What an interesting few weeks it has been. After the mixed emotions of Graduation and getting my head around starting this new phase of my life, the twists and turns just kept coming.
On March 29th I attended my first ever wedding expo at Melvilles, Alligator Creek. As well as it being my first time, Melvilles had never hosted a wedding expo before and were hoping to expand in that direction. For me, it was a fantastic experience. Everyone I met was lovely. Craig, the owner, was the nicest bloke you could ever hope to meet, and his staff were equally as enthusiastic and accommodating.
The other vendors in attendance were also as welcoming. Derek from Quicksmart Photographics and Kristi from Tini Tots Photography offered advice and words of encouragement. I had never seen their work before that day but after meeting them and having a look at their sites I was so impressed, especially with Kristi's beautiful Newborn photos, such a pro!
I also had the pleasure of meeting some other professionals including a great DJ Jeremy, of Boosted Beats and an extremely vibrant and energetic lady named Vicki, of Moments Celebrant services. All of these people were friendly, open and enthusiastic about networking and most importantly, supporting each other so that everyone can achieve some measure of success.
Unfortunately, the turnout for the expo was a little low, but the valuable information and contacts I gained from spending the day there was totally worth my time. My day at Melvilles also really hit home the fact that to make it in this industry you need to have something special to offer, and for me, although I think I can take a pretty nice picture of anything, I think I will leave the weddings to the old hands and focus my energy in a different direction.
At this point you may be thinking, Mia, you said it has been an interesting few weeks...
So, as I mentioned last time, my friends and I are all struggling to make a living now that Uni has finished. Personally, I am lucky because I have a full time job, being a Mum. You also may or may not have known that I had a casual job, in an industry that I have worked in for over 10 years now, and to be honest, did not want to work a single second longer in this position. Unfortunately, when you have done one thing and one thing only for 10 years, it is very difficult to move into a different field of employment. I had been applying for other casual positions in this field, however my lack of enthusiasm must have shone through, because on wednesday last week I received not one but two rejection letters after interviews.
The next day (good Thursday??), I got fired for the first time since I was about 17.
I couldn't believe it. I was so happy. I actually felt sorry for my manager who was crying down the phone thinking that she was ruining my long weekend when in fact nothing could have made my weekend better than not having to go to work. (Well probably a few things could have made it better but you get the idea)
Oh, and I forgot to mention, we also received a letter telling us to move out of our place in 2 months.
As I said to my very emotional manager, I had a feeling something big was coming.
But what does it all mean? Well, I'd been wanting to quit my job for months, and now I didn't have to. We'd been wanting to move for months, but it was just easier to stay here. Now we have no choice. It means that we are free to move on, potentially to bigger and better things. Amidst all of this, its fair to say that money has been tight, I'm not afraid to admit that, but besides the occasional freak out about funds, to which Steve calmly replies, 'Just don't think about it', the last few weeks have been some of the most enjoyable of my life.
Steve hasn't been working as much, so we have been spending lots of fun family time together, bike rides, fishing, and even an impromptu overnight camping trip in which Sebastian kindly let me and Steve sleep on one quarter of an airbed each while he slept sideways in the middle. We have been having lots of playdates with our friends and relatives, birthday and Easter celebrations, and mostly just hanging out playing music and making each other laugh.
My pictures for tonight are random, mostly from some of our recent adventures. The ones at the park are from a lovely afternoon we spent with the local kids letting them use my camera and model for us. Unfortunately I didn't get permission to show the individual portraits yet so I'll just share the group ones for now, but you can still see what a good time we had.
Oh, and those bigger and better things that are waiting for us around the corner, I'm working on that too. Maybe I'll let you in on the secret next time...
Thanks for reading.