I Almost Gave Up


Sitting on the floor in my cluttered living room, challenges swirling around my mind like fallen leaves, I almost threw in the towel. What was I thinking trying to manage two photography brands? I was barely making a living from the first one! What made me think I could manage two Facebook pages, two Instagram profiles, two Twitter profiles, and two business blogs (plus this one!!)? I almost gave up. I was overwhelmed. I sucked at juggling all this stuff. Maybe I was in over my head.

Or maybe I had the wrong mindset.

After taking a long walk, stoping all attempts to do anything work related for a day and a prayer said aloud (my husband Brandon was cracking up at my candor), I got an epiphany. The fog didn’t clear in my mind, but that didn’t negate the fact that my dreams and goals were still there waiting to be activated. I heard God telling me that I had been much busier than this in the past. During those times, I was thriving on all sides. The problem wasn’t that I had too much to do. The problem was that I wasn’t holding up my side of the deal.

Whenever you want to do something you’ve never done, you gotta do what you’ve never done to get there. My mind was blown!

I chatted with my brother on FaceTime as he commuted from the airport to his hotel in New Zealand and thought ‘how can I do what he’s doing?’. He’s traveling the world, creating art (music) and making a living from it. I started thinking about his journey and how he was always, always, always posting about his work or shows. Then I was reminded that he’d been doing these things for years. It wasn’t an overnight miracle.

I started scrolling on Youtube and watching those ‘back then life sucked but look at me now’ type videos and discovered similar results. These people worked their butts off, took chances and believed in themselves enough to bet their time, money and reputation to make their dreams known to others. That’s when I started to get pumped.

Is the photography industry heavily saturated? Yup, but so is just about every single industry out there. There are literally millions of people picking up cameras and taking photos of stuff or people or places and trying to make a living from it. But you know what? None of those people are me.

Now, instead of freaking out and focusing on what I don’t have, I’m looking at what’s at my fingertips. I’ve got two cameras, Adobe CC, free modes of promotion on social media, a phone and a voice. I’m a member of a bunch of communities online full of people who love giving help to those who are humble enough to ask for it. I’ve got a library card which grants me access to thousands of resources that will help me learn the skills needed to be successful for FREE!! And best of all, I serve the Lord of all creation.

Seems like Jesus eased up beside me and said ‘My word says that we’ve been given the power to get wealth. Time to plug into that power and watch as I light up your life.’

After storming the library catalogs for inspiration, (there a 10 or more books on my desk!) I’ve began reading daily. While I read, I write down the parts that I can apply to my life and start implementing whatever I can the same day. I don’t get down on myself when I miss a day or make a mistake. I just keep going, keep reading, keep learning and keep applying what I learned.

Today, my domain mapping for this blog was set to expire and I contemplated letting it go. I thought I was too busy to continue some passion project that I started in college (I originally blogged about life after undergrad!). Instead of giving up, I renewed the mapping so elleword.com would still take people to my blog, despite the fact that it hadn’t been updated in months. Then I finished reading one of my library books about blogging and made a list of the kinds I want to blog (and vlog about) in 2018. Then I waited until I couldn’t stand not expressing myself in writing, opened my laptop and let the words flow from my mind through my fingertips to this post.

I’m not going to give up. I hope you don’t either.

Have courage!
Elle

Update! 9 Days

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In nine days, I’ll be leaving the corporate world to pursue my career as a full-time entrepreneur. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been talking over lots of details with my husband, planning and dreaming of the possibilities. As I wrap up my work with my current employer, my main job is to teach and support the new team members. My last day is next Wednesday!

Until my company begins generating regular income, I plan to do some simple transcription and freelance work as a way to bring in some cash. This way I get to spend my most effective hours of the day focused on networking and acquiring clients. But aside from working for myself, I’m looking forward to the new freedoms and personal projects that I can explore with my new schedule.

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One project that I’m most excited about working on is my YouTube Channel. I miss vlogging! Besides tracking my weekends with my husband, I plan on visiting 30 Texan attractions, creating art tutorials and hosting several frock swap parties! I shot some footage of this past weekend and cannot wait to edit and post it online. It’s been over a month since my last video so I am way past due. For now, I’m focused on making content that I like and gaining subscribers. Once things start moving faster, I’ll offer paid one-on-one sessions and workshops in the area. Gotta start small and build.

Have courage,
Elle

Self Portrait OOTD


Today I shot a video, got gussied up and took some images of myself for my website and a marketing campaign that I’m working on. I thought I’d share my OOTD with the images I took. They aren’t the usual 360 but I hope you get the gist.

I wore a new combination today, lace and floral. I wanted to do a semi-monochromatic look so I chose colors within the same color family. I think it turned out to be a success. What do you think? Leave a comment below!

Have courage,
Elle

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OOTD: Friday Floral and Denim


Today’s ootd was experimental. It was cold out but I still wanted to wear a skirt. To stay warm, I threw on some olive colored tights and another skirt underneath my vintage blue floral skirt (thrifted). I paired it with a thrifted denim jacket that I wore as a top, a thrifted woven belt and a burgundy necklace that I found on clearance at Icing. Wasn’t sure what shoes to wear so I just went with a pair of black Mary Janes.

I coordinated a company wide paper airplane contest today. Everyone had so much fun getting away from their cubicles and just playing around like kids. My team won the best looking plane award and a cash prize! Not a bad way to start the weekend!

Have courage,
Elle

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Getting in Sync with your Spouse takes time, Don’t Give Up


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Brandon told me that he was having a stressful time at work so I treated him to dinner and a movie. As the night went on, he told me that spending time with me made him feel relieved, relaxed and calm during tough situations. Hearing him say that means so much to me. Things were quite different earlier in our relationship. Continue reading “Getting in Sync with your Spouse takes time, Don’t Give Up”

Let’s Get Down to Business!


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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been studying up and planning a strategy for my creative career. I currently work at a marketing firm but the goal is to go solo. For a few years, I’ve wanted to officially establish myself and create a studio space but I’ve been too afraid. Afraid that I’d fail or file taxes incorrectly or too afraid to talk to people. Well, I’m over that now. I have stopped focusing on the fear and started looking at the benefits of what working for myself will mean. Being able to do something I love. Networking and getting out of my comfort zone. Traveling with a flexible schedule. Creating the types of things that I want to create. Continue reading “Let’s Get Down to Business!”

What Letting your Husband Take the Lead Means to Me


I was reading a blog about wives submitting to their husbands and was struck by a comment that said something to the fact of falling in line behind your husband when he takes the lead or control. I was inspired to write this post and expound on the comment that I left on their blog. I hope it sparks new ideas and positive views. Continue reading “What Letting your Husband Take the Lead Means to Me”

Resisting Retail Challenge!


Alright you guys, I’m going to take this challenge!

Click here to see my visual wardrobe library, everything I’m wearing next year!

I just made it up after looking through my closet and drawers the other day. After hanging everything up and putting things away, I realized that I had just about everything I’d need to wear without having to buy more clothes. So I asked myself, can I go a year without buying more clothes? What would I do with the money I usually spend on fashion each month? I decided to write up some rules and make this a year long quest to find the answers to those questions. If you decide you want to join me, here are the rules!

Resisting Retail Challenge Rules

  1. 30 Day Grace Period

    Determine if there are any more items that you would need to complete your wardrobe and then go buy them before the first 30 days have passed. You can only add up to 10 items, so choose wisely. Once this stage is over, you can’t buy any more clothes for the remaining 335 days (socks and underwear are exceptions to this rule).


  2. Determine the Time Frame

    I saved this for the second step because you’ll want to think of a time frame that you feel would be right for you. If you have a slight addiction to shopping, 365 days might be too hard to consider. Maybe for you it’s three months, or six months.


  3. Enjoy the Challenge

    Now that you don’t have to worry about shopping for clothes, get creative with the ones you have. Try different combinations based on color, pattern, theme, season or number of items in one OOTD. Ask your friends and supporters to put together outfits and wear those. I plan to do this a lot during my challenge and have photographed everything that I will be wearing outside of the house (excluding exercise gear which I don’t wear unless I’m actually working out).


  4. Spend the Cash on Something Else or Save It

    Since you’re not buying clothes, you should have some extra money at your disposal. Decide what you want to do with it. I plan on getting some of my work clothes tailored, going to local events, buying a GoPro camera and whatever else I can think of. Maybe a good incentive for you is saving the money for something else that you need or want like a huge shopping spree at the end of this challenge.


  5. Evaluate Your Wardrobe

    These are some things to keep in mind during the challenge (you’ll want to answer these questions when it’s all over). What do you seem to be wearing most days? What have you worn the least while taking the challenge? Is there something you can donate to charity? Did you learn or grow in some way while taking this challenge? Were you inspired in other areas?

If you plan on taking this challenge, let me know in the comments and post something about it on your blog. I’d love to see how you decide to spend the extra cash and what combinations of outfits you come up with.

Have courage,
Elle

Vetigo Took Over my Weekend


You don’t know how great some things are until they go missing. Things like being able to turn your head and stand/sit without the room spinning. That’s the kind of thing that has been happening to me for the last four days. I’d been dizzy since Friday so I went to the hospital on Sunday night. Apparently, I have been experiencing vertigo, something that most common in older people. It’s basically random motion sickness that you feel when you move your head because of some inner ear issue. Sometimes you just get dizzy, other times you feel like you could throw up or your head starts hurting. Continue reading “Vetigo Took Over my Weekend”