"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." ~ John Lennon.
It would appear that the plans that I thought I was able to dedicate to my photography have now been restricted and as a result, the opportunities to spend time on this pursuit have also been restricted. Understandably, such events occur in life and it's how these events are dealt with that defines who you are as a person. I admit that I'm sad about the outcome but at the same time the status quo remains the same - at least at a superficial level anyway.
I've spent some time restructuring my thoughts in regards to this and I now realise that perhaps this isn't such a bad thing after all. My inability to take the time off means that my level on income remains unchanged. It also means that the other aspects of running a business (such as marketing, finances, networking, planning) that are minimal for me, can be done during my breaks at work.
An excellent example of this scenario would have been the recent online ordering of one of my photos onto a canvas. Even though the process (initially) was somewhat complicated, I'm confident that in future this type of product ordering online would be able to be done from the workplace without causing any issues with my managers. Additionally, the local restaurant that I'm going to get in contact with to (hopefully) display my work isn't too far from me and could easily leave work a little bit earlier (or even take an extended lunch break) to go and speak with them in person to discuss display of my work.
I guess I'm looking for the opportunities in my current situation and trying to remain positive. I'm a believer in the concept that the Universe provides that which you are open to - and since the last blog post I've been contacted on 3 separate occasions for photography work. Admittedly one of these opportunities was "for free but would be great for exposure" which I've had to decline because I currently don't have the time to apply myself to these side projects when there are paid opportunities available.