After the Storm

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I am so happy to finally be back home in Wilmington. At the one week mark of our evacuation we got confirmation that our street had power and we heard about a route that opened up. At 5am, with a car full of gas and groceries, we headed home. I guess I thought that the worst was over and once we were back everything would just kind of fall back to normalcy.

That really wasn’t the case. This was the first hurricane I’ve been through and I learned a lot from it. I’m beyond grateful that there was no major damage to our home, but others sadly didn’t fare as well.  It was horrible driving down the streets, seeing how this hurricane wreaked havoc on my town.  Almost every light was out and debris and downed trees were e v e r y w h e r e. Right behind my place, a house was cut in half from a tree falling on it.  No restaurants were open, grocery stores were starting to open, but weren’t stocked because trucks couldn’t get in. If gas stations did have gas, the lines were insane. There were places with no flooding then one street over houses would be under 2ft+ of water. The flooding still hasn’t subsided here and in towns around us.

IMG_0292But there was beauty in seeing an entire community coming together. People helping one another and seeing so many come to our rescue and work insane hours to get our town back to normal as quickly as possible.

On my second day back I took a drive to Wrightsville to search the sand for those giant shells that come up with the Hurricanes. I was happy to see that this place was the same. Some erosion, some damage, but people fighting for it’s beauty.

The people here are resilient and I’m so lucky to be a part of it. #wilmingtonstrong

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Pushing Past Pressure

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“Fear is just you trying to predict the future”

Now that was a quote I needed to hear this week. I’ve been listening to podcast after podcast about small businesses, figuring out all of the little details that go into creating an Etsy site, finishing up our next catalog at work, annnnnd starting the search to buying my first home. Needless to say, my anxiety levels have been at an all time high this month.

I heard this quote and thought – hold on, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m drowing in the what-if’s and you know what – those rarely happen. More often than not, I find myself laughing at how worried I was about something that had a very simple solution.

So here’s to pushing past that fear and taking a chance. Because most of those what-if’s never come true and I’m strong enough to deal with the ones that do.

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Ok, that was more of a life update than a photography post – so here’s a dreamy, pink sunrise shot to help calm anyone else out there who may be feelin’ the pressure right now!

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A Time to Blog

Sunrise-wrightsville-beach-rominskiquote-so-it-beginsYears ago I had a blog that I loved. I was consistent and dedicated, but – as the story tends to go – I got a full time job and there wasn’t enough time in the day. I think out of fear that I wouldn’t succeed on my own, I needed (and maybe still need) security and I ended up giving all of myself to someone else’s dream.

You know the story.

Since then, I switched jobs and made a move to the warm, beachy North Carolina Coast. I’m a photographer and my main goal has always been to make a living in this field and I’ve worked very hard to make that happen. I think for me, it’s always felt easier/less stressful to be in a full-time photography position than to freelance. But, while I love what I get to do, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for personal projects.

I decided to begin this blog journey again as a way to hold myself accountable – to get back into consistently making art. I realized I’ve worked for other companies so long that I need to explore my own style & see my visions come to life. I would love to hear any feedback so, please feel free to connect, share stories, & give advice!

Here’s to a new chapter and a place to share new work, ideas, and pieces of my life.

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