First of all, I owe all of you a huge thank you. The outpouring of love and support I received about my decision to take a full-time position in ministry has been such a sweet surprise. I appreciate every single call, text, comment, email and more. Thank you, thank you!
I’m over one month into this new journey of being a ministry momma who also owns a small business and let me tell you – I have all.of.the.feelings. So does my almost 4-year-old. She is processing her big feelings about her mommy working and it’s been challenging. The emotional temperature of our home has risen far above what’s comfortable for all of us on more than one occasion this past month (a-hem, this past week). I knew we would all experience some type of adjustment period and it looks like Carolina is just still in the thick of it. Scott and I spent 4 days in Cabo for our anniversary last week and that seems to have caused our sweet girl to take a few steps backward. Separation anxiety is so challenging. We’ll make it to the other side. Baby steps. Lots of extra cuddles, reassurance and time with mommy. Also, heaps of grace.
A few things I’ve learned in the last month…
- My house will rarely be clean and that’s just fine. When I come home from work, I spend time with my kids and my hubby. Period. The end. SO, if you come over, you’ve been warned.
- Asking for or accepting help is a good thing. If you have people who love you and want to help you, let them.
- Leaving my phone on silent and in my purse is the best thing that’s ever happened to my evenings. Try it!
- Saying “no” to portrait sessions, weddings inquiries, past clients, industry events and more is HARD. However, the Lord has called me here and here I shall be.
- Shooting less has finally opened the door to more teaching opportunities and that is very exciting. If you aren’t following me on Instagram (@katiemcgihon), you should be, because that’s where I shared the news about my first e-course!
- Working on a team full of Jesus loving, tech minded boys has been great. They hold the door open for me, offer me the front seat when we travel as a team, and are generally very gentlemanly. We even had afternoon tea-time last week. #winning
In general, this last month has been a month of learning humility. I’ve done things I’d never thought I’d do (like climb in a ceiling and run cable with a headlamp on…good times) and go on a 6.2 mile hike with our interns (wearing jeans…huge mistake). I’ve succeeded at some things, flat out failed at others, cried in the car, cried to my mom, cried with Carolina…basically I’ve cried a LOT and that’s ok. I’ve been pushed well out of my comfort zone and been supported by my team along the way. It’s been hard, but it’s been good. So good.
Month 2…here I come.