Friday [Finally]

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This week FLEW by, but man was it good. New friends, birthday celebrations, and a lot of working. A good balance as I push through to tie up loose ends before our (DISNEY!) vacation a week from tomorrow.

 

What I’ve been listening to:

On reapeat. I can’t wait for this full album to come out.

 

 

What I’ve been watching:

Harry Potter in anticipation of the trip to Diagon Alley I will be making while in Orlando!

 

What I’ve been reading:

I finally read Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar. Oh my gosh. Ridiculous in the best way. Now, on to Lena Dunham’s book.

Online: 

What if this moment were already perfect, everything you needed to be happy?

I’m totally trying Erin’s Favorite Conversation Starter.

Taking this one to heart: A Guide to Changing Self-destructive Behaviors

Are you media literate?

Kyla Roma’s weekly habit that’s changed how she feels about work + life.

Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

Your Growth May Threaten Others: Grow Anyway

 

What I’m looking forward to:

Being wildly productive. A whole afternoon of Zumba. Some time to do nothing with James. Getting to cook and prepare meals for the week.

 

 

What have you found this week? What are you looking forward to?

 

Happy Friday, Friends.

When you’re feeling off your game: thoughts on how to keep going

10.23coverLately, I’ve been off my game with the blog. Not with work–I feel like the videos we’re releasing over the next month are all ones I’m incredibly proud of…I just find I don’t have much to say both online and off.

 

So what do you do when you feel off your game? When you don’t have much to say or contribute beyond a “head down-get stuff done-too busy for anything else” attitude?

 

Here’s what I’m doing:

 

1 | Getting out of here: in 10 days we leave for our first real vacation since our honeymoon and it couldn’t be more well-timed. But beyond a big vacation, we’ve randomly taken little road trips to concerts and even planned out stay-cations just get out of our house/office/typical day. Do something to get you away from Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder (oh, that’s just me?) and that gets you talking more with your partner or giving you more alone time to think.

2 | Move: I’ve always been in the mindset that I don’t have time to exercise and that it would just give me less time and make me more tired so I couldn’t do it. I was wrong. In what has felt like one of the busiest seasons of my life since May, I have made the time to move–even if it’s just a few minutes– and I have more energy, I process through or work past stress through the physical activity and I’m ready to go.

3 | Use your brain: Since I feel off my game with what I have to say, I’m reading what other’s have to say. I have one fiction and one funny memoir going right now to wake up my imagination and find inspiration in someone’s life story.

4 | Keep going: I’m not posting as much on here, but I’m still working…and while I’m trying to get back on the posting game, you bet you’ll be seeing that work (as soon as this week) so don’t go anywhere. As I keep sharing what I have and what I’ve worked on, my voice will come back because I’m just too dang excited about what I’ve got coming down the line.

 

5 | REMEMBER: Just because you feel off your game doesn’t mean you are. There’s a season for everything, even feeling almost middle-school awkward with nothing to talk about. That’s why #4 is so important.

 

(SIDE NOTE: it helps to have a partner, friend, family member or internet pal to help remind you of these priorities, so reach out)

I know every creative goes through this phase, so what do you do?

 

We’ve got a month’s worth of weddings, some portraits, and another really cool project to show you, so we’ll talk soon.

Friday Finally

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Do you ever just have those moments where you just feel it. Where magically (aka: by your hard work and dedication) things fall together and you feel like the place you’re at is just right?

This morning was one of those for us, and driving away I felt the future whisper a little bit louder that it’s ready for me.

 

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On the same, simple note, Don’t Strive to Be Someone You’re Not  and Life: You have what it takes.

Happy Friday, friends. Find your moment.

Erin + Matt | Arkansas Elopement Video-Truebadours Wedding Videography

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Erin and Matt found us online saying they were coming to Arkansas to elope and they wanted a wedding video to show their friends and family back home. I thought that was random (who comes to Arkansas from California?!), but you know I’m all for new things.

Little did we know we would be witness to one of the sweetest weddings with one of the best stories.

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She was in Kansas, he was in California. They both ended up in New Orleans at the same bar. Her sister got up and he swooped in to steal her seat and steal Erin’s attention. The rest, was a long distance relationship that–while I’m sure people said it made no sense–was actually perfect.

 

As Erin quotes in her vows they “slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.”

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That intimacy was so evident in this wedding: the two of them under the glowing, changing colors of James Turrell’s Skyspace, saying vows with just a few people around. Then they ended their evening with a simple, perfect reception of crepes and champagne (accompanied by french music and everything) at Crepes Paulette 

 

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These two have it. That sense of love and deep, deep friendship mixed with passion that there’s no word for, but you can feel it. Their story makes you believe in love–love at first sight, love that surpasses logic and convenience, and love in general.

 

So now, Erin and Matt’s wedding video:

 

 

Erin and Matt | Arkansas Elopement from Truebadours on Vimeo.

 

“May the love that you have found grow in meaning and strength until its beauty is shown, and a common devotion to all that is compassionate and live-giving. May the flow of your love help brighten the face of the earth.”

 

 

Congrats to Erin and Matt, and thank you two for letting us be witnesses to your sweet, sweet wedding.

 



 

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Friday Finally | On why you can’t stay down.

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Last night I was sitting at the house working on some stuff, and I get a text from James while he’s working a rehearsal: “You should come hang out with your friends here, they miss you.”

I realized that if I took this evening off I’d still hit deadlines, so I got up without second guessing and went to spend time with new(ish) but dear friends.

 

Lately, I’ve been finding myself in lonely situations…or in groups of people where I feel disconnected and even a little misunderstood. I could have stayed down in that place, but I drove towards community.

 

As they were rehearsing, they asked me to come fill in for someone so they could do a run through. I haven’t sang where anyone besides James could hear me (beyond fading into a choir) in over a year–that’s not an exaggeration. Before that, I poured 2 years of singing weekly and being told “you’re not good enough,” but still having my heart and time demanded of me.

It was a rehearsal (read, maybe 6 people in the whole room) but still I began the little panics bringing back the feelings of those two years.

 

I could have stayed down in that place of self-doubt and fear, but I walked up those steps and stood on that stage.

 

And then it hit me on the way home, it is a completely ridiculous idea to stay down. Our holes of self doubt, exhaustion, the strange company of your loneliness, it is nothing but false senses of security. And really, it’s fear. Fear of the same feelings of rejection coming over and over, fear that you’re the problem, fear that if you don’t push past your physical boundaries and in to that exhaustion, you’re not doing enough. And how in anyone’s right mind does this sound like a good place to exist in?

 

So friends: this weekend, try to climb out of those holes. There’s community for you there. There’s someone at the top to pull you out and greet you with a hug. There’s a place to lay your head down and relax. There’s the sun to give you energy and to revive your spirit so you can actually do what you intend to do with your life.

 

Get up. Find your grip. Climb out. It’s no good to stay down.

 

 

Inspiration from around the web: 

How to deal with Energy Drain | Braid Creative

“I didn’t love photography until I found my why; until I found my wilderness to chart; and, more importantly, the reason it had to be charted. The people around me- friends, strangers, family, anyone- they were my why. They were answers worth pursuing, threads worth unraveling.”-Ryan Flynn | Define School

The Productive Spirit | Zen Habits

On Making Yourself Better | Allie Lehman

Make Peace with the Unpeaceful | The Middle Finger Project

Skills are a Dime a Dozen, Your Personal Experience is Forever | 99u

 

 

Happy Friday, friends.