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I’m a what-you-see is what-you-get kind of gal.

If you’ve spent any time with me on social media, you know I’m a fan of the top knot, comfy tee and leggings — with a steamin’ hot cup of coffee in one hand and my daughter’s scooter in the other.

Seriously — have you ridden a scooter lately? You should.

 
 
 
 

The truth is, too much of my life passed me by when I put my business before everything else in my life. Now, I’m running a successful business with systems in place that help me get my work done, love and support my cattle-ranching husband well, and walk my daughter to school every day. (Rain or shine, she rides the scooter there, and I ride it home.)

I fell in love with photography (and, really my own creativity) after my own wedding when I borrowed my father’s camera just to play around with it — turns out when you do something you love, you want to do it all.the.time.

Enter my season of burnout.

I’d been in business about five years and I had just hosted my first workshop for photographers to teach them tools to run their businesses successfully. After a year of life and business’s highest highs and lowest lows, I discovered that I was using my business as a place to hide from the things I needed to heal from. The honest-to-goodness truth?

I was more prepared to quit than fix the real problems. I tell the story because:

01. I came out the other side of it a better version of myself, and who doesn’t love a good happy ending, amiright?

And 02. Because if it happened to me, I knew it could happen to other business owners and photographers, as well.

Because, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Right? Nah… I call bullshit.

Yep, you read that right. This is work, and I love it. But, I work freakin’ hard and it took me a long time to work smarter instead of harder.

So, yeah, I wear top knots and leggings, and I talk to the screen of my iPhone so you can hear my story on Instagram. What you see is what you get. I spent too many months of my life, holding on for dear life and trying to convince myself and everyone around me that everything.is.fine.it’s.fine.really.we’re.fine… Not anymore.

Now, it’s actually good—GREAT, even. Because I made the changes that mattered.

And, I’m still a photographer. Still a web designer. I’m a business mentor and workshop leader, plus a bit of a health, wellness and fitness buff, to boot. But now, I get to be all of those things from a place of authenticity and hard-earned, real-life wisdom.

Thank you — sincerely — for coming along with me.

 
 
 

When I’m not in my office or behind the lens, you can find me…

 
taking a power nap, or crying over the latest episode of “This Is Us”.

taking a power nap, or crying over the latest episode of “This Is Us”.

feeding cows with my cattle-ranching husband, Shaun — wearing my trusted LL Bean boots, of course.

feeding cows with my cattle-ranching husband, Shaun — wearing my trusted LL Bean boots, of course.

wandering the aisles of Target with my favorite shopping partner.

wandering the aisles of Target with my favorite shopping partner.

cooking something yummy — our favorites? Homemade mac and cheese, fresh salmon from the Willapa Bay or pizza in the wood fired oven!

cooking something yummy — our favorites? Homemade mac and cheese, fresh salmon from the Willapa Bay or pizza in the wood fired oven!

 
 
reading a Harlan Coben novel or anything about World War II. I might also be listening to a true crime podcast.

reading a Harlan Coben novel or anything about World War II. I might also be listening to a true crime podcast.

doing a home workout from Beachbody.

doing a home workout from Beachbody.

on an adventure to the public library with miss Riley — almost always on Saturday!

on an adventure to the public library with miss Riley — almost always on Saturday!

reorganizing and cleaning our adorable little yellow house. My husband always has to ask me where I’ve moved things.

reorganizing and cleaning our adorable little yellow house. My husband always has to ask me where I’ve moved things.

 
Emma Rose Company | Squarespace Website Designer for Photographer and Seattle Wedding and Portrait Photographer
  • I met my Husband in college at Washington State University, Go Cougs!

  • I am one of five kids in my family.

  • My hands, feet and tip of my nose are almost ALWAYS cold, but I still cannot bare to sleep with socks on. I definitely have circulation problems!

  • I have to have white noise when I sleep, it drives my Husband a little crazy.

  • I grew up in Seattle, Washington but moved to Wenatchee (Eastern WA) in the fourth grade.

  • I let my sister dye my hair in the fourth grade... it's been dyed ever since!

  • Even in 100 degree weather, I prefer to wear pants. Everyone thinks I'm weird but I just love pants.

  • Dry shampoo is my BEST friend.

  • A Walk to Remember is my favorite movie of all time, right up there with Dirty Dancing.

  • I've been on a journey to a healthier life and am proud to say I've lost over 50 pounds!

  • I have what my family calls "awkward hands"... they are seriously so awkward, I'll tell you about it some time!

  • I believe in love and I believe that everyone deserves to be happy.

  • I recently turned 30 and feel like this is going to be the most exciting phase of my life!

Likes:  taco wagons, apple products, sunsets, fresh flowers, open windows, delicious smelling candles, clean sheets, coffee mugs, french pressed coffee, dry shampoo, Riley's giggles, holding hands, agriculture, the PNW, farmers markets, Target, epsom salt bubble baths, a hoppy IPA & Amazon prime

Dislikes:  traffic, long lines, being on airplanes, when my phone gets below 20%, taxes, unloading the dishwasher, commercials, taxis, being cold, uncomfortable jeans

 
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My personal journey to a stronger, healthier, and happier me

It was Thanksgiving 2017 and I’d just finished a couple of mimosas with my mom and sister preparing all the goodies for the day. I got a bad headache and had to lay down for a nap. I woke from my nap and stood in my sister’s bathroom just staring at myself for the first time in what felt like a really long time… truly looking at myself. I was sad, defeated, overweight, hating how my clothes fit, and frustrated that I felt so tired that day that I had to lay down and sleep. This day would serve as a milestone for me on my journey because it’s when I finally decided that enough was enough.

I didn’t take another sip of alcohol for ten months and started working out on December fourth.

 
Emma Rose Company | Squarespace Website Designer for Photographer and Seattle Wedding and Portrait Photographer
 

I had no idea how drastically my life would change in what can honestly be summed up as a very short amount of time. In one year, I lost over 50 pounds and somewhere along the way I rediscovered myself. I realized that putting self-care at the top of the priority list is NOT selfish. For the first time I recognized that I was the ONLY one who could take ownership of my life and habits.

I simply ran out of any more excuses.

I share this piece of me because it’s greatly influenced me in virtually EVERY aspect of my life from my marriage, to friendships, to motherhood and my business. You can’t pour from an empty cup and mine had been empty for far too long. I simply hope that by sharing my own journey, anyone in a space of struggle can truly see that they do have the power to change and to feel better. It takes time and it takes a lot of work, but it is possible.

I share a bit of this on Instagram, so be sure to come on over to follow along with me! And if you’re on your own journey, I’d love to keep up with you via the hashtag I started called #myfighttofeelbetter.

 
 
Emma Rose Company | Squarespace Website Designer for Photographer and Seattle Wedding and Portrait Photographer
 
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