Up at 4:30 A.M. | Salt Air Entrepreneur

I know people who would shudder at this blog title, HA! But they are also the night owls who outdo me in staying up late. What do you MEAN you were up until 11pm!?!? LOL! I can’t even. I used to be a night owl and after Cammy started elementary school – we had to…

Prioritizing Gear Purchases | Photography

It’s asked often enough via email, mentoring and workshops to need to have it’s own little home on the blog now 🙂 When you’re starting out with your photography business, what do you need to invest in first? What comes next? How MUCH do you invest in per lens, per camera body? And lighting…don’t even…

I Love To Hustle, I Love To Slow Down | Salt Air Entrepreneur

Hi there friends! Today we begin sharing our new blog series, Salt Air Entrepreneur! This is a category I’ve constructed where I can happily tuck posts relating to all things business owner, entrepreneur and the spirit that comes along with being someone who absolutely is head-over-heels obsessed with building their empire, no matter how big or small,…

The Number One Way We Made Life Easier | New Mom Series

Life is absolutely like swimming in the ocean. It’s still sometimes. So still that you can think so clearly, you can dream, you’re level-headed and you’re really able to keep up with the tides. Then it gets a little choppier, but you kind of hang on and adjust because you know it’ll be still again…

Laundromat Dates & Walmart Brands | Life By The Sea

This sounds ridiculous…but sometimes I miss the pain of the laundromat and the cheap, mostly not dependable brand items from Walmart we used to have all over our home. Those days were so hard. When I began attending ODU, it became clear my parents weren’t going to be helping me out much as they were…

A Year With Three Girls Four and Under | The Biggest Challenges

Please believe me when I say I love my girls before you dive into this post…because I, truly from the bottom of my heart, love and appreciate the heck out of them, but talking about my personal struggles as a parent with three of them so close in age and having a rough year may sound…

Being PRESENT in 2017 | Happy New Year!

Happy happy New Year from this salty aired little beach box in Kill Devil Hills, NC! We are so excited to begin a new year and new adventure together, we ARE believers in fresh starts and new perspectives…although we know the real magic is not in it just happening, it’s in believing in it! Don’t…

Do Only What You Can Do | Small Businesses

A simple, simple line from a book I recently read, Loving My Actual Life. One simple sentence, a simple concept, but when you consider the magnitude of it..it’s HUGE. You guys all know we are living in a hyper connected time. Technology is a beautiful thing and a difficult thing all in the same. Arianna…

Having Support | Small Businesses

One of the hardest emails I get from small business owners/dreamers are the ones that include “my spouse/boyfriend/family/etc” don’t support me, they don’t believe in me. They think this is impractical, the investments are frivolous, it’s harder than it’s worth trying for. They feel alone and I don’t blame them, I would, too..and I have.  There was a…

Give Yourself A Break | Small Businesses

I am in a hotel room for the 8th time this year, and I LOVE every second of it. I am so thankful and you have NO idea how much I actually thoroughly enjoy this part of the job! I have ALWAYS been that little girl that checks into a hotel room and thinks it’s…

Hampton Roads Q+A Sunday March 1st | Photographers

It’s been SO long since I’ve been able to do this!! I loved having the Outer Banks Winter Workshop here last December but I haven’t done a Q+A in the longest time and I truly miss and love that atmosphere! Something about the Q+A’s always left ME feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and I was honored…

What My Family Does | Personal

I sound like a broken record saying I’m grateful, I’m grateful, I’m grateful– but I AM. Not robot “I’m a business owner and this is what I’m supposed to say” grateful– not let me set up this persona to the general public in hopes of making more money and booking more grateful (if I was trying to create a…