Invest in Yourself
When I turned 18 my dad took me out to dinner, just me and him, and gave me some advice that I still remember to this day. He said, "Every time you get a paycheck, give 10% to the Lord, 10% to savings, and 10% to investing." He went on to explain that the investment didn't necessarily need to be in the stock market or a mutual fund, but that 10% could be to invest in myself. "Maybe you want to save up to get a nice camera, and learn how to take good pictures," he suggested. That tiny seed of an idea, planted in my head by a wise and loving father, took root and has blossomed into an investment that has completely captivated my heart and soul.
Me and my dad
I won't say how long ago that was because a "lady never tells her age," so let's just say it was a while ago! Digital cameras were fairly new at the time. The first digital camera I bought was a 2, yes, you read that right, 2 megapixel Fuji Finepix that used a SmartMedia card (a form of memory now completely obsolete). Fast forward through college, a church mission, meeting and marrying my husband, and having our first baby, and then our second. Becoming a mother and seeing how, even from week to week, my babies were growing and changing so quickly opened my eyes to how much I not only wanted, but needed, to document their lives. I wanted to remember how my two-year old had a great pitching stance, and the way that my newborn baby's hair made itself into the perfect little swirl on the back of his head. I didn't want to only remember the birthday parties and first days of school, but all the moments in between. And I knew that for me, the way I would accomplish that would be through photographs.
The way I got from a 2 megapixel point and shoot to a professional level DSLR is a story for another time. The point of this blog post is to inspire you to take the advice that Dad gave me when I was starting out in the real world- INVEST IN YOURSELF! It doesn't have to be a financial investment either, it could be an investment of time. Take that tennis class you've been wanting to, pick up the guitar you've had lying around for years, check out a book on calligraphy from the library and give it a try! You can't see now what the outcome will be, but maybe five, ten, twenty years down the road you will look back on that first step you took and be forever grateful that you took a chance on yourself. You are worth it!
I believe in you!