Amber Housley

Living a life you LOVE

I had a life changing experience yesterday.

I attended "Spread the Love," a 5 hour intensive workshop about life strategies and making your small business work for you, so you LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE.  Given by two incredibly successful and respected photographers in the wedding industry, Justin & Mary Marantz, I didn't know what to expect. After all, I was about the only attendee who was there to not grow a photography business; I was there to learn how I can grow another wedding industry-related business, Sweet Life Designs. And by the end of the evening, I never expected I'd walk away knowing I CAN take that leap of faith to do all the things that have been in my head and heart for so long.

My mind is swirling with all the quotes and life lessons. I'm trying to find the right words to sum up all the amazing-ness that occurred in those 5 hours. Here's what I can say:

I want a life UN-ordinary.
I do not want to settle.
I want to be the CAN in my life, because there will always be an abundance of people who tell me I CAN'T.

The road ahead is scary but it is thrilling. I have such passion for what I want to do now, that I have to make what seems like the impossible, possible.

One of the favorite quotes of the evening:

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say: I used everything you gave me.”

-Erna Bombeck

Justin & Mary are traveling across the country for the next 8 weeks
for the Spread the Love Tour and I absolutely encourage any small
business owner to attend if you have the opportunity to in your city. Check out their site for their schedule.


Wasn’t it just amazing? Mindy and I are still in shock I think, we have to process all of that great information.

Great post! Yes, it was a great great life workshop. I have never taken so many notes in my life!

lauren says:

i am SO JEALOUS that you were able to attend their workshop!! j&m are fellow CT residents and i think they are absolutely amazing!! their work and lives are so inspiring!! please continue to share your work and passions with us [as you have been] because i find you super inspiring, too, amber!! :)

Steph Mahoney says:

I am so excited for you! You have so much talent and heart, and I cannot wait to see the things you do with that in the future. Sounds like an amazing day! Love that quote you posted too. Hugs!

Ooooooh just what I need!!! I’ll check that site out, thank you:-) I know I have the passion, but sometimes I let doubt creep in, so this is perfect.

Stephanie Miller says:

Ditto what everyone else said! I’ve been a fan of Justin & Mary’s blog for some time and love everything they do, and I agree you are also inspiring and I can’t wait to see what you do in the future!

K. Crafton says:

Yes, there will always be people who say you “can’t”. That’s when you turn to friends who support you, or turn to yourself. Because you CAN. It was so great finally meeting you in person!

Liz Martinez says:

Sound like that was an amazing workshop! Im glad you were able to attend!

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