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.

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: 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!

Bloom Where you are Planted - Motivation Monday

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Some days it easy to complain about all the reasons we can't make our dreams happen. All the things that stand in the way.

 

Today, look at all the things that are going right. Look at the ways you can make it happen not because of what is happening around you but instead because of who you are. You can do it!

Trying - Motivation

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Okay, so if my husband was the one posting this #motivationmonday post I'm pretty sure that quote would have read...

Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

- Yoda

 

But thankfully, I'm not quite that much of a geek (or maybe I'm just a different type of geek)

 

At the end of the day, we throw around this word Try a lot.

Is there a place for it? Absolutely!

But is it really the right word? In my opinion, No.

 

It's easy to say I tried, it's a lot harder to say I did it.

 

Today don't try to be awesome, just do it!

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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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There is Always Something to be Thankful For - Motivation Monday

There is Always Something to Be Thankful For  

Monday Mornings are always the hardest aren't they?

 

After a fabulous weekend with my studio mate Erin and a fabulous couple, Laura & Dennis, in Parry Sound to celebrate their wedding, sometimes it is hard to come back to the day to day but we all have to do it (and don't get me wrong - I love every aspect of my day job and my business but being lakeside has me in summer mode already).

 

Whenever I am having a rough day, Monday or otherwise, I try to put it all in perspective realizing that I always have something to be thankful for. Take a moment, right now, to think of all the things you have to be thankful for.

 

I will go first. Today I am thankful for...

  • Amazing couples who allow me to be part of their wedding and celebrate their love with them. It's a real honour!
  • Colleagues who like me, see other photographers not as competition but instead as collaborators. I am always honoured to be asked to work with them on a wedding day.
  • Living in a place where I can follow my passion to create, to meet awesome people, and to share my experiences with others so we can all grow and learn
  • To have a supportive family that, though they don't always understand it, always support me in following my dreams.
  • My health - and the opportunity to continue on the journey to by best health inside and out.
  • Amazing resources including books, audiobooks, webinars, conferences and more that make it easier than ever for me to learn new things in my business, my photography, and my hobbies too (I'm working on my calligraphy and my watercolour painting right now)

...and so much more!

 

What are you thankful for today? Share it in the comments below and you might just inspire someone else to see the brighter side.

Motivation Monday - 'The First Day of the Rest of your Life'

Firstdayoftherestofyourlife Growing up this was definitely one of the most common phrases out of my Dad's mouth.

 

Whether on a morning we didn't want to get up or on a day when we just didn't want to do much of anything (or more often than not with me, when I didn't want to start on a project because it wasn't due yet) Dad was always reminding us that "It's the first day of the rest of your life".

 

I always knew he was right, I mean after all it literally was the first day of the rest of my life right? But...that never particularly motivated me to action as a kid or a teen. I mean, I was young so I had forever to figure things out or get things done. Tomorrow would be the first day of the rest of my life again, right?

 

I won't go so far as to say I'm old but life has taught me a lot of lessons since then. Like it or not, I've grown up, matured and am expected to 'adult' most of the time now. Along with the lessons learned, comes a little bit of wisdom too.

 

My dad was right, it is the first day of the rest of my life. This is my chance to build my dream sooner so I can enjoy it for longer. This is my chance to appreciate everything I have now, not later because who knows when it will be gone. This is my opportunity to believe in myself, to invest in the people and relationships that mean the most to me.

 

Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I'm going to grab it!

I'm going to make sure I say 'I love you' and spend time with the people who mean the most to me. I'm going to take time to appreciate everything I have. I am going to take time to create. I'm going to take steps to get a little closer to being the wife, mother, friend, business owner, photographer, and person I want to be.

 

It's the first day of the rest of your life, what are you going to do with it?

 

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