If you would’ve asked me years ago about having my own website one day, I wouldn’t have ever thought it to be possible. Hell, I probably wouldn’t have thought it was necessary or feasible just one year ago. But yesterday, I put the site I have been working on for the past month or so online for everyone to see.
This time last year, I had been in Seattle for several months and was living in my first actual apartment in the city. Before that, I had rented a room in the basement of a house in Beacon Hill with ceilings that were so short that I hit my head daily. After that, I moved into where my partner was living, a basement mother-in-law apartment in Ravenna with three roommates that lived upstairs in the house.
My goals when I moved here compared to now are vastly different. I had goals to get an apartment of my own with a friend or coworker, to work hard and prove myself at work, to make friends and socialize, and pay off my debt. I had my iPhone, some books and clothes, and was slowly accumulating pieces of second-hand furniture that were too small for me, but too large for my basement room.
Now, just over one year later, my goals include moving my print shop over to this website that you’re currently on instead of a third-party fulfillment website, visiting New York City sometime next year after Nikoli and I’s trip to Japan in the spring, creating and posting more content frequently and consistently, and writing a lot more.
I hadn’t doubted that I would be successful at my photography if I poured myself into it, but I didn’t imaging that I would accomplish so much in less than a year. As of today, my work has been featured on VSCO (love you forever, VSCO) and Unsplash. I’m also a featured photographer on Ello. And yesterday, I was interview by The Plus Paper (story coming soon). With all of this recognition for my work, over 2.5 million people have seen my photos, and I am so thankful.
So, if you’re reading this, thank you for visiting my website and taking the time to look around. Thank you, thank you, thank you.