Opportunity Knocking

Where do I go from here?

As many of you know, I’ve been battling with some decisions. One of which is whether or not I keep my apartment when I leave for basic training. After talking the decision over with my recruiter, I am finally able to say what I think is my best option. However, moving out in just a few months is proving to be harder than expected.

In order to keep this apartment long enough to move out of it, I have had to work two part-time jobs. The work itself isn’t bad, but I only have one day off every week (and it is dedicated to Delayed Enlistment Program meetings and seeing friends and family).  As I slowly start putting things in boxes, I reminisce on moving into Ball State for my Freshman year.  I struggled through the rest of that year, and most of my Sophomore year, but now I am on the track to something I know I can do. Photography.

I’ve been taking pictures since I was old enough to hold a camera. The last few weeks, I have been able take Senior Photos for someone, and be the photographer for a very good friend’s wedding.

Is this real?

Absolutely, yes! I started the Facebook page Photographs by Ashley  as a sort of spring board for a freelance photography business. There aren’t many “likes,” but to me, it’s a great stepping stone to a career I can only hope to learn more about in the Navy and through a new opportunity that has come my way.

I received a call today from the Muncie Free Press about an email they had sent out last summer for photographers and content writers. This weekend is my chance to get some real hands-on experience working in the field of Photojournalism!

What does that mean for my current journey?

Well it means that I’m going to have a lot more to write to you about, my wonderful followers! Since I don’t leave until November, it gives me time to get some experience under my belt. Also, since I’m a reservist, I’ll still be able to work with the paper (if I get the position) when I return from my 16-weeks of training.

I am so thankful to God and all my friends and family for the support and the love you have all shown. I can’t wait to let you all know where the rest of my journey is going to go!

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