What Comes Next

I’ve been asking others this question since the days of preschool. What comes after circle? What comes after snack? What comes after gym (I wasn’t a huge fan of gym)? What comes after my brother’s incredibly boring soccer game? I haven’t always liked the answers but I’ve always been excited for the next chapter in my life. I can remember turning ten and how pumped I was that I could hold up all of my fingers to tell people how old I was. Big deal my friends…biiiiiiig deal. During my pregnancy I didn’t always ask others what came next but I found myself getting all kinds of answers around every corner. (People LOVE to tell pregnant women what to expect when their expecting. Someone even wrote a book.) 😉 And as my maternity leave from Australian Gold was coming to an end that dang question came up again…and I could look to no one but myself for the answer. Could I get on an airplane and leave my new baby for a significant amount of time during his first year? I knew what came next and the answer was no.

As hard as it was to leave a job I’ve loved for a long time, I love my family more and my new job as a mama. Making the call to resign from my job was both emotional and bittersweet. But I did it. I traded my super cute Australian Gold sales training stilettos for a more sensible (and stable) pair of platform wedges to tote my adorable baby around in. What I will miss the most about that job are the friends I made along the way and the Hilton Honor points. Best part (other than being with Leo, duh-town) about turning in my frequent flyer status? Waaaaait for it…..I’m going full time with my photography!! WOOT WOOT!!!

AHHH!!! Do you realize how long I’ve been waiting to say that?!?! I’ve been doing my photography on the side since 2008. I’ve waited and dreamed of this day and I’m almost there. So close I can taste it. I’m still in the planning and re-branding stages so bear with me as I re-group and re-organize. Today is Leo’s first official day with the sitter and I still can’t believe I’m sitting here at my computer blogging…AS MY FREAKING JOB!!!!!! BLAH!!!!!!! I know the day my new site launches I will cry like a little tiny baby. I can promise you a new look, a new feel, a new focus. But the same old, high energy, crazy fun, willing to try anything, go anywhere, while throwing in a high kick, Megan. I can’t wait to get re-aquainted. 😉

Speaking of tiny babies…let’s look at mine!

Yes, I’m working like a speed demon to get caught up on client galleries today, so if you’re reading this thinking “shouldn’t she be working?” Trust me, I am. But remember…I just left BBD with the sitter (who we love and trust – thanks Dre!) for the FIRST TIME! Of course I’m gonna blow up the blog with Leo photos today. Eases my guilt.

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Those eyes. He gets those eyes from his handsome daddy. My eyes were almost glued shut until I was practically 7 months old. Now that cutie mouth? Mine. 😉

 

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These two photos were supposed to be a surprise for his Grammy who made his mobile. But I didn’t get them printed in time. So….surprise!!!! He loves, loves, loves that mobile!

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Thanks for checking in on us. Big changes around here for everyone. Have I had moments of meltdown mania and questions and doubts? Yes, but they are oh so brief. And as soon as I see Leo’s smile I’m reminded that I’m doing the right thing. I’m excited for what comes next. It’s right. It’s exciting. And when he asks me (someday) what comes after his sister’s boring cheerleading competitions I’ll tell him ice cream and rope swings. Lots and lots of ice cream. Which is hopefully an answer he likes. 😉 xoxox

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June 3, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Grammy Mary Ann - Loved reading your words Megan. And you’re right; you always did want to know what comes next. I am so thankful you and Drew made the choice for you to unpack your suitcase for an extended period of time. Lucky you. Lucky Drew…and most of all…Lucky Leo!
Loved the pictures of Leo…and with the mobile!! Look at that big boy smile. Can’t wait to hug him again!
Love you all.

June 3, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Grammy Mary Ann - Loved reading your words Megan. And you’re right; you always did want to know what comes next. I am so thankful you and Drew made the choice for you to unpack your suitcase for an extended period of time. Lucky you. Lucky Drew…and most of all…Lucky Leo!
Loved the pictures of Leo…and with the mobile!! Look at that big boy smile. Can’t wait to hug him again!
Love you all.

June 3, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Megan - SISTER!!!!???!?!??!?

June 3, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Megan - SISTER!!!!???!?!??!?

June 3, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Susan - Meg- I am so excited for you and excited for ME that I can still keep up with you and your adventures even though I won’t be able to see you at sales meetings and trade shows….

June 3, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Susan - Meg- I am so excited for you and excited for ME that I can still keep up with you and your adventures even though I won’t be able to see you at sales meetings and trade shows….

June 3, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Kandice - Megan, I will miss seeing you at our lotion trainings and at the trade shows, but I am very excited to be able to catch up with you via Facebook! I love seeing all of your pictures of baby Leo! Good luck to you with everything!

June 3, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Jo Lynn Danser - Megan,
This is so beautifully written. There are always the next phase of our lives. One can tell from precious little Leo’s expressions you have made the best decisions. We know you will be very successful in your full time photography business and you already have become the perfect mommy to Leo! You and Drew are the ideal parents and we are thrilled beyond words how everything is coming together for you, Drew and little Leo!?

June 3, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Jo Lynn Danser - Megan,
This is so beautifully written. There are always the next phase of our lives. One can tell from precious little Leo’s expressions you have made the best decisions. We know you will be very successful in your full time photography business and you already have become the perfect mommy to Leo! You and Drew are the ideal parents and we are thrilled beyond words how everything is coming together for you, Drew and little Leo!?

June 3, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Jo Lynn Danser - I really liked the sister part!

June 3, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Brandy - Totally the right move to stay at home, Meg-Peg! Now that I’m at home more often with the girls, I wish I had done it sooner! You don’t realize how much you miss when you are a working mom.

June 4, 2013 - 12:29 am

Rusty Varney - Woohoo! This decision has been a long time coming! At least, we’ve all wanted you to do it for a long time! Photography is your passion and Leo is your oxygen, so it works out perfectly. You’re an incredible photographer and mommy … and wedges are really in right now (thank goodness!!). He is beautiful, by the way. Are we still hoping for an August visit (or do you think I’ve completely lost it??? Wait until you have two kids that are all over the calendar — you’ll forget your own schedule too!!) And also … SISTER??? XOXOX

June 4, 2013 - 12:29 am

Rusty Varney - Woohoo! This decision has been a long time coming! At least, we’ve all wanted you to do it for a long time! Photography is your passion and Leo is your oxygen, so it works out perfectly. You’re an incredible photographer and mommy … and wedges are really in right now (thank goodness!!). He is beautiful, by the way. Are we still hoping for an August visit (or do you think I’ve completely lost it??? Wait until you have two kids that are all over the calendar — you’ll forget your own schedule too!!) And also … SISTER??? XOXOX

June 4, 2013 - 1:18 am

amy lake - You will NOT EVER regret making this decision!!!!! It is the BEST for You, Leo and Drew! Just wait…..you’ll see!!! Hugs! Congrats! Good Luck! Break a Leg!!!!

June 4, 2013 - 1:18 am

amy lake - You will NOT EVER regret making this decision!!!!! It is the BEST for You, Leo and Drew! Just wait…..you’ll see!!! Hugs! Congrats! Good Luck! Break a Leg!!!!

June 4, 2013 - 1:24 am

Molly - Yay, Meg!! Congratulations to you and your sweet family! 😀

June 4, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Trenda - All I can do is smile, and imagine how wonderful life will be for you. As for the Sister comment love it!

June 4, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Trenda - All I can do is smile, and imagine how wonderful life will be for you. As for the Sister comment love it!

June 7, 2013 - 1:06 am

Sara - Ahh i LOVE the current brand, can’t wait to see what’s coming!! So happy for you Megan, if there’s anything you should be doing full-time, it’s photography. You are so talented. Hope all is well with your sweet family.

June 7, 2013 - 1:06 am

Sara - Ahh i LOVE the current brand, can’t wait to see what’s coming!! So happy for you Megan, if there’s anything you should be doing full-time, it’s photography. You are so talented. Hope all is well with your sweet family.

June 9, 2013 - 5:42 pm

jennyBZ - oh i love this.. i’m so excited for you for your new chapter and taking your photography full time. so proud of you. and i miss that little munchkin! been too long since i’ve seen you both!
and i hope he gets a sister too, eventually, when i’m having a girl and they can be besties and mine can giggle to yours about how cute big brother leo is. LOL am i getting ahead of myself? lol
love you sister!!! xxxxx