From Full Time to Freelance
As I sat down to write this blog post, I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you. I felt sad, insecure, embarrassed, scared, anxious and down due to some recent life-changing events.
Three weeks ago my entire world was flipped upside down.
I found out I was getting laid off from my job of 2 years (with an amazing company and with people I was beginning to build great friendships with).
I’d say it isn’t out of the ordinary to go through the emotional stages (similar to grief) when losing your job. There is panic and doubt that you won’t be able to find something to pay the bills and then there's the challenge of saying good bye to the consistency of a 9-5. One thing I knew I couldn’t do, was let myself be filled with bitterness and anger about the changes that were happening. This can be a slippery slope. Whenever I would start to feel this way, I’d pray.
Despite all the days, I felt sad (especially having to say goodbye to my work family), I also had days where I was filled with excitement for the future and the possibility of pursuing my “dream job”, which was becoming a freelancer. AHHH what a scary, yet inspiring job title.
It was always my long-term goal to freelance. However, I let fear and doubt settle in. “Can I REALLY do this?”, I asked God. The more it was sinking in that I wouldn’t be going into my 9-5 anymore, the more I realized I had gotten TOO comfortable there.
God was preparing me for something GREAT.
Now don’t get me wrong, getting laid off is not fun, but I knew deep down this was an answer to my prayers. God had closed that door and had already been opening others… WHATTTT??
Seriously…God just blows my mind the more I get to know Him.
To queue up what I am going to tell you next, I first want to share this verse with you. I shared this on my IG recently, but I want to share it again here.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Rewind to the day I got the news about losing my job,
Leo and I had a meeting with a company for some potential freelance photography work. We had no idea what it entailed, but we decided to take the meeting to see what it was all about. Long story short, we were able to land some photography work for a pretty rad project with an awesome client! WOW. I knew this was God.
This was just one example.
Prior to this new photo opportunity and loss of my job, Leo and I also had been getting some pretty cool gigs for our Delight & The Desert brand and lifestyle blog (More to come on another blog post).
So you may be asking, “what’s next for you Brittany?”
Honestly, I’m not sure what my life will look like yet. Ha. I am at peace with the unknown of what my job focus should be at the moment. I know God has it all under control.
Now don’t worry, I’m not going to Netflix and chill and become a couch potato forever, but I do want to take some time for myself and just refresh.
After that, I do have a list of goals I’d like to accomplish before the end of this year such as…
1: Dive into our Delight In The Desert Photography business, better my craft in photography, and hopefully schedule more couple sessions in the fall.
2: Continue freelancing as a graphic designer (more part-time).
3: And last but not least, I would really like to invest more time into growing our Delight in the Desert Lifestyle blog (again sharing with you more on this soon).
I am thankful to have my husband by my side during all of this. Leo is the hardest worker I know, even with a full time 9-5 job, he works another full-time job assisting me with photography and our blog and also takes on additional audio engineering gigs to help with the finances. He simply wants to see me succeed with my passions and we are going all in, even if it means working the extra hours to get us started. If it’s your thing, we’d really appreciate all the prayers and encouragement during this time of change. Today is my last day at my work, and it's going to be bittersweet. I will miss everyone dearly, but I am moving forward and excited for what might be next!
With great humility,
B & L