New Orleans Wedding Photographer | Something I never expected myself to do |
This morning I did something I never thought I would.
I am an ambitious person, an advocate for women in leadership and someone very driven by success. I have read (and loved) all the books about how women need to lean-in and show up in their careers. I have coached friends through conversations about why they need to take that promotion EVEN if they didn’t think they were “ready.” I myself have moved in to roles and taken risks and pushed myself to heighten my professional career.
That is why today is so different for me. Today I sent an email to my 9-5 boss and I turned down a promotion.
I often don’t talk here about my day job but I work in educational data. I spent six years as a classroom teacher and for the past two years I have worked with schools and data systems. In my 9-5 role, I run data management systems to ensure students are meeting graduation requirements, analyze testing data, and keep our schools funded through accurate reporting. I am one of few women in New Orleans with my role and I feel pretty badass about the technical and analytical skills I have. I like my day job.
And now this week, I was just offered to expand my reach, my role, my salary, my place in my network. And I said no.
I said no because the thing I really want is this. I want to be a photographer. I know my brain space and the extra energy needed to grow my business. And I want the universe to know that I will not be tempted away from my dream of being a full time photographer by a shiny new salary, title, or office.
Today I said yes to my business and made the first official decision to slow my career in education, thus placing any and all extra energy I have on myself, on Kallistia Photography.
So to you, my pack, my people: I hope you understand my choice despite it being counter to advice I may have given to you in the past. I ask, can you get behind my decision?