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You guys…I can’t believe this day is finally here! It’s time to expand our team! We are thrilled to announce that we are hiring for our Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 Internship! Educating and helping others grow is incredibly important to me, so I believe in pouring everything I got into these two amazing interns!

We are hiring for both a Spring and Summer intern at the same time.

Spring: March 1st – May 31st

Summer: May 15th – August 30th

We are accepting applications through January 31st at 11:59 pm EST. We will start interviewing the top candidates the week of February 5th and finish interviews in mid-February. The Spring 2018 Intern will begin her position March 1st. The Summer 2018 Intern will begin her position on May 15th.

Think you’re ready? You can access the application HERE!

So, let’s get into the details…

What are we looking for?

  • Someone who is kind and fun to be around.
  • Someone who is a passionate learner and dedicated worker.
  • Someone who learns quickly and can work independently
  • Someone who has a passion for serving others through photography and weddings. We are so much more than wedding photographers, I believe in serving clients to the best of our ability and making sure they have an amazing wedding day! Service is key!
  • Someone who has great work ethic! It is important you be responsible, be able to work independently, and problem solve.
  • Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure clients feel well loved and taken care of.
  • Someone who can commit to working ~ 10-15 hours a week on average (Assisting at weddings + Sessions + Helping with studio tasks).
  • Someone who can commit to assisting at weddings (usually on Saturdays, some Sundays).
  • Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done!
  • Someone who loves dogs…Mr. Peabody is with me a lot…so you gotta love him! 🙂

 

What can you expect to learn?

  • How to maintain and take care of photography equipment
  • How to work with wedding vendors and build those relationships
  • How to manage the flow of a wedding day and how to serve your clients well (from prior to booking till after their wedding day is over!)!
  • The day to day tasks of keeping a photography business running smoothly
  • Writing blog posts
  • What it takes to have a successful wedding, session, and styled shoot
  • How to design and put on a styled shoot
  • How to shoot in film
  • Build a portfolio of images you can use!
  • The basics of social media to grow a business

 

This is an unpaid position, but we are happy to work with you to obtain college credit if that is something your school offers. I am so confident that this internship will offer you numerous hands-on learning opportunities to grow from! We will help you learn what it takes to keep our company running and on top of things! I view these internships as an opportunity to provide you with a toolkit of knowledge that you can utilize in your own business and future.

Does this sound like YOU? If so, we’d love to meet you! Please fill out the application HERE. If you have any comments or questions please contact us at amandaoliviaphotography@gmail.com. Applications are due by January 31st at 11:59 pm EST. We will be in touch with all applicants by February 5th.

We are so excited for you to apply to this position! We’ll be in touch soon!

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Hello Sweet Friends! Yesterday I shared some of my intentions for 2018. I’ve been spending my time goal setting in a different way than I have in the past, so I’m excited to make this change in 2018! I’ve been more intentional about setting a strong foundation for my goals going into 2018. I have no doubt great things are coming/happening!

Hop over to yesterday’s post to learn more about the heart behind my January goals.

To start the year off on the right foot, I picked a few of the goals I want to work on in 2018 and made some tangible goals I could reach this month. I’m starting small and integrating new habits slowly to set myself up for success!

January 2018 Goals:

Personal:

  • Drink 80 oz of water every day
  • Start strength training 1 day a week
  • Go on a 30 minute morning walk with Mr. Peabody 3 times a week
  • Meal prep for lunch (Monday – Friday)
  • Celebrate my Best Friend’s Birthday! Done!
  • Celebrate Mr. Peabody’s Birthday…He’s turning 3!

Business:

 

What are your goals for this month? Please share! I’d love to hear!

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Goals, Personal

January 1, 2018

2018 Goals

Happy New Year Friends! I’m so excited for what this new year has in store for us. But before I start sharing all the things I want to accomplish this year, I’d like to share more behind my heart when I’m goal setting, and the process I went through this year to arrive where I am.

I always spend several days to a week in December really thinking about my goals, getting everything down on paper, and brainstorming all the ways I’m going to make these goals happen. I usually end up with this tremendous amount of things to accomplish and am excited about them all. This December I did what I usually do. I took time to sit still with my thoughts and figure out where my time would be best spent in 2018.

This year it was hard. Something was different. I felt a little unsure and unclear about a lot of my ideas. I still feel foggy on many of my big ideas and want to take more time to sit with them. That’s a first! Usually I’m fast to start implementing new things and head full speed at them. This year is going to be different, and that’s good.

As I was goal setting, this quote really stuck with me:

“What you put into you, is what will pour out of you.” – Christine Caine

YES! YES! YES! In the past, I have been so interested in setting good external goals, and there is nothing wrong with that; but I haven’t spent as much time building up myself, my character, and my person. This is the year for that. I want to GROW DEEP instead of growing wide this year.

Knowing this is how I am going to spend 2018 is freeing. It’s freeing to feel that I don’t have to have the whole year mapped out right now. It’s freeing to know that I have big dreams personally and for my business, and it’s OKAY to not fully understand them or share them right now. It’s freeing to see goals written down that have a lot of heart behind them.

My hope for you this year is that you will lean into yourself more and grow deep. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean all your goals have to be perfect and ready on January 1st. It doesn’t mean you have to understand them yet. I want to be able to CHANGE my goals and PIVOT my focus point if needed and when I’m ready. So today, I’m only going with the goals that I feel clear about in THIS moment. The rest I will sit on, meditate on, and gain clarity on with time.

So, if you feel like you’re in a similar place – don’t think too much about it and don’t pressure yourself! The act of setting goals is just writing down things you WANT to do. It’s setting a platform of intention. It’s about trying new things and breaking out of your comfort zone. It’s OKAY to change them. It’s OKAY to reevaluate and redirect yourself at any point in time.

Each year when I’m goal setting, I look for a theme or a feeling I have about the year and use that to filter my ideas through. So before I share my goals for 2018, I’d like to share my word! 🙂 My word for 2018 is: GROW. I’ll write more about this in a separate post, but lots of my goals and intentions for 2018 are centered around growing.

So, here we go….

Here is my INTENTION and DIRECTION for 2018, and the tangible goals within them:

2018 Goals:

Business

GROW my photography business. Implement ways to establish a legacy driven business full of purpose and passion. I want to support, empower, and uplift women.

  • I’m not entirely sure what all of this will look like this year, but this is my heart behind this business…so we’re going to figure it out. There are still a lot of things I’m sitting on for now. It’s going to be an uncomfortable year. But GROWTH doesn’t have to be comfortable, right!?!!? As of now this looks like:
    1. Hiring a business mentor and coach (Done!)
    2. Grow my email marketing list and figure out how I can serve those on my list
    3. Think outside of the box for advertising. Be okay with getting a little uncomfortable.
    4. Hire 2 interns
    5. Grow and strengthen my relationships within my industry
    6. Read 2 books each month! Readers are Leaders! #aopreads

Personal 

Improve my health. I want to feel energized, refreshed, alive, and healthy. I want to prioritize and respect myself and my time more.

  • For those of you who don’t know I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2017 and had several surgeries. This threw a bit of kink in my active lifestyle, my mindset, my priorities, and really…everything. I’m always doing too many things (not something I’m proud of),  so I’m need to tackle this issue directly. I’m ready to put myself and my health first. This looks like:
    1. Spending more time outside. Going for walks each day, hiking on the weekends, and visiting more of the National Parks! Spending time outside always leaves me feeling more alive.
    2. Work with a naturopathic doctor.
    3. Meal prep for lunch and dinner during the week.
    4. Make and buy more natural home/cleaning and personal products.
    5. Implement strength training and yoga into my workout routine. I currently dance and run, but I think this will help immensely.
    6. Run another half marathon in a National Park!

Then this last thing fits both into my business and personal life…

Say “NO”. “No” is a complete sentence. I’m going to use it more and stop explaining to everyone WHY I’m saying no.  If something in my life doesn’t directly align with my purpose, my values, and my goals…I’m saying NO!

2018 is going to be a great year! I have a lot of amazing things to accomplish, and I know I can’t implement them all right away. It takes time. And since I have officially written WAY too much…I’ll share my specific January goals tomorrow! I’ll share how I’m starting the year off and where I am focusing my energy first!

Happy New Year Friends!

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Goals

December 1, 2017

December 2017 Goals

Happy December Friends! I love love love December. December is a magical month! Anyone else feel that way? December means lots of….Christmas, friends and family, hot chocolate, working hard, goal setting, dancing, hiking with #peabodythewheaten, and starting some new family traditions!

And I can’t believe it’s the end of 2017 already! While we just have this one month left in 2017, we can still accomplish a lot of great things AND spend lots of much needed time with our families. 2017 is not over!

December Goals

  • Deliver images for my last 8 1 sessions!
  • Make and design my first personal heirloom album  Done!
  • Decorate my first REAL Christmas tree! Eeekkkk…it’s about time! Done!
  • Go look at Christmas lights and drink lots of hot chocolate Done!
  • Celebrate Christmas with my family and friends
  • Goal set for 2018! One of my favorite parts of December!
  • Read more about good goal setting from one of my favorite women Lara Casey and the Cultivate What Matters Ladies!
  • Blog EVERY day this month. I hesitate to type this, but I need you all to help keep me accountable!
  • Participate in a fun secret santa giveaway Done!
  • Dance and Perform in 3 Christmas Shows Done!
  • Make a new fun tradition at home for the 12 Days of Christmas Done!
  • Read Traction and start implementing these tools into my business
  • Attend a wedding as a GUEST! I haven’t done that in a while! Done!
  • Finish my last and final month of the #contentmentchallenge

It’s going to be a busy, productive, and fulfilling month! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! I can’t believe the next time we talk about goals it will be 2018! Merry Christmas Friends!

P.S. – I love love love this sweet photo of me and my favorite mister! Thanks Shauna Veasey for this beautiful photo that I’ll always cherish!

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Here we are again friends…it’s Monday! BUT this Monday starts week 6 of the #contentmentchallenge, and that means we’re about half way through our challenge!

YOU’VE ALMOST MADE IT!

Remember, this month is all about Gratitude. Last week we made an active effort to focus on what we DO have, and not on the lack.

How did last week go? Did you set aside time in your schedule to do this? I know it sounds silly, but setting aside the time really does help!

I tend to focus on my gratitude list at the end of each day when I’m laying in bed. If you’re having a hard time actively focusing on what you do have, set aside a specific time to practice this exercise. I like doing this right before bed because it helps me go to bed with lots of positive thoughts.

WEEK 6 CHALLENGES

  • Give a compliment to at least one person every day this week. Instead of keeping all the positive thoughts in your head, share them! Instead of thinking that Sarah looks beautiful in that skirt, tell her!
  • Vow to not complain, gossip, or criticize for a week. This will be hard at first, but gets easier with time. If you slip up, recognize it, and move forward! Take note of how much energy you are spending on negative thoughts. I’ll be the first to admit…this is a hard challenge for me, and I’m not proud of that.

Don’t forget to share your journey online using the #contentmentchallenge. I’d love to hear about your journey.

P.S. – Take some time to celebrate this week! You’ve made so much progress these past 6 weeks! How are you going to celebrate!?!?!!

Details about this beautiful photo:

Photography @amandaoliviaphoto | Host @BelleLumiereMagazine | Stylist @eventshelddear | Location @richwoodontheriver 

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Goals

November 1, 2017

November 2017 Goals

Happy November Friends! I’m so happy to be writing about this month’s goals. I have some exciting things planned for November, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to share with you!

Before I move on to November, I want to take some time to recap on October. October was BUSY!

Here’s what went well: 

  • I had several successful performances with my one and only Modern Pin-Ups.
  • I visited with my mom. She watched many of my performances and we spent lots of quality time together.
  • I photographed some beautiful weddings, families, and  couples!
  • Completed month one of The Contentment Challenge. You can read my updates here, here, here, and here. It’s been so rewarding and challenging (in all the good ways)!
  • I did work on my business this month, but not as much as I would like to. I’m going to get more specific with this in November.

Here’s what didn’t work: 

  • I didn’t implement a scheduled writing time into my days.
  • I did not have two totally unplugged weekends.

No matter how you set goals, I think it’s important to look back and count your wins and losses. Then reassess. Figure out how to turn those losses into wins. Maybe you can restructure that goal in a way that works better for you? OR maybe that wasn’t a good goal for you right now?  These are questions I ask myself throughout the year.

November Goals

  • Finish photographing my last sessions for the year!
    • 2 engagement sessions and a boudoir marathon
  • Dedicate an hour each day to my photography education
  • Send one thank you card to a friend or family member each day this month. This goes along with my goals of cultivating gratitude during the month of November.
  • Month 2 of The Contentment Challenge
    • If you’re participating share your journey using the #contentmentchallenge online! I’d love to hear about your journey!
  • Keep up my gratitude journal
  • Generate a good night time routine

 

What are you working on this month? I’d love to hear what you have in store this Fall!

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It’s almost November friends! While I’m not a fan of cold weather, I do love the holidays that surround it. The start of November means thanksgiving is right around the corner, which happens to align perfectly with our contentment theme this month: Gratitude

Take some time before this new month starts to assess how October went for you. Be honest with yourself. What was challenging? What was rewarding? How did it feel to give away some clothes? How did it feel to spend more intentional time with the people you love?

I’ll be honest with you on how my October went:

  • It was hard. It was a busy month for me, so it was difficult to set aside intentional time for myself. I’ll be honest I didn’t set aside quiet time every single morning like I wanted to. I didn’t follow my rule of no phones in bed this month. I need to reassess how I prioritize my intentional time.
  • I didn’t write down what I was grateful for EVERY day. I need to set aside a specific time to do this.
  • I did clean out my closet! Success!
  • I did send notes and gifts to some family and friends letting them know I appreciate them.
  • I did unenroll myself in lots of emails! This was great for me to look at a decluttered inbox each day.
  • I have thought of practical ways to simplify my life and I plan to implement them this month.
  • I didn’t spend money on things I didn’t NEED! I count this as a huge win!

Now that we’ve assessed how October went, lets move on! Count your wins and recognize your losses. We are starting a fresh month! Remember this process is not about being perfect, but about working towards a life dedicated to contentment.

WEEK 5 CHALLENGES:

  • Stop focusing on the lack in your life. Don’t focus on what you “don’t have”, instead focus on what you “do have”. If we are constantly focusing on what we don’t have, it is difficult for us to be content. How can we feel fulfilled if we’re always focusing on lack?
  • Make room in your thoughts and in your heart this week for contentment. When you catch yourself thinking of what you don’t have focus instead on what you have that gives you satisfaction. When do you often focus on lack the most? Is it in certain situations, certain places, or at certain times of the day? Recognize your patterns. See what you can do to break these patterns so you don’t focus on the “lack”.

Don’t forget to share your journey online using the #contentmentchallenge. I’d love to see how your journey is going and know where you’re at at the start of our second month!

Happy (almost) November Friends!

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Happy October Friends!

I can’t believe it’s Fall! Yesterday, felt like the first true Fall day here in Georgia. I think it’s time to start bringing out all those cozy sweaters and knit blankets. This time of year is my favorite! I can’t wait for beautiful Fall nights, hikes, and everything pumpkin!

October Goals

  • Perform some awesome dances at the Debut Revue with my favorite ladies!
  • Complete the first month of the contentment challenge
  • Spend quality time with my favorite people – 2 totally unplugged weekends
  • Spend time with my mom! She’s coming to Georgia (cue all the happiness)!
  • Work ‘on’ my business this month! It’s time to prioritize the most important things to help my business thrive.
  • Photograph many wonderful weddings, engagement, anniversary, and family sessions! It’s a busy month…
  • Implement a regular writing time into my schedule

What are you working on this month? I’d love to hear what you have in store this Fall!

P.S. – Even though this is a dark photo, it’s a favorite of mine! How cute is Mr. Peabody in this photo? This is his ‘I’m scared of the camera don’t move’ face.

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Happy October Friends! Today marks the start of the #contentmentchallenge .

If you’ve never heard of the contentment challenge, read my background posts about it here and here. If you feel connected to this idea I encourage you to join me. I’d love to have you by my side on this journey!

If you’re like me, you’re excited to be starting this challenge, but know that these next 3 months will be filled with struggles. But all good things grow through the dirt. So let’s dig in!

Month One – Generosity

Challenge

Clean out your closet and give away your excess clothes. 

I know you have a closet full of clothes, many that don’t even get touched. I know I have clothes I don’t feel confident in, don’t fit right, or I’ve been saving for a ‘just in case’ situation. I can’t tell you the last time I wore any of those clothes. Instead what I do is wear my favorite outfits over and over again. So why not be generous and give away what I’m not using?

It’s fulfilling to replace your need for materialism and consumerism with generosity.

This month go through your clothes. What can you afford to give away? Donate your items to an organization you care about and support.

Remember that contentment is internal. You can be content with or without stuff. Consuming more will not make you more content. However, generosity is a fulfilling gesture.

Try a new activity

I encourage you to fill your time spent shopping or participating in consuming activities with a new fulfilling activity. Think about the following when picking activities to fill your time with:

What will enrich your life? 

What will help you build healthy habits?

What will bring you true joy and fulfillment? 

  • I’m going to replace consuming activities with walking Mr. Peabody around the neighborhood or journaling. These two activities bring me so much joy, and I don’t do them nearly enough. I often find that when I slow down and go for walks with #peabodythewheaten , all the ‘problems’ in my life start to feel small. Journaling helps me think through my current season of life and understand my true priorities.

Journal

Be sure to document your challenges and victories! You don’t need to write a novel, but it’s important to understand where you are in your journey and track growth throughout these months.

As you go through your challenge please use the hashtag #contentmentchallenge to share your story with others and see past resources others have shared.

I’ll be back next Monday with an update and a few new prompts.

Are you joining me and completing your own contentment challenge? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know the new actives your trying and how your closet clean out goes.

P.S. – The Minimalists have useful and short posts on consumerism and another on contentment! Check them out!

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Writing a post talking about my contentment issues was hard. It’s never easy to admit when your heart is not in the right place. But after going through so many seasons of frustration with myself I’m glad to be sharing this journey with you all. I think there is great value in being open with where you are.

If you missed my last two posts be sure to check them out before reading todays! You can find them here and here!

I think some of you may struggle more with contentment of ‘things’. If so I think many of Nancy Ray‘s guidelines below will be helpful for you! If you’re like me and have discontentment with what I like to call your ‘Work = Worth’ problem, I have things added in for you too!

I do think there is value in getting rid of physical clutter and addictions to  material things when trying to clear your mind and be in a more content state, so I’m sticking with Nancy’s guidelines as well. However, I’ve added in a few more  guidelines to personalize this for the things I struggle with most.

Here are the Guidelines:

  • Prepare – For the next 5 days (starting on October 1st) do your homework! Prepare your heart and think about what you’d like to get out of this challenge. What would a content state look like to you? For my friends who struggle with shopping, organize your closet and make any necessary purchases that you might need during these next 3 months. It’s time to give up unnecessary shopping!

 

 

  • Journal – Writing out where you are during this process can be helpful! There are several questions I want to think about during this period: 1) How can you balance patience and ambition with yourself (especially in regards to work)? 2) What practices do you do to strengthen your worth outside of work? 3) How do you set boundaries with yourself and others so you be sure to put the right things first?

 

  • Minimalism – Start reading and understanding how to implement a state of minimalism. This goes for both the clutter of ‘things’ in your life, but also mental clutter. Make space to spend and enjoy time with those around you. I think this will be an incredibly helpful resource. This will be a journey. 🙂

 

  • Be Gracious – Gifts are okay! It’s okay to buy others gifts! It would be so hard to not to buy gifts during this period since we’ll be doing this challenge during holiday season. If someone gives you a gift also receive it graciously. You don’t want to be rude during this challenge, you instead are just taking the time to understand more about yourself.

 

  • Use Your Common Sense Folks – Necessities are okay! If you drop and break your glasses, of course go get a new pair! Just don’t start justifying new purchases for items you already have that are perfectly fine to use.

 

  • Try New Things – Actively pursue something that replaces your tendency to buy stuff/or to not be content. Begin thinking about something you love or a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, and put the steps in place to actually do it.

 

  • Consider Your Habits – What are some bad habits that you need to break? One example: Eating out! If eating out is something you do because you’re rushing around and not taking the time to prepare meals, consider giving up eating out for this season. Instead take some time to slow down and prepare meals at home.

 

Each month will have a theme with different thought prompts and an activity you will be challenged to participate in. I’ll be sure to post these on the 1st of October, November, and December. Posts of my struggles and encouragement will be sprinkled in along the way!

Share your journey using the hashtag #contentmentchallenge ! Feel free to share both your victories and struggles along the way.

I hope you’ll join me! More soon on preparing before the #contentmentchallenge !

P.S. – The original Contentment Challenge was designed by Nancy Ray and you can check her’s out here! Most of these guidelines have come from her.

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