I Fired My Boss and Hired Myself
I’m Kellie Finch, owner and lead photographer at KFinch Photography. Just a small town girl living a dream. On this 1 year anniversary of the day I nervously put in my two weeks at my former job, I pay homage to the woman who was brave enough to say “enough is enough!" I’ve been doing photography for 15 years now, always on the side and I’ve always had a full time job. I’ve always looked at my photography business as a supplement to my income. It was working for me, but boy was I paying for it in other ways, missing time with my son, working a full 8 hour shift coming home eating and feeding my son late and then staying up between 10pm-2am to edit and still deliver to my clients. I was tired.
Two years ago I prayed and asked God for a way out. A way to do what I loved and to still be able to sustain my lifestyle. I’ve never been one to live above my means or splurge on anything so I knew it would be possible, yet I was mortified. I confided in and sought council from my parents, my pastors and my mentors who were all so supportive. There had been some buzz about who KFinch Photography was and by this point I had been featured in several publications, Magazines and Tv, yet I was still untrusting that this would be possible for me.
Everyday for two years I would sit at my full time good paying job (with benefits) and sob because deep down I KNEW that this just wasn’t it. I’m a God girl and I tend to lean into what I feel he is saying to me. One morning just like any other morning I kissed my son, sent him off to school, stopped at Dunkin’ and drove to work. Empty. I sat at my desk and immediately I felt the strongest sense of urgency that I have ever felt in my life. TODAY was the day. It couldn’t be any other day but today. I still had so many questions. What if I don’t have enough saved? It’s just me, what if I fail? What happens to my mortgage? But then I heard “But what if you don’t fail. Nervously I obliged, I wrote my two weeks notice right then and there. It was almost as if someone was writing it for me, as if someone was pushing me toward the office door. I walked into my bosses office and told her that I needed to give her something. At that point there was no turning back. Shaking, I handed her the letter and told her that I have decided to officially resign from the position and go into business full time for myself. My then boss said something that sticks with me to this day: “I wish I had the guts to do what you are doing, go Kellie, you’ve got this!” Her words were so reassuring that I was making the right decision.
After that day I can truly say that I have not looked back. I was able to focus and give 100% of myself to my business and double my income. Has it been easy? Absolutely not. Has it been worth it? Absolutely! The story is still being written. Everyday I wake up grateful that I have my life and my time back. I’m able to do what I love and live the life that I’ve always dreamed of at the same time! This is a story about trust, in yourself and in God that what you have is all you need.
Until next time, light and love
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