the great cubicle escape.

I took the i.d. badge from the outside pocket of my purse, where it has resided for the past 6 years, and left it on the desk. With everything that I’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the desk around me now packed in a bag, I took a deep breath and walked out of the office. Today is the day that I left the corporate world.

I never dreamed of what I would be when I grew up. I wanted to be so many things, at so many different times of my life. But one thing was constant… I knew for certain what I did NOT want. I’ve always said that I couldn’t imagine myself being happy working a desk job. Sitting in a cubicle for 8+ hours a day. And for the past 8 years, I’ve done just that. As some of you know, I lost my dad 2 years ago… a man with a 10th grade education and a huge heart that busted his ass every. single. day. of his life so that I could follow my dreams. So that I could go to college and travel and try to figure out just what I should do with my life. What makes me happy. And now I have found something that I love, and that I’m passionate about, and that I built a business doing… and I think it’s a disservice to him, and to myself, not to chase this dream. The past few years have been a rollercoaster… a struggle to balance a day job, a growing business, time with my husband, pups, family, and friends. But it has been so worth it. I’ve never been happier. I never could have imagined that this little business would grow so fast. I never could have imagined how many amazing people it would bring into my life. Or how many amazing places it would take me. And while I never ever dreamed of becoming a photographer, now I can’t imagine not. So today, I begin my chase…

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  • Shauna (Fido & Wino) - GOOD for you! Go kick some ass and grab the bull by the horns and breathe deep and dream big.

    Well done 🙂

  • Becky Serpe - Wow, Congratulations April!!! That is awesome!

  • AmandaD - So exciting! CONGRATS!!! You are awesome & will totally rock it- cheers to you for following your dreams!

  • Krista - April, as your friend I couldn’t be happier to see you follow your dreams! And I KNOW that you’re dad is smiling down on you right now, sooo proud of all your accomplishments! Follow your heart, it hasn’t steered you wrong yet. I’m honored to call you my best friend! Love you!

  • Becky - Congratulations April! You are an amazingly talented photographer–I’m so happy for you!

  • Isabel - I am so ridiculously proud of you! I KNOW that you will do AMAZING and have no doubt in my mind of how far you will go. Hooray for you! And hooray for me…I finally have a lunchtime sushi buddy!

  • Alexis - April, that’s fantastic! You have worked so hard and you deserve every bit of success that comes your way!! Congrats!

  • Amanda - So happy for you, April!

  • Emily - I’m sooooooo very happy for you, April!! Congratulations!!!!!!

  • Alleigh - There is no need to wish you luck because you’re talented and your photographer is so fresh that you don’t need “luck.” However, a hearty CONGRATULATIONS are in order!! There is no doubt that you will do amazing things and be successful.

  • Wendy - Congraulations at following your heart! It won’t always be easy on the pocketbook, but I bet you will never regret it. You go girl!

  • mom - April, I am so happy and proud for you! You’ve earned it! You’ve always gone above and beyond what you needed to do. Dad is surely beaming up in heaven for you 🙂 I wish for you first happiness and success!!! Love you, mom

  • Tori - Congratulations April! You have amazing talent and I wish you much success.

  • Ashley Bartoletti - hooray! enjoy the freedom!! 🙂

  • Nancy - April, that’s awesome. I’m so happy for you!! You are such an amazing and talented photographer – there’s no doubt you’ll be successful!

  • Kara Schultz - Congrats! You’ll do fabulous! It’s great leaving the cubicles behind 🙂

  • Tina - SOOOOO proud & happy for you! Can’t wait for our photographer lunches now, instead of meeting on our lunch break for our corporate gigs! Yay!

  • Ian Jeffery - That is awesome! I’m sure i’m not alone here in saying how much i’d love to quit my office job, your story is an inspiration, your photography is amazing, totally improving all the time, i’m sure you’ll make it 🙂

  • kristen holly - Congratulations again!! So exciting, so much fun in your future!

  • Erika Frederickson - AWESOME April! Your Daddy would be so proud of you!!!

  • Stacey - SO CRAZY HAPPY for you!!!!

  • Alpha Dog Studio - Congrats on the big move. I’m hoping to make the same move you are, it takes a lot of courage! All the best, you’ll do well!

  • Brittani - Congratulations! I really hope to be able to do the same thing one day! Amazing things are coming your way! 🙂

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