Then Till Now
I was and am like many of you who read this. I was at a job I enjoyed and hated all at the same time. I was working at a hospital in multiple units as an occupational therapy assistant. This meant that I would assist therapists in helping those needing rehabilitation services. When people got injured and were no longer able to complete daily tasks, hobbies, or activities independently they would see the rehab staff. That's where I came in. I would create or alter clothes, gloves, splints, etc. to adapt the world around them and allow them to live and do things that they loved. I got to be creative, work with my hands, and help people. However, there was so much about the job, the work environment, and the emotional toll that pulled me down. After almost four years of working I was exhausted emotionally and physically. I would come home and sleep until supper time; sometimes I would get up and eat, sometimes I wouldn't. Regardless, a change had to be made.
Ultimately, it was my husband and a friend, at the time I did not know him well, that gave me the confidence and strength to leave and find something new. I took a job at a core skateboard, snowboard, and paddleboard store and for the first time in my life was doing something I purely wanted to do. I wasn't doing it because I thought people would respect me for my job, or because I thought I should be helping people, or because it was my duty. I was finally fully following what I wanted to do. I stayed there for almost two years and in that time I met new people with an entirely different outlook on life than mine and learned so much about myself. I began rediscovering old passions of mine and found a few new ones. I began taking photos again and began looking at the world as possibilities rather than inevitabilities. Most of all, I found the courage to forge my own path and take risks.
Fast forward to now and I am on an entirely different path then I ever thought my life would take me. When I was younger I wanted to have an important job, have my PhD, work while my husband was a stay at home dad, and have nice things. Now I have started a photography business, I try to travel as much as possible (I live in my van during those trips), I race paddle boards all over the US and West coast of Canada, and I would rather have less that is quality then quantity. I worry about the state of the world and I try to minimize the damage I do to it.
My business goals are to take portrait and lifestyle pictures in the greater Edmonton area when I am home. I hope to travel a lot and take pictures while I am away. Ultimately, I want to provided a picture that tells a story about who the people in the picture really are or capture the feelings of the moment. I am excited for the future but am happy to enjoy my life as it is right now.
I don't know what the future will hold for me but I can guarantee it won't be what I expect. It never is.
Life is an adventure; depart from the mundane.
Genna @ Departure Photography