Wow has it been an interesting 2.5 months since my last post. I never made it on my trip to Banff. At the 11th hour I decided it was not the best way to spend those two weeks with all the personal stuff I was going through. Had I not been going alone I probably would have still gone, but my head was not in the right place to be out on the road so far from home for that long. I will make it there soon though! I did however take a couple short and more local trips to Jekyll Island, GA and Orlando. A few of the photos from those trips will be posted below.
I did take the two weeks off from work, and used it to relax, pick up some photography jobs, meet a lot of really awesome people that have helped me get through probably the toughest time of my life this far. I can’t thank them enough for keeping me sane, distracted, and happy!
Divorce is not fun, and not something I ever thought I would go through, however when someone you thought loved you does not want to work through the issues causing problems, goes so far as to make them worse, there is no other choice. You have to keep your dignity, move forward, and not look back. I just wish I would have trusted my instincts 6 months prior, but I was manipulated to believe I was reading to much into things. As it turned out I was dead on and continue to be validated on what I knew in my heart. ALWAYS trust your instincts. On the flip side having gone through what I did helped make the actual divorce and the aftermath much easier.
Onward and upward! I have moved into a place I have admired for a couple years because of its location. It’s right in Downtown Punta Gorda, allows me to walk to all my favorite spots, and has a great atmosphere. The 2 bedroom condo is on the 4th floor with a great view of Charlotte Harbor, and gives me the space to have my photo studio which I plan on using quite a bit in the near future. My dog loves walking around downtown, especially on Saturdays during the farmers market. He always meets lots of people and other dogs.
Unfortunately I have not been doing a lot of photography for myself, however I have been very busy with paid jobs which is nice. My goal each month is to make at least half of my rent in photography income, and I have been successful at that for the past 2 months. I will be doing some shooting for myself very soon as I do really miss it. I’m hoping for a few nice sunsets this week and doing some exploring at parks and environmental locations I have not been to yet.
I look forward to hopefully adding to this more frequently now that my life is becoming more normalized. I’m enjoying life and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.