I Fell off

Well I was trying to not fall off the blog wagon but I did. A lack of planning ahead caused me to to get into this situation, also adding more to my day didn’t help but what I added is important so that forgives me a little?.. Maybe?? When I looked at the calendar it has been almost a month! I have already created notes in my OneNote notebook for each week so I can start making notes, planning what I want to talk about, share, drafts and all that fun stuff! I not only want to share my life, my business, but I hope to give you some value when you come to visit! For now a lot of little things have happened since I last blogged so read if you want!

We celebrated our youngest daughters birthday, it was planned sort of last minute, my fault, but she wanted a small celebration at the studio and a sleep over. Her birthday was the same week as spring. When we lived in Kentucky it was often her birthday the first time we played outside since winter, I mean in Kentucky we could have played outside earlier than the week of spring but I think we became used to the warmer climate. The day we planned for her first teen birthday also ended up being the first official spring snow storm!! School got out early so we picked up her and her friends from school and hung out at the studio. Luckily most of her friends could come as we picked them up and one grandma braved the snow to bring her other friend, I think they live close. We had fun despite the storm and I did a Re-haul of organization in my office it was awesome lol!

Have you heard of Jellybean Street? My dear friend Sarah does Jellybean street of North Dakota, It is an organization based out of Australia that has recently came to the US. It is an event for kids, that also benefits charities and parents get a little something out of it too! The basics of it is you sign your child up for a art project workshop when the kids to a variety of art projects, which Sarah then saves the art and takes pictures or scans it and send them off to a graphic designer who then creates art with components from the art your child has created . You then get to choose art to hang on your wall and the pieces are put up for sale on their website and you get to choose what charity you want the profits from their art to go to. I signed up my granddaughter for the workshop that was held at the discovery center. She is barely 2 but had a blast and was really great for a toddler! I gave some specifics to the graphic designer and hope to have something to hang in my office, I am super excited to see the result!

Back in January I think it was my friend and hair girl, asked if I would like to take a road trip to Williston as she had made an appointment for a tattoo with Christine from Pretty in Ink. I said sure I love ink, I love watching Tattoo artists work. I also just love tattoos, and hope to add to my budding collection some day.

The night before we were supposed to go she asked me if there was a small tattoo I had wanted. It’s was kind of funny she had asked that because in the last few weeks I was talking to my husband about how I would like some inspiring words on my  wrist or arm to remind me to take care of myself so to speak. I wanted words that reminded me to meditate, to take of my body physically and to never let go of my goals and dreams. As much as I have thought about this tattoo I had never really nailed down the words or font, so when I was put on the spot to put it all together it was much harder than I thought it would be! I decided to go with Breathe, strength, and focus. So I was suprised with a quick tattoo before she had sat down for hers!

A long time ago in a world far far away I was a person who organized movies and music by genre and alphabetically, I was a little bit OCD I suppose. Then I had a baby, and a 7 year old pretty much full time. Looking back I realized that I may have suffered from postpartum depression on some level. Also having kids changes things for sure! But when I started doing photography I thought I had a handle on it and it wasn’t terrible organization it just wasn’t as good as it needed to be, so I took all of my receipts for the last 5 years and re organize and got new file folders for everything!

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  We got to spend the night before decorating Easter eggs with our grand daughter. We did the shaving cream method it was a lot of fun, at first Aubrie was not sure about the shaving cream and then it became a little bit of a game, and then end she was not impressed and covered in it!

Years ago when our youngest daughter was not even a year old yet, I took a job with a local company that is a vacation package sales company who worked with an airline that flew out of Minot. I know locals will know what company I am talking about, anyway I quit there as we moved to Kentucky at that point. Even though I have my own business I have considered applying for a job there, I wanted to keep working my business many of you probably know I have done Photography while working part time jobs, in March of last year I decided to do it full time. We have debt from a variety of things, life happens, lay offs happen, all the thing happen and sometimes you just want to get rid of it as soon as you can, so when I saw this company was hiring I decided to apply. For me I don’t love sales (with this company I will be doing more service on existing vacations) my strength is in customer service, I love helping my clients vs selling to them.  The training for this job is Monday through Friday but once that is done I will have a schedule that will allow me to continue operating my photography business how I would like, which is super exciting to me. 

This opportunity will also help make it possible to attend more workshops and educational opportunities for photography. I am super excited for that possibility! Anyway I believe having debt paid off will help me operate my business better as I will feel more at ease and give my guests more of me in a better place! 

 

 

 

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday morning!!! 

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, I cant believe it was St Patrick's Day already. I hope that despite this snow we keep getting that spring is on it's way! I know I am so ready for it. Last week was just chaotic, a disruption in routine is not necessarily a bad thing but it sure causes it to be more challenging to stay on task and I know I .. yeah I didn't stay up on all the things I needed to get done, like finishing this blog post in time to create a vlog to go with it. I will admit being on video is super uncomfortable for me and even though I have done a few lives in the private women's only group it still is unsettling! I hope to get there soon .. I just have to remind myself to be patient and kind to myself! 

In January I chose brand ambassadors! I was looking for women who were passionate about body image, self love, and self care. We did their sessions the end of last week, if you follow me on snapchat, instagram or my private group then you already got a sneak peek! 

I will introduce each of them in more detail at a later post! 

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It slowly got better!

My goodness what a week, last week was!!  I spent last Sunday night with the feelings of doom setting in, our youngest daughter came down with the stomach but Friday, she woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to let me know that her supper had made a reappearance, my husband who was half awake saw her come in but pretended to be asleep so as to watch the unfolding of the “scare mom awake” act I event, which I don’t think I did that well on part of the performance, oh well I didn’t know I was part of the act I had no time to practice! Then the husband came home from his part time gig amidst an impending snow storm to inform me the pizza we shared was now in some parking lot of some apartment complex (to the person who discovers that after the snow as melted away I am sorry). Have you ever dealt with a man with the flu I love him dearly but there may have been a moment where if he hadn’t been sick I just might have punched him, I mean really I can’t get two different things from two different locations at the same time, he doesn’t remember this! So thus, Sunday night after our youngest daughter was feeling good, the hubby had finally felt at ease and comfortable enough to rest and fight of the flu bug, I sat here writing my first blog post in a few years. I knew it was coming, don’t you wish there was some magic pill to take when you can feel it coming! So, Monday morning I woke up and we won’t go into details but it was not fun as you can imagine. After the worst of it was over it took me several days to feel fully whole again! All this happened while a storm and 10 inches of snow fell, I love snow storms, I had cleaned the house so everything was done so that when the storm hit I could sit with a cup of coffee and watch the pretties fall and collect on everything, but i missed it, I was so in a fog I really had no idea! 

I had meeting scheduled with a few lovely ladies this week which had to be rescheduled I am so sad I couldn’t function and they were either snowed in or sick themselves,  

Our oldest daughter came to spend some time with us, of course the youngest was more excited to hang with her than she might admit, ;) I mean she almost 13 so you know teens! 

I got a chance to deliver albums and photographs to a few ladies. Two of them got albums, they choose my new upgraded album option that comes with a folio! Last year I was doing the session and digitals all in one, while that worked for most people, I know how digital images work we get the USB which I love mine it is gorgeous, we pull them up on our computer or phone and look at them and then get forgotten about, they are photos that are unforgettable but as we know how busy life is we sometimes forget to do the things we were going to do with them like make a book or print some of them for various reasons, so, I am getting you to make a decision right away on what you want and getting it ordered! With that though know that we can figure out what will look good on your walls if you dare hang them!

 

We ended the week hanging with grand baby, she’s an ever-smiley delight, although the terrible twos are coming!!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!!!

With nothing but love! .

~Susie