How 'As You Grow' Started


Do you remember my post a while back about how to make a simple baby book? The journaling post? I wrote that post 2 years ago, and little did I know it was a tiny seed being planted for something special. 

Fast forward to Spring of 2017. Jonah was about 9 months old at the time, and I was at a point where I wanted to make a decision for the direction of my work life. Do I pursue photography heavily and keep my focus there? Do I build up The Weekend Type? Do I do either? Should I just sit back for a while and not do anything? If you know me, you know I can't do that last option. Physically can't. NOPE. I'm always working on something. 

I remember having a conversation with one of my best friends, who happens to be a new mama and fellow creative, self-starter as well. Her opinions, advice, and encouragement have always built me up and pushed me in ways I'm not brave enough to push myself. She's helped me dream bigger and try new things. Tabitha, I'm talking to you here :) She was the one to say, "Korie, I feel like you should do a baby book. I bought one and I haaaate it, and I think you need to fix this." I probably sat on her suggestion for a good month or 2 before realizing she was right. So, I put on my big girl panties and typed up a pitch email to a publisher I had my eye on. We chatted, and they loved the idea, so we got started immediately! 

Looking back, now that the book is out, I realize how this never would have happened without that friendly push. It's not something I would have explored on my own because it sounds like such a lofty idea to pursue. Especially with small children! But, for some reason, hearing someone else think I could do it was all the spark I needed to get going. 

So look, I'm just here to say, "Trust your friends! They know you in a way you don't even know you. And if they suggest something crazy to you, just chew on it for a while....because they might just be onto something special."

Here's to friends who know us the best; and not only know us, but push us!