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.

Do Something Everyday that Scares You

 

Psychologists agree, change is scary. Our bodies and minds react to change in order to keep us safe. To make us think about what we are doing, but, sometimes that reaction can hold you back too.

Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone to make things happen. To chase our dreams.

So want scares you? What do you hold back from doing?

For me there is a list of things...

  • Blogging More Often
  • Talking about my Business in everyday conversations
  • Getting on Video
  • Asking for the booking
  • Standing on Stage sharing my knowledge and experience
  • Sharing my struggles
  • Sharing my success

...and so much more.

 

 

Someone once said (there's much debate on who originally said it) "Do Something Everyday That Scares You" and it's something I want to start doing a whole lot more of.

 

Are you with me? What are you going to do today?

Opps I did it Again - The 2018 Ride to Conquer Cancer

Hi guys,  

So I did something, something a lot of people thought was crazy to do once but then I went and did it again. I signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

 

Last time I did this, in 2014, I signed up for a family member and a student fighting cancer and all those we have lost before. I started fundraising and training for this 200+ KM bike right from Toronto to Niagara Falls. I was excited and nervous (and insanely grateful for all the love, encouragement, and donations in support of my ride).

Sadly Auntie never saw me ride past the end of her driveway when she lost her battle just 2 weeks before the ride (but my husband and parents were there cheering us on). My student however, is a success story. After 3 years he's out of the hospital, done his treatments and doing really really well.

 

This year I am riding in memory of my Aunt, in celebration of my students success, and I also want to ride in support a friend and photography mentor, Jennifer Rozenbaum, in her fight against Breast Cancer. Jen recently underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy but has been incredible open in sharing her entire journey in the hopes of raising awareness and helping others. She's an inspiration!

 

I want to be a part of making more stories like my students come true through the research, treatment, and care that the Ride to Conquer Cancer funds.

 

I have set my goals for training and fundraising. Every day I'll be getting closer to reaching my fundraising goal of $2500 and my personal goal of finishing strong (without developing pneumonia this time hopefully). You can help me reach that goal by making a donation on my behalf today. It only takes a second and your gift has the power to change lives for the better.

 

Click the link to find out more and donate now - Rebecca's Ride to Conquer Cancer Page

 

Thanks for reading, and for your ongoing support. You guys are amazing!

 

Sincerely, Rebecca Nash-Emerson

 

P.s. know someone who might be interested in donating? Please share the details!

This morning, some wise words from Rumi

 

 

We are going to take it down a notch and get serious today.

 

Yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone and on to the stage at the Mothers Advocating Mental Health (MAMA) Project Conference. I shared the struggles I have faced, and for the first time publicly shared and named the struggles my daughter has faced this last year. Anxiety. Depression. Eating Disorders. Suicidal thoughts.

I was there to talk about art as a form of expression and coping, and I did, but I was also there to reach out and let others know they are not alone.

 

As I finished up my talk, I shared this poem from Rumi that I was first introduced to by my mentor Sue Bryce.

 

This poem hit me right from the start. My initial reaction was something like "What? You want me to invite all those crappy feelings in? Are you nuts?!?!?" but as I walked away from the video it was shared in, I began to remember others things I have been taught that gave me the same gut reaction but have changed the way I think. I gave the poem another chance.

 

In life, we are going to be confronted with good times and bad. Emotions we enjoy, and emotions we don't. We have an instinct to run away from or avoid those things we don't enjoy. To do everything we can to avoid pain, sorrow, sadness.

 

We need to recognize that the good comes with the bad. That we can look at those moments and say 'oh, I know you, come on in' instead of fighting it (which just causes us more stress, pain, and anxiety). Every emotion is a house guest, they will not stay forever. Appreciate them while they are there - they are teaching you something, and wish them a fond farewell when they leave, knowing they will return.

Purple Hair, Don't Care - the lessons I learned with purple hair

In October of 2016 I decided to make a radical change. I went from something close to my natural hair colour to...purple hair. And when I say purple, I mean purple!

I have done a number of different hair colours throughout my life ranging from a light blonde to an almost black with a whole lot of blondes, browns and reds in between. I enjoy changing it up from time to time. But this, this crazy bright purple. It was different.

 

I had been thinking about purple for more than two years (ever since I first saw Jewels Grey on Creative Live and then met her at Shutterfest - that woman is seriously awesome) but just never had the courage to commit to it 100% and follow through. What if it didn't look good? What if clients didn't trust me anymore? What if people looked at me differently?

 

So what finally pushed me to get it done? I was going in to get my hair done for my wedding anniversary (at my husbands suggestion and offer to pay for it too - talk about bonus points) so I asked him what he thought I should do - blonde, red or purple. He (being the honest and blunt man he is) turned around and said 'well, we both know you're too chicken to do the purple so whichever one of the other two you like'.

 

In that moment my brain only registered one thing...

 

Challenge Accepted!

 

You are probably thinking - whats the big deal? So you changed your hair colour. Here's the big deal, for the first 31 years of my life one of my most used skills in my day to day life is to blend into the background and be invisible whenever I can. Don't get me wrong, I have stepped on stage in front of 500 photographers including some of my mentors and spoken, I have performed in plays and concerts, and on a wedding day just try to get me to stop directing the family members during portraits BUT outside of those times when I choose to step forward to be seen, I enjoy blending into the background.

 

Now, as I stepped into my day job, my business and my community I definately stood out. For more than 6 months, I never stepped into a room and blended in. People stopped me on the street. People did a double talk as I walked by. Whether I wanted them to or not, people noticed me everywhere I went.

 

It was an eye opening experience and I learned a lot of lessons along the way.

Tune in to Part Two to find out what they were.

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.

It's time to be brave... #motivationmonday

Quote - the braves may not live forever (Rebecca Nash Photography)  

Good #motivationmonday to you!

 

A couple weeks back I recieved an email from Shaun Novak at HitTheGem.com ask me to be the #GemOfTheWeek for the Gem Nation. (If you don't know about Hit The Gem you should go learn more about Allyn Lewis and her Gem Nation at www.hitthegem.com right now. It has been soo amazing to hear another business owner speaking up about mental health)

 

As much as I was honoured by this, being the Gem of the Week also meant sharing some of my own personal and business struggles both past and current.  Anyone who knows me well knows, I love to help other people whenever I possibly can (and even sometimes when I should be saying no) because that's who I am and that's why my business was created. (Don't get me wrong, I love the art of photography but I really started my business to be able to meet and support people and an important time in their lives so they can create those happy memories and the foundation of a strong marriage)

One thing I'm not good at, admitting my weaknesses, sharing my struggles, or asking for help. Ever. In any area of my life. It's not that I think I am above it, or want to have a superwoman appearence. or anything like that. I mean heck, not only do I downplay my struggles...I also downplay my successes. Why? I don't want to inconvenience or worry other people when I am struggling. I don't want to make someone feel bad when I have success either because what if they are struggling? I just wanted everyone to be happy and successful.

I have to say, as much as it has been scary to share all this and more with the Gem Nation community, it's been an eye opening experience too. It's felt so good in my heart to be able to say...I'm scared but I'm going to do this anyways and then to see the response of others saying 'I know exactly how you feel', 'how can I help', or 'I thought I was the only one'.

 

I look forward to opening the doors and sharing more of exactly who I am, what I have been through, and what I believe in with you too. It's going to be baby steps at first - I think that's best for all of us. I don't want to overwhelm you but I really do want to let you in because at the end of the day, maybe you're like me and just need to know you're not the only one who faces these struggles. I want this amazing online community to know me, Rebecca, not just my photography.

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!

 

Friday Favourites

Hey hey! I'm so glad you came to join me for the first ever Friday Favourites post here on Rebecca Nash Photography.

 

This week I'm excited to share a few favourites that I came across this week or that really hit me this week as something you might love too.

 

Blacksburg Belle

Okay, I'm just putting this out there. I read a LOT of blogs and email newsletters each week but there is just something about April and her blog Blacksburg Belle that I just adore.

 

I love the style and colours, her totally down to earth voice, and that she showcases not only her knowledge (if you are in a creative business, there is so much you can learn from here) but also her style and quirky sensibilities.

 

It didn't take long for me to feel like April was someone amazing to learn from but also to feel like she was a friend. I mean, we have so much in common (like the fact that we both love Gilmore Girls and I just can't wait for the new mini series on Netflix - ekk!)

 

Check out Blacksburg Belle!

 

West Elm

So clearly I am super late to the game here.

 

No I didn't just learn about West Elm, I've heard about it so many times but it wasn't until I completely fell in love with a table from them that Jillian Harris used in a recent episode of Love it or List It Vancover that I finally hoped over to their site and fell in love with a whole lot of stuff.

 

I wanted to go through and redecorate so much of our home (and finish finding the perfect pieces for the office too) already but between Bouclair's new Atelier line, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and Ikea I'm just itching to redo everything!

 

This Terrance Console Table is one of my favourite pieces right now (and the one I fell in love with on Love It or List It Vancover)

 

Renovation & Decor Shows

Who else is addicted?

 

I feel like it's a right of passage to a certain degree. I remember watching my mom watch these kinds of shows on HGTV even just a few years back and not really given them a second chance. Now a few years and milestones later (like turning 30, getting married and living in a home we own for more than 5 yrs) I'm a addicted to some of these shows and the contractors and stylists behind them. This is a good thing, and a bad.

 

On the positive side - I have new inspiration and ideas. I have a better sense of both the costs of certain types of renos that I have dreamed of doing as well as what actually adds value.

On the negatives - I totally want to redo the majority of our home and have all these crazy big (and unrealistic for us right now) ideas on how to make our home work better. There has been a whole lot of eye rolling from my husband for sure.

 

My current favourite shows include...

Love It or List It Vancouver

Property Brothers (and of their shows)

Master of Flip

What are your Friday Favourites? What have you been crushing on this week?

Hop down to the comments below and share your favourites too. Can't wait to see what you are loving this week!

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Introducing Friday Favourites...

Time for a new weekly feature and fun post. (Don't worry, I know it's not Friday but I totally wanted to start this feature this week so I'm introducing it today and the first installment of Friday Favourite will go live tomorrow)

 

Each Friday I'm excited to start bringing you my Friday Favourites. A collection of 5 (or more) of my favourite things from the week. It could be blogs I've read, photos I've taken, books I read or more! But this isn't all about me. I want you to join in too...hope into the comments each Friday and share with me your thoughts on my picks as well as your Friday favourites. I love learning about what kind of things you are loving right now!

 

Make sure to connect with me on social media so we can keep in touch - I can't wait to chat with you more!

 

Find me on my favourite social media platforms at...

Rebecca Nash Photography on Facebook Rebecca Nash Photography on Twitter Rebecca Nash Photography on Instagram Rebecca Nash Photography on Periscope Rebecca Nash Photography on Pinterest

...and stay tuned for the first dose of Friday Favourites coming to you tomorrow!

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