Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been off the radar for several months. Although 2018 had many business highs with amazing clients, travels and milestones, it also was one of the worst years. I’ve thought long and hard if I should tell my story of 2018… and after being asked to speak at a women’s small business conference and all the overwhelming support of the attendees, I had my answer. While I’m a better speaker then I am a writer (so don’t be checking for all my typo’s) I’m going to give it a go. I also couldn’t have done this without the support of my husband who deserves so much more then what 2018 gave him.
As many of you know my husband is a k9 police officer. Through the years he has been in many dangerous situations which has always been stressful on our family. In late September my husband was involved in a shooting where he had to shoot and kill a man. This man was a drug dealer who while grabbing his gun tried to run over Arthur and his partner with his truck. He also had his girlfriend in the car along with serval different drugs. Unfortunately this has not been Arthurs first shooting or time his life has been in danger. Being a cop for 15 years he has had his life in danger serval times and seen his fair share of tragedies. This shooting was pretty hard on Arthur and our family in ways we just weren’t ready for. After a “hit” was put out on us, as well as several news broadcasts I really didn’t think things could get much worse but 2018 still had more presents to give us.
A few weeks before Christmas we added another member to the family, my 6 year old extremely sweet and kind nephew came to live with us. While we loved that we got to take him in, with all the changes going on the stress had really started to get to me. A few days before Christmas my legs and face swelled up to the point I was unrecognizable. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with lupus which caused the swelling as well as giving me pneumonia. I spent Christmas Eve and several days hospital.
Through all of this I’ve been trying to do my best to not just keep my family afloat but my business as well. I’ll be the first to admit I have not been running my business to the standards I’m used to, nor have I felt like myself for a while. I’ve fell behind on editing, I’ve delayed responding to emails, & not made my clients and friends a priority like I usually have. For this I want to apologize. I hope all my clients & friends know that if I’ve made a mistake I go out of my way to right my wrong. This year was not one of my proudest, but after speaking at “Girl Boss” event I got to tell a large group of amazing small business owners my story and received so much support it gave me the strength to take something positive away from last year. What I told all of those lovely ladies is that to have your own business you must have GRIT! Grit is defined as having- courage, courageousness, bravery, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, steel, nerve, toughness, hardiness, resolve, & determination. But more importantly owning your own business is like running a marathon. You need to be in it for the long haul and not a sprint. So while 2018 might go down as a water break in my marathon, I’m in it for the long haul! I’m giving 2019 to God and placing faith that this year is going to bring amazing and beautiful things that will make me a better person, photographer and mother.
I feel blessed to have such amazing clients and can’t wait to turn 2019 into a great year. With that I’m so excited to start my Grit with Brit Page! Every year I throw a Grit with Brit workshop and now it’s all year long! If you want to join or learn more about Grit with Brit you can visit @gritwithbrit on Facebook.