I am grateful. I am angry. I am excited.

Gratitude, I know, it’s one of those self-help guru keywords. To me gratitude isn’t so much an exercise in becoming artificially modest even thought it is attribute that I do not posses. Gratitude to me is about being aware of what you have in your life versus running after stuff we don’t have. Sure I would like the business to move faster, get bigger, have The Women’s Code become the movement I envision it as, save our industry, get prices to go back up, establish the value of photography, and, and and. But during the quiet time of the season and especially on a day like today it is important for us to reflect. The 21st of December 2012 was the day the world was supposed to come to an end. We’ve been terrorized by those messages and admittedly you may have thought once or twice, like I did – what if it is true? But here we are. And we continue to exists. That is what we are grateful for,  that our world is alive and well and that we can enjoy the gift of family and friends. That we are living, breathing, and get to witness this unprecedented energy cosmic shift. That is the end of the old ways and the beginning of the new world. And I can’t wait because I am grateful to be a part of it. I get to change more lives for the better. That is powerful.

Anger, oh well. Call me passionate. Stupidity and ignorance gets me because you can’t argue with it. Seriously there are some amongst us that need a swift kick in the behind because they are fast asleep. There is only one way and that way is forward and not backward. Change once it has begun is irrevocable. It will only change more but always in a forward and never in a backward motion. Wake up and do something. If you look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see decide what you want to see. If that doesn’t look back at you than find a way to become that and change into that person. This may not be accomplished overnight but in little manageable steps. If this change involves your business perhaps it is time to let me help you.

Excitement means that I cannot wait. I cannot wait to tell you more about what I am learning about. Some of the projects that are lining up for 2013 are incredible. There is a Mastermind program in the works for the top tier of photography business professionals in our tribe. This may just be the year for a  live event here in Los Angeles, and we are talking about art eBook publishing. Things are moving forward and the speed is increasing.

As you are taking much needed and deserved time off no matter where in world you are or what you believe in, please know that I am grateful for you. You are a part of a 25,000 to 45,000 people strong community (the number is foggy depending on what day we check our social reach)

You matter to me. Your business matters to me and I want you to know that.

So thank you for being here, reading, visiting, and participating even though you may disagree with me here or there. Thank you for putting up with my typo’s and Germanisms and run-on sentences. It is said that life is not a destination but a journey. If you are like me let us just say we will remind each other that stopping for the simple things in life is a required fortitude. Rushing through the experience makes it no better or worse, it just makes you not notice. Let us enjoy our experience with each other.

If you haven’t heard. My thank you to the photography industry that has been so very good to me is a free 7 day bootcamp that I facilitate only three times a year. If you are not a part of it you are missing out. We have a record number of participants already enrolled. Join us, you won’t regret it.

Yours very truly and with my warmest and best wishes I remain,

Your PhotoBizCoach Beate


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