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October 2, 2018

Marriage Monday: Making the Leap to Full Time

This isn’t exactly how I thought this post would go down. Or even when. I thought that I’d have it perfectly planned out and the timing would be decided by me.

But in true fashion, that’s not how it has happened. And actually, I don’t know that it ever would have happened if it were up to me. Because I feel like I am the epitome of “O ye of little faith.” That’s me. This girl right here. If I can’t see it with my eyes and grab hold of it with my hands, it’s hard for me to believe.

On Friday, September 28, I (along with others) was laid off from my full time job. I had a feeling it was coming due to other cuts that had been made. When it happened, I was surprised but also at peace.

I was at peace because Mitchel and I have been praying for almost a year about what it could look like for me to go full time with our photography business. I have felt it in my heart, but talked myself out of it in my head.

I have said it would take something like losing a job for me to have enough faith to know I was supposed to pursue photography full time. This was like The Lord saying, “it’s time to have faith in me and go all in”.

So while we are still praying about what this transition looks like, I’m jumping in with both feet for now, devoting my time and heart to our photography business, with no time constraints! I’ll have real office hours instead of editing, emailing, and corresponding with clients on lunch breaks and after dinner up until bed time.

We have been growing our business consistently for 2 years and have gotten really serious in the past year about pursuing the idea of photography being my full time job. We have prayed about it and really prepared for this moment.

Last October, I came across a webinar from someone I had never even heard of entitled “5 Secrets That Are Holding You Back From Quitting Your Day Job”, followed up by an email confirmation with a subject line of “Are you ready to quit your day job?”. Woah.

The main reason I would have been interested in a title like that is because our photography business was beginning to expand so much that I couldn’t fit it into nights and weekends anymore!

Who would have ever guessed that that would be a problem? Not this girl! I had such a desire to pour into my clients and it has only grown. Not only the desire, but the knowledge and capability, too.

So, I’m writing this to be vulnerable. To let you guys know that we are excited, thankful, and a teeny scared. But mostly just trusting the Lord in this season. We would love it if you’d join us in praying. Pray for the transition, for the clients we get to serve, and for us to trust and seek what The Lord has for us and that we would be able to see that clearly and walk in obedience.

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” -Suzy Kassem

  1. Sara

    October 2nd, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I’m sorry for the way it has happened, but I’m so excited you’re now going to be doing what you love!

  2. Katie Jaynes

    October 12th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much, Sara! I am so excited to do what I know God has called me to!

  3. Jeanette

    October 2nd, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    God answers those prayers when we are not expecting, anticipating or ready so we can trust in Him fully. Have ever belief that this is what He wants for you guys. Go for it! You pictures are beautiful and you guys give some much of yourself through them to your clients. Enjoy this time.

  4. Katie Jaynes

    October 12th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for cheering me on, Jeanette! I appreciate your prayers!

  5. Jess

    October 2nd, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Proud of you. Praying for you.

    ROMANS 5:3 “.. we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

  6. Katie Jaynes

    October 12th, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks so much, Jess! That means a lot!

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