When I read that I heart faces was teaming up with Amy Wenzel for a seat in her upcoming photography workshop I was overwhelmed, ecstatic, so much that tears welled in my eyes. I've followed Amy for years and I'm in complete and utter awe at her work, her incredible love for the Lord and her deep and true commitment to her husband. I remember her first post about her husband's devastating diagnosis and then becoming a HUGE fan and cheerleader of his blog as well. I feel like I know them and I've never actually laid eyes on them. Amy is beyond inspiring, she's uplifting, electrifying and influential.
Amy will be making someone's year when she awards one winner with a free seat to one of her upcoming workshops in May. All we have to do is write in 600 words or less, and in Amy's words "Tell us how you love, serve or inspire other people in your life, and what attending the workshop might mean for your photography journey. You don’t need to have a business to enter. Whether you are a pro, semi-pro or hobbyist with an SLR, I am so, so excited to hear your story!"
I am not a good writer, and after reading ALL the entries, feel completely unworthy of this. But here goes....mine is two parts because I believe these are two completely separate questions and I just can't seem to put them together, hence the I'm not a good writer comment :-)
It's so hard to answer this first question, how do you love, serve and inspire others? To me, it all comes down to one person. One person changed my life to love, serve and inspire others by the life I lead. On Aug. 1, 1992, I became a big sister for the 2nd time. We are 11 years apart and he become my heart. I became is babysitter, summer nanny and everything in between. It never felt like a job, he felt more like my first child. So from that day forward, he was always my first thought. What would Joe think? If I did this, how would it affect him? I knew that every decision I made would be looked at by him and I wanted him to see what doing the right thing was. I've never felt I had to inspire the whole world, I only had to make a difference in the life of one person and my job would be complete. Recently I heard a story about my brother. A story I was incredibly proud and honored to hear. He made a decision I made over and over again in high school that proved to him and everyone else that he was strong, intelligent, and inspiring. My brother, now 17, is incredibly wise, intelligent, and kind. Just by his actions and his words and his demeanor, I know that the decision I made to be a good role model was the right one. The funny thing is I think he inspires me more than I inspire him! I will always love him, I'll always take care of him, and I'll do my darnedest to lead a life he will be proud of and inspired by till the day I die!
Two years ago I started this business, two years ago my life changed quite fast and it has been the most amazing ride. Being able to do what you love, truly is a gift. But I wasn't ready and I had no idea what I was doing. I jumped head first! Because I jumped head first, I lost a lot. I choose to work 80 hour weeks because I loved what I was doing, capturing the most precious little family hugging their newly 1 year old or a bride walking down the aisle with her dad, and being able to help support my family was fulfilling. From the moment I laid eyes on my children, I wanted to capture their every move, but I also wanted to help capture those moments for others as well. It's a fine balance these two. These two have grappled me every time I walk out that door. Knowing that I will spend hours away from home, missing the moments I'm capturing for other families. I'm so blessed! Blessed to do what I love, blessed to be able to take these moments in time and allow them to cherish them forever. But in following those dreams I've lost so much time with what is my heart and soul, my little amazingly, beautiful family. What inspired me to do what I love, I have lost so much time with.
Getting the chance to attend Amy Wenzel's workshop would give me back my family. My time to cherish them, just like I cherish every single family that comes my way. This workshop would make me do what I do, better and faster, give me back my time with those I love most dearly, and help me support my precious little family!