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I never EVER expect people to shop local when they can't find something they really want/need from a local maker/service provider. BUT, if you do have the opportunity to find the item you're looking for locally, please do it.
For example, I committed to purchasing 100% of my holiday gifts locally this year. I bought gifts from Homage, Cuffed by Nano, Red Giraffe Designs, Happy Go Lucky, CubShrub, Celebrate Local, Black Radish Creamery, Watershed Distillery, Grandview Theater, Vernacular, and Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation.
Yes, I'm an early shopper and I know that makes me crazy.
So why do I stay committed? I actually explained this via a Facebook post last year:
Thanks to everyone who will support local this holiday season. Yes, Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, but every day of the year could include a better commitment to your local economy.
Happy (Black) Friday!
First, follow these steps:
Don't assume warm weather is the only time to utilize the outdoors for photographs.
What can be taken indoors (aka any time of the year!)?
Nearly anything, as long as 1) you're not looking for a specific outdoor look, and 2) you can find a photographer comfortable with indoor photography (likely with some studio lighting).
I met Brandi two years ago and within one month, we decided to begin working together. We started a small, intimate, monthly networking group. With photography and mindfulness, Brandi and I had no professional common ground - but we were excited, so we started with a group of ten women. The uncommon ground grew: holistic health, graphic design, art, consulting, writing, skincare, coaching, and education.
What we've been able to do with each other, for each other, and in support of each other is truly astonishing. We help each other grow our networks, we trade services, we have fun socially, and truly grow closer as friends each month.
My point? Don't grow only within your industry. Grow outside of it. You might grow taller than you ever imagined.
Interested in starting to use flash with your DSLR camera? Let's talk about it!
Just remember - there are huge differences between built-in and external flash options. If you want to have more control and have the option to make your photos as creative as you like, you'll need to purchase an external flash.
Always feel free to contact me with questions!
On top of that, I knew I didn't like working for others, but I didn't know how to get out of it. (During my time at Ohio State, classes about entrepreneurship weren't as common as they are today.)
In the fall of 2011, I bought a DSLR camera, thinking I'd never make $600 to justify the purchase. By the fall of 2016, I became a self-employed photographer.
What happened in those 5 years was unplanned, inconceivable, and incredibly life-changing.
So what if I made a 5-year plan and worse off, what if I followed it? What if it had to do with staying in the insurance industry? What if it meant I'd still be working for someone else? What if it didn't help me be happier? What if it made me think I shouldn't follow a dream?
I hate "what ifs." So I didn't make a 5-year plan. I didn't ask "what if." I just did it. But I can say, with great certainty, that if I had a 5-year plan and followed it, I wouldn't be as happy as I am today.
So how could a 5-year plan be dangerous? It could be dangerous if you're underestimating your own abilities.
What about you? Do you have a 5-year plan? Is it helping you or hurting you?
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