I was in corporate for over 20 years and I never really felt like I fit in because I never felt like I could be myself. You're sitting behind your little cubicle behind your computer and you’re doing what you do all day. This is fine for a lot of people, but I knew that I wanted more. I was definitely the most authentically “me” person, I think in the whole building.
I've said this before that I don't pretend to be anybody that I'm not. There are times when you show up differently in different situations and you're like quieter than you normally would be, or because the situation calls for it, right. I'm always led though, by how I feel. I can feel other people's energy very easily. So, I do have to protect my own.
Being in corporate, I saw a lot of people really stressed out all the time including me. I chose not to be stressed anymore because it doesn't serve me, my life, or my business. But working in Corporate, they tend to put you in this little box. You have...
Kelly is the owner of Onyx Boudoir Studios in Wilmington, MA. She has been a photographer for over 20 years and is damn good at it! Besides being an incredible photographer, Kelly’s mission and her why is what makes her one of the top photographers in New England.
“YES, women will have amazing photographs of themselves in glamorous poses, but they will leave their Onyx Experience with more confidence and self-love, than they've ever had before! My clients conquer the fear that holds them back from feeling the beauty inside them, and realize how much in life they truly deserve.“ - Kelly Wain
Well no wonder we get along!
She also has her own story of conquering fear and self doubt. Our why as entrepreneurs usually does stem from something we have overcome ourselves, so make sure you check it out on her website.
Kelly wanted her personality, spunk, fire, and strength so shine through in her images (which she has plenty of by the way)....
So you're ready to finally get those branding images and show off what you got! Yes, let's get it girl!
I'd love to start off by saying that this experience is just that...an EXPERIENCE. I am not a wham, bam, thank you maim type of photographer. So if your looking for someone to just show up and snap some pictures and hand them over with no thought, planning, collaboration from you, attention to details, or amazing perks then I am not your gal.
Now on the other hand, if your business is your baby and you want the best of the best for it and help to nurture it so it can grow strong and thrive, then you are in the right place.
I created this experience based on how I would want someone to treat my business...serious as a heart attack with a very knowledgeable Dr. McDreamy who cares about what I want, waiting on my every need, want, and desire during my stay so that I leave feeling refreshed, confident, and energized. Knowing I received the best...
Probably like a lot of you, things have been overwhelming lately. So many feelings, so much stuff going on and your mind is trying to wrap itself around everything that’s happening right now. Most of us have not been through anything like this pandemic. We’ve been through some tragedies, we’ve been through things that we had to overcome, but this is big right? So I had to wrap my head around what the hell was going on and a lot of feelings came up for me and I was tired, I was exhausted and I just wanted my blanket and netflix and I didn’t want to show my face. If you felt that way at all in the past few weeks, you’re not alone. There are definitely a lot more of us that are feeling that way. There is no right or wrong right now. There is how you feel and how you move through those feelings at your own pace. If you don’t want to work on your business today, that’s ok. If you’re forging full steam ahead, that’s ok too. Just try to...
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Have you ever been asked that question?
Not what you want to do, but who do you want to be when you grow up? Some of us still don’t know what we want to do or what kind of business we want, nevermind a deeper question like who do we want to be.
We mostly think about our purpose in life as what do we want to do, but I would love to invite you to think about life and business as who do you want to be.
We’re going to change our beings inside of us, how we look at the world, how we look at everything, it will change every single day. Then somebody comes along and throws a question at you that totally flips your mind.
Let’s not think about what you want to do but who you want to be, what is your purpose for waking up in the morning. This has nothing to do with business, but is a personal thing. Your brand story should include this too. Why do you wake up in the morning, what drives you to keep going, to keep...
This is a quick list of things that all entrepreneurs need to know but not too many talk about. Some are things I didn't realize I was signing up for but are crucial to being successful.
First, I did not realize as an entrepreneur you have to look inside of yourself more often than you are comfortable with because this is where most of the answers are.
Not one second did I believe that I would think that starting my business. We think that we have an awesome idea and that we’re awesome at what we do and think people will just come, but they don’t. This is not a business of dreams, if you build it, they will not necessarily just come. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen for some people, but for most of us it doesn’t happen. 80% of the reason for that is us. There’s nothing wrong with us, but there’s so much growth and so much self development that happens. Look inside of you more often because that’s where all the answers are and...
Are you staying 100% committed to your purpose? I wasn’t.
We are on day 5 of self-quarantine and it is so extremely difficult to focus on positivity right now although that is exactly what we need to get through this.
I just had to sit back, not look at my computer and breathe deep for about 10 minutes because thoughts of uncertainty started to overwhelm me. My brain was racing 100 miles an hour and I felt like I just couldn’t think straight. I knew that if I didn’t step back and stop flooding myself with everyone else's words and thoughts that I would drown in the panic and overwhelm everyone is feeling right now.
So I turned it all off and sat in my chair and just started to breathe deeply and released all the tension in my body. I needed to focus on my own thoughts because I couldn’t tell what were mine and what werent. I asked a question and set an intention to just let in what I was meant to be doing right now in the midst of all this chaos. These...
Compelling content should tell a story, be captivating, be clear, and evoke emotion.
There are different types of content:
Then distribute your content everywhere you are online.
Use automated scheduling, but make sure you’re staying true to the platform you’re posting to. Do not push Instagram posts to Facebook. It’s lazy and your Facebook audience will feel second best.
Your hashtags and the @ mentions don’t work on Facebook so when you push your...
This conversation with Melissa was amazing and totally worth the read. She drops the mic on how you can turn the negative self talk into your own personal cheerleader!
Jenessa: I’m here with Melissa Howard who is an international confidence strategist, speaker coach and empowerment photographer and she specializes in supporting overachievers who are ready to end their battle with self sabotage and regain their confidence.
Melissa: Thank you for having me
Jenessa: Tell us a little bit more about what you do, who exactly do you help and how do you help them.
Melissa: I started my career in healthcare and it was always instilled in me as a child to be a go getter. I was a perfectionist and I was so proud of that. Everyone wanted my life. I had a six figure income at age 21 or 22. I had a house, a car and a fiance. I had everything. But I just felt like I was chasing something that every time I've got it, I...