We’re about to take Live Wonderful to the next level. What does that look like? Before we give you a sneak peek at what’s next, let’s take a look back at where we’ve been. If you want to cut to the chase, scroll to the bottom of this post. But if you want to hear the juicy back story – keep reading!
I think it was February of 2015 when this random thought woke me out of a dead sleep. I don’t know. I always lost track of the days, weeks, even the months flew by without noticing. But it was definitely early 2015.
I was finally settled in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia after 3 months of backpacking around Europe and Southeast Asia. I hadn’t made a plan. I just bought that magic glitch (link) multi-city plane ticket, sold or stored almost everything I owned, got on that first plane, and never looked back.
Now here I was in Bali, living in a gorgeous (but partially destroyed) open-air home nestled amongst the rice fields, volunteering to take care of this place in exchange for a roof over my head for as long as I needed. Whatever day it was, I know I’d been there long enough to forget what month this moment became a memory. But not long enough to realize I had to come home to turn this new dream into a reality.
I shot up from a soundless sleep, wide awake the instant the idea popped into my head. My eyes open in the darkness and I thought, “That’s it! I just want to live wonderful. Not wonderful-ly. Wonder. Full.”
And so this company was born, seemingly out of nowhere. Yet always resting deep inside, just waiting for me to wake up.
I’d been writing stories and capturing my experiences and with the help of Susi and her 35-year knowledge of the island’s history. She never just told me what she knew. She always urged me to explore, ask questions, and learn about the dark truth that keeps Bali alive to this day.
Thanks to her, I’d spend half of my days doing just that. I’d jump on my scooter and zoom off on unplanned adventures into the jungles, witness daily offerings and rituals, and spontaneously attending what seemed like weekly island-wide celebrations.
The other half of my days were spent helping Susi rebuild her home which had been destroyed 18 months prior when the villa was seized by the Balinese mafia for two unjust reasons – she was a woman, of another race. Now, along with 10 other volunteers, I was learning Bahasa Indonesia (The National Indonesian language), and getting a front-row seat to some of the most corrupt international government trials at the national courthouse. All awhile, trying to help Susi rebuild her life and begin anew.
So that night, the night I felt so comfortable outside of my comfort zone that I forgot time completely, that’s when I knew in an instant, I’d found my life’s mission. I didn’t have to know exactly what it looked like.
I just knew those words, “Live. Wonder. Full.” were going to be my anchor for everything I create, forever.
A few months after Live Wonderful came to me, I decided to end my time in Bali abruptly as I no longer felt safe on the island. After regrouping for a few weeks in Singapore, I booked a plane ticket back to America. My mind and heart were aligning. I was ready to use my creativity to build my own prosperity and purpose.
I would spend the next 6 months on countless adventures that I had seemed to go in no particular direction. It didn’t matter. I was still lost and scared, but there was now this beacon of inspiration lighting the path in front of me. Always moving forward with me.
This business has been my creative outlet since that night I shot out of bed. It will always be my anchor amidst all of life’s adventures. I define my life around this mission to “Live Wonder Full.” That is, to live in a state of wonder, all the time. To be open to new experiences, new ideas, and new perspectives. To bring my stories to life with passion and purpose.
When I began to focus on my deepest desires I realized my story is mine to choose. I became aware of my personal powers. I allowed my true fears to reveal themselves so I could conquer them. This is true for anyone seeking a creative life.
Our biggest fear is not failure. It’s success.
We are afraid to succeed because when do, we have to become a new version of ourselves. We can no longer be who we were because now we have new experiences and new insights. We must create a new story.
And that’s f*ing scary. But I wouldn’t live any other way.
Now anchored in Orlando, Florida, Live Wonderful is more than just an idea in my mind. It’s become a mindset for our entire community of creative storytellers, both here and all over the world. Bringing this brand to life has given me more purpose and joy than I could ever imagine. And this is still just the beginning!
It’s time to expand our comfort zones again. Dream the next dream. As with all things on our path, Live Wonderful is evolving every day. My biggest goal (as of right now) for this amazingly supportive community, is this:
We want to connect with more people who WANT to Live Wonderful.
To do this, we are exploring, collaborating and discovering unique ways to share our mission with the world. Though I’ve had to keep a secret for over a year, the new brand is coming to life behind the scenes and we’re almost ready to show you!
What does this new stage of brand evolution look like?
- A new logo that defines our intentional focus and organic growth in an elegant style.
- A new website that’s bright and bold, yet simple and powerfully useful.
- New types of classes and new adventures… in new cities with new photographers.
- An expanded selection of photography services for entrepreneurs and business owners.
- More untold stories and images you’ve never seen before.
- Live Wonderful prints and gifts available for purchase.
To kick off this next step in our brand evolution, we’re hosting a LIVE Launch Party on February 29, 2020 – and you’re invited! Click here to RSVP and get a sneak peek at the new brand launch party we’re hosting online and at our studio.