Last July, I decided to embark on a simple mission: I was going to post a new photo on Instagram every day for one year. It’s called a Project 365, and the goal is to challenge yourself to consistently create and share something new with the world. Today is the last day of my Project 365. So much has happened in one year: I collaborated with makeup artists and hair stylists for the first time, I photographed my first wedding, I completely overhauled my editing style and workflow, I broke the five-figure mark in earnings, I upgraded my equipment, I found a full-time job, I left my full-time job, and oh, I got engaged :).
Here are some of the most valuable takeaways I’ve gained over the past year:
How liberating it is to relinquish the feeling of being owed something. To realize we don’t “deserve” anything in life. That instead of relying on others to validate what we do, we can simply choose to do something because we want to. Because we have something to share with the world. As if to say, “I made this. I hope you like it, and if not, come back tomorrow because I’ll have something else.”
We’ve all heard the phrase “feeling like a cog in a machine.” Many of us know someone (and maybe we’ve even felt this way ourselves) who feels underappreciated or unimportant at their job. And feeling that way causes anxiety. It causes stress. It causes us to reevaluate what we’re doing with our lives and whether or not we have any value.
Those who don’t know me might mistake my passion for business as a hunger for money and material things. But the truth is, I don’t need a luxurious lifestyle. The reason I’m so driven to grow my businesses is because I know that if I don’t take care of myself, no else will.
I don’t mean that in a disparaging way. But it’s true, for most of our lives, we’re taught to walk the line, to go down a certain path, to make decisions based on what’s safe or certain. If everyone is doing something, you probably should too, right?