Defining Personal Success

Wow. A lot has changed since I last blogged way back in February. Three months ago, I left my job and took the plunge to become a full-time photographer. Ever since then, I have been so. happy. Like dancing-around-in-my-barefeet-while-humming-to-Macklemore-and-Ryan-Lewis happy. I feel so grateful for my steadily growing career, my amazingly supportive husband, our always-a-work-in-progress home, and our family of four-legged critters. Life is good.

Now that I’m self-employed, I’ve been making sure that my days are full and structured. I’m blogging on a regular basis. I’m going on shoots every week. I’ve been drawing and painting more. I go to the gym at least three times a week. I’m eating healthy. I’m networking with peers and professionals I respect. I’m strengthening my approach to branding, marketing, and my overall value proposition as a photographer. I’m making authentic connections with clients. I’m focusing more on how I define personal success.

Before, “success” meant a lot of things to me. Having loads of Canon equipment. Being spotlighted on the most popular wedding blogs. Getting tons of “likes” on Facebook. Filling our home with furnishings from places like West Elm. Having clear skin and a smaller pant size.

Now that I’ve had time to think about my goals, I realized that I was reaching for someone else’s definition of success. I sat down and thought about what is important to me at the end of the day. Love, strength, family, and health are what made the list. Ok, so maybe I’d still like some West Elm furniture. As far as professional success goes, I am focused on running a sustainable business by working with people who appreciate and like what I do and understand the value that I offer.

I can’t thank my husband enough for his support and encouragement, which allows me to have a life I love.

So how do you define success and what impact does it have on your personal life?

2 thoughts on “Defining Personal Success”

  1. Joy. Having a job that brings you joy – not necessarily all the time but most of the time. Work is such a big part of our lives, how are you supposed to have a happy, fulfilled life if your work doesn’t make you feel that? To me it’s important to have a job that challenges me and pushes me to places beyond my comfort zone.


  2. Dear Shannon,
    Well said! Now I’m going to go update my blog too. So glad things are going so well. Thanks for the update, the inspiration, and the wisdom!


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