Dare To Dream | Work To Get There

What are your dreams after high school? When we dare to dream + push past our fears we can turn dreams into reality.

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You’ve been walking your high school halls for four-years now and then


You toss your graduation hat into the air and a whole new chapter in your story is about to begin. It can be unsettling for Grad + parents.

You’re going to be okay.

I’ve been there. True, it’s been awhile since my high school graduation {okay, a looong while} but I’ve started my career over THREE TIMES and each time I’ve been scared, in tears, scared, excited, scared…you get the point. 

It started with a dream and you mix it with working my tail off and I found the success I was looking for {there’s also been a lot of learning mixed in there too}.

Here are a few other seniors who were once in front of my camera and maybe just as scared to start their next chapter, but they’re working hard, maybe failing at times, succeeding, but always adding to their life story. And if you’ve read this far into my post, I hope you take this to heart most of all…

“We learn MORE through our failures than we do in our success.”

I’ve been afraid of failing most of my life, and the times I took the leap over my fear were the best experiences. When you’re feeling alone or like you’re the only one going through a rough patch reach out to family or friend. Go to coffee {or donuts, tacos, smoothie…}  and talk to get a new perspective, to vent, or get advice.

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Jason graduated from college with honors this past May. He ran the track in high school, but now he has his engineering degree and ready to start running his career. But I hear he still fits in some running + biking on the side.

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Mary has always amazed me with her mathematical mind. At the college level you can’t use the word “easy”, but with her laid-back nature she makes it look easy.

I love seeing more and more girls breaking the mold. 

She graduated with honors this Spring too and has her job waiting for her in the math field.

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Miss Kayla. She is always pushing the limits + breaking those molds, all with a happy smile. She doesn’t let her CP hold her back!

She’s contacting companies to make one of her dreams a reality. She reached out to the organization, Changing the Face of Beauty and hopes to be a part of their mission of getting teens with disabilities seen more in the media.

She’s told me about a few roadblocks so far, but she pivots, and moves on. Kayla’s going to have a great story to tell in a few years!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve got to spend time with Jodeci, but I keep tabs through social. She is all graduated and teaching our young minds to appreciate the arts – literally art.  She is a glorious artist + sharing her creative passion with her classes + showing them how to appreciate their creative side.

When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

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Following her creative side too, Bella picked up a camera, learned the techniques of video and built a business on her terms. Another creative soul working for her dream.

What is your dream? Have you put your plans together to achieve that dream yet?

I don’t know all the pitfalls my graduates have taken, or will take, to achieve their version of success, but never be scared to try.

Try it, you just might like it! Life isn’t set in stone, you can always pivot in a different direction.

Cheers & Sparkles to my past – current- future high school Grads!

💖-Andrea | High School Senior Photographer

Next week’s post will be all about helping you through senior year, so hope you’re coming back!

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