I didn't go to college. September 30, 2017
I didn't go to college.
It's not really a big secret if you know me personally, but that ever present frown on people's faces when I tell them always hurts my heart a little.
When I graduated high school I was done. D O N E. I was so done that I had them mail me my diploma instead of walking at the grad ceremony 😂. I wasn't bad at school by any means, I just had been broken by so many people in those four years that I couldn't wait to close that chapter of my life forever.
Still to this day, people make me feel beneath them, or like the word "loser" is stamped across my forehead, because I didn't go off and become a doctor (which I would NOT be skilled at by the way. 😂🙈)
What they don't know is that not going to college was actually my first big give-it-all-to-God moment. One of the first faith jumps I made as a Christian. It was the scariest decision of my life, but I don't regret it in any way.
I ended up starting my own business as a teenager and I fell in love with it. If you could picture God putting a camera in my hand and telling me I was meant to be a photographer, that's basically what it felt like 😂. I can't fully explain to you the complete soul-filling MAGIC that comes with people entrusting you to capture their memories. I fell in love shooting first kisses, little ones toothless grins, sweet smiles couples share, the way people's eyes shine as they laugh. I had the opportunity to engrave memories for people and I'll praise God everyday if even just for that.
Photography taught me how to fall in love with people again and it gets even more beautiful because I see now how it was a stepping stone that led me here. To this ministry. To His Print Shop.
So as I'm sitting here writing this with unwashed hair, in my jammies, editing photos from this weekend, you might think I'm a loser, or that I made terrible decisions. And that's okay. But I'm finding my way, and while I might not always understand, how lucky am I to have the Maker of the stars as my guide 🙌🏼✨