Sacrifices. Struggles. Success.
I went to J*’s Fix conference last week and it was A-MA-ZING! It covered so many key factors on improving your business, or in my case starting my business :) Our homework assignment was to write out our Goals, Strengths & weaknesses. One day I will have the guts to post them. In my Nitty Gritty category I will start posting my struggles, because the reality is this business isnt all fun & games! There are many behind the scene struggles & stresses that you have to overcome. Here's a cool chart that my friend showed me...
Oh and I met thee Jasmine Star! It was so strange standing in line to take a photo with someone other than Santa (and I barely experienced that for the first time this past xmas, when I took lil Jack). I’ve never been one to chase down a famous person for a autograph or photo. Im way too shy, but best believe I totally brag about it later to my family, and sometimes I wish I had the photo for proof. My friend Katy was teasing me because I had no idea what the heck I was going to say! Wouldn’t that be so cool if she recognized me? When I introduced myself she said Hi Janelle, I know exactly who you are. Let’s do coffee. (Even though I’d rather drink hot cocoa than coffee, but for her I’d make an exception).
Hi Im Janelle Marina, (I’m so not used to including my middle name in my introduction! Kinda weird!) I’m the one who asks you a question at least once a week. Can we be instant friends?
No thats too strange, I dont want to scare her...
"Hi I’m Janelle & this is my friend Katy." Thats it. She had no clue who the heck I was, and why would she? I’m only 1 out of 50,000 fans!!! I dont like awkward silences so I added "We are your stalkers!" As soon as those words came out I wanted to punch myself in the arm... What an idiot! (I also knew damn well that Katy has no part in the stalking process, I just didn’t want to single myself out & sounds extra creepy!) But thankfully it broke the silence & we all laughed... she said that since we’ve officially met, we are now friends not stalkers.
I did manage to make her laugh! In the conference she was explaining how she had so much responsibilities on her plate; shooting, editing, album designing, burning cds, & making dinner. She said “I knew that I had to give up some of these responsibilities to be able to still have a life.” Then she paused and I don’t know what came over me but I blurted out, “So you chose to give up making Dinner!” And everyone started laughing! It was kinda cool. The whole room was dark so no one knew who said it. It might not sound funny to you; it’s definitely one of those things that you had to be there to appreciate the funniness.
I didn’t leave with a new best friend, but I’ll settle for all the good information that she gave us :)
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.