Wanna know a secret? - You see this girl? 👆🏻 Well she is not #flawless. - In fact, she’s pretty darn imperfect. And what’s funny? Is the one of my flaws is that I can sometimes get impatient because I WANT everything to be perfect. But the truth is- I know that I am far from it. - I take too many naps. I am a workaholic. (Yes- it’s an odd act to balance). I work so hard to please everyone that I forget to put my friends and family first. I never put myself first. (In fact- I just did it there. Do you see that?) I compare myself to unrealistic standards, and then relentlessly fight towards them. And sometimes? I burn myself out and then I struggle with motivation. (I always get it done, because #perfectionist here.) But as @amy_demos and @jordan_demos say, you can’t pour from an empty glass. (And I pour from mine far too often sometimes). - But that girl up there? She is me. And Even despite my flaws, I love her. I love her athletic legs (that I always hated growing up). I love her Portuguese nose. I love the way she scrunches up her nose (in a not so flattering way) when @jordoncooney makes her laugh. I love that she loves others so much, that she literally cries at every wedding because witnessing pure love makes her heart overflow. I love that she cries when she disappoints others. Because even though she’s flawed, she CARES. She cares so so much. And she is me. - I was chatting with @theganeys today and Emily said something to me that stood out as I complimented her. And it’s something that is so true for all of us “Oh trust me I have my flaws too!” Now, even though Emily was just being kind and humble, her words inspired me, and I want that inspiration to challenge you. - To just love who you are. Love your flaws and see the beauty in them (or work on improving them!) Because you are so worth it. - So in the comments below- tell me one of your flaws and why you LOVE that about yourself. Let’s all practice a little bit of #selflove today. - And if you aren’t feeling loved enough today to live on yourself, please send me a DM. Because I would love to take a second to listen to your story and to tell you that I love you. Flaws and all. ✨
Y’all- we’re going international again for another amazing #CooneyCouple luxe Engagement Session! 😱 When we say we have the best couples- we seriously mean it! 😭 Any guesses where we’re headed next? 🌎
The truth? Being a business owner as a people pleaser is hard. Having a servant heart where you hope to love and serve with all your might opens doors for massive impact (which is always our goal for our Cooney Couples), but it also means that- at times- due to the sheer nature of running a business- sometimes we can’t meet those incredibly high expectations we set for ourselves. Because at the end of the day? - We’re all human. And sometimes? It’s all out of your control. - So if you’re sitting here, feeling defeated by the world, I want to encourage you. Don’t give up. - Because even though we are all imperfect living in this imperfect world, I promise that your talents and hearts are serving others and making a difference. - Just the same way that I genuinely believe that Jordon and I are able to create images that impact marriages. - And y’all- that is a TALL ORDER! - But we refuse to give up on it. We refuse to settle for less. Because we know that, even despite our imperfections, that we are making a difference in this world.
Walking into this week feelin like... 💁🏻♀️
Sometimes even the most unexpected details can become the best. Anyone else out there a lover of stamps? (Basically- bring on all the vintage stamps! 😍🙌🏻) This photo is a perfect example of that- as i took detail photos yesterday, I unexpectedly fell in love with how this real-life stamp on the invitation suite that Breanne and Kevin sent us paired with their wedding details! Anyone else just loving that pop of red with the postage ink? 😍🙌🏻