It’s official. Today marks a significant turning point in my life. After 8 years, I have nervously and triumphantly left the corporate world to dive headfirst into motherhood and devote my attention to the endeavor that has stolen my heart and ignited my passion.
I’m incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to savor all of the little everyday milestone moments with my son as he grows… To be there for every moment of my son’s young life — the good, the bad, and the unbelievably messy.It wasn’t easy for Ryan and I to get pregnant. After our challenging infertility journey, I cannot reconcile being absent from our child’s daily life. As soon as my Michael was born, life as I knew it changed forever. Becoming a mother has been the most pivotal experience and joy of my life… it has tested me both mentally and physically beyond anything else I’ve ever done. Meanwhile, my son is achieving milestones and it has become clear that every day with him is absolutely new and different in wonderful, small ways. These precious moments, these brief years when my son truly needs me are painfully fleeting. That perspective changed my entire outlook on being home with him during my maternity leave. To now have the freedom to dedicate all of my time and energy to molding my son’s life during his period of greatest vulnerability has been a calling of great worth.
I’ll also never forget the warm feeling of my mom staying at home to take care of my brother and I — the assurance of knowing she’d be there if I needed anything has inspired me to do the same for my growing family.
I’m so very appreciative to my Markel family. It has been a pleasure to work alongside all of my colleagues for the past 6 years. I will miss the day-to-day hustle with them greatly. I have immense respect for all of those who made an impact on my career and I’m thankful for the friendships made.
I cannot believe that this year marks the 5-year anniversary of Allison Shumate Photography – a creative passion that I’ve nurtured into the wee hours and am so proud that it has prospered into a thriving business over the years! In addition to being home with my son, I’ll continue to master my craft by working with families and capturing the art of motherhood. The best of both worlds! 2017 has kicked off with a bang and I’m SO excited for my new clients that have joined The ASP Family. Without my loyal clientele, my business wouldn’t be where it is today nor would I have the extra confidence booster to leave my full-time job.
I am incredibly grateful for my husband’s blessing on this transition to follow my dreams and for his continued drive to support our family. I am well aware that not all mothers have this opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mom. I certainly won’t take it for granted and will make the most of each day. Ryan, Michael and I love you more than you’ll ever know!
I’m beyond excited for this next chapter in my life. While it will surely have its ups and downs of tough challenges and sweet rewards… I’m ready to grab it all by the horns and take it on! It will be one crazy, fun ride!