my past life | jill heupel photography

I have not always been a camera toting, toms wearing, ONLY jeans owning, girl.

My daily life used to be incredibly different.  For 7 years, I worked in the social services field.  I drove to St. Louis, and then all over the county.  I wore polyester dress pants.  I drove clients in my car.  I saw food pantries, hospital ERs, psych wards, the Medicaid office, probation offices, courtrooms, and even funerals.

While I would never want to go back to that career and lifestyle, I can honestly say that I have no regrets.  Zero.

This is why:

1.  I am so thankful for my mental health and the mental health of my family.

2.  I am thankful to work close to my kids and husband.  {I recall one time when my son choked on meatloaf at daycare and had the Heimlich maneuver used on him.  Even though he was fine, I was still an hour’s drive away.  And it was a frantic hour until I could get back to Edwardsville and see for myself that he was only crying because his meatloaf was on the floor and not in his mouth.}

3.  I am thankful that my job excites me and does not exhaust me.

4.  I am thankful for a car that only uses 12,000 miles a year, instead of 40,000.

5.  I am thankful for the amazing people I got to work along side of.

Amy is one of those people.  I don’t get to see her or my other social work friends as much as I would like to, but they are the people who got me through some of the hardest parts of my job.  Social work can be an ugly field.  There is a lot of crap in the world, and social workers tend to wade through it every day.  Amy, (and Carla, and Tarese, and Jennifer, and many others) are lifesavers.  I am so proud to have worked along side of them and to learn from them.  And I could not have done the job without them.

And here is Amy with her gorgeous family:

Amy, it was wonderful to see you and get to meet your gorgeous family.  Thanks for hiring me, and thanks for being such a great support for so many years.

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Amy Gay Jill – You have me in tears! So very well said. I am so blessed to have shared that past life with you. It really helps put so many things into perspective for me. I’m also so glad you have your current life. You’re an inspiration with your family and your career. You see things in such a beautiful way and then help the rest of us to see them like you do. Thanks for the beautiful work! – Amy

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