I remember the day I quit my job like it was yesterday. SO vividly in my mind I remember telling my boss how desperately I wanted entrepreneurial freedom. We were in the hotel lobby on a business trip doing a site visit to a restaurant I was designing out in Hollywood. Truth be told I think this picture might be from that day. . We were walking into the elevators and I said “I just want freedom to make my own schedule. To go on vacation and take time off when I want. To have TIME. To have no financial ceiling unless I put one there.” . And then I quit, and joined the world of entrepreneurship and my life felt anything but free. SO QUICKLY I realized I traded a 9-5 job for a 24/7 one and I burnt out FAST. It was a long long journey to finally find the freedom I desired, and a lot of learning had to happen. I needed to learn how to master my time, be efficient in everything I do, grow a team, trust people enough to outsource and let go of control, and so much more. And now I wake up every day in my business knowing I’m finally free- and I get to choose how I’m going to spend my days, my life, and my time inside and outside of my business. . I found freedom, and I’m working behind the scenes a TON right now to help people find their own freedom and that thought is lighting up my heart like never before. . You DONT have to give up your personal life to run a successful business. I promise you there is an easier way, and I’m determined to help you do find that freedom and balance between your life and business.
Today I got super frustrated with myself when I realized how much of my self and my life I don’t post on this little platform. It’s super exhausting to keep a perfect grid with the perfect thought provoking captions all the time... so quite frankly I just constantly put this app on the back burner when In reality I think this does a really big injustice to not just people following me, but to myself, cause I would LOVE if this platform showed a little more of my life instead of just business... . Soooo here’s a car selfie after a 5:30am wake up call for a beautiful wedding where I got to witness two people who absolutely freakin adore each other promise to love one another for life. . And literally nothing makes me happier then seeing people love others with their whole heart. . Now I’m putting my feet up by the firepit with a grapefruit beer (my freakin favorite) waiting for my favorite person on earth to come home so we can firepit it up on this beautiful evening! . What’s your weekend looking like? Do you agree a little more life should happen in these squares?
Happy Mother’s Day!!! . Mom- I truly have no words to describe how amazing you are. You are beautiful, kind, caring, have a heart of gold, taught me everything I know about right and wrong and being kind to everyone I meet, you taught me what it means to unconditionally love and support someone, and I can’t put into words how blessed I am to have had you support and encouragement in everything I do for my entire life. . You were...my softball coach, the class mom, the field trip chaperone, my Girl Scout leader, the pasta party host for soccer, softball and ski team for four years straight, my best friend, my teacher in all things photography, my inspiration, and now my coworker. . You have always gone out of your way to make sure I’m okay, have supported me in literally every second of my life and career, have been like a parent to all of my friends my entire life, inspired my passions for photography, playing sports, being a leader in volunteer clubs, being creative, (you should see our basement) and so much more. . I couldn’t ever ask for a better mom or best friend, I love you so much and I’m so happy I get to share every day working alongside you in business and in life!! Have the best day on your well deserved vacation!! I love you!!! . And to all the mommas, soon to be mommas, momma in waiting, and mommas in heaven, you are cherished and loved - happy Mother’s Day 💕
My whole life I really struggled with friendship. I had friends, that wasn’t the issue... the issue was that I had a lot of surface level friendships and what I didn’t realize until I took the Meyers Briggs personality test was that I needed more depth. . I always struggled with where I fit in, who really cared, and sometimes feeling alone in a completely crowded room. And more often than not, I’d start comparing my life and friendships with other people’s. I’d literally go into a spiral of tears seeing people’s Instagram stories feeling totally alone... . And when I took the Meyers Briggs and found out I was an ENFJ, I finally started to understand so much more about myself and my relationships. Ya see, Scott is the type of person who’s friends with every person on the planet. And I have lots of them too, but what really FULFILLS my heart is knowing people on a deep level. Knowing their heart, their joy, their trenches, their dreams, their fears. . And when I figured that out about myself, it started to make sense why having a newsletter where I didn’t KNOW the people felt draining. It made sense that when I hosted retreats it was the most fulfilled I’ve ever been in my life. . And then, I met @peteandjordan and we became biz besties and real life besties FAST. And then decided to host a retreat together, and then realized we were both ENFJs, and that it’s the perfect fit for both of us. . And then we started reading about ENFJs and this is what it says: they are natural born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Often coaches or teachers reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, they take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community. . So, apparently, retreats are kinda our jam and I feel like I’m finally in the right place, finding my people... and we wanna help you do that too. Will we see you there ?
#thursdaythoughts . The other day I was working by the fire pit and I looked up to cloudy skies. My mom yelled out to me and said “TURN AROUND!” And lo and behold one of the prettiest sunsets of the year was behind me. . Sometimes, life and business is all just a matter of changing our perspective. What looks like grey clouds in front of us could be a beautiful horizon if we just shift our perspective. . This same concept came up THREE times in the last two days when I chatted with three other entrepreneur friends. One was in tears because she felt like she was failing in business (when she is in fact more successful than nearly any photographer I know) one was crying because they felt like they were just STUCK and not taking action on moving forward (and I was literally messaging her to tell her how amazing I think she is) and one was me - today - when I told a sweet new friend that I feel like I have no audience and am not making an impact, which she put me right in place for saying. . So friend, if you’re seeing grey clouds in your life or business, sometimes you just gotta change your view. . And if you need HELP finding the new path, the new view, the new community to cheer you on and show you just how amazing you are and can be, we’re saving a seat for ya at The Move Mountains Retreat this September. . Whether you’re business isn’t where you want it to be or you simple want to chase the sunset ahead of you that others have walked before you, we’re pulling up an Adirondack chair with your name on it. . If you’ve got questions, or are wondering if this retreat is right for you, shoot me a message and let’s chat!
Yesterday I spent about 8 hours decluttering some of the noise in my life. . From the laundry on the floor, to the emails in my inbox, to the clothes in my closet, to the papers on my desk, to the promotions folder in gmail, and so much more. . I feel like every ad that came my way was about scaling your business to 6, 7, 8 figures and beyond. But what the heck is the point - I couldn’t give a damn about all the “things” that could buy me. (Ya feel me?) But what I do give a damn about? Transforming people’s lives and businesses, and as my mentor told me, “the transformation is in the transaction.” . Alright HECK, I literally teach a retreat about how to take your business to the next level and scaling your income is part of that. . But The Move Mountains Retreat is about SO MUCH FREAKIN MORE THAN THAT. . This retreat is about… -Stepping into the best version of yourself -Finding a community of like minded dreamers and doers and go-getters that will lift you up and force you to stop playing small so you can achieve your biggest dreams -Finding BALANCE as a visionary entrepreneur and high-achiever -Creating more income through creating more IMPACT -Learning time saving strategies that ultimately mean more time with your kids, your spouse, your self-care, your passions, vacation, etc. . If you haven’t heard, the retreat doors are open and an adirondack chair is waiting for you my friend. If you’re ready for incredible community, inspiration, guidance and education, DM me to learn more about it! I want to hear about your business and how we can transform your life!