This was my expectation for this blustery cool National Siblings Day (well hello Spring, I thought you’d been pushed aside by summer). We were going to head to the park, play with friends, hit the library, and come home for a nice lunch. . Reality? Not so much. . My kids are celebrating National Sibling Day in true fashion: fighting about everythingggggg (including who was going to answer the door when the doorbell rang...it was a screaming, pushing, all-out MMA fight to get to the door), Darrow tricking Ione into peeing herself while playing outside (in her last clean pair of underwear of course), and now I can hear everything being dumped off the bed where Mini Mower numero uno is in time-out. . But I just got the pellet stove going, we’re all going to take naps, and then I’m thinking some cookie making is in order. Maybe we can turn national sibling day into something positive. If cookies can’t fix it, I’m not sure what will. 🤷🏻♀️ . Does this sound on par for national sibling day with you and your siblings when you were growing up? Sounds pretty much spot on from my memories...sorry Mom and Dad! . We fought hard, but we played hard too. From Pride and Prejuduce parties, to confusing birdwatchers in the Chiricahuas by climbing to ledges and making chicken sounds echo above the birding parties, to my brother popping out of my locker to scare my friends and teachers, I’m grateful for all the good memories we have together! . Happy National Siblings Day y’all! #nationalsiblingsday #adventurepayson #greenvalleypark #siblingsmakethebestfriends #childhoodunplugged #optoutside #instagramvsreality
Let me give you a tip...on the day of your photo shoot, don’t try “shaping up” your hair yourself. Because then you might end up with a funny extra short spot on your undercut when you added accidental extra pressure to the guard on the clippers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish that was an April Fools joke! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m sure you already knew that piece of wisdom, but I got to learn it the hard way, bahahaha.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But you know what? Even though this was just one thing in a string of many many things that went wrong that day before the shoot, it didn’t end up mattering. These photos are beautiful and the entire experience brought us closer together. It would have been easy to say, “Let’s scrap this, it’s just not working, obviously the universe doesn’t want us to take these pictures today.” But let me tell you, we WERE supposed to take pictures that day. Because of that shoot, because of the hardships of the prep, and because of the conversations we’ve had because of the shoot we are closer. We are stronger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, even with my goofy extra undercut, I love these pictures with my whole heart. They mean so much to me and I’m so grateful for @jennifer.markle and her patience with us that day as we fielded set back after set back trying to get to our shoot, and for the amazing experience and photos she gave to us. They’ve blessed our marriage tremendously! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are in a world of “bigger and better” and “doing it for the gram”, but I’m a very firm believer in that photos are for more than just to be pretty. Photos are there to inspire, remind, motivate, and transform us. We remember how we felt when we see a photo, and that feeling, those memories, those are what a photo is there to preserve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll forever remember this session and how I felt then and in the weeks following...and to not trim my hair myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #anniversarysession #anniversaryphotos #jennifermarkle #jennifermarklephotography #peopleoverpictures #scottsdalephotographer #beating50 #fortimeandalleternity #foreveraphotographer #powerofphotos
This applies to everything! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Art⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being a good conversationalist⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having faith⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reading⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking a different language⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Homemaking⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Saving money⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cooking/Baking⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Writing⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being nonjudgmental ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Decorating a home⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t know about you, but I am not good at allowing myself to be a beginner, and I feel so much like a beginner with so much in life right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are ways you find joy in your beginnings and journeys instead of pining for the days of proficiency?
“Ione, what are we going to grow in our garden?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Um, just my flowers, because they’re my favorite. And kitties. Kitties are also my favorite. But they don’t grow in the garden.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pink and purple flowers and pretty pots are all Ione thinks is needed for a garden. She’s been my garden helper this week while Darrow is at school as we’ve worked to get the garden started. We’ve made a few trips around to the local Nursery and Home Depot to get our container garden supplies, and she LOVES it. Before we can do anything though, she has to make sure her big floppy hat and her pink flower gardening gloves are on and ready to go. Apparently we can’t garden unless we do so in style. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having the kids help us with the garden isn’t just for kicks and giggles, we want them to learn with us, work with us, and to feel invested in the garden and our family lifestyle. They can now chirp back “Wilderness Mowers work together!” and “Teamwork makes the dream work!” They’ll roll their eyes as teens, but for now they are excited to have catch phrases.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the afternoon when my phone alarm goes off they are so excited to race outside to get to turn the #MowerTower and make sure that the soil is moist. Mostly Ione wants to kiss all 6 of her pansies and Darrow just wants to use the sprayer on the hose, but they are excited and maybe we can keep that going. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll even be excited to eat vegetables they grew themselves. Probably not, but a mom can hope, right?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember being excited about the idea of a garden, until it came to weed pulling time, lol. Did you have a garden or plants as a kid? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (And, I know...her sandals are on the wrong feet. I quit that battle. She’ll figure it out someday.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #kidsgardenmonth #kidsgardening #gardening #paysonaz #rimcountry #plantfairnursery #containergardening #wildernessmowers #radicalhomemakers #radicalhomemaking #brittleymobilepreset #radicalhomemaker #urbanhomsteading #growyourfood #shoplocal #gardenseason @kidsgardening
One of the first big tips I heard about social media marketing, especially when just getting started in a business, was to “make it look like you’re busy and in demand”. And so I did that. I looked busy and in demand! It was exhausting though, and I constantly felt fake. It was a constant tug of war of promoting myself but remaining true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I’ve tweaked that advice. Don’t try to show that your business is in demand, show that you’re busy in the pursuit of your dream. This doesn’t mean making things up or faking anything. It means showing that you’re active in your progress and business!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can post about education your learning from (i.e. reading a business book? Do a flat lay and post about something you’ve learned from it that you can’t wait to put with your next project. Watching a youtube video? Talk about watching that person’s videos -don’t forget to tag them- and how much you enjoy learning from them.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can post about things you do before a session or client work to prepare (i.e. yoga, a walk alone to clear your head, listening to a podcast, a good meal, etc). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re a photographer take a selfie with every client and use that in your stories or as a post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Show your work in use or ways it can be used! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do a flat lay of your working area showing snacks, or your computer, or your bed, or wherever you happen to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Show recent AND past work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re not faking that you’re busy and fully booked with clients, you’re showing that you are actively pursuing your dream! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds way more interesting to follow! That sounds like a story I can get behind! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Edited with @brittleypresets ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dreamchaser #socialmediamarketing #kettstips #tellrealstories #stoptheglorificationofbusy #busyisnotabadgeofhonor #tuesdaystogetherpayson #worksmarternotharder⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rockyouredits #brittleypresets #storytelling #reallifemarketing #cutthefluff #planoly posted with @planoly