I sit here in tears looking at my computer screen, not because of sadness but because of joy. Today, I researched my name and was pleasantly surprised on what I saw. For seven years, I have been growing as a landscape and nature photographer. During that same period of time my family and I have been working on building Pi Photography Fine Art. Over the years there have been many hurdles, curves in the roadway, and pitfalls that we have encountered; each carrying their own unique set of challenges to overcome. There have been countless times over the years that I have wondered if all the time that has been invested, all the time away from friends and loved ones, and all the resources invested was ever going to pan out.
I am a single mom of two and have been for most of my adult life; I had my son at 20 and my daughter at 22. I’ve worked endless hours at good jobs but jobs that didn’t fulfill me as a person. In 2009, after a car accident, my good but financially unstable life was destroyed and it had to be rebuilt from the ground up. At 32, severally hurt from the accident with a lot of time on my hands I went back to school through online classes and eventually received my degree. The years of going to school, being a mom, healing, working a job (some points 2), learning about business and growing my business has been the most exhausting experiences of my life but they have also been the most rewarding.
Today I saw my name and I began to cry.
Some of you may find that statement a little ridiculous but those of you who have been challenging yourself day in and day out will understand. Those of you artists or innovators trying to be seen will understand. I’ve been selling my nature and landscape photography wall art through my own website for about 4 years now, Fine Art America, Etsy and Houzz platforms for about 6 months. But today, because of Trademark Fine Art, I saw my name and my work on Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair; three of the largest internet retailers in the world!
I cried because I see that the work is paying off…I cried because I could have given up but I didn’t; for that I am thankful and proud. My hope is this is not just a step in the right direction but a huge jump in the right direction.