly crowding it out.  But for me, this month was all about learning how to see the good and, you know what?  I'm happy to say, the good is looking pretty darn good to me.


  1. At the risk of sounding like super lame, I am so proud of you and super jealous. You're doing what you love and that is amazing. More than that you're growing. Go you!

  2. You certainly have a great attitude about it. If we don't recognize our qualities, who will? First, we have to believe in ourselves, otherwise no one else will.

    Proud of you!

  3. As I sit here at my goon desk, I am super jelly of you! Keep up the good work :)

  4. Oh Stephanie! You are so positive and inspiring!!! =)

  5. Good luck girl! I could only imagine how much work it must be. I hope to one day be in your shoes :)

  6. So glad to hear you are feeling encouraged, Stephanie! It's so hard to venture out on your own and take that leap, so cheers to you for being willing to step back and embrace those moments when you feel good about it and realize it's all happening. Can't wait to see the updated site. :)

  7. So happy for you! It's such a great feeling to believe in yourself and what you are doing. Keep it going, girl!

  8. No need to apologize for being proud, you have worked hard! Just because there is always room for growth doesn't mean you can't be proud of where you are today. Keep moving forward because it sounds like you are doing it all right! Congrats!

  9. Gosh Stephanie..For real.. your work is AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing what things you've been researching and learning.. I appreciate it! Going to check out some tutorials! Keep up the good work girl!

    Janette, the Jongleur

  10. this is true. balance in everything. too much pride you're a jerk, too hard on yourself and you'll never succeed. i'm glad you're able to take pride in the awesome work you've done while still assessing what needs to improve - that's a definite recipe for success.


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