BIG CHANGES

HOWDY FRIEND!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve journaled… AND I’m working on that. It’s definitely my priority to get on here more to share all the beautiful memories we’re documenting. There are so many changes that have happened professionally and personally that I am still feeling like, “is this real life?”  Now I really wanted to post all these different announcements in one post - but it'd be like 5 pages long. haha. So I am going to shorten it up, and post more often so I can fill you in on the excitement, and then also keep you in the loop as life goes on. 

SO FIRST, THANK YOU so much for reading this - whether you’re friends, family, fans of my work, whoever you are - I feel your love, your support, your encouragement, and I can’t say thank you enough. I’m so incredibly grateful for you. 

A little disclaimer intertwined with a question: I’m curious, anyone else put off things you want to do because you have fear of not doing it right? For me that is one of my biggest struggles. There are so many things I want to do and I’m always putting them on the back burner because I envision them being done a certain way, and am scared to go for it and disappointing myself. For example, journaling on this blog. I have all these thoughts I want to share, but I feel like I go in all different directions when I write and can’t seem to find the time to focus and share. But here it goes...

Both Greg and I have done some serious soul searching these past few months about our goals. Basically we feel hypocritical if we tell our children to chase their dreams and pursue what they love if we aren’t living that testament. For our family we have dreamt of spontaneous adventures, being together as much as possible, and working really hard at the things we love. However, we have felt constrained in the everyday hustle of a 9-5, 5 days/week schedule. It just wasn’t working for our family and our happiness. On a personal note, we also wanted to teach our kids together, and by having the flexibility of creating our own schedules we are able to homeschool, and still be able to travel all while bustin’ our behinds to pay for health insurance and food on the table. ;-) Greg has always wanted to start his own business, so over the summer he left the corporate world to build his own consulting company.  He is working from home with me and also managing the business side of Golden Aura because LORD KNOWS I suck at that. Just keeping it real. We understand that making a decision like this is a gamble. We know in some peoples eyes it doesn’t make sense or seems irresponsible. BUT it’s a pretty surreal feeling - God has put us in this position we’re in, no doubt about it. We know we are in the right place at the right time. We’ve been asked, “Really? How do you know?” Well - Everything has been effortless since our life shift. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it just flows so beautifully. Looking back at these past few months, if Greg wasn’t home I would’ve had to quit photography. Our family time was nonexistent, my health was declining, and the stress level has been so scary it’s almost killed me on multiple occasions. There is NO WAY I would be able to do what I do without his help, love, support. I can’t even begin to go into detail about all the behind the scenes that is involved with the business (maybe I’ll tackle it someday because I think it is neat to share what goes into the art, but for now I’m trying to keep it short and sweet!) SO for now, the big news that I am so proud to announce is that we are a full time Husband/Wife Photography team and there are soooooo many exciting features to the Golden Aura Experience coming down the pipeline!!!!! Needless to say 2019 is going to be so insane - we can’t wait to see what the future holds. I figured what better way to share this post than with some photos from our 10 year anniversary in St John. All these photos were taken by an amazing photographer we met there, her name is Lindsay Vann - and we couldn’t be more happy with this season of our lives photographed so beautifully.

Alrighty, I’m hopping off to spend the day in San Francisco with my boys and sister, but stay tuned, we have a lot to share still! For another day, And soon! :-D 

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Emily Esslinger