Friday Five

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Favorite Date Night: Sometimes you just need to get in the car and drive.  {Source}

 

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Favorite Fashion:  Ponchos are perfect for fall.  {Source Unknown}

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Favorite Space: The creamy neutrals and timbered ceiling make this a warm retreat.  {as featured on Canadian Log Homes}

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Favorite Food: Soups are definitely a mainstay at our house in the fall and winter and this creamy chicken and mushroom looks delish!  Recipe found HERE.

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Real-Time Secrets to Goal Crushing

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I’ve recently found myself in a completely new environment…literally. I’ve gone from my very regimented schedule with my custom designed workspace and set working hours (well most of the time) to this completely new way of life and business.

My office is my laptop and the location changes monthly and sometimes even sooner depending on what country my family and I are in. With this change of moving our family to a full-time traveling lifestyle for the next year, I’m having to retrain myself to find my productivity and  what’s going to work, because let’s just be real… I need to fund this little adventure and that means working. Plus, honestly… I love what I do way too much not to do it.

I’ve been thinking back over the last 8 years in business, and I thought particularly on the most successful years; the ones where I was cranking out content, feeling especially inspired, and exceeding my goals and income projections the most. What was that I was doing especially well then?

I realized that each of these lessons has been HUGE in the growth of my business and in my ability to live the lifestyle I’ve dreamed about (which is really just being able to be incredibly present for my family). Some lessons came from incredible books and others from lessons learned. Here’s what I came up with…

Treat your time like it’s the most precious commodity you have (because it is).

The number one goal killer I know of is distraction. Don’t allow distraction to hold your dreams back. Instead block out time for a specific task (this is called time-blocking), and then close out all distractions – put your phone on air-plane mode, close out your email, close out all open tabs except for what is pertinent to your current project.

Make time to fill up your creative tank.

When we get busy, one of the first things we let go of are those little rituals that fill our creative tanks. This can hurt us though, because we lose the fun, the inspiring, and the creativity that we need to continue to be innovative.  Make sure to schedule time frequently to fill your creative tank.

Don’t expect others to validate your dreams.

Not everyone is going to “get” your dream, in fact often those who you are closest with may understand it the least. That’s okay. The entrepreneurial spirit is not for everyone, and your incredible vision may not be viewable by those closest to you. Don’t let that discourage you.  In time… as your dreams become reality, they will be able to see what you’ve seen all along.

But having support from others does matter, so look to cultivate relationships that can lift you and encourage you in other social circles. Many of my closest entrepreneurial friends and cheerleaders started as online-friends.

Only check email twice a day.

Some of the most amazing opportunities I’ve been presented with started with a little email in my inbox. So email can (on the rare occasion) be great! For the most part, it’s a distraction, and it’s somebody else’s to-do list being added to your plate.

Make the rule to only check email a maximum of twice a day. If you can check in one hour after getting to your desk in the morning and 2 hours before your done with the day, clients and inquiries will get a prompt enough response, but they will not start taking over your business with their own agendas. After all, you’ve got dreams to fulfill.

Buy time with your money.

It’s this simple… If you want to accomplish more, do more, and be more, and you don’t want to lose your sanity, your family, and your joy, invest your money into hiring people to help you.  This will allow you to have more time to do what your best at and to spend time with those you love most.

Don’t stop growing.

Never stop investing in your growth. There are so many incredible virtual courses that will teach you, inspire you, and help you continue to grow. I’m also a huge fan of live conferences and retreats, surrounding yourself with fellow creatives, learning from inspiring top entrepreneurs who have already gotten to where you want to go and share with you what they’ve learned the hard way and how you can get their yourself. It’s an amazing experience that’s worth setting as a goal and a priority.

For Photographers, hands down the best retreat is The Thrive Mastermind Retreat (of course I’m going to say that, it’s my own:), but I do whole-heartedly believe it!).

For Entrepreneural Makers, The Creative Founders Conference

And for Creative Female Entrepreneurs, Inspired the Retreat is amazing. I’ve had the privilege of speaking at it twice.

Schedule for Maximum Productivity.

Listen to your energy and follow where it takes you. This was maybe the hardest for me to learn. I would get these blocks of time, and  I would say, “Self, this is your time to get all of that really important, brain busting, solution finding work done. You need to do it right now, because you don’t know when you’ll get more time.”  This was especially at its loudest when my kiddos were small and home with me 24/7.  I’d sit down and try to get to work, and I’d try, and I’d try…but I just wasn’t producing.

Looking back, I have been at my best when I have listened to myself and honored the space I was in. There are times when I hit that sweet spot. I just get into the zone. Ideas, creativity, and solutions seem to freely flow through me and around me. If I need an answer, I can almost pluck it out of the air in front of me. There are other times when I’m just not in the zone.  It’s like that relationship when you knew he was a good guy and all, but it just wasn’t there. Now you can either force it (but you know those sparks are never going to appear), or you let that time be honored in a better form. Maybe that’s walking away and being fully present in your relationships, going and filling your cup through service, or leaning back and taking in something to inspire, educate, and prepare you for your next moment in the zone.

Trying to push yourself to get into the zone will never produced the results you are after. Instead learn to listen to your mind, follow where it takes you, and be fully present and engaged in the space that you are in right now.  Be content and trusting (and that may just be the hardest part) that ‘the zone’ will find you again soon.

These are seriously the most incredible lessons that I’ve learned. They’ve made the most dramatic impact throughout the years on my business and I hope they will help you now!

Friday Five

Favorite Quote found at Whitten & White

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Favorite Workspace: Clean, simple, perfect… Designed by Sarah of Stories

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Favorite Fashion:  This outfit is perfect for just a touch of fall!

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Favorite Space: This is a fire that I could definitely cozy up to!  {as featured on Style Me Pretty}

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Photo by Allan Zepeda

 

Favorite Food: While many jump on the Pumpkin Spice kick, I find joy in butternut squash!  Recipe found at Half Baked Harvest.

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3 Swoon Worthy Modern Neutral Palette Offices

We’ve loved everything that WOM has done for years now! And the Waiting on Martha team office is no exception, it’s definitely left us drooling! (Click the link above to see the full WOM reveal.)

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Our next swoon worthy office comes to us via the land down under. This gorgeous space is the home office of Kyree of Miss Kyree Loves. You can see her full reveal HERE.

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Our final workspace for this addition of #officeswoon is from the French blog O Mundo de Jess. I love all the neutrals with the touch of black and white stripes, because seriously… Can you ever go wrong with a classic stripe? We don’t think so!

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Instagram at a Glance – August

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August began with the final day of my 7th Thrive Mastermind Retreat.  The retreat was amazing, and I left London, England and July behind feeling happy, excited, and ready for the next chapter. Since we are taking this year to travel, we decided to head out from the UK to Ireland for the month of August.

It was a good month.  A month that truly embodied that feeling of summer (without the sunshine part, because it turns out Ireland – with all it’s beauty, could really use a roof).  Despite the rain, our time in Ireland was great.  It was truly a month of unplugging as we accidentally booked a little farm house (well that part was not an accident)that did not have internet!  So we really, really unplugged.

For our last week of August, we surprised everyone (including ourselves) and changed our itinerary completely thanks to a flight deal we just couldn’t pass up.  We left Europe and headed back stateside for few weeks home before we set off for Asia.  

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Girl Boss Book Club – September

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I have love everything I’ve read from Malcolm Gladwell so far and Blink is no exception! This is actually what I’m currently reading right now! Okay, maybe not reading… I’m listening! I’ve been a super fan of  Audible for years, but now that we travel full-time, it’s reached a new level! Listening between trains, planes, buses and everything in-between has been fabulous! (You can follow our travel adventure here.)

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FROM AMAZON: “In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

You can order the book HERE.

About the Girl Boss Book of the Month: I have read so many amazing books that have helped build, improve, and transform my business over the years, and I want to share them with YOU!  Each month I share a new recommendation that I’ve loved with you, a fellow girlboss! Check out past reads from our book of the month HERE. 

Recap: The Thrive Mastermind Retreat – London

Aleah Tees_Group Oh my gosh! I am so excited to finally get our Thrive Retreat London Recap up for you! Note to self – never, never, never forget to check that the house you’re renting for holiday for a month has internet! Ireland was amazing, but we were a little more unplugged than we were hoping for!

Okay. So there are dreams that you put out there, that you whisper to the universe, but at the time, you can’t possibly imagine could ever come true. This year has been one such whisper (traveling the world for a year) and having the opportunity to bring The Thrive Mastermind Retreat for Photographers to England was an over-the-top, pinch me because I can’t believe this is real moment.

I remember when I first dreamed of having a Thrive Mastermind Retreat. I remember opening registration for the very first one (it was in Florida) with a mixture of emotions… partly terrified but mostly exhilarated. This Thrive Mastermind Retreat was number SEVEN, but it was the first one outside of the United States, so once again, I found myself with that mixture of emotions… partly terrified but mostly exhilarated. When the day finally arrived and these amazing women would soon be knocking on the door, all I could feel was giddiness!

191-IvyHouseBut let’s start with the house! It was incredible! Every retreat is hosted in an absolutely stunning venue, but this one takes the cake!  These retreats are about growth, and well, I believe growth feels better when you’re being pampered and made to feel like a queen! I’ll show you more behind the scenes of the house and the accommodations in a minute, but first I want to share Night One.

We always start by letting everyone get settled, and then we all come together to fill our bellies with delicious foods and get to know each other. I always feel like I’m holding in a secret because at this early moment, everyone is a little shy and a little uncertain, but I know that before their heads hit their pillows on this first night, they will have made fast friends. Friends that all become cherished gifts for years to come after we all say goodbye at the end of the retreat. IMG_1599 For Night One, everyone received a gorgeous hand calligraphied name tag by Heather at Design Roots. Her prints, note pads, and calligraphy supplies are fabulous!  Heather doesn’t stop spoiling our attendees here. They also receive a gorgeous print from her and a second name card for our celebration dinner. FullSizeRender 18 Now it’s time for our first training session! I love this night as I get to tell my own personal story and journey with way more detail than I would online. We set the foundation for their growth strategy and just get empowered and excited for everything that’s about to come. Leah teachingIt’s always a really good idea to leave extra room in your suitcase when you come to a Thrive Mastermind, because I’m going to fill it with gifts and surprises that I have planned throughout the retreat!

Our first gift came complete with a notepad from Clean Mama (our favorite blog for simplified home care and cleaning tips!), an adorable camera USB keychain from Photo Flash Drive, ‘Make it Happen’ pencils to keep note taking motivational by Wangs Wonderful World,  and a couple other fun gifts from me including a gold dipped pencil pouch to keep these first gifts all tucked away safe. IMG_1613 Of course we can’t forget our signature Thrive Mastermind Workbooks printed by the ever fabulous Pro Digital Photos! Every time I open the box to see our newest Mastermind Design (we change it for every retreat)… I’m over the moon with the print color and quality! Thrive London Details_Web Okay! I promised to show more of the house! It was amazing! I’m pretty sure I already said that… but just look at it! I could say it 10 more times and still not do it justice. I think this may be my favorite house we’ve ever stayed in, and that’s really saying something because our New Orleans plantation house was amazing!! 192-IvyHouse051-IvyHouse IMG_1794We decided this room was the Downton Abbey room! IMG_1795 IMG_1796 IMG_1799We may or may not have hatched a plan to see how many people fit in that gorgeous clawfoot tub! 098-IvyHouseYou better believe we were out on the deck in the hot tub every night, and the pool got plenty of love too! 132-IvyHouse 131-IvyHouse There were never-ending spots to curl up and relax in, or go and explore. This side sitting area has now become my next backyard goal (that fireplace!!), and that’s despite loving our own last backyard makeover. 157-IvyHouse 158-IvyHouse For one of our meals, I brought the girls to possibly the coolest location ever for a lunch… a long boat on the canal! FullSizeRender 19 FullSizeRender 16 FullSizeRender 17 The Thrive Business program is based on what I call the experience business model. I believe in creating an incredible experience for our clients while building a business that works for the life you are dreaming of (instead of having a business that seems to be at odds with the personal life you want). We focus on creating such an incredible experience that comparison and competition fade away, clients can’t help but gush, and creatives are able to build an incredibly successful and profitable business! All because they have set themselves up as the premiere experience.

So of course… with experience being the cornerstone of my business philosophy – we work to surprise and delight our Thrive Mastermind attendees every step of the way! And we could never pamper and shower our amazing attendees with gifts as we do without the amazing contributions of incredible businesses and fellow entrepreneurs!

Here’s just some of the amazing that was sent to our attendees! Divina Cosmetics – This is an Etsy shop, how cool is that!? Monica (the owner) creates small-batch organic natural cosmetics and skin care products out of England! IMG_1975 How adorable are these tees (did you see the very top image on this post? Swoon!), and how amazing does Leah Remillét International team member, Ashley look in the ‘Get it Girl’ tee by Aleah Shop?!? Ash and I had laughed hysterically in between shots as we played models in these adorable tees with the retreat house as our backdrop before all our attendees arrived. 🙂 IMG_1947   Retreat Details There are so many gifts – I am so lucky to work with so many amazing businesses and creatives!
Girl Boss Tee – Aleah Shop
Dream Big Pencil – Wangs Wonderful World
Tangerine Lip Balm – Little Flower Soap Co.
Not All Who Wander Print – Design Roots
Black 5×7 Frame – Organic Bloom Frames (photographers – they are a must check out!)
Thrive Retreat Workbook – Printed by Pro Digital Photos
Facial Mist – Divina Cosmetics
*The rest are special surprises from me.

Okay… Let’s talk about food again!

This time with our London retreat experience, we enjoyed one of our dinners in and one out. Our dinner in was definitely my favorite! We even roasted marshmallows over candles to share a very American treat (s’mores) with everyone! And how gorgeous are the name tags that Design Roots sent for us?!? Dinner In Thrive Retreat Then there is our model afternoon! We bring in different models and have an opportunity to shoot together, learning from each other, and building new contact for blogs, social media, and portfolios. MOdel BTSIMG_2346 The teaching continues throughout our 4 days together. We cover marketing, sales, organization and workflow, and so much more.  And since food is my happy place (yes we are back to food again), there is no shortage of delicious snacks, meals, and treats (this is not the place to come on a diet!). IMG_1759 Snack TIme2 How much fun are these utensils from Jamboree Party Box? They can’t help but make lunch more fun! Did I mention that the utensils are dipped in gold glitter! FullSizeRender 12 Lunch2Working with these women who made the trip from Denmark, Germany, the U.S. and all over England and  brought their love for photography and their ambition to thrive in their businesses will always be one of the magical moments in my highlight reel when I look back at the history of Leah Remillét International. London Retreat Beauties
I know I say it all the time, but I love what I do!

I don’t even have words to express how grateful I am. I know exactly how lucky I am to do what I do. I know exactly how magical it feels, and I am grateful every single day for the opportunity I have been given to change the lives of creative women all over the globe.

If you want to see more behind the scenes from a totally different perspective, check out Emma’s of Studio Bambino recap that she wrote on her blog.

Don’t worry… I won’t leave you completely hanging! Curious about the next retreat??? Our next Thrive Mastermind Retreat will be in Australia in early 2017!

If you want to get on the list to find out details and know when registration opensjust CLICK HERE, drop in your name and email and we will get you on the insider list!