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The First Year | The Journey

This week was supposed to be a continuation of what we started last week about working as a husband and wife and we are really sorry to keep you waiting if you were hoping to see how we break down the tasks in our business.  This last week something happened that really got me thinking about my life and the path we have been on to get where we are now.  I promise we’ll get back to our list of tasks next week.

So, what happened last week?

Something awesome is what happened.  I got to see one of my closest friends from my time in the Air Force for the first time in over 6 years.  Even though my schedule was pretty tight and we were only able to hang out for a little over an hour it gave us the opportunity to catch up on what has been happening in each other’s lives.  I got to hear about about the events that led him to Washington after being in Arizona for so long and I got to tell him about the exciting things that have been happening in our life with our kids and with our business.  The best part of it is that even though it didn’t feel like we had been very good about staying in touch during that time we were able to pick right back up where we left off.  Like I said, it was really, really awesome and I feel so blessed that someone I was such close friends with has come back into my life like this.

I’m sure everyone else has this happen in situations where you see someone from a time in your life that is much different from your current life.  You reminisce about things.  You remember the things you used to do, the places you used to go and how life felt back then.  Memories come flooding back like a tidal wave.  Things you haven’t thought of in years are suddenly in the forefront of your mind.  I can’t believe how many memories came back.  I remembered spending time in his office when we weren’t busy, going to concerts in our off time and our trip to San Diego from Phoenix.  Not only that but memories came flooding back from all different parts of my life in Phoenix when I was in the Air Force.  It was an incredibly exciting time in my life because there were so many possibilities, so many options for my future and it was also the beginning of my relationship and marriage to Patience.Monterey Family PhotographerNot long after I got home I sent another friend a message about seeing our mutual friend in Seattle and we both agreed that our time spent at Luke Air Force base was our favorite time of our careers in the military.  You wouldn’t think that such a simple realization would have had such a huge effect on me.  It really was my favorite time in the Air Force.  I was surrounded by people who were far more than temporary friends that I just so happened to be stationed with.  They felt like brothers and the relationships I built with them still mean the world to me.

What in the world does this have to do with our business and our life now?  

I spent my entire time in the Air Force waiting for the next part of my life to start.  Everything around me at that time felt like it was only temporary while I was planning what I thought I should be doing down the road.  My very favorite part of my time in the military flew by and I was only focused on what was ahead of me and never stopped to enjoy what was happening around me during those very short few years as a young adult.

Most people who know me know I am not a very emotional person but the simple idea that I would never be able to experience that part of my life again absolutely destroyed me.  It’s hard to grasp that one of the best parts of my life so far is long gone and I was so focused on my planning for the future that I didn’t see that I was being blessed and that my life was already pretty awesome.The beach in Monterey CaliforniaIt’s pretty obvious that there is no way to go back and relive that part of my life but it’s definitely possible to make sure I don’t live that way anymore.

No matter if you’re an established business owner, someone who is just getting started or maybe you are going through the stress of planning a wedding.  I hope you’re able to enjoy the time you’re in right now.  I hope you’re able to enjoy the huge breakthroughs you’re having, the hustle you didn’t know you were capable of and the struggles that are teaching you lessons that are necessary to succeed.  It might seem like you are just occupying this moment as you prepare for bigger things but really, you are exactly where you are supposed to be and you are experiencing an amazing part of life that you will never experience again.

I know for a fact that amazing things are happening in my life every single day.  This business Patience and I have started, our two kids and the amazing people who hire us to document some of the biggest moments of their lives are all things that will be gone in what will feel like the blink of an eye.  Sure we have goals and plans but we realize that we need to take the time to be thankful for everything God is blessing us with and that we need to allow ourselves to enjoy our journey.

Remember, like John Lennon said,  “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”.  Make your plans and prepare for the future but don’t forget to love your journey.  When it all comes down to it, it’s the journey, not the destination, that will carry the most weight in your life.

Check out the previous posts in our First Year Series here…

Personal Fear

Financial Fear

Marketing Part I

When Were We Ready?

Marketing Part II

Learning from Setbacks

Taking Risks

Outsourcing

The One Roll Project

Working as Husband and Wife Part I

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