Day 1735 – Ten Ways To Finding Motivation When All You Want To Do Is Eat Ice Cream

Ok, I’m going to be 100% honest with y’all here. There are some days, most days, all days(?) that I have no motivation. I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to put myself out there again and again…..and again….to be turned down….again and again…..and again. There are days I just want to curl up in a little ball, eat ice cream and cry. There are aspects of my job that are hard, that require a ton of work, and to have an incredibly thick skin. But, ahhhh, the wonderful word “but,” I do love this job. I love all aspects of it from the accounting to the web development to the marketing to the shooting to the clients.

So, what do I do when there is a disconnect? How do I remind myself?

Here are 10 of my favorites:

1. Reread my testimonies. Knowing that I made a big enough difference in someone’s life that they can thank me is a HUGE motivator.

2. Go outside to read. This has been a little difficult until recently, but woo hoo spring!

3. Grab a pillow, put it to my face, and scream as loud as I can. Not only does it get the “ya ya’s” out, but it also makes me laugh at myself.

4. Turn up my “Jennilyn’s Epic Mix” on Spotify and dance and sing along. Dancing is a HUGE help.

5. Pull up a TED talk playlist and put together a puzzle while I listen. I’m obsessed with puzzles and the concept behind them….the idea that you can take a big pile of nothing and create something and everything has a spot is so encouraging.

6. Ask for it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put it out there that I’m not doing so good and I’m met with such love and encouragement, I can’t help but be motivated.

7. I look at the finances. Sometimes a realistic look at how we’re doing helps me to kick it into overdrive. lol, sometimes!

8. Watch this Kid President video. If you haven’t heard of and/or started following Kid President yet, please, do yourself a favor and start now. Also look into the story of how he got started. Very inspiring!

9. Drop everything, go for a drive with the windows down and grab a cup of coffee.

10. Post inspiring quotes everywhere! Check out one I got from Wegmans last night. I’ve seen this little stand with Quotable stuff…but I can’t bring myself to spend the money on a mug or purse….but they had these stickers, 3 to a pack, for $2.50. To me, that’s a good ROI for inspiration. I have one in my car, one on my computer and one that I haven’t decided placement yet…suggestions?


What about you? How do you find motivation?


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Day 1712 – Top Ten Reasons I Stay A Full-Time Photographer

If you’re a business owner like me, you know that every day can be a struggle to get up and keep on keeping on. I was going to write a completely different post, but it just wasn’t the right time or topic. Maybe another day. But not today.

So here are my current top ten reasons I stay a full-time photographer.

  1. I felt a call on my life. At first I thought it was just to be a wedding photographer. Since I quit the 9-5 I have had countless opportunities to be there for others. The ability to lend my car to my siblings. Time to bond with others that I never would have had with any of my 9-5 jobs.
  2. As a thank you to Bret for all of the sacrifices he’s made for me. He believes in me, that is a huge motivator.
  3. To capture more important moments in others’ lives.
  4. I remember all of the memories I’ve stolen forever in digital format. Bwahahahaha.
  5. Because I have no idea what else I would do. I cannot think of a single job that includes all of my skills and gifts so well.
  6. Because each day we have our daily bread is a confirmation that I’m doing the right thing.
  7. Because my past self tells me to.
  8. Because I know we offer something different and special.
  9. So I can do this – day_00798d
  10. Because every day I ask God to “go before me today. I give you my day, no matter what that means.” And He hasn’t told me no yet. 🙂

What about you? What keeps you doing what you do?