I never thought a mug would inspire a blog post, but here I am.
A few months ago, I bought this mug:
It really made me think. What are we hustling for if we don't understand our specific desires and goals?
This is my current experience. I work really hard. Usually, I work hard to the point that I crash or get a severe cold from lack of rest, sleep and healthy eating. Truth be told, I'm still not sure what I want to do long-term. I love my marketing gig and might want to pursue that or work in the education system further, but I also love photography and the creative work that I get to do - and the fact that I get to do it on my own schedule.
I'm running in circles some days, and I don't feel inspired by the hustle. I also listen to people like Jenna Kutcher & Gary Vee, who are SO. ON. FIRE. with their work. They're willing to lose the sleep and raise the family and still enjoy the chase. Keyword: enjoy. I don't always enjoy the pursuit, sometimes it completely exhausts me. I miss spending time with my family or sleeping!
How can I overcome this? By aligning the hard work that I'm willing to do with my absolute deepest desires.
How do I figure that out? I have no clue.
There a few things that I'm doing, the first is aligning my schedule and goals with my fiance's.
This might seem odd because we are our own individualistic people, but our lives are about to come even more intertwined. I don't want to be part of a marriage where I'm never home to actually be with my spouse. I want to sit down and enjoy a meal together and talk about our days and watch Netflix. That's an essential desire for me.
My next approach is found in my faith and pursuing the will of God in my life. If you're not religious, this might be translated into looking at what the universe desires for you - but around here, I speak in Jesus-terms. Ways that I'm working on that is by taking more time in silence, being attentive to what the Spirit wants to tell me and following my gut.
I believe that the "hustle" is only worth it if you're absolutely aligned and working towards an end goal that you desire! If you find yourself working towards something in the "wrong direction," that's okay! You'll see that you learned valuable lessons along the way because of it.
Keep your head up but don't exhaust yourself. Take time for the things that matter - family dinners, time with your partner, time alone - and see what God has in store for you. I promise you this, whatever it is, it'll be great!
TableSpace Co x Alice & Flore
If you're like me, you know that finding a new workspace in Winnipeg is like finding a coveted gem. You want to hold off on telling people about it for as long as possible. Whether it's a new coffee shop or another restaurant, space with a PLUG and WIFI, somewhere, you can spend the bare minimum ($$) to stay there for up to 5 hours.
Coworking space is a popular trend. According to chargespot.com, "Coworking spaces are essentially shared workspaces. They offer affordable office space for those looking to escape the isolation of a home office or coffee shop." I don't know about you, but I spent the day working from home the other day and nearly lost my marbles. It was too quiet in the house, and I felt too much isolation. Also, I had given up Netflix for Lent so I couldn't even have my usual background noise playing. I didn't want to go out to a coffee shop or somewhere that I would be afraid to use the washroom for fear of having my stuff taken. Then not wanting to take my things to the restroom for fear of my place being gone. It's a delicate balance. Finding space is hard! Space to work quietly or collaboratively while at the same time being comfortable enough to leave or take a lap and refresh your brain is a hidden gem.
Enter Rachel and Andrea: they saw this need independently and are coming together to create TableSpace Co! TableSpace Co. will be a shared workspace coming to Winnipeg this summer. It is marked as being a place to co-work, collaborate and connect and I cannot wait to see it!
In the meantime, I worked on some content photography for these ladies and their company so that they could get their website and social media presence in motion. Check out some of the images below!
Families are precious in ways I can't comprehend, and I know that I can't wait to have one of my own.
I can't wait to find out what my kids' weird quirks are. Chris and I are both dorky kind of funny, and I hope my kids are lucky enough to inherit that from us. I also hope they inherit Chris' attention to detail and my love for following my dreams.
Kids are fun, and Laura & Eric's kids were no exception. M looked at me intensely and fiercely as I paused in between photos. G just wanted to look through old albums and had a beautiful old-soul quality to her. And Z? She slept like a baby. Just as a newborn should and will.
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I genuinely enjoyed taking them!
Thank you, Laura + Eric, for your witness of love + family.
thank you, bonnefoy family.
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I met Nancy and Annette at a wedding a few years ago and fell in love with both of them. Nancy is the owner of MADE. Beauty Co. and a dedicated Beauty Counter consultant. She's spent her 15+ years in the industry researching and dedicating herself to providing her clients with the absolute best product. Annette is a talented hairstylist who works for MADE. and also at Angles Hair Salon in Winnipeg. She also does a fantastic job at managing their social media!
Every couple of months we come together to create content for their social media and brand. It's super fun and filled with coffee and laughs. We're all new to this whole business of content creation but it's been a blast!
Check out our fun below!
Hello, internet! I don't know what it is about this evening, maybe it's the kombucha that I drank or the three cookies that I ate from the staff room, but I came home motivated as HECK. I finished editing my last wedding of the summer -- I still have the blog a few more, but at least the memories will be in my amazing clients' hands soon!
The past few months have REALLY been a season for me, but that's a blog post for another time. I'm happy to use this spurt of energy to bring you another blog post!
Towards the end of the summer, I had the honour of photographing new headshots and web content for these two lovely ladies. Lindsay & Kristine are talented, career-driven women who are thriving in their workplace as financial advisors.
It was a pleasure to learn from them and work with them. These ladies were more than willing to work outside the box with me and wanted to ensure that their photos best represent themselves and their personality.
Lindsay and Kristine, thank you for your time and energy! Thank you for entrusting me to work on this project with you! Check out these rad shots below!
Thank you, ladies! I had so much fun working with you both!
Interesting in learning more about what Kristine & Lindsay do?
Check out www.wellington-altus.ca
Back in the summer, I had the honour of being on the Brunch Banter podcast hosted by my dear friend, Tache Forbister. I met Tache in university through mutual friends and was so happy when she asked me to record a podcast with her!
It's exciting when you have the opportunity to work with fellow creatives and learn from them. Tache decided that she needed new head shots for her blog and I was so happy to oblige!
Check out the photos of this stunning woman below and be sure to check out her podcast, The Brunch Banter on iTunes! Oh, and follow her on Instagram here!
Thanks again for the session, Tache! I had a blast!
Yeah, you read that right.
Today, I'm shifting from photography posts to write about something near and dear to my heart.
If you took time to read my About page, you will notice that in my fun facts, I admit - nay - I proudly testify to the fact that I have been watching Friends on repeat since about the same time I started my photography company.
Chandler, Monica, Ross, Joey, Pheobe & Rachel make for great background noise as I edit, okay?
Over the past 3 years, I've learned a lot from these six beautiful, fictional people.
I've learned that if you get married three times, your friends will never let you forget it. I've learned how to spell Phoebe (if you watch the show enough, you'll get that reference immediately). Along all of that, I find that Chandler, our sarcastic but lovable character teaches us some valuable lessons throughout the series.
Today, I'm reflecting on those valuable lessons that Chandler M. Bing has taught me.
1. Honesty is the Best Policy.
Chandler tells it like it is. From season 1, right until the very end. Heck, he opens the entire series by telling the gang about a VERY odd dream. He has no filter, no shame and has no problem keeping his friends humble.
Savage, but true.
In addition to keeping his friends - but mostly Joey and Ross - in line, Chandler is also very aware of his limitations as a person with emotions and ensures that his friends know just how much they mean to him.
No, this part didn't make me cry, it made YOU cry.
So yes, Chandler is savage, sarcastic and maybe even rude but he cares for his people with no boundaries and ensures that they know that firstly and foremostly.
2. How to Dance Like No One's Watching -- Even When They Definitely Are.
Remember when Rachel found out from Monica that her new boy toy was the best sex she ever had?
Then Chandler danced like this:
I don't blame him! For a guy who had no luck with women for almost the majority of the series, he struck gold with Monica. AND she stayed with him even when he danced like this!
Once again, Chandler is so self-aware! Definitely knows that dancing isn't his forte and admits to it wholeheartedly.
Chandler's iconic "flailing" dance moves have definitely inspired me over the years.
My fiance and I have definitely considered breaking out into that style of dance during the first dance at our wedding. We've also certainly busted a Chandler Bing dance move when we don't know how to dance to a certain song at a Manitoba-social.
Do we look ridiculous? Always.
Do we ever get bored? Never.
Yes, always yes.
3. Self-Care Is Important
Time to relax. Time to sit and do nothing. Time to catch up on your favourite TV shows.
For me, it's obviously Friends. For Chandler, it was Baywatch.
Throughout the 10 seasons of Friends, Chandler (and usually Joey) remind us how important that ME time is!
In a culture where companies such as Saje and Nordic Spas encourage us to take time for ourselves, breathe in essential oils, drink more tea and take more baths; Chandler proves time and time again that he was a pioneer in this way of thinking. (Minus the tea!)
Some might find his methods unhealthy. For example, the episode where he and Joey decided that they were not to be moved from their barcaloungers.
Here, you see them order their food to come to Monica & Rachel's apartment so that they don't need to move! This takes relaxation to that spectrum that borders on laziness, however, we also live in a world of Skip the Dishes so... we can't really judge.
4. Pets can enhance your life and build relationships
Or ruin your life and tear down relationships. It's a fine line.
Okay, this is where I lose people...
TO BE HONEST, I'm not a pets person.
My family had a cat from the time I was 5 until I was about 13. I loved that thing. He hated me, but I loved it endlessly.
What I loved the most about this cat was the fact that it took care of itself. We fed it in the morning and cleaned the litter box, we showed it love when he felt like being showed love and that was it. Easy peasy.
Dogs? Hamsters? Nah. Not for me.
Chandler and Joey both solidify this opinion for me. Joey impulse purchases a chick from a commercial ad around Easter time, then they decide to buy a duck because the chick will get lonely. It may not be the central focus of the show but this causes a lot of relationship-testing for Joey and Chandler.
You know how sometimes women will buy their man a plant to see if they can care for it?
I feel like it's the same with pets.
Couples *sometimes* get them to see if they can manage to care for another living being together.
(Whether they realize that's the intention or not!)
I feel that's what Chandler and Joey do here. They don't realize it but they use the chick and the duck to help them remain strong in their relationship and roommate-ship.
Remember when Chandler kisses Kathy and Joey is going to leave to go live with his folks and Chandler points to the chick and the duck and says, "If you're not going to stay for me, at least stay for them!"
5. Marry Your Best Friend
Ah yes, I went there.
Those of you who are as obsessed and weird as me follow the Chandler-Monica love story with passion.
They're the only ones I can really look up to in the series.
Rachel and Ross are all over the place, Phoebe's kind of weird with men and Joey --- well I'm convinced that the writers ran out of ideas when they tried to make Joey and Rachel a couple.
I've never looked into this further, but I swear that the writers from episode one knew that Chandler & Monica would eventually end up together. THERE WERE SO MANY SIGNS! The episode at the beach where Chandler is bugging her about dating him. Then him offering to have a baby with her if they both don't find anyone by the time they're 40. Then Monica being there to comfort him when he was in love with Kathy... AH! What a friendship-move!
I believe in this type of love, I really do.
Someone once told me that unicorns were their spirit animal and without missing a beat, I responded, "Chandler Bing is my spirit animal." and you know what? It's 100% accurate.
I hope that you enjoyed this quirky little article about my fictional soul-mate.
Let me know in the comments who your fictional bff/spirit animal is!
I love you, Chandler Bing!
I hope you read that in Janice's voice.)
Large family sessions BRING ME LIFE! This one was no exception!
The Dahl family is an Italian-Ukrainian combo-pack dream team and I was so happy to capture some beautiful memories for them!
33 Years Strong
thank you, Dahl family! xo
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My couples for this wedding season really blow me away. For one, it just so happens that they're all getting married in the Roman Catholic Church. As a 'cradle Catholic', that's something really beautiful for me to be able to witness to and document.
Michelle & Mike are no exception. They are so committed to the beautiful sacrament and devotion to each other that they're about to enter into. Even more beautiful than that, they have their son, Vander, to bring on this journey with them.
I had a lot of fun with these three and cannot wait for their August wedding!
Thank you for this beautiful opportunity, friends! I'm honoured to celebrate with you!
Now at last they were beginning chapter one of the great story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.
Thanks for reading! xo
If being a millennial/living in 2018 has taught me anything, it's that the definition of family and household dynamics are forever changing. However, that's definitely not a bad thing!
This girl tribe are absolutely an incredible example of the support that comes through sisterhood and strong family bonds.
They are the best "roomie-mama-sister-auntie-daughter-niece relationship that anyone could ask for"!
This part is 100% accurate. Check it out!
This one is large and in charge. Don't even worry.
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