12 Days of Giveaways – Day 1



I’m thrilled to be partnering with 11 amazing women to bring you a very sweet holiday treat! For the next 12 days (starting today) there will be a new free gift for you to “open”!

I’m thrilled to be kicking things off with my Building Balance Assessment & Strategy  Sheets and tomorrow we have something amazing coming from inkWELL Press. How will you get your hands on all this goodness you ask? Just make sure you’re following me on Instagram & Facebook. I’ll post who’s unlocked the gift of the day each day for the durations of ’12 Days of Giveaways’. Oh and we have a HUGE giveaway we’ll be unlocking at the very end so make sure you keep checking back!

Festive gold Christmas abstract background with bokeh lights and stars.

Festive gold Christmas abstract background with bokeh lights and stars.

I’ll be posting the daily freebie on Instagram so make sure you click below to follow me so you don’t miss any of the fun! 


Snag all the Freebies

Girl Boss Book Club – December [The 12 Week Year]

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I thought this month’s book would be perfect for December as everyone starts planning and shifting toward thinking about their New Year’s goals. Who doesn’t want to get 12 months worth of work done in 12 weeks? My friend Jennifer, the owner of Stationary Academy introduced me to ‘The 12 Week Year‘ at our Inspired Mastermind Weekend this summer in Nashville, and it’s got some seriously great strategies and ideas that are worth testing for yourself! girlboss_book_club_12 Week Year_Dec

Here’s the synopsis (thanks to Amazon):

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

  • Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life
  • Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness
  • Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation

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About the Girl Boss Book of the Month: My personal goal has been to read about 1 business book a week and one fiction book a month. That’s roughly 5 books a month. Sometimes they are thick ones and they take longer but by setting this goal, I have now read hundreds of books that have inspired and empowered me while improved my business results. I want to share the very best books I find with you! Each month, I share a new must read! Get your hands on that book and read it with me. Feel free to leave comments on Facebook or Instagram about what your big takeaways from that month’s reads were! I’d love to know!

The “L Shape” Desk Hack from Ikea

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I can’t believe all of the comments and amazing feedback that I received over my office! In fact, it’s been over a year since I revealed my office makeover, and I still get weekly emails and comments asking about how I created my L-shape desk configuration. So today I’m sharing some additional behind the scenes pics of my desk + you’ll find the full shopping list below!


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The “L” Shape Desk Configuration Shopping List 
Linnmon Table Top – High Gloss White (59×29 1/2″) *this is the larger part that my computer is on.
Alex Drawer Unit in White (this is in place of the last 2 legs)
*If you wanted more drawer space, you could do 2 Alex units and only 4 legs. Because of my large pink chair, that would have been to crowded for me. Also… I have the Lack side table on the side of my desk next to me for my printer.
L Shape Desk Ikea Hack

Getting out of the Comparison Funk

I am one of those people who literally can’t seem to stop pushing myself.

I have to be getting better; I have to be improving all-the-time.  Standing still feels nearly impossible for me; in fact, it makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.

But there is a difference between trying to top my own best and trying to top someone else’s best.  When we try to be our own ‘best,’ we are welcoming growth and possibilities.  We are giving ourselves permission to be our own ‘enough.’

But when we compare ourselves to others, we demoralize our confidence and stunt our own opportunities for growth.  It’s an ugly cycle; uglier than you may realize.  Let me show you what I mean…

When I decide to compare myself, I don’t play fair.  I choose someone who is playing their personal A-game, and then I continue to measure us against each other using their absolute best attributes and my merely so-so attributes.  It’s like comparing a Victoria Secret Angel to my “just-got-out-of-bed” look.  So – Not – Fair.  Even the Angel didn’t stand a chance when she first woke up that morning.

The point is, we are typically very unfair when we compare.  We consider only all of their very best attributes and pretend that they don’t have any of their own insecurities or trials […or white primer all up on their eye lashes during all their errands, because they ran out of the bathroom before they remembered to apply the actual mascara. (Was that last one just me?)]. 

We see only the perfect, usually through very rose-colored-glasses I might add, and we then compare ourselves, not ever considering that we are usually in the midst of our own struggles… And then we can’t figure out why things aren’t coming together the way we want?

Even your own Instagram feed probably over compares to your real life. And that’s okay. That feed (and the ones you’re comparing yourself to) is a brand, a persona, and a message based around the best version we each want to convey. And I have no problem with that. We are business owners. What I do have a problem with is you comparing your yoga pants wearing (even though you didn’t work out), make-up free, perfectly imperfect you with anyone else’s well curated feed.

Enough already.


Give yourself permission to be authentically and genuinely you.  

You hear it all the time: the advise of the “already made it’s.”  And they are constantly advocating, “Be yourself,” “Be authentic,” “Find your own voice.”  There is a reason, and it’s not just because they are sick of all the copycats.  It’s because they know that it was only by staying true to themselves that they were able to stand out.

There already is a _______________ (insert whoever you secretly wish you could be).  The world doesn’t need another.  And the world won’t make room for another, either.  But you.  Of you, there has never been another.  There is room in the world for you to shine.

Now I’d like to bring this back to where we started.  I’m not suggesting that you stay exactly as you are.  We should always be growing, always be learning, and always striving to be better.  But be your better, not someone else’s.

You have your own unique voice,  your own incredible talents and attributes.  You were not left out in the predetermined talent show; God didn’t forget you.

Give yourself permission to be all that you need to be to succeed, and then push and mold and train yourself to be your best.  You are enough.

Thrive Mastermind Retreat – OPEN TO YOU!

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FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER…  I’m opening up our last few spots for our next Thrive Mastermind Retreat to the public!!!! Now the Thrive Mastermind Retreat has always been for Thrivers only, and that is still the case!  So… what I’m opening up and offering to you is the opportunity to not only get a spot at our 6th Thrive Mastermind Weekend, but also get your hands on the life changing business formula that transforms photographers into thriving photographers.


WHO:   This Retreat is for Photographers who are ready to Thrive!

WHEN:   Thursday, March 10th to Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Festivities begin at 5pm on Thursday evening and will wrap-up at 10am on Sunday.

WHERE:  In historic New Orleans – Ooh! Do I have some huge surprises in store!
Airports: New Orleans International Airport (Code: MSY)

COST: $2,597
Includes Accommodations, Welcome Soirée, All Breakfasts, All Lunches, All Dinners, 3 Stylized Concept Shoots, A New Headshot for You, Next Level Thrive Strategies, Building Your Next Year’s Marketing Plan, A New Orleans Adventure PLUS The Thriving Photographer Business Training Program.             
(You will be responsible for airfare and transportation to & from the venue.)



  • You will instantly get access to The Thriving Photographer™ Basic training program. This program has helped over 1,000 photographers all over the world transform their business and their life. You can start implementing our proven strategies into your business immediately.
  • Photographing 3 Stylized Sessions (models included!!) – so we can learn from each other and build portfolios
  • Round Table Discussion in which we’ll break down and focus on specific hindrances and how to eliminate them
  • Small Group Coaching Session with me. (I am so excited for this!) You will be assigned a small group time based on specific growth desires
  • Building Your Work Life Balance Strategy
  • Plan and Prep Your Next Year of Marketing!
  • Sales to the Next Level
  • Walk away with a gorgeous headshot for your Website & Social Media
  • So, SO Much More

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MY GOAL is to have you walk away from this retreat absolutely ready to have the best year of your life with lofty aspirations that are completely attainable!  I want you to walk away prepared, planned, and focused on exactly what you need to make this next year ABSOLUTELY AMAZING – both for your personal life and your photography business!!


If you have any questions about attending the Thrive Mastermind Retreat in New Orleans, please email us. Due to the nature of The Thrive Mastermind Retreat,  all deposits and payments are 100% non-refundable.



Orange Inspired Offices

When you think of fall, what color comes to mind?  Orange, of course!!  The color orange represents good fortune and prosperity.  What better place than in the office to add it!  From soft melons and corals to vibrant pumpkin, orange can be used a little or a lot to make a big impact!

Today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite orange office inspiration spark your creative juices.


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View More: http://rusticwhitephotography.pass.us/waitingonmartha{Pinterest}

HOqWNSmZjO4l{Julia Lynn for Lonny}

What do you think?  Would you add orange to your home?

True Love Does Still Exist

I’m not usually one for the mushy online sentiments. But last weekend it hit me. I didn’t believe love exhausted when I was young. Not real, true, enduring love. I really thought it didn’t exist. And just in case you believe that too. Just in case you are afraid that it can’t be found because it doesn’t exist… I want you to know I was wrong. I want you to know I found it. It’s not perfect, it can be messy. Yes, of course we fight and there are moments when he makes me so mad. But… He is why I’m here today.

It is because of him I learned to believe in love.

It is because of him that I learned to believe in myself.

And it is because of him I found my faith.

He has always believed in me. It was him who let me sell our laptop and some furniture so I could start a business. It was him who told me that what I had to share was going to change lives and had to be put out there. It was him who stood behind me while all the light shined and has never once complained. And it is always him who scoops me up and holds me when it all gets to be to much. He makes me better in every sense of the word.

I am who I am because he loves me.

I am where I am because he believes in me.

My life could not be where it is without him. At 18 years old, on our very first date, I knew I wanted to be his wife. And I knew that even though it seemed crazy to everyone else, marrying him would be the best thing I ever did for myself. I was right. I can trace every great thing that has happened in my life to what happened to me because of becoming his wife.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE! Every year is better and every adventure with you has made my life more richly blessed. I can’t wait for what comes next!


Photography by the incredible Jerry Ghionis