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LA & theFIX

Short and sweet was our time in Los Angeles this week. When I heard of Jasmine’s US tour of theFIX – conversations with Jasmine Star – I knew this was something we should attend. Talking about the struggle, setting goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses in your business and pushing it forward? Yes, I knew this was just what I needed. And it was so much more than that.

One of the greatest parts was connecting with other photographers going through the same motions, with the same challenges, and with the same instinctual desire to be better photographers and business owners. Shane and I were invited to a meet up with local LA photographers before theFIX and it was so, so wonderful. Heading down to LA, I figured Shane and I would go and know two people: Jasmine and JD. But it was so fun to walk into theFIX already with new friends.

Walking away from theFIX, I’ve got pages of notes and another dose of motivation. “The fight doesn’t go to the strongest, but to those who finish what they set out to do.” So what precisely have I set out to do? I think over the next several days, there is going to be a whole lot more note taking…scribbling down goals and putting down how to move them into action. What are my weaknesses – what do I need to outsource? What are my strengths – what should I focus on? How can I deliver the best experience for my clients?

I’ll be honest – I have a really hard time making the time for this planning, brainstorming, goal making stuff. I’m more likely to focus on what needs my attention right now, instead of mapping out for the future. This may take a few coffees and scones with devonshire cream and jam (favorite indulgence right now)…but coming off the heels of WPPI and now this, it’s time for a little change and a little more action around here.

Thanks to theFIX’s Pass gallery for these two photos

  • Sarah D'attoma - March 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

    I’m TOTALLY with you! I have a really hard time sitting down and figuring out where I’m going and The Fix lit a fire under me to sit down and make a plan! Good luck and blessings in 2012!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Danielle - March 22, 2012 - 9:20 am

    It was so great meeting you Mikaela! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, I feel like I know you! I just wish we could have actually chatted a bit…hopefully our paths will cross in the future :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Maria Schwaller - March 22, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Love you and Shane! So glad you guys could join us beforehand. You guys are welcomed back as friends anytime!ReplyCancel

  • LeolaK - March 22, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    You guys look great! That same quote resonated with me too…I’m tired of fear winning my game and not me! Can’t wait to see all what you do as well! =)ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine* - March 22, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    Love you guys!! Can’t wait to hang out again soon! :)ReplyCancel

  • Falcon - March 23, 2012 - 1:23 am

    I used to be the same in terms of goal making but reading a book called The E Myth has really helped! It’s great that you attend these sorts of events to inspire growth! xxReplyCancel

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