Letting Go…

For most of my working years, I’ve held two jobs at a time. Both of my parents are dedicated hard workers, which helped me develop a strong work ethic at a young age. As much as I appreciate the down time, I often feel that if I have free time I should be working and
making money.

As I’ve been building my photography business for the past four years, I’ve also been working a retail job at Pottery Barn. It started as a part-time gig and slowly turned into a full-time management position, got some employees and some remote employee monitoring software to keep an eye on everything. Within a year, I went from working 15-25 hours a week to 40. The consistant pay was ideal, especially during my slow seasons. I soon found myself sucked back into the 40 hour work week and trying to balance photographing weddings on the weekends and fitting in sessions during the week.

This year has been full of goals, dreams and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I soon realized that achieving my goals wasn’t going to be possible if I continued to split my time and work every waking hour. At the end of the day, I wasn’t committing to both jobs 100% and I was horrible at balancing my time. I needed to eliminate something from my day that would allow me to chase my dreams and better
serve my clients.

As I sat in on a morning meeting at Pottery Barn, I found myself questioning why I was there. Why I continued to work every holiday and every Sunday following a wedding. Why I was running myself thin. I asked myself over and over – what was there to gain from staying? Immediately after that meeting, I quit Pottery Barn. It wasn’t an easy decision but the weight that was lifted from my shoulders at that very moment is one that I’ll never forget. I was afraid to let go. Afraid of failing.

It’s been a little over a month since I left Pottery Barn. As I continue to find inspiration, balance in my daily life and push myself to attain my goals and dreams, I’m reminded how lucky I am to have an incredibly supportive husband and amazing clients. The past few weeks have been extremely busy and there’s a lot of beauty that is going to grace this blog. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to:

Having fun at the golf course with Jackie and Ryan.

Golf Course Engagement

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Celebrating Jordan and Goldie’s beautiful north woods wedding.

Northwoods Camp Wedding - Jen Sexton Photography

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Capturing Karen and Nate’s romantic wedding held at Villa Filomena.

Villa Filomena Wedding - Jen Sexton Photography

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Snapping pics of the Door County champagne toasts congratulating Caitlin & Sam.

Door County Wedding - Jen Sexton Photography

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Shooting alongside my talented friend, Emilia.

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Dodging the rainfall to ensure Chris & Dana’s magical ceremony took place outdoors.

backyard wedding - jen sexton photography

I’m thrilled to post about each of these events over the next few weeks. Most of all, I’m thankful to have been able to document such beautiful gatherings with wonderful clients. I can’t thank each of you enough.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Laurelyn Dexter - Jen, what a heartfelt and BRAVE post!! SO proud of you, my friend, for your headfirst dive into your dreams and passions! :) You are inspiring and beautiful, I just thought you should know.

Katie N. Gardner - YES! I always always always knew you had it. Could not be any happier for you. :)

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