• Kaitlynn Rivera

Do the things that bring you joy.

I’ve been meant for the entrepreneur and creative life ever since I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I remember making these little thread bracelets and selling them to my classmates. I don’t even remember what I did with the money I made but I just remember little Kaitlynn hustling in the classroom asking her fellow classmates if they wanted to buy a bracelet. It’s so funny to look back on and I’m honestly surprised my teachers let me lol. I guess they could just tell I was destined to be my own boss one day and I needed all the practice I could get ;) lol! I eventually started making nice jewelry from sterling silver and glass beads when I was in middle school and selling those too. Mind you, I mainly just sold to my moms work friends at this point but still, I just loved creating things! *(Also - bless all those sweet ladies for supporting me and buying all those pairs of earrings! lol)

Now, fast forward to high school. It was my junior year and I just downloaded this iPhone app called Instagram. It wasn’t what you know Instagram to be these days though. Back in it’s very early stages it was geared mostly towards professional and aspiring photographers. So when I downloaded this app it was filled with all of these amazing photographs by some of the most amazing photographers. I would get on this app all the time and just scroll through all the breathtaking landscape and portrait work and it was then, that this passion to create my own moving and beautiful images, was sparked. I started taking photos with my iPhone and editing with all the latest insta filters (so cringe worthy nowadays lol!). I actually got a pretty good following on there and at one point I had over 2k followers. Unfortunately though, I ended up switching to an android phone shortly thereafter and lost my instagram account. The app was still so new that it hadn’t made it to the android google play store yet. I forgot about Instagram for a period of time until I switched back to team iPhone a year or more later. By that point though, my page was a dud and it was slowly turning into more of a social media platform than anything else. BUT, that’s truly where my passion for photography started!

Now, fast forward to college, my parents helped me buy my very first DSLR (a Nikon D5200) and that’s when I really started taking photography more seriously. I will say, it definitely wasn’t a straight and easy path to get to where I am today. However, I can wholeheartedly say, it was worth it! The thing was, I didn’t believe in myself for the longest time and that’s what led to me getting into the medical field. I had this mindset that I needed a more stable career path and that’s what I could have if I went into the medical field. What I didn’t realize though (but quickly learned) is that you have to do what you’re passionate about and what makes you happy. This life is too short to be unhappy in what you do every day. While I loved a lot of things about my years in the medical field, it just wasn’t what I was passionate about. My heart belongs in the creative business - creating beautiful images for people that make them FEEL something, bringing people joy, and making the sweetest relationships with people. THAT is what I was meant for and I’m so thankful to finally be at the point in my life where I can just run with this passion. I can’t even explain how unreal this all feels.

So I urge you, whoever you are, do what makes you happy. If you’re in a place where you know you’re not meant to be, change it! It won’t be easy, but happiness and freedom is worth it. I promise.

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