Back in 2011 shortly after going full-time – I had a bit of a meltdown. I was feeling so incredibly overwhelmed by our business. This dream I once had was quickly taking over my life and sucking the joy out of what I used to love. Our marriage was hurting and I was unhappy because I let my life get out of control. I got sucked into the “busy” of running a business and forgot that I had started a business to BUILD a life – not to BE my life!!!
I’m so thankful that James helped me snap out of it by sitting me down and telling me that this is not what he had agreed to when he decided to do this life with me. He did not want a part-time wife and a full-time business partner. He did not want me to be miserable and up until 3am every night working because I was so afraid of failing, incapable of saying no, and holding so tightly to every single aspect of our business that I was slowly running myself into the ground. I was having more anxiety attacks than I’d ever had in my life and I knew something needed to change.
Honestly – when I think back to that time – I can’t even believe that was my life!! It feels so far from the reality we live in now that I can’t believe that was real and that I let myself live like that!! Now I work so much SMARTER and am so much more productive in a significantly shorter amount of time than I ever was before – because I finally let go of the things I didn’t need to have my hands on – so that I can dream bigger for the things that do require my hands on them! When I finally let go – I allowed our business to thrive and reached goals I never could have imagined. We purchased a home, we live debt free, and all while building a business from the ground up.
Now I get to spend a majority of my days loving on my boys and enjoying my life with my family. We run a business that we absolutely LOVE, but it is not all we have in this life! Because of the groundwork we put down in our business – we have TIME with our people… and that to me is the most important thing in life!!
Friends – I don’t want you all to live like I did! I don’t want you to live in fear of failure… or from anxiety attack to anxiety attack. I don’t want you to wake up already feeling like you are underwater – I want you to be able to lead the life you’ve dreamed of because of your business, not in spite of it! If you are feeling overwhelmed by your business as it is, or if you are just starting out and don’t know where to begin… this workshop is for you!
I’ve been promising to get this workshop going again for a while now and so here we are!!! Because we started hosting a workshop specific to artificial lighting with a big styled shoot included – I decided that rather than have content overlap between the two – I would adjust our advanced workshop so that it was nearly 100% business focused instead!! As it was before – day one of our old workshop used to be ALL business talk and usually went much past the allotted time … I’m talking almost 12 hours long the first day! Ah! And even with it going that long – I still didn’t get to dive into all I wanted to and always felt like we were running out of time when I had so much more to share!!
So this workshop is geared completely just towards the business side of things!! We’ve learned SO much in the past 9 years as a business and even more so since we took it full time 6 years ago… and so I want to share all of that with you so you can learn from our mistakes and successes, rather than go through them all yourself too!!
We will cover every single thing you can imagine behind the scenes of our business. No topic of off limits, and as usual – I’m probably sharing way too much of our lives – but hey, that’s apparently the only way I know how to live. haha.
TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
Marketing, finding your ideal client, crafting email replies, running client meetings, workflow, budgeting to go and stay full-time, having a family and a business, posing that enhances your client experience, editing, album design, blogging, social media, and so much more!! AH! 🙂
Alright – enough chatter from me – here are all the other details!!
WHEN: August 28 & 29th, 2017
WHERE: Chicago, IL
TIME: 10am – 5pm both days
COST: $1,000 (**Snag your seat by June 1st to get it at the early bird rate of $900!!)
INCLUDED: Head shots by Christy, lunch both days, and a pizza party/mixer on the 2nd day to close out the workshop!
NOTES: The workshop will be limited to 10 attendees only so that we can keep it super intimate and have time for one on one interaction and questions!
And shout out to the amazing sponsors we have on board – who are key pieces in keeping our business thriving and running day to day!! They have some amazing discounts and crazy giveaways for our attendees!!
I’m actually kind of jealous because I’d love them for myself! haha! I can’t wait to see you at the workshop! XOXO