I have a tattoo of the word faith on my foot and many people ask me when they notice it, “Why faith?”. Like many other teenagers, I spent the
weeks months leading up to my 18th birthday thinking about what I wanted to get for my very first tattoo. I wanted something that was short, sweet and to the point (I’m deathly afraid of needles)–but I didn’t just want a random word or drawing with no meaning behind it. Growing up my parents always taught me to have faith in myself and everything I put my mind towards achieving–I know, sounds ‘cliche’.. but truth be told, every time I look at that tattoo on the top of my foot, it’s a subtle reminder that I need to trust (or have faith) that the choices I’m making are leading me closer to my dreams.
Back in high school I struggled with deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. Was it just me, or did it feel like your teachers all of a sudden pointed a finger your direction senior year and indirectly said “hurry up and make a decision that’s going to impact you for the rest of your life!”?.. I had no freakin’ clue what I wanted to be! I knew that I enjoyed being outside, I knew I loved my family, I knew I loved making people feel loved and I knew I loved making things “pretty”. Not knowing what I could possibly do to make a living which incorporated all those things and would give me self-fulfillment, I chose to go to community college and a focus on a major that seemed “normal” and “popular”, early childhood education.
Fast forward to my freshman year of college where I had my very first “big break up” and, again, like many young adults.. questioned everything I ever knew. I questioned what I was doing with my life and where it was going. Lets be honest–I’m glad I did.. because I was going in a direction I wasn’t happy with and felt forced to mold into. I ended up dropping all my classes besides one–a black & white film photography class. I realized that I had spent all my time in the darkroom developing photos and the remainder of my time outside photographing all the things I loved.. my family and friends. Photography was my outlet. I got to be me. I got to throw myself whole-heartedly into something that allowed me to spend my time with my loved ones while creating art that was cherished, made people smile and made me feel accomplished at the end of the day.
In 2011 I graduated from college with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree specializing in Digital Photography. I was the first in the Jaros family to graduate from college with a Bachelors Degree. You know what got me through it? This thing called faith.
It’s been 6 years since graduation. (eek, that’s hard to admit.. haha). In those 6 years, I’ll admit there were a few times I felt weak and almost doubted that one day I’d be able to focus on photography full-time but always managed to remind myself that dreams are worth fighting for.
A few weeks ago, Tony and I realized that it was time to turn this dream of mine into a reality. As I gave my notice to the ‘corporate world’, I could feel my heart in my throat–after all, this world was my main focus for the last 6 years..
Now, I’m reminding myself of this thing called faith while I make my leap into self-employment.
Yes, you read that right! It’s happening.. it’s really happening. (I still have to pinch myself throughout the day..) I’m beyond excited, blessed and thrilled to be able to take this next step. I’m even more blessed to have my fiance, Tony, in my life & by my side. He has been my biggest cheerleader, best friend and emotional support system since we started dating–he never once let me think that I couldn’t one day make this dream a reality.
Over the past week, I’ve been organizing my office in our new home and finished unpacking the last couple boxes in the closet. I’ve got a little more space in our new house’s office than at our last place but I’m still undecided on if this new space will hold an in-home studio or not. So please stay tuned on that bit of information as I get through my very lengthy list of To-Do’s and Things to Think About as I enter into the self-employment world. But for now, take a peek at TJP’s new office space in our home on Wisteria Drive.
P.S. There’s a hint in that last sentence as to some future blog posts that will be headed your way. 😉