You know when you’re on the precipice of something new, and you feel really excited at some moments but also like, kind of terrified the next minute? That’s how I’m feeling about making this announcement, but I’ll be honest . . . I MOSTLY feel really, really excited.
I’m moving back to Orange.
AH! It’s kind of scary to put it out there! But the thing is . . . I knew at the end of 2016 that my word for 2017 was going to be CHANGE. I could just feel all these things about to shift, and I felt excited by that. Usually I feel slightly nauseous at the thought of big changes, but when I thought about this move, it felt right.
The thing is, Robert and I have been in a long distance relationship for . . . our entire relationship. We OFFICIALLY started dating in October, and I moved to Richmond at the end of December. It’s been a lot. Sometimes it’s been fine, and it’s given both of us plenty of room to grow on our own. But sometimes . . . it’s really sucked. When I worked weddings on weekends and he was running events at Madison at the Mill or playing paintball or working on other projects, we sometimes went almost three weeks without seeing each other. Plus, as the Mill has booked more and more, it’s been getting harder and harder for us to have free weekends to spend time together.
After three years, we decided that it was just about enough long distance. We’re not moving in together, but we will be walking distance from each other! I cannot even tell you how excited I am about that!!
The OTHER thing is . . . the timing was working out well. As Shalese Danielle Photography has grown, it became a lot harder to manage while also working full time at Richmond Weddings. At the end of 2016, I realized I was heading for a burn out, and I was headed there pretty fast. There was no rest for me. I worked 8:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday at Richmond Weddings, then I would TRY to get to barre, get home, and work from 7:30 until about midnight on editing, emailing, client gifts, blogging, etc. Then I worked about 8-10 hours at weddings on Saturdays and spent hours in front of the computer on Sundays.
It was NOT healthy, but it was my normal, so I didn’t realize how much I was running myself into the ground until I hit a wall on May 1st. Something in me that morning switched, and I HAD to make a change. So, I sat down with Amye and Scott and told them I needed to switch to part time. I blogged about going part time, but what I didn’t tell you guys is that in that meeting, I also told them that I would be leaving at the end of July. I just KNEW. It was a gut thing, and I knew it was time. People always said that would happen, and I didn’t believe them. Well NOW I BELIEVE!
So, what’s going to happen next? Once I move at the end of July, I’m going to be focusing on photography AND taking a more active role at Madison at the Mill. I can’t even tell you guys how excited about the challenge of growing this venue. Robert has done such a great job with everything, but I think the sales department needs a feminine voice. 😉 I’m also STOKED because I get to work with my best friend.
I’m STILL Shalese Danielle Photography! I plan to continue shooting weddings in Richmond, Charlottesville, and anywhere else someone wants me to go. 🙂 As sad as I am to leave Richmond (and that’s a whole different blog post coming!), I know I’ll be back for many more weddings!
Now that the word is out, I can finally start telling you guys more REAL things on social media and The Weekender! Those posts have felt like lies because all I’ve REALLY been doing lately is couch shopping and buying bookshelves. So get ready . . . I’m beyond excited about moving into my first “all mine” apartment, and you’re going to hear all about it! I mean, I’m about to have TWO bathrooms and a FRIDGE that are alllll mine!!
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