In life, we all face setbacks: things that get in the way of pursuing our goals. For some, these come in the form of illness, losing a job, or an unexpected new addition to the family.
When Amy Jackson encountered her greatest setback three and a half years ago, she thought her life would never be the same. Now though, she’s achieving her greatest dream.
In 2014, Amy Jackson’s wedding got called off. This left her homeless.
The year was 2014, Jackson was all set to be married to her fiancée. Yet, six weeks before their wedding, they broke up.
“I had been jumping from job to job and only when I realized my passion for photography did my relationship break down,” she told Derby Telegraph.
Not only did their relationship break down but Jackson’s whole life seemed to break down as well. She was left homeless, living in her car alongside her daughter, Daisy. At one point, she couldn’t even afford gas to drive Daisy to school.
“Everything was turned upside-down,” Jackson told Derby Telegraph. “I had no confidence and stopped eating. My whole life had been torn apart but I realized I needed to make a change.”
…and making a change is exactly what she did!
As Jackson worked toward her dream of becoming a photographer, she took on some smaller-scale jobs.
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Jackson found some temporary housing and a started a temporary job working at Volkswagen in Sheffield, England. There she saved up enough money to buy a camera which she called her “ticket to happiness.”
From there, Jackson spent 2 years working as a nightclub photographer. After building up a portfolio, she sought the help of Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people in need get back on their feet. They agreed to fund new equipment for Jackson so she could freelance.
This freelance work allowed her to travel abroad as a wedding photographer. During this time, she worked alongside her sister, Stacey Pyle.
Now Jackson is opening up her own photo studio and she’s gotten back with her fiancee.
In April 2018, Jackson received confirmation that she could open her own photo studio. Her new business will be called Studio Derby. Jackson will continue to work alongside Pyle who be in charge of managing reservations.
“Slowly but surely I’ve picked myself up. It’s really going in the right direction and I couldn’t be happier,” said Jackson.
Work isn’t the only thing that has picked up for Jackson. After a tough 3 years, she managed to pick up her relationship and get back with her former fiancée.
“He’s very supportive and it really has come full circle,” she says. “We laugh at it now, it’s a story to tell the grandkids!”
We wish Jackson and her studio the best of luck when it opens on June 1st.
“I hope someone can take inspiration from my story, in that, if they are facing adversity, to keep going to achieve their goals and dreams,” she said. “I’ve come from having nothing to everything I’ve ever wanted.”