In May of 2012 after attending WPPI, I regret that I don’t remember where, but I went to a class where I was encouraged to write down some goals. I had goals before, but I had never actually written them OUT.
My goals included:
Buy a home
Meet Sue Bryce (LOVE YOU SUE)
Have $100k in sales
Have $50k income after taxes
Do mentoring & workshops
Teach a photography business class at WPPI & AD (After Dark)
I know some of you are probably looking at these goals and going REALLY Brooke, that’s it? And some of you are probably looking at those goals and going OMG that sounds like a terrifying list!
THE POINT IS – you are exactly where you are supposed to be, right now, for a reason. You are not behind. You are learning and moving forward in your business and life journey, and comparing yourself to someone else will only cause you more problems than it’s worth!
Now some of you may be asking – if you weren’t where you wanted to be in your photography business, why did you want to teach a photography business class at WPPI and AD?
Simple answer is – I have always been in a trainer or a teacher role, in every job I’ve ever had. I worked as a travel agent with specific specializations, and became a trainer. I worked as an IT professional for a school district, and became a trainer for the teachers. I have ALWAYS taken on the trainer role, because I love to teach and help others realize what they can do when they have the skills they need. I had already been teaching other wedding professionals, and I knew that I wanted to take those things further for more photographers.
SO – with all of this said, your next question might be, did you reach all of those goals?
YUP. Every single one on that list is done and done. And quite frankly, I didn’t know it at the time because I was at a different place in my journey, but those goals were way too small, and I needed to dream so much bigger. After Dark is no longer alive as a photography conference, but, it is with awesome humility and excitement that I share my big news…
I feel like it has taken a little bit to really sink in. I was feeling a little discouraged after getting some other news, and then the email hit my inbox and I saw it late at night when I couldn’t sleep.
BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT INSOMNIA IS FOR, RIGHT?
I have been processing the news, and it has finally started to hit me.
I am SO flippin’ excited to be a part of WPPI in 2020!
And because all news is better with gifs, take a second and get excited with me, k?