Today’s *shared story* comes from Lori Osterberg, a wedding photographer, business woman and life coach based in Denver, Colorado. Lori shares the truth about doing what you love and the importance of seizing the moment and living your life today.
Doing what you love simply means to enjoy the journey; to enjoy every single day as much as the one before it.
I was taught by a “job mentality” family to go to college, get a good job, and work there the rest of my life. Once out of college, I watched my father go through seven years of re-interviewing for his 30-year position, hoping to reach 55 when he could retire and do something fun. Two months short of his 55th birthday, he passed away from a massive heart attack.
I learned from him that you can’t push your dreams into the future; you have to live them today. So I quit my job, and my husband and I started a wedding photography business that allowed us to photograph some of the most amazing weddings throughout the world. We traveled wherever a client chose to fly us to, and had a lot of fun doing it. We photographed clients in some amazing places, which ultimately started me down the path of authoring a book, my first Being A Bride.
When people started asking us “how’d you do that”, we answered by creating a blog dedicated to helping photographers with the business side of things. We coached and created training materials specifically designed to help photographers be better at the business side.
For me, one of the biggest questions I’ve always asked myself is “how risky is this”? At my original job, people thought I was risky for jumping into entrepreneurship. I considered what they were doing to be risky because I knew job related stress can really take its toll. And in today’s marketplace, there is nothing safe about working for someone else.
When I look back at my regrets, they always fall around things I haven’t done or tried. I try and use that today to do everything that comes my way that peaks my attention or gives me a reason to want to try something new. If I could tell myself one thing when I first graduated college, it would be to try more things. Move to new locations. Try out different jobs and different experiences just for the fun of it. Don’t worry about the outcome; things always work out in the end if you simply take the chance.
Never wanting to stay stagnate for too long, we decided to sell our photography coaching blog at its peak and move in a new direction.
With a daughter that recently left for her first year of college, we’re facing the empty nest syndrome and looking at ways to travel and do what we love at the same time. We’ve sold our home and simplified our lives, getting ready for the next phase. With a computer in hand, we know we can travel and work at the same time.
I’ve always loved coaching, marketing and entrepreneurial lifestyles. So today I run a site that answers the question “What’s Next” for women that have a big idea burning deep inside, yet have no idea of how to turn it into a successful business model. My goal is to creatively help them discover that hidden idea and see its potential. Then we map out the process to help them discover a lifestyle that only an entrepreneur can know.
You can find out more about Lori’s work at her Facebook page.
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