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Mon. Nov 30, 2009 by Mary    The Latest

It's Coming!!: Lisa & Mike

Oooh thank you to all of you guys who are making the Cyber Monday sale such a HUGE success!! You make my heart all warm & gooey!! Love you guys!!

And here's just a little sneaky peek of what's coming up soon!!













Mon. Nov 30, 2009 by Mary    Spread the Love

Spread the Love: Cyber Monday Sale!!



So first of all, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who signed up for Spread the Love during the Black Friday sale!! We were absolutely blown away by how many of you not only signed up, but twittered, facebooked and blogged the heck out of the sale to help spread the word. Because of you we are right on the verge of hitting that crucial (tell the number crunchers to kiss it) 50 mark in a bunch of the cities. In just one day. Boston, Nashville, Jacksonville.....you guys are so close you can taste it!!

We know that there were a lot of people who wanted to sign up but heard about the sale too late, and we wanted to figure out something to do for all those people. And that's when we remembered Cyber Monday!! LOL....what a name!! But I guess it's like a real legit thing and all: the internet stepbrother of Black Friday. And since this is technically an internet purchase after all, we figured we'd be remiss not to do something!! :)

So for the next 24 hours (until 11am EST tomorrow), we will be running our Cyber Monday sale for HALF OFF your seat!! Well, y'know....you'll still get a full seat. It'll just cost half as much! So in order to grab up your seat for just $75 instead of the usual $150, just pick your city below and enter "welovemonday" as the promo code!!

We'll also be doing the same twitter contest and giving away a few more FREE seats!! So please help us SPREAD THE LOVE!!!

***The not-so-small-print: Since this is your basic homegrown operation and we're paying for everything ourselves :), we won't be able to offer refunds for anyone if you end up having to cancel for a reason on your part. However, if we end up having to cancel a stop either because that city didn't make it to 50 sign ups or because of illness/inclement weather then we will give you the option of receiving a refund, attending another city on the tour or attending the re-scheduled stop. So you'll be all set there!























Sun. Nov 29, 2009 by Mary    Life with J&M

In Search of Before

Call me a perfectionist. Call me a poser. Call it what you may....

I'm an "after" kind of girl. And it's only when I reach the after that I'm ready to talk about the before.

See, it's not so much that "before" scares me. It's that it scares everyone else.

And they give me the look.

You know the one. The look that's equal parts fear, panic, and "what the heck have you gotten yourself into?"

Yea, I know this look all too well. And you probably do too. Because it's the same look we got when we told everyone we were going to start this business.

We got the eye brows. The gaping mouths. The wha-wha-whatddyameans.

I'm sure you've seen this look in your own lives too, in its many different varieties.

And because of that, I'm sure you can agree with me... that after is better.

After is the prettier younger sister of Before. She's charming and beautiful. Polished and gracious. She's the homecoming queen, the head cheerleader and the valedictorian all rolled in to one. She's the kind of girl who wakes up looking like a Neutrogena ad and has never had a zit in her life. You know....metaphorically speaking.

Before, on the other hand, is another story entirely. Before is the girl that we all were (well those of us who are girls!) at age fourteen or fifteen. The girl with the retainer or the acne or the bad perm job from her mother's salon. The girl with the hand me down clothes and the prom dress from circa 1980 when it's 1998. The girl that's too heavy or too nerdy or too much like a boy. She's Sandra Bullock in the first half of every movie that she's ever made. But you know if you could just take down her pony tail and brush her hair, you'd see how beautiful she truly is.

Yea...that's Before. Something like that.

So that brings me back to my point...,of why After is better. Easier. Because we all want our business, our homes, our lives....heck even ourselves, to be the pretty girl. The prom queen. Jennifer Love Hewitt moving in super slow motion. Nobody wants to pull back the curtain on a dream yet unrealized and reveal Gracie Hart on crack standing there. Snort laughs and all.

Why? Because it has rough edges. Ends that need finessing. Work that has to be done. It's not quite there yet, and you'd have to have the vision to truly understand it.

So we're afraid to reveal the Before that we have in all of us because... what if they're right?

What if the vision is wrong? What if all the raised eyebrows, pained looks, and concerned questions are justified? What if this Before never has an After?

See one thing is for sure. After is easy. It's pretty. It's I told you so to the nth power. Multiplied. It's look at where I started and just you see how far I've come. Now aren't you proud of me?

And it's tempting to always wait it out for After.

But here's the deal: one thing After is not.....is brave. To put it out there and say what you dream for yourself while you're still a million miles away from reaching it, After would never do that. No, After leaves the bravery to her big sister Before. Because it takes courage to say: this right here, this is where I'm starting. This is all I've got. What I hold in my own two hand. But I know where I'm going. And I know what I'll be. And there aren't enough sideways glances or questioning looks in the whole world to keep me from that.

Because I am my Before. And guess what... I'm gonna blow your mind with the After.

See I've always been an After kind of girl. A wait til it's pretty girl. A let me show you the end result so there is no way you can question the dream kind of girl. But in doing so, I dishonor the journey. And I miss out on sharing it with all of you. So from here on out, consider me a retainer and 80's sweater kind of girl. I'm going to share the good, bad and ugly with you. Because Before is brave. She's vulnerable. Beautiful on the inside.

Quite simply, she's the kind of girl I want to be.

So in honor of Before, I'm going to muster every bit of bravery I have and show you a never before blogged picture of the inside of our house. Gut job and all. Here we go...don't get scared now.




And of course, in light of such a bold move....you'll forgive me if old habits are hard to break and I show you just a few of the steps toward After we made today. :) We took advantage of some of the crazy good leftover Black Friday sales and got this LG washer/dryer combo in stainless steel.



As well as this GE barn door refrigerator. I've been waiting to buy this bad boy for over a year now!!



And while we haven't gotten these yet, these definitely make up the After I have in my head!! I especially love the cappuccino & latte ones! From Pottery Barn













Fri. Nov 27, 2009 by Mary    Spread the Love

Spread the Love: Black Friday Sale is OPEN!!



The Spread the Love Black Friday sale is now officially OPEN!!! For the next 24 hours ONLY you can grab up a seat to the city of your choice for just $50!!! Just select your city from the drop down menu below and hit proceed to checkout. Once you're there, just enter "blackfriday" to claim your seat.

But first, we wanted to answer a few of the frequently asked questions that we got:

How long is Spread the Love? How many hours do I need a babysitter? :)

Great question! We'll aim to start all of the sessions at 3pm (but the time may vary if we have any location restrictions) and then will go til around 7pm. Although I tend to keep going once you get me started, so plan on 8pm just in case!! :)

Spread the Love sounds AWESOME! What is it again? :)

:) :) Spread the Love is not a photography specific workshop. It's a LIFE workshop. So anyone in a service based industry or who works for themselves could attend!! The whole idea is to show you how to build a business that works for you (rather than always the other way around) so you can get back to having a life again. Seriously, when was the last time you felt like you had a life outside of your business? So we focus a lot on building up your business, but we'll also dig into things like building your financial house, taking care of yourself and your relationships with the people you love, and giving back to the bigger picture. It's the feel good movie of the year!!

I'm just getting started....is Spread the Love for me?

Absolutely!! Oh what I would have given for Justin & I to start out with this information rather than having to learn it the hard way. It was a long, hard road for us which is a big reason why we wanted to start these workshops. We figured if we could help just one person avoid some of the pitfalls we fell in to, it would be worth it!!

I facebooked, twittered AND carrier pigeoned you...how do I know if I won?

First of all, thank you SOOOO much to the crazy overwhelming response we got from all of you guys who went out and went to bat for this tour. Seriously, I can't tell you how much that means to us! Quite simply, you rock our WORLD! And we want to continue the twittering awesomeness throughout tomorrow (well, today now!) letting everyone know that the Black Friday sale is nowopen. So we ask that you keep em coming! There is no limit to the number of times you can enter! We will be announcing TEN winners throughout the day, so keep checking back right here on the blog as we unveil them one by one. But if you definitely know you want to come, then go ahead and sign up to make sure you lock in your $50 price, and then if we end up picking your name we just won't charge you at all!! How sweet is that?! :)

Ok, ok.....so how do I sign up again?

Just head down to the drop down menu below, pick your city and click buy now. Then enter "blackfriday" in the promo code box to instantly get $100 off . Checkout and you'll be all set to see us at one of the stops! (You will need to sign up for a free Google account if you don't already have one)

We can't wait to see you there!!

***The not-so-small-print: Since this is your basic homegrown operation and we're paying for everything ourselves :), we won't be able to offer refunds for anyone if you end up having to cancel for a reason on your part. However, if we end up having to cancel a stop either because that city didn't make it to 50 sign ups or because of illness/inclement weather then we will give you the option of receiving a refund, attending another city on the tour or attending the re-scheduled stop. So you'll be all set there!














***UPDATE: A HUGE congrats to the TEN winners for our twitter contest who will be receiving a FREE seat to the STL of their choice!!

1. Jenn Hopkins!!
2. Tiffany Zajas!!
3. Candice Lanning!!
4. Kia Gregory!!
5. Marissa Rodriguez!!
6. Seshu!!
7. Dan Speicher!!
8. Melanie Watson!!
9. Airika Pope!!
10. Tira Young!!











Thu. Nov 26, 2009 by Justin    Spread the Love

Shyla Rocks!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Today I am especially thankful for our dear friend Shyla who is in town to make dinner with us, and who grabbed this quick shoot of us last night for the new Spread the Love workshop. Seriously?? She is AMAZING!! Check these bad boys out! We love her!

****Be sure to check right back here tonight at Midnight, EST when the Black Friday sale opens to grab your seat!!





Yea....my husband is HOT!!! :)



LOVE the motion blur in this one!



Raaaaaaar Julia!! You are gorgeous my friend!
























 
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