I am one of those crazy people that not only make ambitious goals every year, but I keep to them. And this year, 2020, is no different. Wow are my goals lofty... and dare I say, scary!! But honestly, if my goals don't scare me, then they are probably not big enough!
So, what are these goals? Well, besides my normal goals of weddings, fitness and family photography... Here's just a few that you'll be seeing pop up soon:
+ Teaching IG workshops to local business owners
+ Lead Styled Shoots for Wedding Photography (& teach bridal party posing with OCF)
+ Help local business owners with their branding
+ Teaching Photography workshops/classes (both online and in-person)
+ Do Photography field trips
+ Lead Styled Shoots for Conceptual Portrait Photography (specifically my fairytales)
Below is my first Instagram workshop, slated for Feb. 5, 2020. If you click on it, it will take you to the EventBrite page:
So why am I making this shift?? Before I started my photography business, I was a teacher. I've taught: elementary, middle school, technical college, and adult community classes. And I miss teaching. I've always been pretty good at taking difficult subjects and breaking them down into bite-sized chunks of information. And although I love, love, love working with kids (especially photographing them); I like teaching adults better.
Although I'm posting about this here... I've also started a new website called, "Confidently Creative" (but the website is under the url of www.SarahVara.com). Sarah Vara was my nickname growing up, because my last name is so hard for people to pronounce... and because, c'mon - it rhymes :) I cannot take credit for it though, one of the moms in my church came up with it.
I find it super exciting to set scary goals and then watch myself pursue them one step at a time. I don't do it alone though... I have a very small group (there's 3 of us) that Zoom video call (it's like Skype) EVERY week to check in on our goals and push each other forward. It's having this accountability group, and then awesome friends that push me to accomplish everything and.
Hold onto your hats!! We're coming in hot this year :)
To say that I have an active imagination is an understatement. Most adults left behind the world of playing pretend for a more "serious" outlook on life... but I am one of the rare ones that chose to keep my imagination active and ready for any given moment. My imagination has it's own air space and zip code. It is bigger than most adults can fathom; I was once locked in a room with (50) 5 years old and I calmed the natives with just a simple improv story told in a made up voice. But for anyone that knows my mother, they wouldn't be that surprised... everything I am is a direct reflection of her.
I like to tell people that I'm a "mover and a shaker" - it means that I will get things done when things need to get done. I learned that from mom. She and I grew to have a reputation of re-arranging the furniture in the house whenever my dad would leave for a long weekend. It was a can-do attitude combined with a need for change. To this day, I still like to rearrange my furniture about once every 6 months. It's funny how it refreshes your mind and puts everyday life into a new perspective.
My best memories from our childhood, is how many songs she would improv in order to get us to do something - or learn something. She was/is always making up songs... my sister and I laugh, because we have both inherited this trait, constantly humming a tune - whether real or made-up in the moment - that comes directly from Mom. (Yes, I'll share some of these to come).
In 2016, my mom asked that I take her to some of my favorite places in Columbus. Places that she had never visited - so we went to the Columbus Museum of Art and Franklin Park Conservatory. We took a picture together to commemorate the experience. (It was one of those pictures that was a bit of a wakeup call... I hadn't realized how big I had gotten. It helped spur the action of getting a trainer). The next year she wanted to go up to Mansfield's Kingwood Center. Afterwards we met up with the rest of the family and we took another picture. (Do you see the difference in both of us?? We both started exercising and eating better). And then this year, we didn't have time to do much besides lunch. But still managed to get a new picture taken. (We both have lost so much and yet it has only made us stronger).
I am often mistaken for being younger than those that are younger than me. I think it's a combination of my youthful looks and the ability to not take myself too seriously - both attributes I can thank my mother for. We both think growing up is overrated. My mom's imagination is still just as active as it was when she was encouraging us to think beyond the obvious. Now that she is retired, she is often creating in her home studio - she paints, draws, sews, does woodworking and has become a re-purpose artist. All things that come naturally to her - spiked from an active imagination and curiosity that forever says, "why not?”.
So as we celebrate our mothers today, I would like to take a particular time out and thank my mother for allowing me to see myself as a creative artist. Her constant encouragement allowed me to imagine the impossible. My personal motto is: "She believed she could, so she did". But really it stems from, having a mother that believed in her daughter so fiercely that the daughter was able to believe in herself.
Thanks Mama, for everything!!
Unapologetically creative, I have been a business owner since 2012. I believe impossible things are possible with Grace & Hustle. And I love sharing knowledge with the creatives who are killing it - one day at a time. If you are interested in my photography or business workshops, go follow: Confidently Creative.