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  So, many of you who have followed me know that I have a goal of being a published author. You might be familiar with my story of how, after being rejected by publisher after publisher as a young adult, that I had given up on my dreams of ever achieving that accolade.   Yet […]

The 2 Biggest Mistakes I Made After Launching My Ebook (And How You Can Learn From Them)


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Did you know that when I was 12, I wrote my first novel? It was your typical vampire-werewolf romance filled with witches, potions, and a whirlwind relationship that ended with the vampire asking the werewolf if she would marry him.   I know, totally cliché, but the fact is I fell in love with writing […]

3 Strategies You Need to Break Away From Your Fear Of Failure


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  Can I guess the way you are feeling?   Frustrated? Exhausted? Burnout from fighting to accomplish your goals, only to hit roadblock after roadblock?   Maybe by this point in the new year, you have racked up a bunch of kick-ass goals. Perhaps like me, you are a list maker and can dream up […]

How To Maintain Momentum & Accomplish Your New Years Resolutions



  When it comes to assessing one’s life, most people start by counting their accolades. Or perhaps, they build metrics to determine their success. Or maybe they cross things off the To-Do list so that they can feel good about themselves.   Most of us depend on a lot of other, outside things to determine […]

How to Celebrate Small Wins Daily and Increase Happiness



  Have you been sleeping your life away?   Whenever I have asked this question in the past, I usually get funny looks and quizzically raised brows.   So let me further explain. When I ask if you are sleeping your life away, I am NOT referencing the literal amount of hours that you are physically sleeping. […]

Have You Been Sleeping Your Life Away?



  Have you ever noticed that when you complain, the story that you tell is a wee bit more dramatic than what happened in real life?   Maybe the tone of voice used against you is not harsher and more snobby. Or perhaps your coworker that is being annoying and passive-aggressive is now in your […]

My No.1 Tool To Prevent Me From Complaining



  As a wedding photographer, I’ve seen my fair share of happiness, love, and joy.   I’ve also seen the good-church-girl-gone-crazy, the full-on-looney-bins, the uptight look-at-me maid of honors, the monster-in-laws, and the straight up bridezillas. But that’s a tale for another time.   My point is, I’ve seen the best, and the worst come […]

Are You Truly Happy?


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  There are only two kinds of people in this world.   Those who make lists (achievers, perfectionists, crazy dog ladies aka ME) And those who do not make lists (weird people??)   Making lists is practically a life necessarily of mine. Call it a hobby or a past time or maybe just a weird […]

How S.M.A.R.T. Goals Can Change The Way You Live Your Life


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  You ever see those movies, and something beyond miserable happens to the main character?   The Emperor turns into a llama (Emperor’s New Groove anyone?)   Harry speaks to snakes (do I need to reference where this comes from?)   Carrie breaks up with BIG, again.   Anyway, the point here is that shit […]

Strategies To Define Success For Your Life (And How To Have More Of It)


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  Four years into my wedding photography business, I was doing what most aspiring entrepreneurs do – I was working in my business instead of on my business.   What does this mean?   For me, it meant continually working on reactive tasks (emails, messages on social, problems that arose) instead of being proactive on […]

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