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I am (now) a Warrior – my mud run

Posted by on July 30, 2014 with 8 Comments

I did it and I have proof! The video is at the bottom. But first…

I was never the athletic one… E-V-E-R-!  I was picked last for teams, am notorious for tripping and stumbling (especially if I’m carrying a tray of food) and just in general I am the opposite of what one would call, ‘an athlete.’ However, I married the complete opposite! He is athletic and is very use to all things that require skills coming easily to him. Except when we did the Segways – I dominated him on the Segway but that’s a different story! 

So when he first asked me if I’d do one of his obstacle races (I say his because he’s done dozens – he’s even traveled around the country and to Canada to do them) it was an obvious and resounding, “No!”. But after two years of asking, I guess I just ran out of excuses. 

After I said yes, I immediately wished I could take it back, but I knew he wouldn’t let me. I WAS SO NERVOUS! I started training several months before our race. I started only running a mile (and that seemed like an amazing feat to me!), very slowly I added more and more distance to my run until I ran just over 4 miles the Saturday before our race. That was the longest distance I’d ever run in my life! 

The night before the race, I couldn’t sleep. All I could think about was how bad I was going to embarrass myself…I had dream after dream playing out all kinds of scenarios in which I could do it. The morning came and I wanted to back out…but the Mr. was so excited that we were having this little bonding experience and whether it was the death of me or not, I couldn’t disappoint him. 

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3…2…1…The race began. I was so scared of the obstacles, but I would have to wait till I got through what seemed like a never ending track of sand. Eventually the obstacles came and I was shocked to be flying up and down them before the people ahead of me had even finished… As we came to the finish line, I couldn’t believe it was already over. 

The hubby smiled his cute little smile and asked, ‘do you want to do it again?’ and I said SURE. So we ran the 3+ miles again. Not only did I just run the longest I’d ever run in my life, but I did it with obstacles in between. 

I couldn’t believe what I had accomplished. For many it probably wasn’t much, but for me…it was incredible. I had just completed something I didn’t believe I was capable of doing…TWICE!  And it was that thought that I couldn’t shake. Why? Why had I been so sure I couldn’t do a race like this?

I had allowed outside opinions, past fears and childhood memories to convince me for more than 3 decades that there was just certain things that I couldn’t do…well it turns out I was wrong. Absolutely wrong. 

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How many old ideas and former opinions (often not even our own) are we holding onto and allowing to block us from great things? 

Are you sure you can’t do that thing, you’ve always wanted to, but never believed you were capable of? 

I believe I know you can do hard things! 

And to prove it, I’m sharing my oh so embarrassing video that I am secretly really grateful to my amazing husband for making (and forcing me to even be in), with you. For these races my husband always wears his GoPro camera (not to be mistaken with Go4Pro – lol), this time he wore it so that he could make a video and show our kiddos what their mommy can do (he also shared it with our friends, family, neighbors and the UPS delivery guys – okay not really that bad – but close!) and then he asked, ‘you’re gonna share it on Go4Pro right?’ 

So here it is… Courtesy of my amazing husband. Thank you baby! 

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You are Meant to Dazzle

Posted by on July 28, 2014 with 0 Comments

The sun can’t help but get attention. And even though it’s giving light and warmth there is bound to be someone who’s going to complain. ‘It’s too hot’, ‘it’s too bright.’ We are creatures of bad habits. And isn’t the same true for us? 

When we shine brightest, we get attention and despite all your best intentions, not everyone will want to celebrate with you. Don’t let this stop you from shining. If ever the sun, it’s all it’s glory get’s ridiculed – well then – I guess, so must we. 

The thing about the sun is that it doesn’t stop shining. It doesn’t hide, it doesn’t give less of it self. Instead it declared, ‘here I am! Love me or hate me but I will not change.’ Well you know, unless you live here in Seattle and then it hides a lot but you get my point. 

You are meant for great things! You are not meant to hide what makes you dazzle. You are not meant to fear what others might think. If only we could make our greatest fear be to let ourselves down…To falter at reaching our own personal level of awesomeness. 

Not to be compared to someone else’s awesome. Not to worry that others will judge our own awesome but to shine unapologetically for all to see. Now that would be inspiring! 

Let’s decide to be inspiring! 

 
"You musn't be afraid to sparkle a little brighter darling" Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com
Source:  Kirsten Kuehn

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Medicine for the Soul

Posted by on July 21, 2014 with 0 Comments

"Life is better when you're laughing", Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com
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What’s Inside My Camera Bag

Posted by on July 16, 2014 with 6 Comments

After all the comments and questions when I shared my camera bag on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to show you inside my own camera bag today! But I get the first thing I need to admit is that my camera bag isn’t technically a camera bag at all. I’m using the ONA Roma Camera Bag Insert to turn any bag into my camera bag. 

I’m constantly seeing gorgeous handbags that I think would make great camera bags, if only they had the protection I need for my gear! Well… With the insert bag, I was able to turn this gorgeous green Valentina Handbag (here’s one I found on ebay) into my current camera bag. I’m also loving  my Nicole Berlowski Sequin Camera Strap that I have on my Canon 5D Mark III! 


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So the BIG questions was, who is my camera bag by. Well, actually I’m using the ONA Roma Camera Bag Insert to turn any bag into my camera bag.  and for the second Big question, my gold glittery camera strap (thanks for loving it too!) is by Nicole Berlowski!

 

The full list:
ONA Roma Camera Bag Insert turns any bag into a camera bag!
Nicole Berlowski Sequin Camera Strap
Interfit 5 in 1 Reflector

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-70mm  f/2.8L Lens
Canon 50mm f/1.4

Business Cards (designed by Laura Kathryn)
Valentina Handbag (here’s one I found on ebay)

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’d be happy to explain more! 


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Blog Block Party | Freebie

Posted by on July 14, 2014 with 0 Comments
blogblockparty[1]Summer time is about getting together with friends, so Chic Critique is doing their annual blog block party and I’m so excited to be a part of it! Of course it wouldn’t be a party if we didn’t bring something to share. That’s why there are 19 sweet freebies for you this week!  You can find all the party goers at Chic Critique

I’ve got a Website Envy Kit for you! Scroll to the bottom to grab it! And don’t forget to head over and like our Facebook Page so you can stay up to date with all our latest offerings!



Complete with: 
  • Site Reviewer
  • Best Web Tools
  • $100 Design
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To enter the giveaway, follow the rafflecopter link at the bottom of the post and don’t forget to get your FREEBIE from us. 

Happy Sampling on the Freebies & Good luck on the Giveaway!!



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Inspiration for product packaging for photographers

Posted by on July 9, 2014 with 1 Comments
“Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things.” Oh how the lyrics of that song ring true. Who doesn’t enjoy receiving packages? Ummm – no one!

I am a total sucker for great packaging, the price tag doesn’t seem as crazy when it’s wrapped in beautiful tissues, boxes and bags! That’s called decreased price sensitivity! Oh how you get me Kate Spade, Nordstrom and Anthro!

So when I started my business, I knew immediately that I wanted to present everything as a beautiful gift!  I’ll show you my new packaging soon! But for now, I’d love to showcase the amazing packaging of a few members of my photography business training program, The Thriving Photographer.  These Thrivers have some amazing packaging to go along with their rockin’ businesses. Hopefully these will inspire you to package your products in a way that can showcase your brand in a whole new light.

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Urban Willow Photography


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I love how Lori used a balance of  neutral tones with pops of color and sprinkles of added shimmer and sparkle. The packaging is very simplistic, yet eye catching and enticing.

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Lasting Image Photography



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The consistency of the brand is noticed from a first glance on the website all the way down to the embossed boxes.  The use of  the earth tones and brown tulle gathered with a bow and finished with a bit of bling, convey a  shabby chic feel with a romantic edge.


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Marie Holmes Photography


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Black and white  is classic, but when paired with brown craft paper it creates a modern day edge. Bakers twine, fun stickers and custom tags add to the sentiment of the gifts enclosed. 

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Brain Overwhelm?

Posted by on July 7, 2014 with 0 Comments

This made me laugh because somedays it is just so true! So many ideas… so many projects… so many things I want to, need to, should get done. Whenever I find myself in brain overwhelm, I suddenly have a deep craving for TV time (which is very uncharacteristic of me). I think somehow it’s my way to get all those spinning wheels to pause so I can reboot my ram – get back to work and actually start finishing and closing those tabs. 

What about you? What do you crave when your brain has to many tabs open? Are you the type that wants to hide from it OR are you the type that can’t walk away from it all until you can truly close them down? 

"My brain has too many tabs open" Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com

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