The moment everything changed forever

08 Oct The moment everything changed forever

It was just a week before things changed that I realized how happy I’ve been. For the first time in my life, I was doing what I loved- I was running my own business and following my dreams. I was finally doing it and I was making it work and damnit, I was happy. Well a week later, the moment that things changed forever just hit. Boom. I’d spent years building my business and focusing everything I had on making it work and suddenly, my world tilted. Everything in my life that was so important to me became a distant priority to what I now face and what I’m preparing to face ahead. My new reality: mom is sick, and she’s not going to get better…

Coping with such a life altering blow has been hard. And running a business as a sole proprietor while facing these challenges is hard. Everything right now is just that…it’s just hard. I love my business, I love what I do and I love the people that I work with. It’s what has kept me going, it’s what has kept and made me happy and it’s what has kept the creativity in me alive. Everyone I work with has been so understanding and I want to thank all the clients, friends and family for your patience and support throughout this hard time.

If there’s one thing I’m most grateful for, it’s the fact that owning my own business has given me the freedom to spend the time I need with my loved ones as we learn to live our new normal. I’m a graphic designer, and luckily this means that with just an internet connection and my trusty Macbook Pro, I can work anywhere, anytime. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and I think this experience will only make me a stronger business owner as I learn to grow through some devastating life changes.

Where do we go from here?

The moment everything changed I realized I really need to prioritize everything in my life to stay afloat. It’s a tough thing when your work life and your personal life collide. My first priority has always been being there. Whether it’s for my family or my clients, it is important for me to be there for you. I’ve been extremely attentive when taking on new projects that I’ll be able to handle the workload no matter what is going on in my life, because no matter what challenges I face, I do not want my quality or commitment to falter.

I’m still working and I’m still here and hopefully my work will be better than ever. I may be working weird hours or I may be working from Buffalo instead of Raleigh, but day by day, I’ll still be working and I’ll still be creating.

Thank you so much again for your support and patience and understanding- I love you guys!

~ Tracy