Yesterday started out like any other day. My husband was working both his day job and his restaurant job, so I knew it would be a long one. I'd be home with the kids by myself from morning until bed time, but that happens a few times a week and we're used to it by now. However at the end of the day I sat down in front of my computer in tears. The happiest of tears. Tears because all the wonderfulness of life all just hit me when I received one simple text message.
If you happen to visit my Facebook page yesterday you'll see that we've been holding in some BIG news (you can check the video out on my FB page here!). We are moving back "home" to Connecticut! Now I won't lie, this is something I've been stressing over. While we are so excited to be near our family and friends again, and I'm so happy my husband found a perfect and fulfilling new job, my business has been flourishing here in North Carolina. I'm so in love with all my clients, I couldn't help but think, what if moving puts me back to square one? I've worked so hard to build this thing, what if the inquiries stop coming?
Then this week happened. It's as if fate stepped in to tell me, "hey Lauryn, it's going to be okay!" Not only were all my current clients amazing and so excited for our family when I told them our news, but I also ended up booking three more 2017 weddings this week (two of which are in CT!). To top it all off, Lauryn Alisa Photography received some super exciting mail! A while back I was contacted by The Knot about using one of my images in their Spring/Summer issue. The issue came this week (and is on shelves December 19th FYI), and it is one of the most amazing things to see a photo with my name on it in there!
So as you can see, things always have a way of working out... and now to the part that made me cry. I posted a live video on Facebook yesterday announcing our news and showing off the magazine. Reading all the love and support from our friends, family, and clients was enough. Both my parents and in-laws reached out to let me know how proud they were. My best friend was so excited about all my news and even realized how much further I am this year than I was at this time last year. Finally, my husband, who out of no where in the middle of his shift at work, texts me and says "I still am just so proud of you lovey. You're so good at what you do, you're blowing up, you're gonna be turning people away or fighting for dates soon!" That's when the tears started flowing!
All this to say, I'm a lucky girl. I have the biggest and best support system there is. While it may have seemed crazy almost two years ago when I left my very cushy accounting career to be a full time photographer and stay home with my kiddos, everyone stood behind me and supported me through it all. It has been anything but easy, but it's all paying off. I couldn't have done it without all of the people standing behind me, especially my handsome husband who works so hard so that I can chase this little dream of mine. <3