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INFJ | How My Personality Betters my Business

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Since high school I remember being obsessed with personality tests. Every test I came across was just a way for me to dig deeper to who I was and see what the world had to say about me. It's funny for how many different tests I probably took throughout high school and college I never took the Myers Briggs test until this last year when I was meeting with a counselor to help with some of my anxiety. I remember reading all about being an INFJ and just being wowed about how spot on it was. It actually helped with so much of my anxiety, because so many of the feelings I was having was a result of trying to be someone I'm not. You see I'm quiet by nature, which is so easy to see as a negative. It's easy to compare my personality to the bubbly personality types I come across often in the wedding industry, and wonder why I can't be like that, but over the last year I've been working on how my personality can benefit my business and life. 

I'm an observer 

As a wedding photographer this has been such a powerful aspect of my personality in my business. Creatively I love capturing those moments that might otherwise become a blur during the day, Though I'm quiet by nature, I'm constantly observing my surroundings looking for those moments that reflect you and your story. 

I have a giant heart for people

I love knowing who people are, I tend to always see the good in those around me, and I love listening. My natural instinct is to stay calm which is so helpful on a sometimes stressful wedding day. I'm gentle with my words because I care about those around me a lot

It's not about me it's about you

I don't like talking about myself, I never have. The older I get the less I like it. But I love listening to others, and where they're from and what they do. I love grabbing coffee and chatting one on one and just understanding other humans. It's what makes me who I am, because I like to take in the ideas of others before I speak up. 

Whoever told me as a little girl, that I needed to "speak up" and be more "outgoing" was wrong. I don't have to change who I am to live my life because the world needs quiet people just as much as they need those that are loud. I don't have to change who God created me to be in the profession I'm in. It's so easy to see things as a negative, but sometimes we just need to change our perspective. Being quiet or more soft spoken is not a problem, just like being talkative and outgoing isn't. Each person is beautifully created the way they are and play a vital role in the lives we live. I know I couldn't do life without my extroverted friends, or my introverted friends. So what is your personality type? I'd love to know.

 

24 Hours in Austin

Before I sent my boyfriend off to Texas for his new job, we had a chance to spend 24 hours in Austin. This was my first time really getting to experience Austin and I wasn't left disappointed. There are so many places we didn't get a chance to try, but here's a small list next time you have a day to explore. 

8:00am | 24 Diner 

So a Diner that's opened 24 hours a day means you have the option to do this any time of the day but we choose to start our day off here. It's a farm to table restaurant with some of the best fried chicken I've ever had. 

9:00am | Seventh Flag Coffee

So if you know me, you know I'm a coffee gal. It's not unusual for me to go to multiple coffee shops in one day and that did happen on this trip. We started with Seventh Flag with was perfect for some work time in the middle of the day. 

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11:00am | Houndstooth Coffee

Yes we did go to this shops back to back. Yes I was completely satisfied with both places. 

12:00pm | Juiceland

Yessssss. This place was tasty and easy to grab something while we were walking around downtown. I was embarrassing Chuck by making him hold drinks for me to take videos of. 

1:00pm | Modcloth Popup Shop

I realize this won't be here forever so I probably shouldn't put it on my list but I can't help it. Not only did I have fun, but Chuck did to. We got to walk around the store pick out the things I wanted to try on and have someone pull it for me in my size. It was awesome to shop somewhere were all sizes were in the same place. They went up to a 2X in everything and even though I'm not that size it felt nice to have the options if a large didn't fit. They have a few other cities they'll be in this summer and I highly recommend stopping by if they're in your area.

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2:00pm | Gourdough's 

I'm going to be honest with you, we actually ate at this place the night before when we first got in town, but it's a must. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts and it really couldn't compare. If you're a donut lover like my mister you'll want to eat here.

3:00pm | McKinney Falls 

We were camping on this trip about 30 minutes outside of Austin so at this point we decided to head back to our campsite and swim at the falls for a little bit. It did start thunderstorming about 15 minutes after we got out there so we didn't really get to swim, but it was a beautiful area to just hangout and relax for a bit.

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6:00pm | Elizabeth St. Cafe

We were celebrating our one year anniversary so we choose to go somewhere a little fancier. Elizabeth St. Cafe was highly recommended by a lot of different people so we decided to try it out. IT WAS AMAZING. Everything we had was so tasty, 

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All and all we had an amazing time in Austin and I can't wait to explore more once I call the big state of Texas home. Until next time!

A New Season

Sitting down and writing this blog post has not been easy. I keep starting and restarting because I didn't know where to begin. I feel like I need to apologize for not getting a chance to tell most of you in person, but I honestly had no idea that this was going to happen.

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June 1st, I’ll be packing up my things and moving out of Jacksonville. 

It’s so crazy to me how quickly things changed, but they did. As I look over my path I kept saying “I don’t know” because I really didn’t. Nothing seemed to be sticking, 2016 started out in a struggle and I was forced to decide. So I began to pray. 

When nothing seems secure, I remembered Christ was. 

So slowly I began letting go, I realized that life was pushing me and I needed to jump. It feels crazy to me to finally be leaving, and everyday has been so bittersweet. Jacksonville has been such a home to me the last 9 years. I’ve meet so many people that have shaped me into who I am today, I had to grow up here, I learned what church community looks like and built a business here. 

So I want to say thank you

Thank you to The District Church for teaching me what a church should look like. For challenging me. For trusting me as a 21 year old to help you start. For speaking life into me. This church is what kept me in Jacksonville, because it became my home. Despite not having family here every time I considered moving I couldn’t bring myself to do it. This community was so strong and I couldn’t have asked for better people to help me grow up. You were there for some of the most difficult times of my life. You will be the why I will always have ties to Jacksonville. 

Thank you to everyone that has helped me through my business here. As a crazy 22 year old I started my company. There are so many different people that have helped me along that journey, so many amazing clients I have had the chance to become friends with. I will always remember Jacksonville as were I started something both challenging and incredible. 

Thank you to all my friends. whether you’re still in my life or not there has been some amazing women that I’ve been honored to have pour into me.

So what’s next?

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The next few months will be spent with family. It’s been seven years since I’ve spent more then a few weeks with my brother, my mom or dad. So for the summer, DC will be a temporary home. Then I’m throwing my ties to the wind and I don’t know where I’ll land. I will always continue to come back to Jacksonville, for work, for friends, for church. I don’t want people to think this is a “goodbye”, but a “see you later.” 

So as I start packing up my things, I holdfast to what the gospel promises me, that God has a plan far greater then what I could come up with myself. 

Through everything I will praise Him, that's what I'm consistently reminding myself of this season. 

Through uncertainty.

Through trails.

Through wandering.

Through waiting. 

Christ gets the praise.