During our week-long beach trip in October as we were looking at the final list of beach houses, Jon and I had a series of discussions that centered on this - "what is the dream?" We agreed it was NOT our dream to buy a beach house. Our dream was to spend more time at the beach as a family. It turns out, buying a beach place that almost pays for itself is the cheapest way to accomplish this. And if it's 75 in January, we can go there with almost no planning.
I want to make it clear to all the Mondo-ers out there that my dream did not fail. I got the dream wrong. My dream was NOT to make money being a photographer. My dream was to become a photographer. I did that, and continue to grow. Without my business, I wouldn't be the photographer I am today.
One day, at the right time, I'll come back to it. I'll still take photos of friends and family. I'll still keep my business license to say yes to jobs along the way. But after a lot of reflection, I know right here with my family is where I need to be most right now.