Are we ready?

Longterm Family Travel

We leave in 5 days… The #1 question I keep getting asked is… Are you ready?

Ummmm no.

I don’t know how you could ever really feel ready for a trip like this (although I assume there are some incredible families out there who are planners to a level I can only image – and well, they are).

I  – on the other hand –  am not.

There are certain areas of my life where I’d claim to be great at planning, and of course, anyone who’s been following me for anytime knows how much I love systems and automating. But to create those, you need experiences of your own that teach you how to build them.

Since we have no experience taking up our family of 5, packing us into a few suitcases and traveling around for a year… We are counting a lot more on hope, a prayer, and Google than any experience of our own.

Today, my goal is to actually start packing the suitcases and deciding what we are and are not bringing.

Clothing will be the hardest part of course, but there is also the school supplies, the medical supplies (for just in case), and of course my big pink office is being compacted down to fit in one little (extremely cute I might add) backpack.

So are we ready? Nope. But we’ll get there.

Or we won’t. Either way, we are hopping on a plane in just a few days and starting this adventure.

It’s a huge challenge, but we’ve always been okay with making things up as we go along, and well, for the first little bit, that’s what we’ll have to rely on. It’s exciting and nerve racking (which to me means we must be on the verge of something great). I change from moment to moment on how prepared or completely un-prepared I feel, but all I can do is roll with the emotions.

Even in this moment surrounded by laundry, papers, hard drives, suitcases and a stash of chocolate for sanity… I know the adventure has already begun and it’s going to be great!

Soon we will be sharing all of our adventure on a dedicated blogsite for our travels.You can  get on this list to find out when our travel blog goes live! (hopefully very soon!)

Want to come along? I’ll be posting the amazing places we’ll see + the behind the scenes of making this adventure a reality on Instagram (@LeahRemillet).
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Webinar: Photography Business Success

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Happy day!

I’m super excited to introduce and invite you to a brand new online training that I’m hosting this Wednesday!

Recently, many of you answered our survey when we asked what do you need help with most for your photography.

And you answered, “I need help with…”

– Reaching my Target Client

– Getting more Potential Clients to See My Business

– Getting More Referrals

– Creating a Great Experience for My Clients

And oh my word… I get it! I remember when I started my photography business, and I wanted those same answers.  It was frustrating trying to find somewhere I could get the answers, or someone who could give it to me straight.

I wanted a blue print…. Show me what works, tell me why it works, and point me in the right direction.

After years and years of testing and trying strategies, ideas, and concepts that are out there (even a few of my own), and then turning those over to other photographers and seeing their results, I’m excited to share with you the best of the best.

I show you what works, why it works, and how to make it work…so that your photography business is a success!

If that sounds good to you, I’d love to have you with me on this free training session!

Join me in this live strategy session as we talk about what it takes to have a successful photography business. 

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A VERY rare Saturday post (but I think it’s worth it!)

I woke up this morning in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ. I’m staying at the amazing cabin of one of my dear friends, Kim Stoegbauer, owner of TomKat Studio.

I’m here with Kim and several of our other friends, but this isn’t just a girls’ weekend – this goes deeper. This is our second business mastermind weekend.

So that’s where I am this weekend. Those of us who could make it are back together to spend this weekend growing, supporting and challenging one another to do more, be more… matter more.

Matter more. Just the word ‘matter’ seems to weigh more than the rest of the words that I type. It can feel like a big challenge at first pass, and yet if our values are aligned with our why and our passion – it will inevitably be a natural consequence of our actions.

There are two kinds of extremes that all creatives encounter.  The first (and everyone’s favorite) leaves us euphoric. It’s like falling in love for the first time all over again, and you begin to trust that the world really is on your side. In fact, in those moments, you believe (no –  you know) that you are truly meant to succeed.

But of course, for every action there is a reaction.  It is in those moments, when the clouds roll in as dark and menacing as ever that everything begins to crumble. Our very foundations seem to turn to dust. We doubt our abilities and our purpose. We start to believe the terrible lie…the one that tells us that feelings of satisfaction in our progress, meaning in that which we touch, and our own ability to positively impact our reality…is impossible.

We’ve all experienced both. I don’t know that I believe life is meant to avoid them, especially not a life being lived fully. In fact, let me say this… If you are living a purpose-filled life, you will know it because of these moments… So now, it’s navigating your way between them that is the key.

So now, let me ask you a question…

Why are you here?

And likewise – why am I here?

“Here” is a state of being… It is the feelings that you have toward the place you are in right now in your life.  Are you satisfied?  Are you happy?  Are you making a difference for others?  Does what you spend the majority of your energy and your thoughts on matter – and – make an impact for better?

And if you can say… “Yes! What I am doing is making a difference!  It does matter…” Then to whom does it matter?

And does that answer align with who matters most to you?

The honest, often hard to face truth is that it’s easy to get sucked into a place where the majority of our time, our thoughts, and our energy isn’t satisfying. It’s not bringing happiness and most importantly, it’s not a reflection of what and who matters most to you.

Maybe you’ve fallen into one of these traps:

Trap #1: Lost the Good. You’ve gotten caught in a cycle of seeing the world for its faults. Your thoughts and words are often focused on what isn’t working and who hasn’t shown up for you.

The Result of Trap #1 is that you can’t be in a place to a) recognize the opportunities that have been trying to show themselves to you and b) your own influence and power is weakened when you need to show up for others.

Trap #2: Fear Based Decisions. You’ve found yourself struggling to move goals forward most likely because you’re in a constant state of waiting – waiting for it to be better timing, waiting to feel ready, waiting for someone else to give you permission.

Maybe thoughts are running through your head such as, “What if it doesn’t work for me?  What if I can’t do it?  What if I fail?  What if they see me fail?  What if I lose money?”  These questions have validity. There are times when our brains need to tell us that danger is approaching or that our lives are threatened, and then those warning lights that sound in our minds matter – they matter a lot. BUT in this case, do these constant warning alarms have any power to move you toward progress? They don’t.  Giiving them your energy can only keep you in fear of how action could hurt you. What about your inaction? Does the sounding alarm go off just as often over inaction? I’m guessing it doesn’t, and that’s the clear indication that alarm is really a false alarm. 

The Results of Trap #2: Decisions are being made, but they are being made for you as a consequence of indecision. Goals, projects and the life that you currently only imagine are unable to manifest because you’ve given to much power to the ‘false alarms’ blaring in your mind.
Trap #3: Setting your Measuring Stick to the Wrong Standard. I believe this is one of the most problematic and devastating traps we face right now. Being a byproduct of the technology era, we are surrounded with information and the perceptions that others meticulously curate and craft. It’s almost undetectable at first. You take note of something great that someone else does, and the seed is planted. “Wouldn’t that be cool?”, you tell yourself. Then there is another and another.  Soon, without even realizing it, you begin to measure your goals with theirs, your successes with theirs, and your intents with theirs. Somewhere along the way… Your intentions become lost and are replaced by what you believe would better you and your family by what others have told us success should look like.

The Results of Trap #3: You trade the vision of the life that you had once set up in front of your dream for those that others have said are the right goals. They maybe look more glamorous, more lucrative, more flashy… but those goals may not support your why. They are not rooted in the life you imagine for yourself and the people you love. This trap leaves us climbing a ladder for success that when achieved somehow feels emptier than we think it should. This is because it is at odds with who and what matters most for our own being.

So let me ask you… What is your intention for what you are trying to create?

May I share mine?

I want to create outcomes. Outcomes that transform and are so powerful that people who have felt them will say, “Hey, you need to come see this.”

I want to show women that their dreams are worth their intention. That it’s okay to have their outlet. That this outlet can and should be built on their terms, for their life goals and to work for (and not against) their family life. I want to show you that your dreams are worth fighting for and that your experiences matter.  I want you to know that the people you influence want your dreams to succeed so they will know that it’s possible for them too.

So how am I doing this? Well, I start and end each day within the walls of my home with the influence I have been entrusted with through my children. In between those moments, I’m showing creatives how to manifest results and outcomes that measure on the stick of success that they have set.

And right now, my heart is bursting over the opportunity that I will have to help as many photographers as will allow me the privilege. I am ready to help transform their businesses and as a wonderful bi-product their lives as we get ready to start Week One of my course, ‘The Thriving Photographer.’

Enrollment is still open! You can learn more & join us HERE.
So… Why are you here? May I share why I believe you’re here?

I believe that you are here because you have a difference to make. I believe that you are reading this email right now because you were supposed to, and I believe that the power within you is 10x what you believe it is.

I believe in creating a life worth waking up for. I believe in doing those hard things that stretch us because without the uncomfortable, we can’t grow, and we can’t realize how powerful we truly are. I believe in laughing every day, working for what you believe in, and showing up for those who matter most – every. single. day.

I am here to prove that dreams matter… That they can be a manifestation of what can be your real life… And to show you how it’s possible.

I hope you’ll give me that chance and be part of this class happening right now as we get ready to transform photographers into Thriving Photographers.

CLICK HERE to see what Thrive does for photographers.
Thank you so much for taking time from your weekend and allowing me to share these thoughts with you. I’m going to go pop back downstairs and enjoy the company of these incredible women I’m with. And someday, I hope you and I will have a chance to meet too. In fact, if you join Thrive, you’ll get instant access to me and to hundreds of other Thrivers in our online mastermind community that is just for members of The Thriving Photographer.

I would love to be part of your success story, come find out what’s possible with The Thriving Photographer™.

 
 

Girl Boss Book Club – June

For a long time, I didn’t read fiction… Everything on my bedside was a business book. One day I was thinking about how I could become a better writer, and after a little googling, I came across a suggestion to read more. I was reading tons, but it hit me that maybe I needed to add more variety to what I read. That little suggestion was right! I feel like I can see a dramatic difference in my writing when I’m reading novels and non-fiction as opposed to when I’m just reading my dry stuff. It’s the difference between my own writing feeling more creative and spontaneous vs. being a bit more dry, and to the point.

Each month I’ve been sharing a favorite book that I believe every creative entrepreneur would benefit from (I know I did), but this month, I wanted to do something different. Since we’re coming into summer, I’m sharing a few of the more recent novels that I’ve read and loved. 

And if you can only choose two, I’d high-ly recommend Edenbrooke! It’s the best feel good romance I’ve probably ever read! You will find yourself laughing out loud, which I will say is a bit awkward when you’re sitting in between strangers on a flight and giggling like crazy (but totally worth it). The other would be Secrets of a Charmed Life, which is one of those awesome ones where you feel like you learned, grew, and are left feeling better when you close the book.
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Ready for some fun, easy, summer books to lounge by the pool with? Here are some of my faves for just that!

SECRETS OF A CHARMED LIFE : “Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

THE 100 -YEAR- OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED : “A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .”

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE:  I don’t know if the setting of this book made it even better for me, I’m guessing so! It literally takes place around where I grew up. As you read about Queen Anne – that’s where my dad lives. The WAC, spent many a days there… So as I was reading, I literally knew exactly what she described. Any who…

Here’s what Amazon has to say: “Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica”

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE:  “From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.”

EDENBROOKE: “Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.”

THE BALANCE PROJECT“A story of loyalty, choices, and balance that will resonate deeply with all women who struggle with this hot-button issue.”

A WINDOW OPENS“Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It and Where’d You Go, Bernadette will cheer at this “fresh, funny take on the age-old struggle to have it all” (People) about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny—only to learn every opportunity comes at a price.”

THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS:  “What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.”

(This is the one that I am reading right now!)

 

 

About the Girl Boss Book of the Month: I have read so many amazing books that have truly inspired me, and I want to share them with YOU!  Here’s how it works.  At the end of every month, I will post the book that I will be reading for the next month.   At the end of the month, I will post on Facebook my thoughts on the book.  I hope you will post your thoughts and comments as well.  My goal is to have this be an awesome opportunity to build connections, grow as thoughtful creatives and get inspired to dream and do bigger and better things.

I can’t wait!  Are you in?

Friday Five

Favorite Quote from A Fabulous Fete

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Favorite Creative: Creating a brand that is YOU is daunting.  Ashlee Proffitt is an amazing brand expert who can guide you through all the steps of creating a brand that not only sets you apart, but also targets your clients.  She shared her ideas in an interview with me that you don’t want to miss (and you can grab some free downloads to help you out!).  Just click HERE.

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Favorite Fashion:  You can’t go wrong with a maxi skirt! It can be casual or more formal.  Always perfect!

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Favorite Space: I would cook in this kitchen any day!  {Source Unknown}

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Favorite Food: These Polenta Toasts with Herbed Ricotta and Bacon would be the perfect appetizer for a get together!  Talk about impressing your friends!  Get the recipe HERE from the kitchen.

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How to Connect Your Photo Biz with Your Dream Clients

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There are things in your business that you are struggling with right now, and if you just knew the right strategies and were given the right formula, you could make a huge difference.  A difference in how you feel about your business, what your business bank account reflects, and how your family is affected by your business (in a good way).  I get that!  So a couple of weeks back, I sent out a survey to our Leah Remillét Tribe of over 35K photographers to find out exactly what it is that you need most right this very minute.

The response was overwhelming and surpassingly similar. You need clear and proven steps to know not only who your target client is, but also how to connect with them.

Well… I got straight to work, and I’ve already got the first video training uploaded and ready for you!

I can’t wait for You to dive in to my brand new free training series!

We are Traveling the World for One Year!

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“THEY ARE GROWING UP SO FAST!” …That’s where this whole idea started.

You hear it from every direction, but it was only in the last 18 months that I really started to feel it.  They really are growing faster than seems possible. We are on the brink of teenage years and on the brink of a chapter that once started can only end in an equation of subtraction. I have reflected a lot over the last year. I have been considering the time I’ve had with my little family of 5, and how we want to spend these last chapters that we will get to be together under one roof. The same answer came to me over and over.  I just want to be with them more. Breathe them in, love them, and learn who they are even deeper. Grow. Bond. Strengthen. Laugh. Love. Serve.

I want to soak up as much of their childhood as I can. Instead of wishing for more time, I want to make more time. That’s when Taylor (the hubs) and I started to talk more and more seriously about doing something crazy! Something that would truly break down all of the walls, all of the distractions, and put us in a new environment of just the five of us. So…

WE (2 Parent + 3 Kids)  ARE LEAVING THE U.S. FOR ONE YEAR TO GO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD TOGETHER.
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On June 20th, we will be embarking on our biggest adventure yet. We will be leaving the United States, our home, our friends, our family, and everything that we know and are familiar with for a chance to experience life in a whole new light.
We will be starting a travel blog soon to share all the details, but for now I’ll touch on your biggest questions… And if I miss any, leave a comment and I’ll answer you in the comment section!
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 WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Our route is not set in stone, but the current itinerary includes England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy and France, Ireland. (If you’d like to work with me in one of these countries, shoot me a note.) Is there anywhere you think we absolutely must go, or somewhere in any of these countries that we must stop to see? Please leave a comment and let us know.  We’d love your help planning our adventure!
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HOW WILL WE DO THIS?
I will continue to work and am currently planning to keep morning hours from about 7am to noon. Taylor is going to be in charge of the education (our school that we will be pulling the kids from for one year has been amazingly supportive and helpful in getting us prepared – as well as my dear friend, Heather, who is starting an amazing Home School Blog). In each country, we will be renting a house for about a month at a time so that we can truly begin to learn the culture and see the sites.  Then we’ll be off to our next country. We are a huge foodie family (our 11 year old Adi, dreams of being a chef) so we are going to make a huge part of our travels food! Learning how to shop, cook, and enjoy the foods of each country.
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MORE QUESTIONS?
I’ll be doing a live Periscope tomorrow (Thursday, 5/19) at 10am PT.   You can drop your questions in the comments, and we will start working on a Q&A post. Also, make sure you get on this list to find out when our travel blog goes live!

Want to come along? I’ll be posting the amazing places we’ll see + the behind the scenes of making this adventure a reality on Instagram (@LeahRemillet).
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