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That Entrepreneur Life – Multipotentialite

Ashley Ziegler headshot by Abbey Kyhl

According to Wikipedia (the most untrusted website) a Multipotentialite is:

An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.

AKA we never know what she is doing because she always changes her mind.


The first thing that came to my mind was, is this really a thing? I laughed about it for a bit the other day, seriously and laughing at the idea of it. Someone must have made this word up. It totally sounds like a made up word. And maybe it is, I’ll never know. But after doing more research, and watching this awesome TED talk, I’m starting to finally feel understood.

I can’t even begin to tell you/express how embarrassing it is to constantly be jumping from the next adventure to the next and hearing from others how it all just looks crazy and they just never know what I’m up to. Clients won’t want to book me because they’re afraid I’ll just cancel or change my mind on them. Nobody will want to buy my cute stickers that I make, in my Etsy shop, because there are soooo many people who already do. And my newest adventure, nail school? Yeah, I won’t be able to make enough to pay back what I spent on schooling… it’s depressing and extremely frustrating.

It’s a daily, consistent battle with myself. Do I really need to do anything at all? Do I really need to just find one thing? Can I really just enjoy having a job and nothing else? Can I handle just coming home and not having anything to do and be content with that? Do I really have the courage to give up my photography business, throw the nail school idea out the window, and believe that my designs for Etsy aren’t going to interest anyone?

Nobody is at fault here, and nobody has made these decisions or caused these questions. It’s how I’m wired. It’s just who I am. Entrepreneur? Probably, I can definitely be that. Creative? It’s my favorite outlet for ALL of my emotions. Each time I was in the hospital, my favorite therapy session was art therapy. I always felt most calm, most “in my element,” and most content. It’s the real deal for me.


I’m just ready to accept that I’m always going to be changing interests. I don’t have a “calling.” If I do, there’s definitely more than one. I’m happiest knowing that I can do and be whatever I want to be. I don’t have to be a doctor just because I’m really smart. I don’t have to be a wedding photographer just because I know how to use a camera. I can make all the flippin’ stickers I want because if no one else uses them, I know I will. I guess the price I pay for following many of my interests is the frustration that comes with road blocks. I’m sure it’ll always be that way. But I know, hope, believe and have faith in myself, and that I can do anything I put my mind and heart into.

 

Are you a multipotentialite? Let’s be friends!

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One Little Word — April 2017

One Little Word 2017 by A Life She Loved: Piece by Piece Through Love and Faith

Please feel free to link your blogs and share with us each month your ‘One Little Word.’ We’re so excited for this!!

One Little Word 2017 — January by A Life She Loved: Piece by Piece Through Love and Faith

Mama Motivates | Aubrey Zaruba | A Life She Loved | The Morrell Tale | The Banks Blog

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Let’s see how I did in March!

  • Finish reading Quitter by Jon Acuff
  • Start reading Blackberry Crumble by Josi S. Kilpack
  • Study Psalms and pray each night
  • Attend the temple every week, bring a friend if I can
  • Get my virtual assistant website set up as well as social media accounts
  • Plan out my mom’s real estate business posts
  • Spend time on the brand new treadmills in the apartment club house
  • Visit my academic adviser to get my hold removed from my account and go over my future college career!
  • Read at least 10 verses in the Book of Mormon
  • Read 1 chapter in the Book of Mormon with Brady each day
  • Create book presentation for work (this week!)

Not too shabby. March was a crazy busy month for me. One that just did its own thing and I didn’t like it very much. I’m so happy that April is here. Not for any reason other than I love the rain and Spring weather. I anticipate this month to be different from any other month, ever. My dads 1 year passing is this month and I really want to stay focused on my goals this month and do my best to remain positive each day!
My word(s) for April is: PRIORITIES FIRST!

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What do I want to accomplish this month?

  • Edit 2 weddings
  • Pack up our apartment (more on that later!)
    • 1 room-ish per week!
  • Finish reading ‘Worth the Wait’ and hopefully finish ‘The Burnout Cure’
  • Read whatever you want in the Standard Works of scripture
  • Go to the temple each week
  • Go to the temple with Brady
  • Create monthly Budget for April & May
  • Move emergency savings to a different account
  • Work all hours each week – 24hrs/wk
  • Attend all 3 hours of church each week
  • Go to gym M-F
  • Work on something creative

Happy April!

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Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff

Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff by Ashley Ziegler

Quitter: Turning Your Job into a Dream and Your Dream into a Job by Jon Acuff★★★★★

Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff by Ashley ZieglerLast November/December, I was contemplating quitting my job and taking photography full-time. Obviously there were a lot of things that needed to be done in order to make this possible. It was really hard and I just wanted to make the jump already but knew that financially, we just weren’t able to make that happen yet. My friend Rachel recommended this book and I’d heard of it a few times but my attitude towards it was not the greatest. I finally ordered the eBook edition on my Kindle Fire and began reading. It was so good I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t the average self-help/business book but the experiences he shared, the thoughts he shared were just incredible. Everything he taught, he had an experience in his life to relate it too which was really nice to read. Sometimes you can get a list of 5 things to do to quit your job but nobody actually relates to it. This book is great for anyone, especially those who just want to quit their job to fulfill their dream job! I give it 5 stars! Fantastic read!

One Little Word 2017 — February

One Little Word 2017 by A Life She Loved: Piece by Piece Through Love and Faith

Please feel free to link your blogs and share with us each month. We’re so excited for this!!

One Little Word 2017 — January by A Life She Loved: Piece by Piece Through Love and Faith

Mama MotivatesAubrey Zaruba | A Life She Loved | The Morrell Tale | The Banks Blog

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Let’s see how did I did in January!

  • Organizing my desk
    • Put files where they belong
    • Organize each shelf
    • Get rid of paper/things I don’t need
    • Make it inspiring to sit at
    • Personalize
  • Read the Book of Mormon in 1 year by following this study plan
  • Lay low on the SeneGence track (and yes, I do still sell it!) —still on the fence about it.
  • Organize my photography calendar
    • Block out dates I am unavailable
    • Set reminders in my phone
    • Coordinate emails with my calendar
  • Write in my testimony journal each fast Sunday
  • Prepare my Nursery lessons 3 days ahead of time
  • Pay off CC #1 —we’re almost there!!
    • Including extra income
  • Practice in my hand lettering book I got for Christmas
  • Start my new thankful series
  • Blog certain topics every so often each month
    • Write ideas down on my calendar
    • Sit down each Sunday and prep posts
  • Use my DSLR more often each day
    • Practice settings like back-button focusingan every day practice!
  • Read my “currently reading” books!!! (I’ve been lacking so badly!)
  • Do laundry every day instead of every other day
  • Get ready for the day (whether that’s hair, makeup, etc.)

Okay, so I didn’t do too well but January was kind of a mess for me and I was really busy with weddings and sessions!


February

What do I want to accomplish this month?

  • Edit 2 engagement sessions
  • Finish editing 1 wedding
  • Finish reading The Burnout Cure by Julie Hanks
  • Take Lucy on a walk every day
  • Workout using the Aaptiv app Monday through Friday
    • For 30 minutes to an hour
  • Prep blog posts for blog
    • Thankful Series
    • Sunday posts
  • Prep blog posts for business blog
    • Vendor highlights
    • Bride tips
    • Edit and post second-shooting sessions
    • Edit and post styled shoot sessions
  • Work on special discount project for photography business
  • Prep Nursery lesson three days in advance
  • Shoot a photo every single day

Whelp, that’s all I got for right now! A few fun things going on this month and I’m really excited! :) Happy February! xoxo

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Life of a Photographer

Life as a Photographer

If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably very aware that photography is all my life consists of right now. It’s tiring but so fulfilling. I was really busy with weddings from November Through the beginning of January. I was able to go to a Rising Tide Society Tuesday’s Together meetup. It was a great Q&A and learning about efficiency and management systems. It’s nice to meet local creatives!

Rising Tide Society Tuesdays Together Meetup Salt Lake

 

Weeks before my dad passed, I had signed up for two different marketing courses for my business. I signed up for Kylee Ann’s Marketing Course and Jenna Kutcher’s Marketing for Photographers Course (it is now called the Photo Lab). I was really excited for both. After my dad passed, both of these courses started. I really started to apply what I was learning about Instagram, from both, to my business. I deleted work from my Instagram that I feel didn’t represent my mission or my style very well. I utilized the 30 hashtag allowance that Instagram has. I did different hashtags each time and only used the same 3 in my caption every time. I started to actively comment and like photos that I saw on my feed, and began to follow more creatives in my local community.

I began to blog more intentionally and paid more attention to SEO with each post. I invested in web design, and switched to WordPress. I just took my business more seriously. I wrote out a goal to hit 400 followers in 3 months, 450 followers in 6 months and 500 in a year. I know I’m stretching that pretty thin but growing your own genuine followers can take a while (at least for me it does). But to my surprise, I hit my 6 month goal in 3 months. Stats just sky-rocketed after I started implementing all of these things to my business.

I purchased a workshop ticket, lined up weddings to second shoot/assist with while I worked hard on my business. This photo below just shows you what a difference putting in the work looks like. Followers shouldn’t be important, and they fluctuate every single day. On the far left, you’ll see where I started. In the middle is where I was at in 3 months. On the far right is where I’m at today and it hasn’t even been a year since I started these courses.

I’ve written a blog post about this on my business website but I just can’t be more proud of myself. Despite the challenges I face daily, the non-existent bookings I get and the saturated market here in Utah, I’m still moving forward. I’ve put so much into this and I don’t want to quit. I don’t want to ever stop this. I’m just really excited that I’ve finally found my “style” and that I’m becoming (slowly) the photographer that I want to be!

Ashley Ziegler Photography Instagram

 

Styled Shoots – I’ve had the pleasure to be apart of two different styled shoots. A styled shoot is when a vendor (wedding planner, photographer, florist, etc.) plans a styled shoot with a bride or bride/groom and finds vendors to participate and then lets other photographers know about it and what the price is to shoot this styled shoot and then you go and build portfolio and practice and network.

I attended one in mid-January that was so much fun. It was crazy with lots of photographers but fun nonetheless. I love networking and making new friends :) Plus, I got a lot of good shots! I’m excited about it. Still in the middle of editing but I can’t wait to share more over here!

© Ashley Ziegler Photography 2017
© Ashley Ziegler Photography 2017

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This past weekend, I attended Photo Native and paid to do a styled shoot with a photographer that I just really admire! :) She’s the sweetest and I love learning from her! Here’s a little bts! Also, in the Shoot and Share contest that is done every year (and it’s free), I not only submitted a photo but I went “all in” and submitted the max 50 photos allowed per entry/photographer. I can’t believe I did all 50! Last year I only entered maybe like 15! Don’t forget to sign up and vote!! Voting starts February 1st!!! :)

Life as a Photographer

Life as a Photographer
Some friends at the shoot!
Life as a Photographer
My badge/button for the contest :)

I love being busy and doing what I love. Getting lost in creating beautiful artwork that I am proud to show to everyone, is my favorite thing ever. I’ve grown so much over the last two years and I can’t believe year 3 is approaching this summer!! :) Don’t forget I have a referral program! For every client you send my way who books and signs, you will get a gift card from me. Or maybe a surprise or something.. :) Also, if you know of anyone getting married this year or soon or in a few months, send them my way!! :) I’ve got great things added to my packages!

xoxo

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