I’m a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of gal.
If you’ve spent any time with me on social media, you know I’m a fan of the top knot, comfy tee, and leggings, with a steamin’ hot cup of coffee in one hand and my daughter’s scooter in the other.
(Seriously, have you ridden a scooter lately? You should.)
The truth is, too much of my life passed me by when I put my business before everything else in my life. Now, I’m running a successful business with systems in place that help me get my work done, love and support my cattle-ranching husband well, and walk my daughter to school every day. (Rain or shine, she rides the scooter there, and I ride it home.)
I fell in love with photography (and, really my own creativity) after my own wedding when I borrowed my father’s camera just to play around with it — turns out when you do something you love, you want to do it all.the.time. Enter my season of burnout.
I’d been in business about five years and I had just hosted my first workshop for photographers to teach them tools to run their businesses successfully. After a year of life and business’s highest highs and lowest lows, I discovered that I was using my business as a place to hide from the things I needed to heal from. The honest-to-goodness truth? I was more prepared to quit than fix the real problems.
I tell the story because: 1. I came out the other side of it a better version of myself, and who doesn’t love a good happy ending, amiright? And 2. Because if it happened to me, I knew it could happen to other business owners and photographers, as well.
Because, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
R i g h t ? Nah… I call bulls**t.
Yep, you read that right. This is work, and I love it. But, I work freakin’ hard and it took me a long time to work smarter instead of harder.
So, yeah, I wear top knots and leggings, and I talk to the screen of my iPhone so you can hear my story on Instagram. What you see is what you get. I spent too many months of my life, holding on for dear life and trying to convince myself and everyone around me that everything.is.fine.it’s.fine.really.we’re.fine. … Not anymore.
Now, it’s actually good—GREAT, even. Because I made the changes that mattered.
And, I’m still a photographer. Still a web designer. I’m a business mentor and workshop leader, plus a bit of a health, wellness and fitness buff, to boot. But now, I get to be all of those things from a place of authenticity and hard-earned, real-life wisdom.