We did it! We made it through January! And now it’s time to think about the one you love. Yup, in just 14 short days, the holiday dedicated to all things love will be here. Are you ready? I mean aside from raiding the Target Valentine’s Day aisle! 😉 Because I have a challenge for […]
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Neutral wedding colors. If there were love languages for photographers, neutral wedding colors would be one of them. What a way to end my 2018 wedding season. Danielle and Jake had the most beautiful wedding at Hermann Hill Wedding Venue. From the Jimmy Choos, to the baseball bat mugs, to the most perfect wedding dress […]
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If there was ever a day for a wedding in the country, it’d be Samantha and Austin’s fall wedding at Heartland Farms. Country farm wedding venues were made for fall. And it was the most perfect day from start to finish. Perfect fall temperatures, a slight fall breeze, fall colors all over the trees, and […]
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The bridal suite at The Four Seasons St. Louis is like none other. Floor to ceiling windows, across two rooms, with the most fabulous views. The Arch shines in the not too far off distance. The Martin Luther King bridge, stretching over the Mississippi River. It’s a pretty spectacular space to start your wedding day. […]
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If there was ever a fairy tale wedding, this was it. And if downtown St. Louis is your kingdom, then Union Station Hotel is your castle. And if you start your wedding day in a castle, you better believe the entire day will be magical. This downtown St. Louis wedding is what fairy tale dreams […]
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One of my favorite wedding trends lately, is bridesmaids wearing different shades of color. And, when I saw Nicole’s bridesmaids, in their different shades of mauve, it made my photographer heart skip a beat! Nicole planned, and thought out, every last detail of her wedding day. And, let me tell you, she nailed it. Floral […]
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When I hear the word “entrepreneur”, I can’t help but think of the show Shark Tank. You know, the show where all these different entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a bunch of wealthy investors (the sharks), hoping for some moola so they can make it big. Some of the businesses are genius, and the sharks get into bidding wars over who will invest. Other businesses just aren’t the right fit for the sharks. But, one thing all of these businesses have in common, are extremely ambitious entrepreneurs, with really great ideas and big dreams.
I’ve never pitched an idea to a room full of millionaires, hoping for some of their money. But, I am a doer. I’m determined to a fault. I have a need to make things happen. And I’ve had several businesses of my own! I am an entrepreneur.
Here’s the thing about being an entrepreneur…it’s like dating. From start to finish, entrepreneurs play the dating game. And the entrepreneur’s dating game is just as confusing and complicated as the regular dating game. But, the end goal is the same, to find your true love. The yin to your yang. Your better half. The one. And, when you’ve found the one, it’s magical.
Now, let me tell you all about how I found “The One” that made my entrepreneur heart sing.
Man, the dating game is rough. So many ups and downs. So many emotions. Tears. Drama. And it all comes to a head when you find yourself in an “it’s complicated” relationship.
We’ve all been there. That relationship that has so much going on under the surface, it’s just too hard to explain to people, so you just tell them “it’s complicated”. Let me introduce you to Emmie Designs.
It’s so complicated, I don’t even know where to start.
I needed some creativity in my life. I still hadn’t found “the one”. But, I wasn’t ready to give up. I was starting to get a feel for what I liked and didn’t like, and what I needed out of a relationship. But I just wasn’t sure where to look.
At this point in my life, I had a really solid friendship with Photoshop. We did everything together. I met Photoshop around the same time I met my first love. And when my first love was over, Photoshop stuck with me. And was there for me through my rebound, and was ready to help me through whatever came next.
I started to have feelings for Photoshop. Like, we could really be something. And everyone knows a good relationship is built on a really solid friendship, right? I started thinking Photoshop was exactly what I needed in my life, and it had been there the whole time!
We both really liked digital scrapbooking, and started spending SO much time together. Photoshop helped me find my creative side. And together, we designed digital scrapbook pages and digital scrapbook elements.
So, of course, my old business partner/sister-in-law and I decided to open an Etsy shop. Emmie Designs became home to all things digital. And we really thought we had a good thing going. Until there were no sales. Etsy just wasn’t the right place for digital scrapbooking. It was too complicated.
Ok, so I know one thing for absolute certain. I like making money. That is a must have quality in my next relationship (and, in case you haven’t caught on, I really mean business). No compromising.
Photoshop and I needed to break up. We were really better off as just friends. Plus, I’d just been introduced to Photoshop’s cousin, The Silhouette. You know, to make things even MORE complicated.
I warned you! Complicated.
This time I moved on from creating all things digital, to creating things with my hands. My sister-in-law and I were still business partners. And we kept our business name, Emmie Designs. We just started using The Silhouette Cameo to create our signs and banners. Then we even ventured into sewing pillow covers. We were a mess. But it was different this time. At least that what we kept telling ourselves.
Unfortunately, this relationship with The Silhouette was just too much work. And we kept doing the same things over and over again. Until we eventually just couldn’t anymore. Every now and then we made some money, but I couldn’t rely on it. It was too much. We weren’t in love. We were just trying to make something work.
So we ended things. Goodbye Emmie Designs! And all your complications.
And if you like love stories, check out my real life love story HERE!