Time to hit the road! Six flights in ten days... ✈️ LET'S MEET UP! Seriously, I would love to see you. Being internet friends is fun, however I prefer connecting in real life and bonding over coffee + conversation! - [Sept 30 - Oct 1] Speaking at Exposed in Jekyll Island, Georgia. [October 3] Las Vegas for Wedding MBA. [Oct 6 - 8] Back in Annapolis for a wedding. Attending, not shooting. 😉 I know that I needed to clarify that! - Suitcase from @delseyusa + favorite backpack ever from @pacsafeofficial. Thank you to both brands for sending over these amazing bags for me to test out. This is my new travel setup from the office to the airport—completely carry on, saving me time from gate to gate. Products gifted; not a paid endorsement or sponsorship. #delsey #pacsafe #weddingmba
I've seen the good that can come from social media. True friendships made, businesses built, and lives changed. - A text this morning hit my phone and it was a picture of three fearless, creative women and it read: Imagine this... Three TuesdaysTogether Leaders: a Catholic, a Muslim and a Jew! — Three women from different cities, backgrounds, ethnicities, religions... united because of the power of social media. Their giant group hug made my heart swell, their message was the reminder I desperately needed. - I want MORE moments like this. More unity, less division. More support, less comparison. More community, less competition. I won't stop fighting for it and you shouldn't either. #communityovercompetition #risingtidesociety
Don't be a photographer. That was the advice a college student received from her professor. - She emailed me looking for advice and I shared my response in a video on Facebook today (link in profile) — I got a little fired up and if you watched the video... you know my heart. - So, what's your advice? What would you tell a college student who is thinking about building a creative business? Have you ever been doubted or discouraged? How did you rise above? ✨ Share your advice in the comments below. - Photo by my friend Praise of @comeplum #communityovercompetition
There is so much beauty in this world. Never forget that.
PLOT TWIST! ✨Rather than give you a few fun facts for #FridayIntroductions... I thought I would open up the floor for questions. What would you like to know about me? What questions do you have? Big or small, I'd love to know! Shout it out below and I'll answer you next week on Follow Friday (and perhaps on an upcoming vlog episode)! Photo by: @laurenrswann |#risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition
It's been a rough 24 hours. I took Huey to the Emergency Room yesterday after a week of worsening back pain. He's finally home and resting after our long stay in the ER. I'm sharing this because from the outside it looks like the past two days have been incredible... an amazing #tuesdaystogether and ton of pre-scheduled content rolling out. It can be easy to hide behind the curated moments, friends... but I want you to be a real part of our lives and that includes letting you into days like this one. Feeling incredibly grateful that despite a scary few hours... he is going to be okay. Please pray for healing and relief from the pain—He's a tough cookie and would never admit it, but he could use some positive vibes! Photo from our anniversary session with @abbygracephoto #thehayesadventures #theimperfectboss
You know that lie you tell yourself—the one that tells you that you need to be perfect, that you're not measuring up. It's time for the truth. ARE YOU WITH ME? 🙌🏻 Heck yes! - Your imperfections make you human... and that is worth celebrating. - Here is what I NEED you to know: You are truly enough. Your worth doesn’t come from social media. Your value doesn’t rise and fall with the number of likes and follows you get on any given day. It’s rooted deep within you. Instilled from the moment of your creation, knit into the fabric of your soul, and it cannot be taken away. - Today, we are kicking perfection to the curb by taking part in #theimperfectboss challenge. We are standing up and celebrating all that makes us human. #risingtidesociety #letterboardquotes
1 in 3 entrepreneurs suffer from depression. I am one of them. If you are too—you are not alone. - Building a business takes a toll and far too often we are afraid to talk about it—the stress, responsibility, and uncertainty at times can be overwhelming. As a community, we have a responsibility to look out for one another. - Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year—that’s one person every 40 seconds. - This week—take one minute to change a life by having a conversation with someone that may be struggling with their mental health. So often we fail to speak up because we fear not knowing what to say, however when lives are on the line we must be brave. - Reach out if you need help. Listen without judgement if someone opens up about their struggle. Be an empathetic ear. Use your voice to shatter stigmas and your platforms to bring awareness. We are all in this together. #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition
Happy Friday Introductions, friends! I'm a wedding photographer turned community builder who left my hometown on the east coast to pursue a west coast adventure with my husband + high school sweetheart. - I'm also one of the founders of the @risingtidesociety + the Head of Community at @honeybook who champions camaraderie and fosters relationships in the entrepreneurial space. - On a daily basis, you'll find me creating educational content, drinking coffee, speaking, connecting with the community, and being chased by vlog filmmaker @photo. I am known to drink an obscene amount of @lacroixwater ever since giving up diet coke... and I'm never looking back. - Do we have anything in common? ✨ Shout it out in the comments below + let's connect! | Photo by: @abbygracephoto #communityovercompetition
What is your morning routine? ✨ A wise friend once told me that the first thing we reach for in the morning says a lot about what we value. How many of us wake up and open our phones? How many minutes of precious time are spent scrolling and looking into the lives of other people rather than living our own to the fullest? A few years back, I had a reality check. My routine was not setting me up for the success. I started each day by scrolling... so I made a change. This morning, I'm up early to dive deep into my sweet friend Ruth of @gracelaced's gorgeous book. It is truly incredible. Using this time to pray for all those in the path of the hurricane. My heart is with you. Today, I want to encourage you to reclaim your routine. Start each day rooted in what matters, friends. I promise that it makes all the difference.
I'm on a journey of learning to love myself—every curve, wrinkle, + imperfection. - Last year, I remember feeling grateful that I was a photographer because it meant that I didn't have to get on the other side of the camera. Photographers are always the ones taking pictures, rather than being in them. - It's easy to see a photo like this and miss it. I'm insecure of the bumps on my arms and the scars I've gained over the years so I always wear sleeves. Yes, even on my wedding day. - It's hard for me to find clothes that fit my hourglass shape and my being a 36DD means that sometimes my back hurts by the end of the day. I've avoided going shopping with friends so that they don't see what size I'm pulling off of the shelf. - I have listened to that little voice that told me I wasn't enough and that I would never be worthy of love. Somedays, in my weakness, I even started to believe it. - Perhaps that is why I come here day after day to encourage you. I hope that if I say the words over and over, maybe they will strengthen my resilience. My sweet friend @jennakutcher once said: Those who preach things and teach things are usually the ones who struggle the most with the messages they are pushing out into the world. And friends, I want you to know that I'm right there with you. - So I'm going to keep showing up and speaking truth—even when I am struggling. So, what do you say? Will you show up with me? Will you join this journey of self-love? ✨ Double tap and raise your hands in the comments below if you're in. I'll be here to support you every step of the way.
We are imperfect in a world that glorifies perfection. Rather than let people see us, truly see us, sometimes we feel pressured to play the game. You might be familiar with a few of the instructions. [Step One:] Create a fictional life online to keep the world from discovering just how imperfect you are. [Step Two:] Comment meaningless strings of words to beat an algorithm that determines your rank, that dictates your value. [Step Three:] Refresh for validation. Notifications will remind you that you’re still relevant. [Step Four:] Always be happy. No matter what is really going on, don’t let the world see. [Step Five:] Focus on gaining followers, getting comments, and counting the number of double taps on our latest photo. — After all, that’s how you win the game… isn’t it? Listen, friends. I’m getting real today. There is no need to dance around this one… You don’t need to play that game. You are inherently enough. Your worth doesn’t come from social media. Your value is neither tied to a metric nor based in the opinions of others. It doesn’t rise and fall with the number of likes and follows you get on any given day. It’s rooted deep within you. Instilled from the moment of your creation, knit into the fabric of your soul, and it cannot be taken away by anyone. Just incase you needed that reminder, I’m here today to shout it from the rooftops and interrupt your scrolling. YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVING. YOU ARE VALUABLE. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You don't need a social media platform for validation. #communityovercompetition
You can spend your whole life waiting to be enough... or you can start accepting that you already are. You are brilliant, strong, and worthy of loving. Every breath you breathe, every beat of your heart is, a defiant shout into the universe that despite all the odds stacked against you—you are alive. We are a tiny speck on a blue dot floating in the infinite emptiness of space. From where I'm standing, that makes you nothing short of a miracle. A few thoughts on a Friday night... and I'm blaming my super abstract thinking on the triple digit temperatures in San Francisco. It's crazy hot without AC, guys! #communityovercompetition
Raising a coffee mug like a Gilmore this morning and consuming as many caffeine molecules as possible! 🤓 SHOUT OUT: Who has been hustling hard and deserves a virtual caffeine boost? Tag a friend in the comments below and shout them out! Who deserves some love and acknowledgement this week? Once you've highlighted a friend, consider leaving a little love on the person tagged above you. Let's lift one another up! You never know the impact that your words may have. It only takes 30 seconds to impact someone's day in a positive way! 🙌🏻 You're awesome!
It's my golden birthday! 🎉 Today, I'm turning 27 on the 27th! The past year has been one of change, growth, leaning in, and finding joy. We moved from east to west, traded one bay for another, and transitioned into this brand new world. - Last night, we sat at a charming little outdoor restaurant in Palm Springs and the girls surprised me with a dinner party. One by one, they each went around the table and shared their favorite memory of us together. Within minutes the tears started welling up in the corners of my eyes... Guys, I felt so unbelievably loved. - Today, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for the support, encouragement, and love.