I never intended to own my own business. In fact, when I was studying photography in college, I vowed I never would. I thought that entrepreneurship would be stressful and be the kind of job where you can’t always leave work at the office — exactly what I was trying to avoid. The idea of a steady paycheck, benefits, and defined work hours was all I wanted in college.
A lot has changed since then. Now, I see owning a business as freeing. I see it as designing a lifestyle and I’m designing a lifestyle that promotes travel, allows for more time off, and has flexible working hours. It’s fluid and flexible and continues to develop as I change. In short, I’m creating the life of my dreams.
Unexpectedly, I’ve grown so much as a person in the last four years. What excites me most is how my confidence has taken shape. Being part of a one woman show, I’ve been forced to try new things — from publishing blogs online to networking and more — most of which I’m still not completely comfortable doing! It’s stretched me to be more comfortable being uncomfortable and made trying new things in every aspect of life easier.
Throughout the struggles, as well as the times of growth and celebration, I’m so thankful for everyone who has supported me along this journey. M. Laine Photography would not be what it is without all of you.
Cheers to four years in business, four years of trial and error, and managing my own destiny. Cheers to many more years to come!