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8 YEARS AGO TODAY

August 22, 2017

Love and Lemonade by Nina Lance
Love & Lemonade’s very first logo

Eight years ago today I sat at my desk with my laptop and took a huge leap. I was scared and excited and nervous and scared. I wasn’t sure about anything except that if I didn’t take the leap – if I didn’t follow my heart – I would always regret it. And to me, regret was worse than failing. So I did it. I took that leap. A leap that would change my life, my world, and my self.

Eight years ago today, I launched Love & Lemonade and never looked back.

Never in a million years could I have imagined just how much joy, sense of purpose, and love photography would bring me even to this day.

I can honestly say that 8 years flew by quicker than I can say OMG. It really does feel like yesterday when I was excitedly coming up with a business name, setting up my first website, and just doing whatever it took to achieve my goal of being a professional photographer. I essentially had 2 jobs the first year — photography and freelancing and taking on any and all random design work in order to fund my new endeavor. I worked straight from morning to morning, almost every weekend, barely slept, sacrificed my social life, and lived and breathed photography.

This was pretty much my life for years. And I loved it.

Growth and change go hand in hand and you can’t have one without the other.

Entering a new chapter in my career certainly feels different this time around. I’m no longer a single, directionless, 30 year old girl. I’m now a wife and mother and seasoned entrepreneur. The voices of my fears and doubts are louder and more omnipresent than they were 8 years ago. Motherhood has made me a nervous and anxious person and the challenges I face today seem far greater and more persistent. However, I’m determined to keep pushing forward because I know if I don’t follow my heart again, I will regret it.

You’re never too old to start pursuing new dreams.

I remember thinking I was crazy for switching gears and launching a new career in my 30s. But here I am nearing 40 and about to embark on another new adventure. I don’t know where this will lead me and where I’ll be in another 8 years but I feel like I’m just getting started. I’m excited for the future.

Thank you for making all of this possible and helping me turn a crazy dream into a beautiful reality.

To those who are on this journey with me, thank you for believing in me and sticking with me through the years. You’ve supported me through the changes, the mistakes, the successes, and everything in between. I couldn’t have done any of this without you.

Thank you.

With love and humility,

 

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