My new life motto

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I can't stop talking about Sherri Shephard's book Permission Slips:  Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break.  Reading it was like sitting down with a good friend. You know the friend who has literally been there and done that with eeeeehhhhverything.  She's the wiser sister/cousin/aunt/friend who tells you that it's okay even if you've screwed up REALLY big. You can still make it.

One of the most memorable parts of the book (and there were a lot to choose from) is when she's talking about the ups and downs of being a stand up commedian. After a rough experience she was scared to go back on stage, and someone said to her "if you're scared, do it scared."

Talk about an a-ha moment.

I love that line. It is my new life motto & I  quote it constantly (I apologize to the close family and friends who hear me sounding like a broken record).

This year I challenged myself to become more visible in the photography community.  So far it's been a really great experience, but I'm far from fearless in the process. Driving to networking events, emailing new contacts, or dreaming outside of the box, intimidates me at times.  Who am I kidding, it scares me each and every time.  But, I won't let that fear stop me.  I may hide in the bathroom for a moment or two, but then I pull myself together and do what needs to be done.

I've always been a reader, so another challenge I've given myself is to read outside of my box (remember this post about nonfiction being my kryptonite). Reading about successful women has encouraged and motivated me. Sometimes it takes a little while to get to where you want to be, but success and hard work always pays off!

Sooooo, what about you?  Who's inspiring you?  What things are you scared to do, but "do it scared" anyway?  Talk to me :)

Far Above Average

Last week my friend Kristin surprised me with a free ticket to the Showit PASS Premier Tour.  I'd contemplated going but wasn't sure if I could make it.  A free ticket helped me make up my mind quickly :)  

I thought it would be neat to hear Promise Tangeman speak.


I was excited that my album company KISS Wedding books would be there.


I was intrigued by the new technology that Showit would be premiering.


But most of all, I could not wait to meet photography duo Zach and Jody Gray in person.


Well friends, they did not disappoint. If you are a photographer and thinking about going to the PASS premier tour I strongly encourage you to go even if you're not a "showiteer" just to hear the Grays speak.  They are just as warm and genuine in person as they sound online. Their advice on how to court, and engage with current and potential clients had me switching between writing furiously and staring dumbstruck wishing I'd come up with those ideas.  The creative thoughtful ways they care for their clients inspired me to do the same.


One of my favorite ideas of the evening was this:  Everyone is doing average, that's why it's called average; your job is to make a good impression and stand out from the crowd.  It doesn't need to cost a lot, but simple thoughtful gestures go a long way.


Reviewing my notes from the evening created excitement in me as I thought of ways to show my gratitude and appreciation to my clients. Truly, they are the ones who are far above average, and I'm honored they chose me to capture special moments in their lives!


Oh, and I'm super grateful to Kristin for grabbing this picture of the two of us with Jody Gray with her iphone!