A change of plans

Heather Parady | HeartStories

This note showed up in my Facebook feed yesterday.  It’s from my friend Heather, who is an incredible photographer.

Well folks, this has been a long time coming.

I’m closing shop.

I think sometimes the hardest things to let go of are not the things that are “bad”. Sometimes they are good things– things that are working.

I’ve wanted to be a photographer since I was about 17. Several years later, through tons of bad pictures, crappy point and shoot cameras, tears, and hours of YouTube videos– I became one.

Its really hard to give it up because I’ve poured my heart and soul into making a hobby- a profitable business. And its worked. Its grown. And Ive had a lot of fun.

However its not my “long term” goal. Through lots of prayers & counsel with wise people I’ve decided to pour everything I have into what my long term goal is. As many of you know I have a year left in grad school, and shortly I will be opening a new business centered around things that I am very passionate about. . .

Wish you all the very very best. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from this is you CAN make anything happen. I hope you too will follow whatever you dreams are- with full abandon.

The best is yet.

Who does that?  

Who leaves something they’ve been pouring heart and soul into… that’s totally working, to pursue something bigger, something even more meaningful?

Someone who can see the big picture does that.

Maybe even a step further.  Maybe it’s someone who can’t see it quite yet, but they know there’s a bigger picture out there, ready to be painted.  So they put down the camera, pick up a brush and start painting.

Maybe it’s you.

Maybe you’ve spent countless hours, days, weeks, or even years of your life, investing in something you thought you always wanted, only to discover something completely different beckoning you on.

Further than you thought you would go.

Much less safe than you planned to be.

Pay attention.

Explore it.

The world doesn’t need all your predictable plans.

We need your heart.

To more love,


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