Too busy making sweet memories with my baby girl to write a good caption... Also, too busy to track down an iron. Reason #958 why I’d never make it as a fashion blogger. 😂
I’ll be honest, we’ve skinny dipped in this pool every single day.... when in Fiji water. 🤦🏼♀️ #celluLIT
I mouthed to him, “I am so happy right now,” as she slept on my chest and the propellers moved us from island to island and I meant every word. Taking in the views of a place I never thought I’d see in this lifetime with my favorite humans. Overflowing with gratitude. 🏝
We ate truffle fries with tired eyes by the glow of our iPhones as the white noise blasted in the pitch black room while the baby slept and we smiled. Traveling with a baby is a whole new ballgame and while we’re no stranger of travel with her, each time feels like the first time as she grows and changes. As we embark on an adventure around the world — one that probably would have been way easier pre-baby — we’re pulling Tim Gunn “make it work” moments and soaking up these memories. I never, ever forget the years I prayed for these days. So gimme that 7pm bedtime life, tiptoeing through hotel rooms and packing all the things a tiny human requires so we can make memories as a family of three. Say prayers and sleepy vibes for our overnight flight to Fiji — or just send us some wine to handle whatever happens on the plane. It’s all temporary and passing, and most of all, it’s all worth it. Photo from the fall @aerie line that is as dreamy and cozy as it looks! 🍂 #aeriereal
I have this recurring nightmare.🥴 I’m photographing a wedding and my shutter breaks or the bride’s coming down the aisle and my camera won’t fire. I still wake up in a cold sweat on the nights when that happens. I got my start as a wedding photographer. Well, actually, I got my start as a girl who bought a $300 Craigslist camera who saw photography as a way to escape a windowless office and went for it. I photographed over 130 weddings over the years, was named the top wedding photographer in Wisconsin. Up until last year, I was still shooting... and then I retired. Sounds crazy, right? But a few years in, I realized I was trading time for money. After our first miscarriage when I was crippled with grief, I was quickly reminded that I had built a business that stopped the moment I stopped. It was then, that I vowed to to build something that could run while I rested. Coincidentally, it was also around that time when I made my first investment to my first online course ever! It was taught by a woman named Amy and as I nervously handed over my credit card information and made a vow to finally bet on myself and my dreams, I said a prayer that I wasn’t making a mistake. Four years later, Amy is now my business BFF and we’re linking arms, because too many of you are out there building businesses that run your lives, from a place of hustle not rest, and you’re holding your true gifts back from the world because you aren’t sure how to get them out there. She’s leading a training THIS week that’s entirely free (and it’s just like the one I took that changed EVERYTHING for me) and they are almost full. I want to fill her trainings with my peeps because you are on the CUSP of transformation, you just need the right leader. So hit the link in my bio, save your spot for Amy’s masterclass where she’ll teach you the 3 behind-the-scenes secrets to digital course success. Spoiler: the system she’s sharing is the EXACT one I’ve implemented in my business that helped me create a business that runs while I rest, the one that helped me retire from a life of trading time for money, the one that helped me get my life back! 👉🏽learnfromamy.com👈🏼
It's that time of the month again... 🤦🏼♀️ wait, what? Yeah, I'm talking periods. I finally got mine back after a year and half without it and while part of me was a little sad, I was also kind of excited... why? I am cycle tracking: aka the biggest productivity hack no one ever told you about. You know that I used my @avawomen bracelet to help me know my fertile window when trying to get pregnant but now I'm using it to help me track my cycle to stay on top of my game. Your cycle can impact so many things from your mood to your workouts to your ability to focus to your quality of sleep to your desire to be social... and so I'm excited to use my Ava to help me track my cycle. A few months ago I got together with a group of women and we talked all things fertility, cycle tracking and more, so if this is a new concept to you or you want to feel like you were with us when we all hung out and sipped wine, hop to the link in my bio for today's blog post! Oh and use code: AVAXJENNA for $20 off at avawomen.com #avapartner #periodpositive
When all of a sudden you have a baby and you literally have zero photos of just the two of you... double tap if the struggle is real. I mean, I love that my camera roll is filled with Baby Coco, but it was just us for a solid decade of dream chasing and taking chances and surviving heartache and choosing hope. Tonight we get a date night (thanks to Nana) and some time just the two of us and while we find ourselves watching videos of our girl, it feels good to reconnect, just the two of us. Thanks for being my rock, my best friend, and the person I love waking up next to every morning — morning breath and all. I love you, @kickingitwithkutch! Now let’s go on a date, mama needs a drink! 🍸 Photo by: @child_indigo
SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENED THE OTHER DAY‼️ I looked in the mirror, fresh out of the shower, and I stared at my reflection. I realized something in that moment: I loved my body... like I actually looked at my body with loving eyes, the kind of eyes that look at my loved ones in awe. I was taken aback by that and wondered what had changed... maybe I had finally lost weight and that was the reason? Surely, that must be it. So I stepped on the scale and guess what? I weighed the exact same amount that I did a year ago... two years ago... huh, it wasn’t my weight. I pondered a bit longer, wondering what had sparked the change when I realized that the ONLY thing that had changed (not my weight, not my pant size, not the shape of my shell) was my mind. Whoa, how powerful. I then grieved all of the days, weeks, and months I’ve spent hating my body -- what a freaking waste of time and vowed to never let myself get caught up in that self-hate game, the one where no one wins. So today I am moving my body as a celebration and feeding it with fuel and loving every inch that has been there all 31 years of my existence with eyes that see what a miracle my body is. Your body is waiting for you to come home to it and to recognize what a living, breathing, miracle it is. Don’t waste another day hating your reflection, if that got you anywhere, you would have already arrived. #aeriereal | Photo by: @evagracephoto
I did something CRAZY the other day.🤯 It all started when I was thinking about that phrase “If you build it, they will come”. Hah. Cue the Spice Girls “stop right now, thank you very much” lyric … because THAT sure as HECK hasn’t been the case for me as I’ve built my business. So, I shamelessly begged for something I *think* you may be into. One of the TOP questions I get asked is what I did to transform my business from the “trading time for money” model as a weekend warrior wedding photographer to a business centered around freedom and impact that can be run from anywhere in the world — even the beaches of Hawaii. I laugh, because I can remember the exact date that started that change for me. It was June 8, 2015 that I joined my very first course — the first one I EVER punched in my credit card digits for. Sweaty palms and all. And you’re probably curious about what I learned or if it could possibly change things for you. You probably want to know WHO led the course, or what was inside… so I begged to get you FREE access. Now, I could get you a VIP all-access free pass (that’d be crazy) but I did manage to get you one ENTIRE module that you can take entirely for free (no credit card necessary) so you can learn just like I did. Head to the link in my bio, it’s only available until the 5th… like don’t miss you chance to learn from my mentor for FREE! Tell me if you’re taking advantage of this insane freebie — because I want to connect with the action takers and dream along side of you! While you’re at it, write down today’s date, because it might be the date everything changes for you, too!
WHEW, all of the Friday feels. 🍸Is it an appropriate time to drink a margarita? Things have been crazy BUSY over in our corner because we are heading to the other side of the world in like... a week! We’re heading to Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand for a 3 week family trip of a lifetime and it hasn’t even sunk in yet because we’ve been busy working ahead! So, tell me something good! Whether you’ve got must-see’s, packing hacks, things to not forget, or suggestions for keeping a 9 month old busy on the 10 hour flight. For real, lay it on me! 👇🏼 Ready? Go!