Have you ever heard that saying….” and then you blinked?” That pretty much sums up our time here in Milwaukee. We’ve been so busy with work and life and everything that entails that when we got an email from our realtor wishing us a happy three years in our home Andy and I looked at each other in disbelief! It’s been such a whirlwind of emotions the last few days as we reflect on the great new life we’ve started in Wisconsin.
Honestly, we had no idea what to expect when we moved here so quickly. I was too pregnant to even view our house before we bought it (thank goodness for skype) and I had the big task of having to start my business from scratch. It was a winters day in January, I believe the 15th, where we viewed all of the houses on our list. Being the middle of an especially bad winter, there wasn’t much on the market and we had a pretty narrow pool of cities to chose from. Andy and our realtor drove through the snow, from house to house, with me in tow via the phone looking at a variety of house options. In the end, Andy loved our house the most and saw the potential it had, and we couldn’t resist living so close to the lake and having such amazing schools, knowing it meant less square footage. I’m not going to lie, it’s been an interesting time fixing up our little Cape Cod. I’ve always called it our five-year house, and we are starting to hit the tail end of that now so who knows what the next few years will bring!
One of the most fulfilling thing for me is to see how much our children love living here. My oldest daughter has found several true forever friends and the little girls love lake life and having snow and seasons. We miss our family terribly and get on a plane to visit them as much as we can, but it’s been so nice to see what family traditions we have been able to make for ourselves.
Turning to the business side of our time here, I have to say the wedding community at large in Milwaukee is just one of a kind. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and truly believes in lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. Leading our chapter of the Rising Tide Society the last 18 months has been so very fulfilling and I hope that part of my legacy in this community is that of encouragement and love and just helping people find their way in their businesses without fear. Running a business by yourself can be so very isolating at times, and having a community to go to once a month who you know will be open and supportive is just so important to me!
Finally, to my amazing wedding couples, your support and love and trust in me when I was just building my company here in Milwaukee has just been more than I can ever dream of. This year I’ll have photographed nearly 50 of my own couples and over 100 weddings her in Wisconsin and Chicago and I am just blown away by each and every one of you. Your creativity and love for each other and the marriages you are creating are so inspiring and I am so honored that you chose me to capture your day. Seriously, I just want to give each of you the biggest hug ever!!
My goals for the next three years is to slow down a bit, take more time to really cultivate the friendships that we’ve made here, create more traditions and to not let it be as “blink and you miss it”. Of course, I have three kids and a full-time job and an amazing husband so I mean, it’s not like I’ll be taking vacations all day. But I want to really enjoy every moment and serve my clients well. Wisconsin you’ve been amazing and oh my gosh I didn’t even get to mention cheese curds. THEY ARE THE BEST!