OUR VACATION TO GATLINBURG, TN

     About a week and a half ago, me and Christopher along with my parents got to go on a weekend vacation to Gatlinburg, TN to enjoy the incredible fall foliage know to the Smoky Mountains this time of year! We had a total blast! We even got to bring Zeus with us!

    We stayed in a quaint little cabin right outside of Pigeon Forge. On Friday night, we stayed up until 2:30 am playing pool. Then the next day, we went shopping, and ate at the Lady and Sons! On Sunday, we got a real treat! It was raining in the lower elevations, but snowing in the higher ones. We went for a drive so we could look on in the valleys. We basically got to experience two seasons at once! Winter on the mountaintops and autumn in the valleys...it was so beautiful! We also ate at the Apple Barn which was absolutely delicious!

It was so nice to have a weekend away to rest and relax :)

 

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FALL HOME DECOR

   If you've been hanging around here recently, you know how much I LOVE fall! So of course, the second September 1st hit, I was breaking out the pumpkins :D I really just can't help myself! I love the cooler weather, the vibrant colors on the trees, the scents of pumpkin and cinnamon filling the air, and the fall fashion. Now with Halloween ending, and things are starting to transition more into the Christmas season, I thought this would be a great time to share some of our fall home decor with you all!

 

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Indoor Decorations: www.target.com

Outdoor Decorations: www.kirklands.com

I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE

  

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     So I did a very big thing this past Friday. Like ginormous, humongous, and life changing. With a furrowed brow you make be asking. “Well, what is it ,Tierney?”  

 

      Drum roll, please..........On Friday, I left my job as an administrative assistant so that I could pursue my dream job as the owner of my own photography business on a full time basis. So much thought and prayer has went into this decision ,and I truly am so grateful for the support of my friends, family, and co-workers.

      It’s a thought I had been battling with for months. My husband and I bought our first home this summer which drastically added to my commute time. Simultaneously, my business was experiencing an awesome period of growth. For months, I have been trying to juggle working 60 plushour weeks. Between running my business and working full time, I honestly haven’t had time for the things that truly matter to me. During the summer I also bean reading Lara Casey's “Make It Happen”. I realized how drained, tired, and exhausted I was from trying to do it all and be all. God didn’t design me to be all and do all for everyone. I also realized I just wasn’t living a life that I would be proud of when I was 80. I didn’t have any time for family or friends. I haven’t even been able to see my parents and other family members who live fairly close by in months. We haven't been able to really see my husband's family in South Carolina. We both have felt stretched too thin. We knew something had to change.

 

    During this time, I also realized one of the biggest things holding me back was from chasing this dream of mine was ME. You see, with a decision like this comes hurdles of fear. I had to jump over these hurdles before making this decision. My brain played the what if game. But after much thought and prayer, I realize this is what I NEED to do right now. I love being able to serve people well through my business. I truly love my clients and am SO honored that I get to be the one to capture their life’s most intimate, spectacular moments. I have no doubt this is my calling.

 

   What I am doing may seem a little crazy to some. I know it is leap of faith. It takes a lot of trust in God, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so very thrilled about this decision and the future of Tierney Riggs Photography. Thanks so much for all of your support!