December 29, 2009

On Taking Chances

Spread the Love is coming up SO fast and we are so excited to meet everybody! We have been absolutely blown away by how many of you have signed up and we can’t wait to hug each and everyone of you in person to thank you for making this tour happen. Seriously, YOU did this. And we absolutely love you for it!

Right now we are about chin deep in moving boxes and wondering to ourselves where in the world this year went. How can it possibly be the end of December? I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way. I’m sure you’re busy thinking about this past year and what worked and what didn’t. Of what you want to do more of, less of, and better for next year. I know that you have dreams bigger than your heart can hold. And I also know how paralyzing it can be trying to figure out what to do next. What steps to take and where to spend the money (especially when that money is tight already!) I get how scary it can be to go out on a limb for someone and trust that they’ll care about those dreams of yours as much as you do.

I know there are a lot of you out there who would absolutely LOVE to come to Spread the Love, but you’re afraid you’re not ready. You’re not sure what’s going to get you closer to chasing those dreams, and you’re afraid of making the wrong choices. I know because you’ve told me.

I want to tell you how much we care. I want to tell you that if you decide to take a chance on us, we’re going to do everything in our power to make you so glad that you did. From the very bottom of my heart I want to tell you that.

But I also don’t want to ask you to take my word for it. After all, I am just a *little* biased! :) Instead, I thought it would be really good to hear from someone who’s been there. Someone who has dreams bigger than her heart can hold. And someone who decided to take a chance on us.

From the incredible Sarah Hodzic:

I have to say that seeing Justin and Mary in 2008 was one of the major turning points that year which made me decide to keep my business going.
I was at a tough crossroads in my life and business, I was truly ready to throw my hands up in the air and say, “Forget this crazy business, it’s too hard!”
The very night that I was going to make the decision to throw in the towel (which is what I really wanted to do), I drug myself to the PUG meeting where
I got to hear Justin and Mary share some remarkable ways to approach the “selling” of one’s self and business… and what I found was it was less about
the “sales pitch”… oh, it was SO much more. It was about connecting!

You mean, we can connect with the people who we get to share in one of their most intimate days with? I mean really connect, form friendships and still
retain a strong sense of business? Well, this was revolutionary to me. The part of this business that I tend to loath is the “selling”, but when I was able to see the whole process in a different light, I felt renewed, I felt like someone had just given me the tools and permission to really make a connection with my clients which is what I was longing to do.

So, to make a very long story short(ish), Justin and Mary’s talk that night rejuvenated me and my desire to move forward.
I urge you all to sign up for this tour, I will be there will bells on! I might even be wearing my I *heart* J&M shirt – if it doesn’t make
me seem like a stalker… :D

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far and I look forward to seeing you on
January 7th!

Sarah Hodzic

Here’s to taking chances!
So much love,

  1. Tira J

    This was a great post and I am excited to meet you both and learn so much more. I believe in taking HUGE chances in this business and am also a firm believer in, "you’ll never know unless you TRY". Is it February yet? Good Luck with the move!

  2. Jody Gray

    You will be CRAZY not to go to this!!!

  3. Ray

    "I know that you have dreams bigger than your heart can hold. And I also know how paralyzing it can be trying to figure out what to do next. "
    VERY TRUE! I couldn’t have written it better myself. Everyone has dreams but it’s scary when you think about making those dreams into a reality. On another note: I don’t know you and Justin in person, but; you sound like such wonderful, wonderful people. I love, the LOVE that resonates in your words. It sounds completely genuine. And that’s so heartwarming to know that someone cares, even if it’s just through the internet. ;o)

    Take, care you two. Have a GREAT tour and a great time on the road! =D

  4. Gina Meola

    You guys are worth every penny – and then some!! Can’t wait!!

  5. Lisa H. Chang

    Hey guys ~ I’ve just made one of my New Year’s resolutions to actually build a photography brand/business! I would definitely be at one of your workshops if I were in the states! I can’t wait to meet you someday ~ thanks for all the encouragement!

  6. jackie g. photog

    i didn’t think it was possible to be MORE excited for this in Dallas in a few weeks…but i am!!! whoo hoo!!!

  7. Feuza

    I attended last Feb and it too has changed my branding and business, so worth it, still trying to make the NY one, it is tight indeed

  8. Leeann Marie

    I hope you and Justin have a WONDERFUL new year and en even better 2010! I can’t wait to hear all about your Spread the Love success!

  9. Tammy

    So, Here’s to taking chances! I really need this & can’t wait to meet you on Jan 18th in the ATL!

  10. Katelyn James

    oh yay for taking chances! see you next thursday!!! ah!!

  11. Catie Ronquillo

    Looking forward to seeing you guys again in Dallas! :) Hooray!

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