Missing this guy an awful lot but had an amazing first full day at the @creativeatheart conference! . But what struck me the most today? The very first talk by @shaycochrane on “Own Your Business, Own Your Life.” . She asked, “When will it stop?” I get in the mindset of “needing” to book just a *little* more before I won’t be anxious, just one more email before spending time with Edward, one more reply to a message before starting dinner... where does it stop? . Someone asked Shay, “What is the biggest benefit you’ve had from balancing?” She said without hesitation and through tears, “A strong, healthy marriage.” . Today I was more motivated to continue fighting for balance for not just me, but for Edward, and us. To stop just wanting a “little more” when I had told myself that would be the time to stop. To really stick to my start and stop times when it comes to work. To not feel anxious when there’s more to do. And goodness I’m so excited to get back and and implement these things (and hug my husband!!)! . Working on this balance is a constant thing but one I’ve never been so motivated to grow even more in! Who else needs this?? . Photo by @kristyandvic! #creativeatheartround8
Officially out of the office to spend the next three days soaking in all the things at the @creativeatheart conference!! I’m already beyond excited to get this week rolling after meeting new friends and hugging old friends at the welcome party tonight! My last minute TJMaxx notebook is ready and I can’t wait to learn so many new things about business and life!🙌 . #christarenephotography #creativeatheartround8
The past week has included lots of shoots, a wedding, and a styled shoot in Charleston! Needless to say it’s also included a lot of Chick-fil-A stops 😉 Today is the last mini session day before I head to the @creativeatheart conference tomorrow!! This conference is so inspirational and such an amazing growing time, and I can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones!!🙌 This is for sure a busy time but such a special season! . Side note: I’ve been listening to Christmas music every moment I can😂 Am I too early?? @morgan.amanda.photography can we listen to it on the way to the conference??😘 . Behind the scenes photo from a styled shoot by @parte_eventsanddesign.
I can’t think of a better way to end fall wedding season! When you walk into the wedding venue and see these details, you know it’s going to be a great day!!! And it so was! Mary Grace and Griffin got married exactly one month from their first date! And their outdoor wedding was beautiful in every way! There’s a lot more over on the blog! . #christarenephotography
Edward, happy 25th birthday! You make every day beyond special for me, and I hope this one is amazing for you! You always forgive, love, and serve without expecting it back from others. You constantly put me first even on my worst days. You put my dreams and plans ahead of your own. On paper, it’s a wonder we got married with how different we are, but goodness I wouldn’t trade being married to you for anything. . This year, we got married, moved into our first house, have been fixing it up, and had a lot of date days that included Home Depot and Lowes! I never knew I’d have so much fun going to home improvement stores, painting, scrubbing tile, or moving our furniture than when we do those things together. No matter what we do, every day is a gift with you! . Even though I make the same meals over and over (because when you get good at something, why stop making it? ;)), burn all the candles constantly, and every now and then can be a lot to handle ;), thanks for always making sure I feel special- I don’t deserve that at all. . From eating countless dinners on the couch because we didn’t have a table at our house yet (no really, we used the kitchen table for the first time today!), to lots of evenings snuggled up watching our favorite show eating ice cream and brownies, to random errands we run together even when things are the busiest, every moment with you is so precious. . Thank you for starting my car for me before I get in so it’s warm, holding my hand and praying with me every single night, always yelling “Baby I’m home!!!” with a huge smile and hug every time you come home, and for being such an incredible husband. You are truly the kindest person I’ve ever met, and someone I want to grow to be more alike!! And I can’t wait for many more years of celebrating your birthday!! . Happy birthday, Edward!❤️ I love you! Photos by @tiffanyamcclure & @kristyandvic😘