This was the absolute busiest Christmas season my photography business has ever seen. I am officially done shooting and editing Christmas photos 🤪 I had 40 families in my studio for Christmas mini sessions!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ FOURTY. FOUR. ZERO. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 59 kids, 9 dogs and an angel baby kitten 😂and i lived to tell about it 😂 There was a time when I first started this business that i would have prayed to book just 1 session ... I had to actually turn people away this year 🤯 Over the last 7 years running @miademeophotography I’ve had failed ideas, clients not show, not pay, and Ive learned a lot of lessons the hard way. I’ve left sessions in tears & swore i was never picking up a camera again. I would literally pray people would cancel bc i was so nervous when i first started 😂 Running a business is not easy and success never happens overnight but wow, seeing your hard work and consistency start to pay off is a really amazing feeling. If you’ve cheered me on along the way, if you’ve stuck by me since day one- thank you. If you’re in the beginning “I’m not getting anywhere” stages of your new business right now, whatever you do, don’t give up 🗣 show up every day, do the scary things, outwork everyone around you, do what others won’t do, work when you don’t feel like it, be yourself, watch people you admire and never ever stop learning what you can about whatever business you’re in. Also, ALWAYS work while work is there - you can sleep when you’re dead 😂💀 I was going to end this & say I’m going take a little break for Christmas but we all know that’s a lie so I’m going to enjoy this fizz stick and do more work and try to squeeze one more book in before 2020 👩🏻💻
THE BRIDGE KINGDOM novel discussion — Day 4 [Spoilers abound, so click away if you haven’t yet read the novel!] LINK to the extra content is in my bio! Includes excerpt from THE TRAITOR QUEEN! 🗡 Discussion questions are posted in the comments. Reply to them AND/OR ask me a question of your own in a separate comment! Start discussions with each other, too!! Giveaway is for $25 to spend at Book Depository! To enter, you must answer a discussion question or ask me one of your own, then fill out Rafflecopter form. Open internationally. Ends Dec 19 at midnight est. 1. Tell me how you feel about cliffhangers? Do you have any favorites? 2. What do you love most about THE BRIDGE KINGDOM? 3. What are you most looking forward to in THE TRAITOR QUEEN? 4. What was your favorite scene in THE BRIDGE KINGDOM? Link to today’s extra content and the giveaway Rafflecopter form is in my bio! #danielleljensen#bookphotography#bookobsessed#prettybooks#beautifulbooks#bookpic#booksofinstagram#bookaddiction#booklife#authorsofinstagram#thebridgekingdom#bookstagram#darkshores#stolensongbird#thetraitorqueen
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“May I cut in?” He could have told me to fuck off. I knew that was a possibility, but not a probability, as no southern gentleman would act that way. And if I knew one thing about Parker, it was that his reputation was as important to him as the shiny buckle on his belt. His jaw tightened, but to his credit, he managed a smile that seemed almost genuine as he released his hold on Kylie and stepped back, offering her hand to me. “Of course,” he said through his teeth. Then, he turned to Kylie, pressed a kiss to the top of her hand. “Save another one for me later?” Her eyes were wide, stuck on the place where his lips still hovered over her skin. “O-okay,” she managed on a squeak. He smiled, eyeing me like he’d already won before he relinquished his dance partner and walked back to his group of friends. I stamped down the irrational urge to throat-punch him, schooling my breath and focusing on the fact that Kylie was in my arms now. She glanced over her shoulder, watching Parker go, and then she looked back at me with one raised eyebrow. “You’re welcome,” I said. At that, her other eyebrow shot up. “I’m sorry?” “For saving you from that creep,” I finished, like the answer was obvious. “You’re welcome.” Kylie snort-laughed, but already, she was more relaxed, her hands wrapped around my neck as I swayed us to the music. “I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware I asked to be saved.” She smirked, moving her head side to side like in a sort of dance of her own. “Seems to me like someone’s jealous.” She sang the words on a tease, but everything in me tightened, like the wheels and axles that powered the machine of my body all locked up at once. I swallowed, searching her gingerbread eyes and seeing so much more than I ever had before. “What if I am?” —————————————————- AHHHHH these two KILL me
— I think far too often we live life at the hands of what others think, say and do. We fuss over unwarranted advice and unspoken expectations. We assume that we are to live up to certain standards because that’s what brings harmony to relationships. This is a joke. It’s a façade. It’s a prison of people pleasing and it will get you nowhere. You’ll find yourself going broke over things people won’t remember. You’ll find yourself worn out for people who don’t appreciate you. You’ll find yourself broken over things that don’t really matter. If you really want to grow and thrive in this life, you need to maintain healthy boundaries. You need to know who you were created to be and lean into that. Your life wasn’t a mistake haphazardly put together. There’s a blueprint for who you’re supposed to be and where you’re supposed to go in life. Don’t believe anything otherwise. Love others by learning to love yourself with grace, mercy, and forgiveness. How you lead your life will spill over into how you love others. You’re meant to stand tall + bloom your way.
Remembering the Semicolon Project. "A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life,” explains Project Semicolon’s website. The semicolon can mean different things to people, it can be very close to home for some. For everyone going through a tough time, this is for you 😘 Hold on, this too shall pass! Comment ; to show support 🙂 #suicideprevention#mentalhealthforall#holdon
~ “I wasn’t trying to become a blogger or an influencer. I just wanted to write a book and help people.” Thank you again @universitygirlsu for the beautiful cover feature in your Fall 2019 issue! Hair & Makeup: @luiigy @makeupbylucas @glamsquad Look: @hebe_studio @pamandgela @shopbop 📸: @hannahfrankelphoto #makingitinmanhattan 🚕💙📚🎉~
above all else, i hope you know that although life can feel like a long and windy road, there is glory still. and while you’re on the way to figure out and fiddle and fix, i hope you also remember to look back and remind yourself, of just how far you’ve already journeyed. and i hope that gives you the courage to keep going. the courage to hold fast and hold dear, onto all that is still miraculous and beautiful and here.
Weekend vibes✨. • A head cold is creeping in, but I’m trying to drown it in ginger tea and sleep. Writing and editing book 2 in #themousaiseries still needs to happen, but ever so slowly today ✍️🤧. • Hope you have been able to fight the winter bug!
#funfactsunday Bossman and I are complete opposites in almost everything. We have very little in common. But the first time I saw him 14 years ago, I understood what love at first sight meant. He actually told me he loved me after a week! . A week! . After a month, he wanted me to move in. After three, he found us a dog. After five, he bought me a car because he said my old ass Nissan 360sx was a death trap. . After, after, after... . He’s always been that man in my life that has been there for me no matter what. So even though we’re like oil and water, it’s the best fucking blend ever. . Tell me your love story!
Every day I'd say goodbye to you in my mind, but you'd refuse to leave my thoughts. And I'd try to withhold my love from you, but you'd refuse to leave my heart. Like you, I became trapped. Except, I had nowhere to go. And you chose to leave, yet always stayed. I faced it. The storm. The acknowledgement that I kept the pain of you because it meant keeping you. You were that lesson, and this; I will hold my heart close to me now. Love it so it becomes my own again. . . . . . #writersofinstagram#poetrycommunity#arabicquotes#lovequotes#selflove#healingquotes#authorsofinstagram
Catching up on some emails and approving the cover copy because the book goes to print next week!!! So here we are, because it wouldn’t feel right to finish off the publishing preparations without him. 💛 #stillamemoir
While I’m bummed to not be hosting a Brackfast Club this month... I am super excited to still be able to host the giveaways I had planned for it! 🎁❤️ I wanted to use these giveaways as a way to thank you guys for being so supportive and such amazing friends to me over the last ten years. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings us! Be sure to grab each day’s code word from my Instagram stories. While these giveaways ARE open internationally, you have to be following me here on Instagram to be eligible. First code word is in my story today and the first giveaway is up—just swipe up or click on the link in my bio! 🎄 Each contest will run for 24 hours and end when the next one begins. The winners will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter. Good luck!! #alexandrabracken#bookstagram#authorsofinstagram