Well friends, the time has come to say farewell to our beloved Branches & Light. What an incredible journey! My heart is so full as I sit down at my kitchen table to write this post—I wish I could invite each one of you over to share a cup of coffee and reminisce.
Three years. Four workshops in Dallas, and Austin, and Raleigh (twice!). Lovely attendees from New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, and of course, North Carolina and Texas. Three incredible guest speakers: Emily Ayer of Southern Weddings, Stefanie Miles of Lavender Joy Weddings, and Lauren Kelly from Love, Milk, & Honey.
And one BFF who challenged, encouraged, and inspired me.
(Nancy, I can never express just how much I love you, your heart, and your friendship. I feel like when I met you, I met my soul sister. You’re one rockstar of a businesswoman and you do it all with such grace. So proud to call you friend!)
Looking back over the past 3 years of Branches & Light, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. B&L changed my life and taught me how to live fully and dare greatly, even in the face of fear.
I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into my experience. These are the three moments of B&L that meant the most to me personally.
• Sitting on the floor with Nancy, putting together the goodie bags the night before our very first workshop. I’ll never forget those intense feelings of excitement, joy, and nervousness.
• Teaching others how to overcome fear at each workshop. What a task it was to reach inside myself and be vulnerable about such a hard topic…but how rewarding it was. One of my favorite quotes from the talk was, “As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson)
• Standing up with Nancy at the end of our last workshop, explaining, with great passion, the meaning behind the name Branches & Light. We were moved to tears, there in the bright sun porch where we held the workshop, literally surrounded by branches and light. It was an unforgettable ending to such a sweet time.
So what’s next? Although we won’t be hosting another Branches & Light workshop, we’re both REALLY excited to officially announce that we’re each launching something NEW!
In Fall 2013 (yes, very soon!) a brand new shop for photographers will magically appear on my website. It’ll be filled to the brim with easy-to-read, easy-to-implement downloadable PDFs. Like:
-Totally bored of your blogging routine, or lack thereof? 8 things to try, instead.
-25 mantras for the days you feel totally overwhelmed. (You can do this!)
-How to get stress-free family portraits on a hectic wedding day.
-The #1 question people ask about my business, and how I respond.
Sounds fun, right? Just you wait! Because then, in 2014, my first line of take-home workshops will be unveiled! It’s everything I’ve learned about photography and business in the past 6 years, lovingly packaged into a beautiful box and shipped directly to your doorstep. Simply order + open for an unforgettable experience.
To get in on the fun, simply go to www.carolinejoy.com and click the “shop” tab. Coming Fall 2013.