new beginnings

It’s been quite awhile since I wrote something in this format, and though that has felt weird, I am thankful to have been spending time creating in other ways.

In the later months of 2022, I sat down and made several decisions related to my next steps in life with the long term best interests for my dog and myself in mind. With all factors taken into consideration, I decided I would not renew my lease in Phoenix, I was not going to find another living solution in that area, and the best option for me was to move back to California.

In many ways, it felt like a step back rather than forward. Despite that, every decision I tried to make to continue to stay in Arizona (which would have looked more forward progressing) did not work out. On top of that, I also had this nagging feeling that I’ve only had one other time in my life and I could not ignore it (and it has already proven to be a very, very correct show of my intuition).

Once I made the decision to move back to California, the logistics quickly and easily fell into place. There were a lot of tears as I was making the decision and began to share the news, it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made, and I don’t regret it for a second. When a situation has peace and flows forward despite uncertainty, it’s hard to see it as anything other than the correct choice.

It absolutely feels weird to “restart” in a way at 29, and my intent with writing this – as with most of the rest of my writing – is to provide a space and transparency to others who may be going through something similar and either aren’t ready to talk about it or are struggling with feeling alone in it.

So, what have I been doing?

Back in September, I invested in myself and my dreams and went through a boudoir photography mentorship with the lovely and talented Jeri Motta (@jerimottaboudoir on Instagram). At the end of 2022, I started working through the business paperwork and have an LLC in California for my photography business.

In January I packed up my life (and took a little time to do some self portraits, one of which is pictured above), and in early February my dad and I had quite the adventure moving me from Phoenix.

Since the move, I’ve been getting settled in my new living space/home (lots of painting), and spending a lot of time with my grandma and her husband.

I’m excited for what this year has to offer, and for the new journey I’m going to be on.


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Portrait Photography Instagram: @brittannephoto

Boudoir Photography Instagram: @brittanneboudoir

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