Creativity begets creativity. If you feel it, you will exude it and if you give it you will receive it much like love. There is a fundamental energy to this I live and breathe every day as an artist. This sentiment was of course heightened after turning in my first manuscript in early July. I can confidently say I had been creating, writing, photographing, producing every day for 9 months. To even type these words is a dream come true. I am most grateful for the process, it has not only been a powerful journey but personally transformative. So, when my dear friend and fellow creative entrepreneur, Julie Solomon, invited me as a guest on The Influencer Podcast, I was honored and thrilled to share an emotional conversation with a beautiful soul in my dinging room. This was the perfect timing to get into real, rich, vulnerable conversations about transitions and targeting big, scary goals. Julie is an invaluable advocate, resource, and inspiration for entrepreneurs in every stage of their journey. We cried, we laughed, we shared stories of dismantling limiting beliefs, honoring creativity as a unifier, and pursuing dreams for the greater good. I believe life is always speaking to us and the universe has a way of intervening - it is then up to us to listen and decide if we want to be greater than our current circumstances. My only goal today is to be a gentle reminder for you that you are pure love, you are magnificent just the way you are and you have such unique gifts within you that can also benefit the world. I love you and I believe in you. Thank you for taking the time to listen Xx - AR
HOW DO YOU FLY?
Do you jump? Do you leap? Do you take a running start? Do you swipe up? Nope, nope, nope. You, my love, plant your feet firmly on the ground, check your ego at the door, and start thinking about how you can be of service to those around you. This applies to everyone breathing, heart beating and every age is included here! I will be the first to tell you that it is never too late for a life pivot and with the right level of determination and vulnerability, your life can find alignment with your heart. I have devoted my life and businesses (AR, ABC, and TNS) to supporting and empowering small businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Pursuing my art and being of service is where I find my light and my truth!
I once had a paralyzing fear of public speaking. For a few years, I decided to say YES to all things frightening (I highly suggest you try it…. do one thing that scares you a day and see how quickly you grow!) Now. podcast interviews are getting easier for me, and I’ve actually come to enjoy the process. Speaking my truth and being vulnerable is the only way to connect and step up for those around us.
I had the lovely opportunity to sit down with a dear friend, Kelsey Murphy of the Whiskey & Work podcast, to share my story and the things I have learned along the way. Y’all, I bootstrapped my business and there have been some high highs and some lowest of lows… but at the end of the day, this is my story and it serves as an example that you can do it, too. You can lean into your light. You can lean into your creativity. You, my friends, can live a life that energizes you.
We are all connected and we all have unique gifts. When we turn off the noise and turn within ourselves to listen and start believing that we’re worth more, magic truly starts happening. The holidays are here, so please listen as this sets the tone for a little inspiration and motivation for the week. I love you all and I am so grateful for each and everyone of you! Safe travels this week sweet friends! Xx
I love podcasts!! It is one of my favorite ways to pass the time when I am spending countless hours editing and on a plane. I immediately said yes when I received the invitation to be part of The Hashtagged Podcast. It was such an honor when Jordan Powers invited me to be a guest on his show. This is a relaxed and informal conversation... we talked about life, authenticity, architectural photography, we chatted about instagram and he dove into some of my branding tips and tricks.
Yes!!!! I said yes before I gave myself enough time to say no and it was such a delightful invitation!! James Swan’s Million Dollar Decorator podcast exists to entertain, educate, and inspire people toward living beautifully. The podcast features enlightening conversations with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects, artisans, and as of late, an architectural interiors photographer. Yes, That would be me!! Pinch me, please!!
Aside from admiring his work, I love his personality—what’s not to love about a man who’s book is titled, “101 Things I Hate about Your House.” Charming personality aside, the idea of joining James for his podcast created a serious case of “the nerves” but left me flooded with gratitude and appreciation for our conversation. It was an absolute joy and reminder for me to continue to pursue the things in life that scare me the most. These are the opportunities and moments that tend to be the greatest gift.
Thank you, James Swan, for appreciating my work and making room for me in your beautifully curated world. I hope you enjoy the podcast below and I hope we all continue to say yes to life's moments that continue to push our comfort level in a beautiful and progressive way. Xx