Do you limit yourself in specific situations?

Do you believe you cannot achieve your dreams and goals?

Are you somebody who has excuses for everything as you fear you are not good enough…talented enough…clever enough…brave enough…?

The more you focus on your lack and weakness instead of your strengths and potentials, the more you’ll believe that you are inadequate.

And trust me…believing that you are inadequate is like believing a lie! Everyone – including you are unique!

If you want to challenge your own mental restrictions, you must make a firm decision to go for what you want – despite your fears, despite your negative thoughts and despite that inner voice telling you you are not good enough!

Too many people make excuses as to why they’re not doing what they want or why they can’t get what they want. It’s easy to think of reasons why you can’t do something, just like it’s easy to give up instead of trying.

If you feel I hit a nerve here, let me be the first to say, that I make excuses too – I have no shame in admitting that, because I KNOW it´s normal human behavior :-)

I make excuses just like everyone else because I´m afraid I´m not competent enough – but from years of working with psychology and coaching I know I can trick my mind and MOVE past my limiting negative thoughts. I refuse to react to my limitations, no matter if they are made-up by my mind or if they are real. I push through my fears by taking one small step at a time. I do it by encouraging myself and by following a plan. I do it all despite my fears…and slowly the fear wash away inside my mind.

Refuse to make excuses, and instead engage your brain to find a way to accomplish your desires.

Successful people have a strong passion for what they do – so much that they refuse to give up!

Most of all succesful people have failed on their way to the top. But successful people don’t think: “I’m a failure, I’m no good at this, someone like me could never get to the top” – Instead, they use failure as a learning experience, and they continue on.

Think about it for a second…

In what ways do you impose limits on what you can accomplish in your life?

How much more could you achieve in life if you removed the self-imposed barriers that you construct?

The truth is that you can do and be much more than you tell yourself.

So the next time when you perceive barriers that prevent you from going where you need to go, pause and evaluate the situation to determine if the barrier is a true one, or one you imposed on yourself.

You will be surprised at how many of the barriers are self-imposed and can be easily removed.

Don’t limit yourself anymore! Remove any and all limits you have placed on yourself! Take ONE small step at a time!

You can go as far as your mind lets you . What you believe, you can achieve.

xoxo, Christina

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If you sense your photography style is changing – don´t freak, go with it!

It means your ready to change and learn new things; A shark can’t live if it’s still, neither can your creativity!

Your style is a reflection of who you are, and who you are often changes with your experiences.

Embrace your style change and enjoy it

(iPhone-only photos. Find me here @christinagreve on Instagram)

Happy Sunday.

Much Love

Christina

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Today I am doing something new + fun; a Blog-Hop. Something I haven’t done before. A blog hop is the perfect way to “hop” around the world wide web, getting to know SUPER amazing bloggers. My sweet blogger and photography friend Birgitte from A DUSTY OLIVE GREEN kindly asked me to join. Of course, I said yes!

I LOVE the blogsphere just as much as I love photography. I started my blog back in 2009 and have blogged (almost) weekly ever since then. I´ve met many wonderful, creative and inspiring people via blogging, which has added much value to my life.

I first met Birgitte a few years ago through the blogging world. Later she took one of my photography workshops and we got to know each other even more. Birgitte is a Dane from Copenhagen living in Florence with her little daughter. She is known for her amazing travel pictures – especially from Copenhagen, Rom and Firenze. She is also the creator of four great city-guides, full of her personal favorite places, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Birgitte asked me a few questions about blogging, that I´m going to answer the best I can.

Here we go:

Why do I write/blog?

Back in the days I started my blog mainly to show my photographs and stay connected to my friends, yet it turned into a site that helps and support aspiring photographers. I quickly got a lot of questions from readers and within a few years my blog became a blog for female photographers looking for inspiration and helpful tips to boost their own photography and business.

Today writing blog posts and content for my workshops are just as big part of my life as it is being a professional photographer. I love the writing process, though I´m far from a natural born writer. To be honest, it´s been one of my biggest challenges in my business career – yet extremely essential for my work. Playing with words and creating beautiful sentences does not come easy to me + I´m a lousy speller…

At some point, I had to make a decision NOT to let grammar and spelling stop me! My desire to help and motivate people with photography conquered.

Today I accept that my writing is not perfect. I write from my heart with good intentions, and I believe that is what matters! My English has improved tremendously since I started writing back in 2009, and I´m proud of my progress. I know I still have a lot to learn when it come to writing and grammar, but lucky me I enjoy the learning process :-)

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the arm. I can´t believe that this lousy speller from Denmark, now runs an international business still growing each year.

So if I there should be a reader among us, that feel limited in blogging because he/she is not a great writer, my advice is: who cares! Go for it! You will learn and blossom as you go.

What am I working on?

Oh my, where shall I begin!

Sometimes I wish I could clone myself into ten professional writers…lol…I always have so many ideas and plans I want to execute, and I tend to want to do everything at once – which is never possible, since I´m a one-woman business. My constant struggle is to limit myself and stay on track with just a few important projects.

Right now I´m 100% focused on running my 5-week online lifestyle photography workshop. We are about half way through the workshop, and I have an amazing 112 students on board. This is what I love to do! To teach, create content and motivate people.

When the photography workshop is over I´m diving right into my next two big projects; creating a life-changing coaching program for women + re-design my blog. I´m SUPER excited about both and can´t wait to share more about it!

How does your blog differ from others in its genre?

I like to believe I differ by combining photography and psychology/coaching. I spend many years working as a psychotherapist, life coach and mindfulness instructor before I got into photography.

My background helps me offering encouraging, practical and supportive training for female photographers and creative souls around the world. Many women doubt themselves – which is normal, but if you let that self-doubt stop you from living the life of your dreams and being fully you; amazing with ALL your potential, you risk loosing yourself to depression and stress.

My main goal is to help women understand HOW incredible they are and that they can do anything they want. If I can encourage just one woman to start loving herself more and take a step towards her dream, I´m happy! That´s the heart of my blog – photography is secondary.

What is my writing process?

I find so much joy and peace in the writing process. Even though writing at times are my biggest struggle, I love the challenge.

On a typical workday, I´ll start writing as soon as the kids are out the door. After breakfast I make myself a big cup of coffee, then go to the computer. Often I will sit in my PJ until I´m done…lol..If the weather permits it I will open the window and listen to the birds while typing.

I rarely listen to music while I write, I like it quiet and peaceful, so I can focus and think clearly.

Unless I have photo projects, meetings or clients later that day, I´ll keep writing for most of the day. I think I´m in love with the quiet thinking process that often goes hand in hand with writing blog posts or workshop lessons.

Alright, that´s it…

Much Love,

Christina

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“I really want to follow my dream, but…first I need to go to work, then pick up the kids, then cook dinner, then…Ohhh I feel tired, I will do it tomorrow.” 

Does that sound familiar?

Then, tomorrow there´s a school meeting, a birthday party and you promised to help bake a cake…..and then the next day it will be the same all over again.

Time flies. You want more hours while you are waiting….and waiting…and waiting…for a chance to get that extra time to follow your passion, your dreams and goals.

But here’s the thing: NOTHING and NO ONE will suddenly come around and hand you those extra hours on a silver platter. YOU have to create it!  

If you don’t do anything about it, tomorrow will turn into never.

If you are not running your own life, it will run you!

You might wonder, analyze, judge and criticize yourself, while you worry about what might be happening and what others think of you. You think “I must do something,” and then you focus on chores and busy work, rather than STOPPING and FEELING what is actually important to YOU and your life.

It is only you, and no one else, who can create the best life for yourself and make time for what you truly want.

To change things around start making deliberate decisions. Decide what in your life is essential and non-essential. Cleanse your life from noise and distractions to create the mental space that is needed and to unlock time to create your dream life.

How to do it:

Take out a piece of blank paper or a journal. Draw a line in the middle of the paper.

On the left side, write down all the non-essential things that:

  • drain your energy or make you feel used, sad, angry and so on
  • you do to please other people
  • you do to impress other people
  • you do because you THINK you must do it, but you really don´t like doing.
  • you wish you had the courage to say no to, but still do because you are afraid of a conflict with a friend or family member.
  • are clearly time-wasters, like too much TV, too much Facebook, sleeping too long or getting up late

Now decide what on this list you can let go of right now!

Outloud say: DELETE AND LET GO. Then put it behind you. Stop wasting any more of your precious time. You must waste no more energy on these things.

Life is SHORT. The time you have is the time you have: use it well!

Now on the right side of the paper, write down all the things you would LOVE to do—all the essentials in your life, all that matters to you, all that you want to spend more time on!

Write down all the essentials in your life that:

  • make your body feel good and strong
  • make you feel utterly excited
  • make you feel good about yourself
  • make you feel rested and peaceful
  • make you feel happy and full of joy
  • will bring your dreams, goals and desires to fruition

Now go do much more of those things!

In order to be the best version of yourself and feel happy, change your behavior so you spend quality time on things that are important to you and to your life.

Opt out of all the non-essential things in your life. These non-essential things should not take your attention or use up your limited time.

If you allow the non-essential stuff to take over your everyday life you will simply not be happy. But if you focus on the essential things, you will find it easier to live wholeheartedly, to develop your goals and dreams and to become the best version of yourself. 

Take care,

Christina

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