Monthly Archives: June 2015

A belated recap – Sabrina visits Richmond – Day 1

A day late…a dollar short…and my recap that starts with June 22 (gasp!) is over a week late….That’s okay! At least your getting a glimpse into my crazy world :-)

Last week my dear friend, Sabrina, from Germany was in town. She stayed with us from Sunday evening (June 21) through Thursday morning. We took her to Virginia Beach where we all stayed with my folks until Sunday. Sabrina left to start heading home Sunday….

The recap of her visit will be a bit out of order…mainly because we started our visit in Loudon County, VA…but I really wanted to start my recap with Richmond! Without further delay, here is the official recap of day 1 in Richmond!

Monday – Day 1 in Richmond

Sabrina and my main squeeze – Billy – spent the day running errands and hanging out while I worked. They met me for lunch – super awesome! – and then took off to find real, authentic, German beer. They went up to Total Wine and picked up a plethora! They also ran to pick up a few groceries so Sabrina could surprise us with dinner.

She made a delicious pasta dish complete with asparagus (our first time eating that!) and prosciutto. It was delicious and accompanied by an amazing salad! To top it off, we enjoyed a delicious Rosé with the meal.

Let me just say, having someone else cook you a meal is awesome. Having someone else cook you a meal where you try new foods and love – heavenly! Seriously, check out this meal she made us!

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Of course, we couldn’t go without having a beer tasting! No, we didn’t drink these all in one night, we did try the pilsner’s first. And, of course, the favorite was Jever! Brings back memories of being 15, without my parents in a foreign country and trying my first sip of beer. So much fun! For now, you’ll have to enjoy the collection of beers we had and wait for the rest of my recap from our Richmond adventures!

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A Personal Investment – Amy & Jordan’s Workshop

There are moments in your life when you stop and take a look around at where you are and where you strive to be. It can be personal, professional, or both. Sometimes, those moments lead to frustration. Other times, you’ll find a path that can change your entire perspective in an instant. For me, I was fortunate that I found two great people at a time when my frustration hit an all time high and they helped me change my perspective. This occurred when I stumbled upon Amy & Jordan and instantly loved their work. I then found myself reading their blog, itching to dig more into their series “Our Story”, and ultimately, spending countless hours getting to know them via their blog. Their love story is so sweet…you should really head over and read it! Trust me, you’ll fall in love with them just like I did :-)

I signed up for their workshop not having a clue what I was getting myself into, but knowing that I need to do something to help me and my business. I knew that I needed to connect, bond, communicate, and form relationships with others as well as invest in myself. I am not one to get nervous, antsy, or anxious…However! This workshop did just that and I was wondering if I had bitten off more than I could chew…

(The answer to that is yes and no :-) But way more no than yes.)

Their workshop is nothing short of amazing. I really mean that. I am sure that everyone feels that way when they attend something they’ve invested their own, hard earned money into. This one is different. This one…well, it’s special, personal, meaningful in a very open, honest, and connected way.

This husband and wife duo devote some 24+ hours to their attendees for face to face time before and during their workshop. They will even give a bit more of themselves if you need it. They pack the 2 days with so much material that you can’t help and feel overwhelmed between photography lessons and business lessons. You’ll experience brain data overload in the best way possible.

I can’t (and won’t) share it all because I really think you need to invest in you and experience their love, joy, and passion for their careers in photography and education for yourself. I will however, share my highs of the time I invested with Amy and Jordan:

  • I engaged. I met so many lovely ladies (14 to be exact) from around the country – a few local to Va, a few more from the east coast, and a few more from the mid-west/west. We formed relationships, friendships, and our very own small community of encouragement.
  • I learned. I was that nerd growing up who actually enjoyed school and learning. I have always enjoyed it. This was a way for me to learn more and further my education in photography – both in my skills and capability as well as on the business side.
  • I felt ready to conquer the world – well, at least my world! And I made a plan to do so! The plan is an evolving work in progress and I’m so excited for it!
  • We laughed, cried, danced, and had fun. We hung out with the world on Periscope, we shared our adventures on Instagram…it was really something else, something reminiscent of summer camp as a kid.
  • More than anything, I left feeling inspired, encouraged, educated, and armed with knowledge.

The one thing I always ask myself after an event like this is: Would I do this again? Would I save and then spend that kind of money on this experience again? Was it worth the investment?

Hands down, my answer is yes a dozen times over. Amy and Jordan – as people – are worth the investment.  Amy and Jordan – as photographers – are worth the investment. Amy and Jordan – as educators – are worth the investment. Lastly, their workshop is worth the investment.

My advice to you: Don’t wait. Find the photographer (or whatever your passion might be) that speaks to you, your soul, and your brand….and follow them on social media, the internet, wherever. And when you get the chance to meet them, to attend an event hosted by them, do it. You’ll walk away happy, craving more knowledge, and knowing that you made the best investment in you that you could have.

Amy & Jordan – thank you all so much for your hard work, time, and love that you shared and continue to do so today. Your investment in your workshop attendees is amazingly wonderful. Thank you for the encouragement you continue to provide from afar. I can’t wait for my next #demossandwich!

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The best week of 2015

Let me preface this by saying, last week was the BEST WEEK OF 2015!

I made a commitment to myself and my passion for photography and invested in myself last week. I spent the evening of June 7 and all day June 8 and 9 attending Amy and Jordan’s workshop right here in Richmond. It was the best investment in a workshop I could have made this year. I am certain you want to know what made it so awesome…I will provide details and information from my perspective once I’ve had enough time to digest it all.

For now, let me just tell you that I walked away from it knowing that I can be successful and take my business anywhere so long as I follow my heart and always love & serve others first. One of the biggest “tools” that stuck with me through it all was how warm and welcoming Amy and Jordan are both in their online presence and even more so in their face to face presence.

I took their workshop because I fell in love with them. I left their workshop loving them as people and truly inspiring professionals.

I can’t wait to see where their gift of education and sharing leads me :-) For now, I’ll work on my promise to improve my ability to love & serve others.

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