And I Snapped

Two weeks ago, I got together with my friends for lunch. No one yet knew what I had been through that morning; what I had decided. Amanda gave me my belated Christmas present. I opened it and laughed. It was a necklace with a camera and a disc that reads, “And then I snapped.”

I laughed because I had decided to quit the newspaper just hours before the gift was given to me. It seemed appropriate.

And Then I Snapped
The necklace is available on Etsy from Emilinia Ballerina if you’re feeling kinda snappy too.

Yesterday was my last day, and today I am in full-on mope mode. I’m vascillating between knowing this was the right decision, feeling like a failure, panicking about “what’s next” and generally wishing things could have been different. But they weren’t different. It wasn’t the right job for me for various reasons.

It’s not that I didn’t love the job. Oh, I did. I learned so much about photography over the past year and some odd months. I own the title of Photographer now, which is why, if you caught it in an earlier post, I said that I would still be a Photographer (yes, with a capital P), long after I no longer worked at the paper. I said on Facebook that this was a decision that was four months in the making, but really it’s been a constant reevaluation for longer than that. I finally accepted one truth: I am worth more.

It’s been a hard couple of weeks. I didn’t want to write that letter. I didn’t want to quit. I didn’t want it to come to this. But I also wanted more. More of lots of things. But, most specifically, more of Me back. Due to some specifics with the job that I won’t go into, I lost a part of Me somewhere in there. When it came to my days off from the paper, I didn’t pick up my camera. That is entirely unlike me. I lost a passion for photography. I lost my creativity. I kept taking Tracey Clark‘s classes in hopes of finding that passion and creativity, but I was burnt out. The classes reinforced that realization; I had nothing left to give for myself.

I have some offers on the table regarding photography jobs. I have told each offering party that I am taking the next month off. I don’t want to do anything more than focus on my family, my writing and myself until sometime in early March. I need this time to reevaluate what I want from my photography and what I want from myself. I also don’t need to traipse all over creation in this crazy weather… unless I want to do so.

And so, while I make some decisions and fall back in love with my camera, I’d like to announce something that I’ve been considering for quite some time. Today I am announcing the launch of my very own Etsy store.

Etsy Store Screenshot

I actually started that Etsy account with intent to start a store in 2009. It apparently took the year of Possibility to make me actually do it. Right now I only have three photos in either 8×10 or 5×7 available in the store. I am working on launching more of the butterfly series sometime soon. (As an aside, I meant to have more ready but the Viral Ick going through our house sidelined some of my good intentions.) If there seems to be an interest — at all — in my store, I’ll start stocking more and perhaps taking custom requests. Oh, and note cards, because I kinda want some too. For now, it’s just some of my favorites available to hang in your home.

I’m not expecting it to be a huge success as the art you hang on your wall usually has to be something that moves you on various personal levels. But I figured I’d give it a go. You know, living in my Possibility and what not.

As an added bonus for readers, I have a coupon code for my store. Enter GRANDOPENING at checkout for 20% off of your purchase.

All that said, next week I’m going to be taking a discussion I’ve been having with Calliope at Creating Motherhood and discuss it further. You know, when I’m not talking Steelers football. But, yes, I’m having some feelings about guilt and failure and some worries about sanity and it’s time to readdress those as I do with every career move.

And so, yes, I’m okay. I will be okay. This is just another step in my year of Possibility. I knew this was going to be a Big Year, but I had no idea it was going to start out this way! (Or, I kinda did, but I hoped otherwise.)

 

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17 Replies to “And I Snapped”

  1. Awesome, FireMom! So happy for you…taking time for yourself (even if it is tough) and Etsy! OMG. I love your photos! I’m sure I’ll be purchasing some when they fit in with our color schemes in the house. Our bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen have bare walls. Congratulations! Wishing you all the best on your new endeavors. :)

  2. Starting and etsy shop for your photography is an AWESOME idea, and I have no doubt you’ll do weel (2 sales already?!).

    It can be really hard to have a job where you do something that you also do outside of work- it is so difficult for me to do fun stuff with Sym after all the daycare kids have gone, or to let her have friends over. Like, I want to, but after dealing with kids all day it’s the last thing I want to do when work is over. I’ve been making a real effort but omg, when her friends come out and start whining about this or that when I’ve just spent 9 1/2 hours dealing with other whining kids…. Let’s just say it’s a real struggle.

  3. I am so proud of you. You did the brave thing, and from what I see on the social networking front, you are doing well! Keep stocking up! You are very talented and will find that personal satisfaction you so deserve!

  4. Wow, congratulations on opening an Etsy shop!!! I have a dear online friend also a Brazilian mother of two boys like me who lives in Arizona and has photography shop too. She also had a handmade shop, but closed it for a while.

    Here’s the link to her shop if you feel like checking it out, I LOVE her photos and I’m sure I’ll love yours too, can’t wait to go check it out!

    Zee Longenecker: http://www.etsy.com/shop/heyzee

    P.S. I’m sure it was a really difficult decision to make, but you have to think of yourself FIRST. Oh, and would you mind if I added you on fb? I will do it, OK? (I don’t like fb, but it’s useful to keep up with friends).

  5. It definitely takes a strong person to make decisions like this and I really commend you for going with your gut instinct and doing what’s best for YOU. Good luck with everything chica! I know you’ll do great no matter where life takes you.

  6. Yay! Good for you for taking a chance and trying something new-and a little scary, I’m sure! You’re an inspiration to me. And despite the fact that you’re cheering for the wrong team in the Superbowl (go Pack!) I will be checking out your shop and supporting you from afar.;)

  7. I just found you through the Nancy C post over at Mommypants. Sounds like you did the right thing for you. I’ll have to sift through your archives and update myself on your photography. How brave to open up shop. I love that!

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