When i met my husband, i was newly 21, coming off of a college hiatus which focused on my mental and physical health, and not sure where this new life i worked hard to live for would take me.
we had a long distance relationship for a while so there was a lot of talking and what if conversations. one time we were talking about our dream jobs if there was not a thing in the world holding us back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i told him i’d take pictures and get paid for it. at the time i had one of the very first digital cameras ever made that my dad had given me as a christmas gift when i was still in high school. it worked and i could create with it but the pixel quality was for the birds, looking back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
when i started college i would spend my evenings rollerblading around the campus of @usfcollege taking pictures. learning light in a way that you can only do by playing around with a s****y camera, a florida sunset and the things surrounding me—all things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
thirteen years ago while we were dating, my husband gifted me a kodak point and shoot that had all the bells and whistles. he encouraged me to take pictures and dreamed with me about the things that could be. he listened to me. he supported me, he fed my soul with what it needed to get the drive back in me to do all the things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
if you would’ve told me 15 years ago when we first met that we’d have a freaking photo studio in the lower level of our home, or that i’d be my own boss, and that i’d be taking pictures and getting paid for it i’d have never in a million years believed it possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
but when you are given a life to live, it’s meant to be lived and the older i get the more i realize that there is no time for what if’s and shoulda woulda coulda’s. the time to live is now—and if you aren’t living your best life, than make a change. and if you are in that sweet spot, doin’ you than think about this...
it only took someone to believe in me, a s****y camera and some hustle for me to live my “what if,”. you can be that someone.
April is s****l assault awareness month.
here are some statistics and information if you or someone you know needs help.
with damsel we try to change these statistics everyday. be someone’s someone 💙
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