This is my first blog post in a long time and the last blog post was the first in a long time. To be honest, the past few months I have been running full speed. 2015 was the biggest year yet for Debbie Ringle Photography and while I am SO grateful for the amazing clients and workload I was blessed with, I would be lying if I didn’t say the past few months have been overwhelming. My mornings and afternoons were filled with editing and my evenings were spent at sessions. The weekends were packed with mini sessions or weddings and the rare day I was “off”… I spent playing catching up with emails and trying to cram in one more session from the editing to do list. During all of this, I didn’t really have time to think about how tired I was. I just kept making new “to do lists” and just chugged away focusing on the end goal.
I don’t think small business owners truly get the proper credit of how much freaking work they really do. Seeing myself and friends hustle their butts off lately… like y’all. People are killin’ it. You can’t just offer a service anymore to survive. No you have to be a brand, have a social media following, be the “it” personality, offer consistently FANTASTIC customer service, blog 5 times a week, post on Instagram and Facebook at the exact right times, and constantly compete with a newer and cheaper fellow business owner. This is on top of the usual finance management, advertisement, client experience, and actually you know… offering your services. It is a LOT. But what I have learned is to not think of all of these responsibilities as “obligations” but instead think of them as blessings.
You guys are my blessings. God has blessed me with every single one of you out there reading this. You aren’t just hiring me. You are helping me build and mold my future. You are literally making my dreams come true. You are providing a 24 year old woman, who could be a wife and mother one day, with the means to provide for herself. How can I even describe how thankful I am for that? How can I put into words how much I appreciate the people who are literally keeping me afloat? I can’t seem to find a way to accurately describe how grateful I am but.. THANK YOU.
Thank you for understanding the times it took me a few days to respond to emails. Thank you for understanding when I needed a day with my family instead of editing and office work. Thank you for sharing my posts, giving me feedback, and referring your friends to my business. I have SO many huge and crazy goals for 2017 and I know I can make them come true with your support.
I will be taking the next two weeks to focus on spending time with family and friends but stay tuned for lots of blog posts! SOOOOOO many sessions need to be shared.