I want to first say thank you so much for hanging in there with me. Life got in the way over the past couple of months and made it difficult for me to stay on top of my emails and social media.
I have waited a bit to share with you all because of all of the things going on behind the scenes.
I’m not sure if you remember when I wrote “Why I Failed, A New Season Of Life” which was about how my Mom was rapidly declining with dementia. It has been a long year and a vicious, unforgiving disease. Combined with the COVID restrictions which prevented in-person visits with her until the end, it has been emotionally difficult several months.
On the morning of Thursday, October 8th, my Mom, Joy passed away. The nursing home was kind enough to allow us to spend the night as her body began failing rapidly and hospice warned us that she would likely not be able to hold on through the night. I sat by her side pretty much the entire night, she wasn’t able to really speak but we had a few precious moments I will hold on to. I am thankful she isn’t suffering anymore, she was still aware in some respects of what was happening to her and it was so hard to see her so angry and frustrated.
Why do I share this with you, some of whom I don’t know personally? Because I have always been of the belief that everything happens for a reason. And the events leading to how I got to be by her side reinforces that belief 10-fold!
At the end of August, I was hit with a severe migraine that lasted about six weeks and reduced the vision in my right eye to the point that I had to sleep sitting up because of the vertigo it caused. This obviously forced me to call and get an appointment with a specialist in Charlotte who I had to wait until October 6th to get into! I called daily to check and see if there were any appointments earlier and each time was told that new patient appointments were now scheduling into 2021.
Little did we all realize, the universe had plans for that trip. My Mom was moved the Friday before to a new home and her room was on the ground floor so I could at least go see her through the window. I planned to visit her the day after my appointment and as I headed up the highway I called the home to see if they could get her into a chair. This is when they told me she was failing and likely would not make it through the night.
Driving like a maniac, praying she wouldn’t pass before I got there, I arrived, they took my temperature and ushered me into her room. Had it not been for this appointment, had it not been for me calling in that moment, had we not moved her to a new home that would allow me in…. It goes on and on and I thank God every day that a greater force was at work to allow me to be by her side.
I hang tight to that belief too as I refocus my energy back into my business, I feel like I have fallen short inconsistency. But I am forgiving myself because it all happened for a reason. I am hopeful that this story will bring you comfort as it does me, even at this difficult time. I share this with you because even as business owners we fall short sometimes, but I still believe that this time away has been for a reason. Someone reading this needs to hear these words today and someone else can relate to my struggle.
I am here to say Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of what you do and that I know our paths have crossed for a reason, even if it is just to read these posts.
Behind the scenes, there has been some activity that I also want to share (and maybe explain a little too lol).
I’ve written about social media in the past and how much I really don’t enjoy it but it is a necessary evil to our business life. Well, during this time I also realized I needed some help! My husband would laugh because I really am not one to ask for help, but I did!
Just before my Mom passed I hired someone to help me with social media. Unfortunately, my instructions for her were not as clear as they should have been and that is why you received an email with the subject “Dear Subscriber” haha! No big deal, it happens and certainly not her fault at all, I am responsible even if I didn’t hit send. It is all about learning for her and for myself! I haven’t had an employee since I owned my Event Planning firm, so I was a little rusty 😉
We have since worked out the kinks and she amazing at keeping my Instagram posts going, which is definitely where I struggle!
I am looking forward to serving you all in 2021! My mission going forward is to kick-start 2021 for YOU! I know I am ready to be done with 2020 ?. So as I wrap this year up, I am giving you a taste of what is to come in the new year with affordable branding photography that will keep your social media feeds fresh and offering a little bit of coaching along the way.
I am so grateful for my community here and it never escapes me that I could not have this amazing Photography business without all of you.
I would love for you to follow me on Instagram (@amandarichardsonphotography) if you haven’t already!