See the Beautiful Inside and Out - #MotivationMonday

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Ever wonder why some people see beauty everywhere while others never seem to see it?

If we cannot find beauty within ourselves, how can we recognize and appreciate the beauty around us. There is beauty in your kindness. Their is beauty in your love. There is beauty in your movement. There is beauty in your strength. There is beauty in your vulnerability. There is beauty in the simple rhythm of breaths in and out. There is so much beauty inside each and every one of us, if we only stop for a moment to see it.

As I dive deep into the Beauty Is project, I see more and more that our ability to see beauty in others and in the world around us is so closely tied to our ability to recognize the beauty in ourselves and love ourselves for it. As women step in front of my camera for a portrait, they are vulnerable in that moment and trusting that I can see and capture that inner beauty.

What is one thing you think if beautiful about yourself? (hint - you don't need to look in the mirror for this one)

Time to Kick Some...

 

In our busy lives we are always looking to hustle harder and do more. Often we just don't know where to start.

This is where I have found myself lately - so much I want to do. 

In my journey to do more, accomplish more, and make things happen I got a little overwhelmed. And when I get overwhelmed, sometimes I just shut down. 

Then someone shared this quote with me. I may not know every step I am going to take but it's time to lift up my foot.

Winston Churchill on Speeches

This past week has been a week focused on creating content for upcoming in person events and videos too. I have been giving a great deal of thought to the topics I want to discus and the length of the talks too. How many topics should I fit in? How long should each be? If I am given a 90 minute time slot, how much should I cover and when is it too much? I came across this quote in my researching this week from Winston Churchill about giving speeches. 

At first I just had to laugh, I never would have thought about it quite like that but then again he has a point right?

To me, there is so much more this could be applied to. Speeches, videos, blog posts, sales pages, emails meetings and even conversations. You always want to appropriately cover your topic and the info that needs to be shared while still keeping it interesting and leaving room for questions - how else will you engage and know what your intended audience needs?

Self Care Sundays - Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

A Sunday Morning Reminder...  

"Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For"

 

Last weekend I took a very quick, last minute trip to Ottawa to see my husband. There was a moment when my husband said 'no kiddo, no dog, no house or computer to worry about - hope you can enjoy this' and I did. I really did.

 

After a day of no business or housework, mostly unplugged (got stay in touch with my little girl) time...I was so much more relaxed and so grateful.

 

It was also a bit of a revelation too. Heck, everybody needs a day off sometimes. So from now on...Sunday is my day off. Whenever possible Sunday's are going to be no work - biz, house, or yard - days. It's time for me, my family, and a little self care so the other 6 days of the week I can give everything I do my 110%

 

I know my future self will be grateful for the things I do on Sundays to allow me to take care of myself to be the best wife, mother, photographer, business owner, educator and friend I can be. 

What will you do today?

Have Courage & Be Kind...#motivationmonday

 

There are no profound new concepts in those words. There is nothing that needs to be deeply contemplated to be understood. Sometimes the biggest, life changing concepts from the simplest words.

 

Five words.

Five simple words.

Five Simple words that are a guiding principal in my life.

 

I want to be brave. I want to have courage. I don't want to live afraid. I want to stand up for myself and for others who cannot. I want to pursue my dreams and goals.

 

I want to be kind. To be generous. To give to others. To care for others. To support others. And to serve others however I can.

 

For the rest of my life I will try everyday to...

"Have Courage & Be Kind"

 

Do you have words that inspire you? Words that you want to live by?

Share them below!

Acts of Kindness - #MotivationMonday

Good Morning and Happy Motivation Monday!  

In today's crazy busy world it's easier to keep your eye on the prize and focus on the ever growing to do list in front of you, but, what would happen if we all took just a few minutes every day to think about the other people around us? To focus on what we could do to improve their day?

 

No Act Of Kindness No Matter How Small is Ever Wasted

 

What if we lived in a world where these acts of kindness were the norm and not the exception to the rule? 

 

This month I am focusing on what I can do for others on a daily basis. 

Let's face it, I would love to make huge donations to charity, to volunteer 20+ hours a week to helping others, to find a safe place for people without a home to go to, and so much more but like you I am one person with responsibilities to my family, my employer, my business and limited means. That, however, doesn't mean I can't make a difference.

 

I am committing to doing my part by doing at least 5 random act's of kindness every day!

 

Not sure where to start? Here are a few Random Act's of Kindness ideas to get you started...

  • Smile at a Stranger
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Give a compliment
  • Buy someone a cup of coffee
  • Send a thank you note
  • Send someone a text message to encourage them
  • Make a funny face (when you see a friend looking a little down)
  • Share a cute picture or quote with someone you know
  • Call just to say hello
  • Give a random high five (especially effective with kids)
  • Give a hug
  • Share a sweet treat

What will you do today to make someone smile?

Climb that Mountain...#motivationmonday

I will start off by saying one thing - this is not the post I had planned for today. Not at all but, yesterday something happened and a friend (looking at you Allyn) shared this thought with me and I knew it was what I needed to share with you today.  

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Whether you are a bride planning your wedding day, a newlywed couple working to build your marriage and life together, or a photographer and/or business owner building a business...at some point a mountain(or even a whole mountain range) will show up in your path unexpectedly.

 

When that happens, you have choices. You can...

1) You can stand at the bottom of the mountain and cry about it being there 2) You can crawl up the mountain moaning about it all the way (it's so unfair!) 3) You can conquer that mountain - moving it out of your path, on your own or with help, and try to be grateful for the experience and the lessons you can learn from it. Becoming stronger because of it.

 

To be honest, I have done all of these. I would love to say always jump right to number 3 on the list but it's not that easy. Some days all you can do is sit and stare at the mountain and cry. It's ok! It's okay to not be okay sometimes. Other days you know you need to move forward but it's just so dang hard! But sometimes, you can pick yourself up, call on a friend and battle up and over that mountain or just shoving it out of your way. You may still stumble along the way, but you can do it! Sometimes you have to work through all of these on one mountain - and that's totally ok!

 

Just know that you can do it - there is no mountain you can't conquer and just by doing it - you show others it can be done.

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday Morning!It's a new week and I am excited to get it started. This morning I am feeling both full of excitement and nerves as I get ready to reveal my new hairdo to the world beyond my immediate family. I can't wait to see the reaction of my friends, students and co-workers. What inspired such a change?

 

I have set goals for myself and have been working hard on my health goals while starting planning for my year in business too.

As part of my goals, I want to start sharing more of what I have learned in photography and business with other small business owners, wedding industry professionals and photographers in the hopes that it will inspire others and help them achieve their goals. To do this though I have to take one GIANT step out of my comfort zone as I step out of the shadows and into public speaking (one of my greatest fears). I decidee that it is time to stop fitting in, blending in, and trying to be a part of the background. It's time to step up and be who I am out loud and on purpose.

 

So...I took a chance and got a new hair do. Not a major cut, instead a colour....purple (well more of a lavender or lilac colour really). Are you like me? Do you always aim to fit in by the way you act or dress? Maybe by the choices you are making for your wedding day (following trends even if they aren't you or doing something because its what your friends and/or family members all did)? Then let me share some wise words from an author I love.

 

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Whatever your day may hold - be who you are and stand out!

 

Motivation Monday: Creativity is...

Quote - Creativity Albert Einstein  

How has your intelligence been having fun lately?

 

This week it's all about creativity and hustle hanging out at Team Salvatore headquarters in O'Fallon, Illinois (just outside St Louis) with friends and colleagues. It's great to change locations, bounce ideas around with new people, and test out new ways of doing things. It's about keeping things fresh!

 

What do you do to keep creativity flowing?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

A thought on manifesting - Motivation Moday

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Ok, so this book (You are a Badass by Jen Sincero) took me way longer to read then normal.

 

I am so used to picking up a book and honestly, just devouring it. This is why a book that takes me 3 weeks to complete (and is way smaller than the complete works of William Shakespeare) it catches me off guard it usually means that...

  1. The book is boring as all get out
  2. My schedule is insane (or I am sick) and I just have no energy left to read in bed
  3. Something in the book is challenging me in a new way and I need more time to digest it

 

This book definately fell in category #3 for me.

 

There was just so much to think about, to consider, and to have to take a deep breath and admit...dang it, she's totally right! (but more on that later - once I digest a little more)

 

Today I wanted to share this quote. Why? Not because I sit firmly on one side or the other of the fence of Manifestation, but, instead because I believe that a positive mindset and belief in yourself is important if you want to achieve anything in your life. I also believe that you cannot sit back and wait for the universe to do everything for you. You need to believe, to put the intention out there, and then show the universe (...Soul, God or whoever you believe will help you achieve it) that you are willing to put in the work too.

 

As Leonardo Divinci says in Ever After...

 

You cannot leave everything to Fate, boy. She's got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand.

 

What are you working towards? How is it going?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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