A letter to myself - what I wished I had known in my business starting out

This post is going to be different. It’s very personal. I wanted to share with you a letter to myself. It was part of an exercise to help me realize how far I had actually come. Sometimes just this simple thing can show you that great things take time. So, here is a letter to myself, letting me know what I had wished I had known when I was starting out as a first-time entrepreneur to a photography business.

Dear Kaytee,

I just want to start out by saying that you are about to be on a journey. It’s going to feel like a never-ending roller coaster. It may feel like there is no end to the track and that most of the time you are heading down. You will make mistakes, you will have anxiety attacks, you will feel helpless and worthless. No one ever said this is a glamorous adventure.

Sounds scary? It’s far from it. It’s terrifying but in the most satisfying way. No risk, no reward. You are going to have a lot of highs and lows, and what feels like mostly lows. Just know, that you are making a difference and people believe in you.

You are going to feel like a failure. But then someone is going to recommend someone meet up with you because you are doing such a wonderful job.

You are going to feel like you aren’t good enough. But then someone is going to tell you that your work inspires them.

You are going to feel like the world is against you. But then someone tells you that you make them want to start their business because you make it seem like a dream is worth pursuing.

You are going to feel defeated, time and time again. But then someone is going to hire you and say they were so ecstatic when they received their photos.

You are going to feel like you are good enough. But then someone tells you they preferred your photos and your work and recommended you to so many people.

You are going to feel like this is too hard. You’re going to feel like there is a huge weight on your shoulders. You are going to feel like you can’t please everyone. You are going to feel broke. You are going to question yourself when you realize how much money you put into this business and that you don’t feel like you are really making your life better.

It. Is. Worth. It.

Do not give up. Do not give in. Don’t let the people who bring you down discourage you. Don’t let the situations that leave you hopeless get to you. I repeat, do not do it.

You are better than that. You are worthy. Your work means something to people. You are giving people the chance to have their story heard and felt. You are giving someone else something that no one else can give them.

It’s going to be tough, but you have thick skin. You have what it takes. (Just get some more patience).

Just keep doing you, and the rest will follow. You’ve got this. I want you to know that everything and everyone has a purpose. This is yours.

With all my love,

Yourself in a few years