Posts tagged advice
10 Tips To Loving Your Clients Well

Today’s business world is a cycle of marketing for clients, serving clients for monetary recompense, and then marketing for more clients.  Everyone says more is better and we often measure success by how many new clients are flocking to a certain business owner.  In lieu of income, running a business is more about constantly gaining new clients then pouring everything into your current and past clients. But is that really true?

When I stepped into the world of photography a couple of years ago, I was pouring all of my effort into gaining new clients instead of fiercely loving and serving the ones I already had.  I mean, I tried to be gracious and kind and helpful, but I didn’t really understand how to simultaneously pour everything into my current clients and yet grow my business and gain more customers … that is, until this year. . . 

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5 Tips from a 16 Year Old Entrepreneur

If you’re a young business owner, you probably know how hard it is to gain the trust of potential clients. I’ve always felt as though I’m not old enough to run a business, but I still had the passion to keep hustling to make this dream happen for me. I have come across several blog posts about being a young entrepreneur and I’ve gathered my favorite tips so you can read what has worked best for me as a 16 year old with her own photography business.

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If You're Single (and Tired of It)

The uncertainty of knowing when or if you’ll ever meet “the one.”Feeling the need to be at every social event so you don’t accidentally miss out on fate. The nights of crying in frustration because you’re so over being single. Having to navigate through dating (that’s a whole other blog for another day!). Feeling the pressure to look good enough to attract someone. Third-wheeling. Feeling so awkward during wedding season. Feeling super happy but also like something’s a little wrong with you when your friends, one by one, leave the single club as they fly off into relational bliss…

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4 Takeaways From the [Be Disciplined] Workshop

Last week I traveled 1,929.4 mi from the craziness of the Chicagoland area to the quiet peace of Pateros, WA. As I was on my second flight on my way there, I thought about the word “Discipline”. Not from a perspective of teaching it, but truly thinking about discipline in my own life, and I immediately had a knot in my stomach. Discipline is so hard! We are constantly on the go from one place to the next, and life is just whizzing by before our eyes. This summer's Delight & Be Disciplined workshop had me leave back on my flight back home with so much conviction, and filled up with the hunger of going after discipline in my own life.

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Can We Stop Living For Marriage?

It seems like the whole world is obsessed with finding a spouse. You know what I mean, though, right? Tell me you see it, too.

Maybe you see it in your friends or maybe you’ve realized it for yourself, but it just seems as though all we’re living for is whether or not we’ve got a ring on it by the time we’re “x”  years old.

Yes, yes that was a Beyoncé reference…

We have this false sense of everything-will-be-OK-once-I’m-no-longer-single. We dream of the day we have Mr. or Mrs. Right by our side, and we fantasize how much “better” everything will be once we’re married.

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When Heartache is All Too Real

Heartache. It hits at unexpected times, and one can ever be prepared for it. No matter what preparation one attempts, the pain, when it accrues, is always a shock. Though you might not be enveloped in it at this moment, at one time or another, you will have pain. Sadly, it is a fact that we shall have to face. Some of us will receive that dreaded phone call, the one that makes your heart stop and your palms sweat. Others of us will be found sitting in white walled doctor's offices attempting to comprehend what life will be like with the diagnosis.

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Summer Fashion Tips: 5 Ways To Wear White Jeans in Summer

White jeans are a staple and they’re so great because they work year round, but they especially look great in the summer! There’s just something about white and pastels during this summer season that makes everything seem more cheerful! Have you been wearing your white jeans?If not, here are 5 ideas to get you started!

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To the Ones Who Aren’t Happy with Average

Today I sat in a senior luncheon to celebrate the end of my undergraduate college career and it was awkward. Even though I've had classes upon classes with this same group of social work students over the last several years, it felt uncomfortable to talk post-grad plans and what we're going to do with our lives. You can feel the comparison, nervousness, and fatigue in the room as we discussed job offers, applications out, and licensing exams.

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Adulting 101: Habits To Form As You Enter Adulthood

Wow, I can remember being 17, 18, and 19 and just wanting to be grown up! We want everything and we want it now, but there is a process of walking out our time and growing and becoming adults. It is a process that starts in our later teenage years and can feel like it lasts forever. But one day you look up, you look back, and you realize, “Wow, I am a real adult!” My husband and I always joke with people we mentor that it happens when you are 25 because you can rent a car or drive a church van.  

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Adulting 101: 7 Ways to Balance Your Priorities

Today is the day we've been anticipating for months, as we begin our brand new series "ADULTING 101." As teens transitioning into adulthood, there is no question that you're facing big changes and tough choices. How do you navigate it all? How do you "adult" in this world every day? We've reached out to writers from across the nation in all seasons of life to ask them to share their tips with you. Thus, today we kick the series off with one of the hardest struggles of all: how to balance your priorities.  

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Single with a Side of Creme Brulee

How many times I'd hovered on the edge of a pool of golden light, craving to step into its glow. Afraid to because I hadn't been invited – figuratively and literally. I stopped this time, unable to leave. I had wrapped up dinner with friends earlier than expected and had decided to wander around the historic downtown of the city with just my sister for company before heading home. Now my sister and I lingered here on this odd bit of cobblestone street, tethered by longing to this sight; a hot day had steamed away into cool darkness. The French bistro tucked into the row of darling shops had expanded tonight to include a pop-up outdoor cafe. A square of white picket fencing, two-top tables, gentle globe lighting. The rest of the cobbled street seemed lately deserted. Adorable couples occupied the few tables while Ella Fitzgerald's voice soothed over them from some hidden speaker.

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3 Powerful Reasons to Be Content in Singleness

My sisters always joked I was going to be an old maid by the time I found a man that met my standards. Sometimes, I believed them, and wondered if I was going to be single forever. What kept me going was a sense that God knew best and that worrying wasn’t going to get me far. It turns out learning to be content in singleness was the best thing I could have done.

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