My New Mantra (inspired by a fairytale movie no less) - Motivation Monday

I have always believed that words have power and turned to words as a source of strength, inspiration, and so much more. For many years I have gathered quotes, proverbs, and books upon books. As Elizabeth Gilbert said in Eat Pray Love "Maybe You are a Woman in search of a Word"...and I was.

Through all my life I will continue to be a reader (ok devourer of books and knowledge) and a lifelong student of all the world can teach me but, as I sat on my couch Friday evening watching Cinderella (the 2015 live version because who doesn't love 1) a classic love story, 2) a story of overcoming struggle to become something more, and 3) amazing dresses that make you want to live in a time and fancy balls just so you could twirl around in a dress like that) I realized that in my search for words in my business, for my website, to guide my life, and to become a simple mantra that keeps me centered in what matters most...I like to over complicate things.

In the movie, (spoiler alert if you haven't seen it) Ella's mother lays on a fainting couch of sorts dying and asks her daughter to always remember one thing. She makes her promise to "Have Courage and Be Kind"

How beautiful is that? Have courage and be kind. Now there is a Mantra for life if I ever heard one. It's simple and true.

If I can move forward with the courage to try new things, to make mistakes, to be who I really am...what can stop me? But courage must also be tempered with kindness. Moving through life, I don't want to be held back by the fear of getting it wrong, of looking silly, of making a mistake, of what people might say...but I also want to be kind to those around me, to offer my help wherever I can.

So from today forward my Mantra for life will be...

 

Have Courage & Be Kind - Ella's Mother (Cinderella, 2015)

 

Do you have a Mantra or saying that has always guided you or that helps you in times when you are unsure? I would love to hear about it - share it with us below!

Time to reflect

*Warning, long winded personal post ahead.*

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This past month or so, the blog has been quiet.

 

It's been a time of reflection. It's been a time of self-care.

 

In 2015 I was blessed with so many wonderful things happening including some of the most inspiring educational experiences, collaborating with amazing people in the wedding industry, changes in my business in the services and the products I offer, the growth of the London Wedding Professionals, changes in my personal life as well as day job (yep, still have one of those for nor working with some absolutely fabulous students and their families) and so much more. I could not be more grateful to the fantastic clients and colleagues (as well as of course an amazingly supportive husband and encouraging daughter) who have been here supporting me, cheering me on, and forgiving me when I occasionally stumble along the way.

 

Sadly, all of these amazing opportunities (and my inability to say no to some of it) put me in a situation where as of the beginning of this year I have needed to take some time off.

 

I want so badly to be the best wife, mother, friend, photographer, mentor, teacher and so much more to everyone in my life and in my efforts to do everything I could to please everyone, I found it difficult to please anyone. At the end of the year, I couldn't help anyone because I had neglected to take care of myself.

 

I recently watched a webinar with Vanessa Joy. She spoke about photography, workflow, and marketing of course but the part that impacted me most was when she spoke about finding balance, about self-care, and about staying focused on your 'why' and your definition of success. She also reminded me that "when you say yes to something, you are saying no to everything else".

 

To some this might not seem like much of a revelation but to me it was. By always saying yes to everything I was asked to do, I ended up saying no to some of the things that mattered most. I often ended up saying no to family time, no to taking care of myself (physically, mentally and spiritually), no to giving my clients the very best I can, and no to the huge growth as a person, an artist, and so much more.

 

This year it's about being deliberate. It about figuring out why my why is, what my vision of success is, and comparing every opportunity I am offered to those two important pieces of information and asking...does this get me closer?

 

Why am I sharing this with you today you? Why would my brides, my fellow photographers or wedding industry colleagues care? It's about taking time to reflect and setting priorities which is something I think we can all relate to but more than anything I am sharing today because I want to be open with you.

 

Yes I there are changes coming and maybe this information will make it easier to understand where I am coming from. I have talked so many times in so many different ways about the kind of relationships I want to build with readers, clients, colleagues and beyond but if I want these to be real friendships I need to be willing to be open with you. To help you understand who I am, what I stand for, and what I believe.

 

Now I ask you, what has the first 6 weeks of 2016 brought to you? What has it meant? Please share with me in the comments below and know I will be here reading your comments and eager to learn a little more about you!

 

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Stepping into the Frame for my own Wedding Day

There's that old saying ' always a bridesmaid, never a bride '  well for me it was more like ' always the wedding photographer, never a bride ' but on Oct 4th that all changed. On October 4th I put on my own white dress, smiled in front of the camera, and arm in arm with my daughter and my dad walked down the aisle to say I do to the man I love.

 

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I am still overwhelmed by the emotion of the day, the experience of it, and the connection I have to the images of that day. (*Don't worry, much more coming about the whole experience soon, stay tuned*)

 

 

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London Wedding Photographer - Rebecca Nash Photography

Rebecca Nash is the Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind London, Ontario's wedding photography company Rebecca Nash Photography. Her passion is helping London, Ontario couples create art that captures the little moments, the details, and the emotions of their own unique London wedding celebration in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments everytime they look at them. London Wedding photographer Rebecca Nash Photography has a dedication to providing experience driven service to each and every couple she works with to enhance their London Wedding Photography.

Rebecca also takes joy in sharing her personal perspective of the world through works of art such as the touring exhibition 'Windows on the War of 1812' and the art pieces big and small found in her Etsy Store.

Find out more about London Wedding Photographer Rebecca by visiting the about section!

I am Grateful

I am grateful....- for family and friends new and old who love and support me everyday - for a safe, loving home to raise my beautiful daughter - for the realization that in everything I do I have a choice in at least my point of view if nothing else - for bike rides, long walks, sweaty kettle-bell sessions and the amazing feeling of health and vitality I feel - for nutritious local foods to create dishes big and small to enjoy with those I care about - for the art of photography that ignites my passion - for weddings that turn me to the little girl dreaming of tulle, diamonds, and happily ever after

- for couples that share with me their memories, their lives, their special moments, and their love stories

- for families that call me to help them celebrate their pregnancies, new babies, and lives year after year

- for a world of beauty all around me to inspire me - for the opportunities to grow my business by sharing it everyday through my art and my services - for the recognition of the impact my own words and actions have on little eyes (and big ones too) around me everyday - for teachers and resources who are everyday pouring more and more information, knowledge and encouragement into others to help them achieve success - for a desire to learn and an ability to gather (devour) knowledge - for the freedom and knowledge that I can define my own life through the choices I make, the work I'm willing to put in, and the belief I have in myself, my value, and my dreams!

 

I am grateful everyday for things big and small.

What are you grateful for? Tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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Rebecca Nash is the Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind London, Ontario's wedding photography company Rebecca Nash Photography. Her passion is helping London, Ontario couples create art that captures the little moments, the details, and the emotions of their own unique wedding celebration in a way that allows them to relive those joyous moments every time they look at them. Rebecca also takes joy in sharing her personal perspective of the world through works of art such as the touring exhibition 'Windows on the War of 1812' and the art pieces big and small found in her Etsy Store. Find out more about Rebecca by visiting the about section!

Behind the Lens - Being the Best Me (Health & Happiness)

You know the old expression...you can't take care of anyone if you can't take care of yourself... Well let me tell you, I am a huge fan of this expression. I spout it off to friends and family. I push them to make changes so they can be the best versions of themselves and be better moms, spouses, friends, creators, workers, etc.

And then I look in the mirror and often wind up thinking something like this

- wow I look tired!

-where did those bags come from?

-who's that sad old lady in my pajamas

 

Now it's time to get back on track, it's time to take care of me. Why? Because it's important for me to be the best I can be. When I'm taking care of me I'm a more energetic mom, a more supportive partner, a more creative photographer, and a more successful entrepreneur.

 

So how do I become the best possible me? How do I take care of me?

I'm not a high maintenance girl (anymore). Taking care of me is about feeling healthy, it's about feeling energized, it's about being inspired, and it's about valuing myself.

My top 5 ways to take care of me:

1) Eat a healthy rainbow of fruits and veg plus some lean protein!

2) Workout everyday! It doesn't have to be a huge deal but even just 15 mins on my Gazelle leaves me feeling energized and fabulous! (I'm even working on a goal of running a 5K on Nov 3rd even after swearing I'd never be a runner)

3) Meditate - Okay, Confession here...this is still a work in progress but that few moments of quiet time to concentrate on nothing but my own body and mind works wonders!

4) Sleep! Okay this one seems obvious but for me, a natural early bird, living with a night owl spouse whom I love to spend time with, I have a tendency to burn myself out fast so whenever possible I give myself an early bedtime and try to stick to it at least 5-6 days a week

5) Read - Reading is the workout for the mind. No matter whether it's photography & business, biographies, magazines, health and fitness, or even a romance I just feel so at peace when I dive into a good book and leave the world behind for a few minutes or hours on end!

And yes, I girly it up a little too...maybe I do a face mask, maybe I take a longer shower, maybe I even go all out and paint my nails, get my hair cut, or dye my hair.

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash