Life is often a journey, not of straight roads but of curvy paths. They all look a little different and sometimes may not quite turn out the way we originally anticipated. But despite it all the ups and downs it's always fun to see where life takes us. I am coming up on 6 months since becoming a Certified Professional Photographer and 3 months since I started a new job as an Occupational Therapist. Both of these undertakings have been really awesome, but in many ways, super challenging. I was chatting with my friend and fellow CPP, Sarah today, and she said something to the effect of this: "Anytime you are new to something, it can be difficult. But you just have to remember that you have to keep working hard and it will get easier."
When I accomplished becoming a CPP followed by attaining a part time OT job not long after, I had envisioned many facets in my life changing. While things are definitely a lot different than they were a few months ago, they aren't at all the way I had imagined them. For instance, I still have not changed any of my pricing for my business nor have I dedicated specific time for photography training or social media marketing like I had planned. Instead, I have been working more at my “part time” job than I did at the full time job that I left. I took a leap from my very comfortable job I had known for 10 years to go into a whole different world of therapy. It is hard because I have a LOT to learn, train for, and get accustomed to. But I have to remind myself that getting my CPP also took a lot of training and being able to handle critiques to learn and gain more skill as a photographer.
My opinion, the great things in life are worth the hard work that you inevitably have to put into achieving them. As a photographer, getting my CPP took a lot of hard work but it is an honor that I cherish. The same to an OT, I’m training to be a part of the feeding team that works with parents to ensure safe feedings for babies that are released from the NICU. Even though it can be challenging it will be an honor every day that I get to help families with their sweet little ones. I am very accustomed to taking photos of newborns, but now I will get to work with them as an OT and that is beyond cool to me! This was one of my dreams while I was in OT school, that one day I would work with babies. I never really thought it would happen and now it is! As fate would have it my career paths crossed when I was actually able to help one of the families for whom I was taking newborn photos. I asked to observe the baby’s feeding to help with training for my job, and I was able to suggest some modifications that were helpful to ensure the sweet baby boy did not lose as much from his feedings. How amazing is that?! It was yet more evidence, that despite the uphill climb at the beginning God had a plan for me to get this new job and that has a plan for us when we are having to work hard to get through the changes or just plain struggles of life.
I will leave you with this quote that I previously posted to Instagram:"The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you."
I hope that wherever you are on your life’s journey, you will keep working hard and push through the challenges! It’s worth the struggle to be able to achieve your dreams, whatever they may be!
Kim Lorenz, owner/photographer of Creative Visions Photography. Photography is not my primary profession, but it is one of my passions!