Here’s a little peek in to my life
Before 2018 ended, I decided that I was going to make 2019 a year of personal growth. A lot of amazing things happened in 2018 like: purchasing new equipment, getting my first studio, quitting my cooperate job to do photography full time & stay at home with my daughter, getting engaged, and having an assistant for my business. The old me would’ve checked these things off a list and search for the next big win. Today, the new me, is soaking in these already existing wins - and enjoying the accomplishments.
I decided in my personal growth journey that I wanted to read more. My fiancé is a HUGE nerd - but in the best way possible. Instead of reading fiction books - my guy is absorbing literature based on successful people. But with him already introducing me to the environment of reading about important things rather than fairytales - I was already on the hunt to learn about successful people and how they became successful. I tired to read the books Jordan already had, but they were bland, their text was boring and I couldn’t relate. Facebook must’ve been doing it’s creepy thing and tapped in to my brain because the very next AD I saw was Rachel Hollis’s book - Girl, Wash Your Face. I remember seeing posts about my friends already talking about this book and how good it was, so I hopped on the bandwagon and bought a copy.
Y’all, after reading this book, I not only wanted to just read more as my personal development but I wanted to do ALL THE THINGS! I not only wanted to take 2019 and celebrate all the accomplishments from 2018, but now I wanted to celebrate ME. I started thinking - when was the last time I actually congratulated myself.
I began by doing yoga in my home. Typically during Addie’s naps, but sometimes at night before bed. Just started playing beginner yoga videos through YouTube and after the couple days I really enjoyed it. I understood why people would force their bodies in those awkward positions because believe it or not, it really does help meditate you. Your mind does this switch where when you once were thinking about every little thing on your to-list, you are now thinking about the yoga position and your breath. If you’re wanting to try this too, I highly recommend doing the videos from Boho Beautiful.
When I edit photos, I do it with something on TV… typically a show or movie that I didn’t really have an interest in watching, its just background noise. But then I started thinking that I could benefit listening to Rachel Holli’s podcast’s instead of having the TV on. Best. Decision. Ever. I began consuming more Rachel knowledge in the extra time I didn’t think I had. Rachel and her Husband also have a “Morning Show” that they play LIVE on Facebook and Instagram every 9am EST during the weekdays. So while Addie and I are eating breakfast, I’ve got that playing in the background too. Boom, more personal growth knowledge consumed.
Guys, I’m a Super Fan of Rachel’s. If you’re my Facebook friend on my personal page - you know. I am always quoting her stuff, sharing, preaching.… she’s a big deal to me, she’s opened my eyes and helped me achieve personal growth that I didn’t even know was there. Like another instance… I am traveling to Dallas, Texas in July to listen to her speak at a woman’s conference. This is HUGE for me because I am nervous to leave my family for the first time, I am nervous because the furthest I’ve been west is West Virginia, I am nervous because this is only my second time on a plane and the first time was only an hour flight. However, after reading Rachel’s words and listening to her speak on her Podcasts - I have turned this nervous feeling to EXCITEMENT. I am so excited to be doing something for me and stepping out of my shell because I am such a homebody.
Another thing I’ve done out of my comfort zone is being in front of the camera. I am apart of a couple photography related Facebook groups and they have been so encouraging on getting together for meet ups. Well one day, the model didn’t show. I was the only one there who wasn’t dressed in workout clothes so I become the model. I only posed myself how I would pose my high school senior clients. But then the group of photographers started directing me and encouraging other poses like running my hands through my hair, flipping my hair like a rockstar, and serious faces instead of smiling all the time. Then I began to relax, let loose, and have fun with it. I was so impressed at all the different pictures I got back from the photographers. I was eager to do modeling after that! One of the Facebook groups came up with a name for people like me: Modelographer - a photographer and model lol.
So friends, if you’ve made it this far… I encourage you to do something for YOU. Work on your personal self development and growth. You deserve it - no matter how little or big an accomplishment, celebrate it but also celebrate you! I am now a book reader, a yogi, and a podcast listener… things I loathed before because I was lazy. But now these things give me FIRE, motivation!
Thank you for reading!