These past few weeks I’ve been in the middle of, how can I put it, an early life crisis. I’ve been thinking and thinking and well thinking some more about what I will do when I return home in just 3 short months. Previously, I had hoped that taking a year to travel would help me to figure out who I am and what I’d like to do with my life. Sure I’ve gotten closer, but the truth is, I still have no idea. And frankly all this thinking has just resulted in a headache and a lot more confusion. Then I met Shea.
Shea and I met in a Madrid blogging group on Facebook. We recently spent an afternoon together in Retiro Park and instantly connected. We talked about what the future holds for the both of us and shared the common fact that at the moment our futures’ are very unpredictable.
Sometimes all it takes is an unfamiliar face to assure you that everything will be okay. I’ve been worrying so much about the next big step I will take when I get home, that I have been forgetting a bit to enjoy the now. Talking with Shea reminded me that that’s okay. Whether you’re 22, 45 or 83, it’s okay to not have a set plan. As long as you keep pursuing the next thing that makes you happy, it will all be okay in the end. After all whatever’s meant to be, will be, right?
Shea first realized she had a passion for photography when she studied abroad in Cáceres, Spain only three years ago. She loved capturing of all of the different places that she visited and received many compliments on her travel photographs. After finishing school, she decided to move to Spain for the following two reasons: to try teaching abroad for a year and to improve her Spanish.
When I asked her why she decided to open her own photography business she replied: “One weekend in February, I spent a whole Saturday filling out teaching job applications. I was planning on doing the exact same thing the next day, but I woke up and thought, ‘making a photography website sounds so much more exciting!’ So I did and things just took off from there! I realized that it doesn’t matter where I’m at in the world… the word will spread around thanks to social media. “
“Making a photography website sounds so much more exciting”
Shea seems to be one of those people able to go with the flow. She takes things as they come, in little steps. I have NEVER been able to do this. I often think so much about what’s going to happen next that I forget what I was originally planning in the first place.
When I asked if teaching abroad has changed her view on pursuing a career in teaching she replied: For the past three years, my two biggest passions have been teaching and photography. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel as passionate about teaching this past year as I have in the past. I think that’s another reason why I started a photography business; I needed something to be passionate about again. I needed something to challenge me. Right now, I’m loving the direction in which my life is headed in regards to my career. That’s not to say I’ll never teach again, though!
“I needed something to be passionate about again. I needed something to challenge me.”
Shea’s advice in following your dreams: A friend of mine posted a wonderful quote the other day by Karim Seddiki, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” I think it’s perfect for anyone following his or her passions in life. There were so many times when I thought, “What if it doesn’t work?” But, I’d rather try and fail than never try and never know. I believe that if you’re truly passionate about something and you really want it, you will find a way to make it happen! As cliché as it sounds, don’t give up!
If you found Shea’s words inspiring, you’ll certainly be moved by her enchanting pictures. Here are some from our shoot: