A client made me cry the other day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She was sharing about her experience coaching with me and something she said kind of made my heart jump. She said that through her coaching experience with me, among the fun results we saw from our time together (like creating an evergreen source of passive income and growing her team), she also felt like she saw a difference in her mental health. That she no longer felt like she was just a photographer, but also a true business owner.
I'm not a naturally disciplined person. At all. I could eat pizza, Mac n cheese or popcorn for pretty much every meal of my life and never touch a veggie. I reaaaaally don’t like working out and MAN do I love to sleep in.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But whoa am I GRATEFUL for the discipline becoming a mom has brought me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Baby girl is sensitive to dairy, so I’ve gone weeks on weeks without some of my FAVORITE foods and I may never go back (although I do daydream about Casey’s pizza every once in a while - if you’re in the Midwest you know what I’m talking about ;) ). I’ve gone almost two months of working out 4x/week (except the week when I was sick and dead to life 😂) and have no plans of stopping. I wake up every morning by 7:30, even if baby girl doesn’t wake up on her own.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WHO IS THIS PERSON I’VE BECOME?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I was always baffled at people who cut gluten or dairy from their diet. I thought people who worked out every day were some sort of crazy unicorn. But this season has been all about developing routine and discipline and I’ve really surprised myself! I say this often to you friends, but sometimes forget to apply it to myself...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WE are capable of SO MUCH MORE than we know!!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In one of my workouts, the coach says “your brain will give up far sooner than your legs will, so just keep going” and she’s SO RIGHT and that applies to so many areas of our lives!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s ONE thing you want to be more disciplined in this month? Tell me and let’s hold each other accountable and ignore the fact that this might be the prettiest scoop of ice cream ever to exist
I ditched my cute little in-home office and full work weeks for this temp work station at our dining table two days a week and I don’t regret it one bit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I’ll be honest that I was afraid to do it. I was afraid being a Mom would take over my life in a way that would leave me feeling restless and wanting more. That I’d have the stereotypical feeling of “losing myself.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I’m pretty sure that idea is a load of poo. 😉🙃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Becoming a Mom doesn’t mean you lose yourself...rather you’re gaining a part of you so unique and so worthy of time, effort and refinement that you just become a better version. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it’s up to us to find balance in our heart and calendar. We still have a weekly date night because that’s a huge priority for us. We also have a babysitter for our church community group night. We invest in childcare two days a week so I can have focused work time. And I’m a better version of me because of how we’ve prioritized our time. I’m FAR from perfect, I cry every once in a while when I drop baby girl off and usually I don’t get as much sleep as the old me would have “needed,” but I’m convinced the rhythm we’re creating for our little family has made us better versions of ourselves. ♥️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So friend, don’t let the world tell you how your family, business and life should look. Live and follow through on what’s most important to you and leave the rest behind. 💃🏼
Earlier this year, my business coach helped me put words to what makes coaching with me unique and it has changed everything for me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we talked through my why for coaching and the mark I really want to leave on people, we just kept coming back to the concept of a healthy business. A business that doesn't run your life. A business that supports your life. A business you love with the work and clients you enjoy. A business that makes time for growth and prioritizes healthy finances. A business that serves well and doesn't leave you burnt out at the end of every busy season.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since that epiphany, I have felt more confident than ever in what I do and who I do it for. Because I believe your business is supposed to support your life, not the other way around!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you know what sets you apart in your industry? What's your thing? I really want to know!! :D
A friend who knows me in real life told me the other day she feels like I seem to have it all together in my business. That she didn't feel like she could really run her own business, because it's so intimidating. And my heart kind of dropped.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This friend hears me share the hard life stuff on a regular basis and knows my life isn't all the bright natural light and pastel tones that my instagram feed can show and yet she somehow still had the impression my business ran like a peach.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So today I just want you to know that even as a business coach, I get discouraged by numbers, overspend in my business budget, feel imposter syndrome and wonder if it's time to throw in the towel. I doubt my prices, wonder if anyone cares what I have to say and pray that my words make a difference when I don't hear the results. I scroll too long on Instagram, spend too much time in my inbox and imagine what life would be like if I just had her business.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But at the end of the day, I'm pretty freaking blessed, insecurities, doubts and all. I'm human, but I'm happy with this imperfect life God has given me and I'm just praying that something, anything you see that comes from my mouth gives you hope. Hope that you can really do this. That you are capable of so much more than you know. That you are loved. That God's plan for your life is so much sweeter than the one you could dream up.
People are smart. They know when you just see them as dollar signs and they know when you’re desperate. They know when you don’t listen to them and they can feel it in their bones when you don’t truly care about them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😅⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So let's change it up, get real with our clients and treat them like the valuable, amazing human beings they are. Showing you value someone and listening to what they have to say will go farther than the latest marketing tactic every time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Talking about this and the ONE thing you need to do in your inquiry reply to book more of the right clients on the blog! 🙌🏼
I may have used more tissues (Puffs plus lotion for life!!) than I sent emails this week...but baby girl didn't catch my cold, so we're calling that a win!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You know what was the BEST gift I could have given myself this week?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Automation and batching content. Now that I have this sweet face staring at me most of my days, I've FINALLY made batching and automation a part of my content routine and I'm never going back, y'all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was a sniffly, coughing mess while my instagram and email list still got the best version of me because I planned ahead.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And now? I’m not behind, scrambling to come up with posts for this week. I’m just gearing up to batch content again for the next month so I can STAY ahead! 🙌🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tell me, friends! What are your secrets and fave tips to batching content and automating your business? I need all the help I can get now that my work hours are so limited!
Do you wish your friends asked you about your business more?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've often heard that creatives feel really misunderstood or under-appreciated in their relationships with family and friends who aren't creatives or entrepreneurs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of the most common frustrations I hear is that they don't feel like those people care about what they do and don't respect or value their work...because those people don’t ask about their business. While this is absolutely true sometimes, I think it's important to ask ourselves how much we actually ask our friend who works in corporate America about THEIR work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The sad truth is that we often set expectations on those closest to us that we don't even fulfill ourselves.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hurt feelings and bitterness build so easily when expectations aren’t met and let me tell ya...bitterness kills. So before you sink in the sadness that nobody cares about your business, try asking your friends and family about their job and take an interest in what they love first!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be the kind of friend you want to have.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @katemaxstock⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #chasinglight #canon5dmarkiii #flashesofdelight #ohwowyes #thatsdarling #photographymarketing #weddingphotographers #lifeofaphotographer #communityovercompetition #creativeatheart #risingtidesociety #creativesofinstagram #stylemepretty #darlingweekend #styledshoot #stylemepretty #aislesocietyblogger #soloverly #photographymarketing
The more you reply in real time, the less real work you get done.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😳⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yep. Let that sink in for a minute. By show of hands, who else has their email tab open all day, ready to pounce the moment a new inquiry comes in?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🙋🏼♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yet somehow, we end up replying to everything as it comes in (inquiry or not), causing a break in our focus, keeping us from doing REAL WORK. No wonder it's so easy to feel like you're never getting anything done! You honestly might not be!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😅⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do yourself a favor, friend, and close that email tab while you focus in on the most important projects. Set a time (or two) every day when you will work on your email and ignore it the rest of the time! I can guarantee you'll accomplish more than yesterday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😘⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #theheartfeltgrid #hardworkandfairydust #creativepreneur #smallbiz #calledtobecreative #fueledwithheart #pursuepretty #herestothecreatives #savvybusinessowner #solopreneur #wearethecreativeeconomy #bosslady #creativeatheart #creativityfound #dreamersanddoers #workfromanywhere #communityovercompetition #makersgonnamake #pursuepretty #goaldigger #dreamchaser #businesstips #laptoplife #creativebusinesscoach #businesscoachforcreatives #businesseducation #creativebusinesseducation
Meet my sweet lil fam. ♥️ The guy on my right? He's my rock. My encourager. My foot rubber. My baby daddy. My dinner taste tester. My emotional balance. My business partner. The one who can make me laugh like nobody else. And the one who grounds me in the gospel daily. ♥️ That little squirt in the middle? She's everything I didn't know I needed in my life. She's curious. She's quiet. She's patient. She's joyful. She's lovely. She's sweet. And I can't wait to see what kind of woman God makes her to be! ♥️ And me? I'm just a girl who loves deep conversation, blankets anytime of the year, floral prints, anything blush or coral, popcorn for dinner and learning to be more of who God made me to be. I've learned a lot this year about myself and what I think God has called me to be and I'm more grateful than ever for grace in the midst of it all.