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A night with Rebekah & Abby!

Of all the times I’ve had the joy of hearing Mary Marantz speak, there’s one particular notion that replays over and over in my mind- “we wait on a permission that’s never going to come.” By that, she meant that we often hold ourselves back from taking risks and trying new things because no one’s told us we should, no one’s INVITED us to do it. We end up missing out on what could be our greatest adventures because we’re waiting for someone to give us that push. And while Mary spoke, her words rang throughout my heart and brain- this was ME she was talking about.

Being a small business owner means I have to be my own cheerleader, PR agent, CEO, etc; it’s my responsibility to get things moving in my business. One of the most encouraging things Mary said during the DC stop of the What’s Next tour was that the entire tour was of their own creation. It was an idea that hit them, that they pursued, that they turned into a reality. It wasn’t as though they reached a certain point of success and then received a phone call saying “Congratulations, you’ve made it! Now you’re qualified to take the ShowIt tour bus on a cross country tour!” If they’d waited for a moment like that in order to pursue the tour, they’d be waiting a long time.

Well friends, this is us refusing to wait for permission :). My sweet friend Rebekah and I are hosting a night of Q&A/discussion for photographers! One of my favorite things about the photography community I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of is how freely everyone shares with each other, and Rebekah and I want the chance to pour into others in the same way others have poured into us.

Rebekah Hoyt & Abby Grace Photography

A Night with Rebekah & Abby will take place on March 8th at 7 p.m. in Reston, VA and will be two hours of relaxed photography chat, open sharing, wine, & nibbles. We can’t WAIT! We’ll have 12 slots open to whoever wants to come, so in order to secure your spot, go ahead and shoot me an email: abby@abbygracephotography.com. Seats are FREE but due to the limited number of spots (my living room can only hold so many), we do ask that you’re SURE you’ll be able to attend before signing up, just so we don’t have to turn away other photographers for a vacant seat.

Friends, we are SO excited to get together with you all and share, share, share. Rebekah and I have learned so much from each other over the past year of our friendship and her heart is made of pure gold. You guys will be in GREAT hands :). Go read Rebekah’s post today- you’ll see what I mean about her sweet heart!

Happy Wednesday!

** UPDATE**- You guys have totally blown our socks off. We filled all 12 spots (plus an extra one!) in less than an hour! Because of how quickly it filled up, we’re already looking to plan another one. We’ll keep you posted!

Rici - February 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Oh Abby! What a super great idea! I love it! I love that you share and I love how you wrote about this waiting for a right moment, or someone telling you, you made it. I needed that today. Even if I can´t come ;-) distance wise. Have a very great time!
~ Saluti.

Judie - February 15, 2013 - 11:42 am

Ack!! I can’t believe I missed this!@! Oh please have another :-) I would love to be a part of that!! You ladies Rock!

Holly - February 14, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I’m so bummed I missed this! I checked the blog after another photog told me about it, but it was already filled up! :( Hoping I can snag a spot for the next one ;)

Mom - February 13, 2013 - 10:29 pm

WOW! Take what you’ve learned, add your own spice (personalities) to it, and share it with others. This makes me so proud to be your Mom. I’d sure like to meet Rebekah soon!

Sarah B. - February 13, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Again, Abby, you challenge me more than I ever expect – and I’m not even a photographer!! Thanks! And way to go – way to reach for what you want. I am excited to see the enthusiastic response!! :D

Dad - February 13, 2013 - 10:21 am

Way to go stepping out of your comfort zone!

Hollie - February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

I was in a meeting all morning and TOTALLY missed this! What a bummer! I hope to make it to the next one! Have fun!

Amanda Truth - February 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

This is so exciting!! I’m so excited for you both taking on this adventure!! I would’ve loved to join you, but a 3 hour drive is a bit too far :( Have an amazing time though!!

Amanda B. - February 13, 2013 - 8:30 am

I really want to come!! But it’s 4.5 hours away and I’m not sure I can make it that night.. :( So sad!

Blythe K - February 13, 2013 - 8:25 am

this sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!! I fly back to Omaha THAT afternoon!! :( so sad I’m missing this!

Raiza Vega - February 13, 2013 - 8:14 am

I wish I could make it!!! I’ll be on vacation. I hope you all do this again.

Sabrina - February 13, 2013 - 8:11 am

Y’all are so sweet! Wish I lived closer so I could come :-) It will be a fun evening for sure!

Jean - February 13, 2013 - 8:09 am

Go Abby! I’m sure it will be a huge success!

Rebekah Hoyt - February 13, 2013 - 8:00 am

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

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