Monday, January 31, 2011

Making Things Happen 2011

Where do I start...

I had the most amazing opportunity to attend the Making Things Happen Workshop put on by Lara Casey.  Honestly I hadn't even heard of her before until I read this post by Natalie Norton who is an amazing and inspiring person and fabulous photographer.  Now I know that Heavenly Father has put them in my path for a reason.  At the end of December I really, whole heartily decided that I was going to start my photography business in 2011.  Shortly after I ran into that post above by Natalie and decided I would do anything I could to go to this workshop, it is what I needed to help fuel me as I started my business.  I Googled Lara like crazy and read amazing things about this opportunity.  I knew I was supposed to go and everything feel into place so I could attend.  Seriously it was amazing.  All of this happened in less than a month!!!

 The workshop was intense, real and raw.  I had to dig deep, discover my fears and put steps in action so I could overcome my insecurities and find it within myself that: I. AM. A PHOTOGRAPHER.  I can do this, I am starting my own business! 

I can have my own business AND be an amazing mother.  

I can own my own business and be an amazing wife to an ASTOUNDING husband.  

I can take care of my home, have order and peace in my life and be a photographer.

I am eternally grateful for my supportive husband.  He is the love of my life and will help me accomplish anything and lift me up to be the best person I can be!  I am beyond grateful for my parents.  It brings tears to my eyes even as I write this.  They are unconditionally supportive of me and what I want to do.  They have taught me from a young age that I can be ANYTHING and that I can DREAM BIG.  They have helped me whenever possible to accomplish all my goals, starting with volleyball and now in photography!  It broke my heart listening to some amazing women and men with loved ones that were not supportive and uplifting.  It made me realize that I need to express my constant gratitude to those around me that uplift me and help me a better person.

I grateful for my friends all over the world, some I  have met and know personally, some I have not but that doesn't make our friendship any less real.  I love my family all living in different parts of this country, I love my friends here in NY, I would go CRAZY with out them.  I love my mortal muse friends, Tammy, Kat, Suki, Mosey, Ashley, Maureen, Kirstin, Christy, Michele and Lucy!  They are amazing, talented, funny, beautiful women who inspire me!  I am grateful for my new friends that I made in NYC at MTH.  It was amazing being in a room of like minded people.  It was a surreal experience listen and sharing our fears and wishes and coming up with ways to be successful.  I have a hard time with words so it is hard to describe the experience I had but I am so forever grateful for Lara, Natalie and Gina.

Starting now... I am going to be more Authentic.  I am going to try and bring myself more into this blog.  More journaling  and writing about me, my life, my fears, my PASSION.  This will be tricky because frankly writing scares me, I am not that great at it but that is all part of accepting who I am!

I took off the followers, not that I don't appreciate everyone who takes time to look at my blog, I just got too distracted watching the numbers go up and down.  Starting now I am going to stop caring what other people think about me, starting now I am going to stop comparing myself to others starting now I am going to be me and follow my gut!  I hope you will still continue to share that with me!

I am April.  I am AWESOME.  I am a PHOTOGRAPHER.  And I love you!  Thanks for the support and LOVE!  2011 is going to be AMAZING :)



alison said...

You will and you are! I'm so happy for you, totally believe in you and am thrilled to be watching this explosion of growth. Congratulations, April!

Kirstin said...

Wow! April! You can DO it! You ARE a photographer!

Deb said...

Nice!! I'm excited for you. :)

Rebecca said...

Congrats, April! So glad you were able to attend this event. I follow Natalie's blog because of you, she is an amazing person. I think that you are a better writer than you believe yourself to be. Though, I feel similarly about my writing. Best of luck on your journey!

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Kat Sloma said...

April, this is a fabulous post. I can just feel you bursting out with your words! I can't wait to see more of you here on the blog, to get to know you better. I hear you on the numbers, it can be a distraction. Just focus on being YOU and the rest doesn't matter. :) I'm so glad I've gotten to know you through the muses - you ARE awesome and you ARE a photographer. An ARTIST even!

mosey said...

That is for darn sure, you are awesome and you most certainly are a thoughtful and creative and beautiful photographer! I too am on a path of authenticity -- let's walk it together, shall we? I'm working on the same enthusiasm and energy that you have - it'll come....

Rock on, sistah.

Jamie said...

I can feel your excitement jumping off the page. I have no doubt you will make your dreams a reality.

I hung the gorgeous print of yours I won up on my wall this weekend - can I just say how amazing it looks as a piece of art. I feel lucky to already have some of your talent in my home.

maureen said...

You are an amazing woman, certain to accomplish amazing things. This is just the beginning. It may feel difficult to you, but you can write, beautifully and with passion. And you have a wonderful eye anf vison for your photography.
I truly believe this will be a wonderful year for you.

Michelle... said...

You are awesome! Can't wait to read along!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Yay! You can do it. I can't wait to see more of your thoughts and dreams. xo tam

Anonymous said...

You ARE April! You can do this! Absolutely follow your gut and keep the faith!