The holidays are upon us! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you are well rested as well as well fed and ready to go.
I'll admit it, I have not really started on holiday preparations yet, although I have been thinking and writing about it a lot! Check out yesterday's Mom365 blog post to catch up on tips and advice on holiday photo gifts and cards and to get an overview on what I'll be writing about there over the next few weeks.
And if you haven't downloaded it yet, it's not too late - check out the Photosanity Stress-Free Holiday Card Workbook. The latest date we recommend ordering your cards is December 9th (using minted.com lead times and express shipping). So you still have almost a week!
Get Christmased from Ask Moxie
I also have another great workbook to recommend to help you prepare for the holidays - my friend Magda at Ask Moxie has written a workbook called "Get Christmased" to help you identify and address the stress and guilt often associated with the holidays, especially if you feel a lot of pressure to create an amazing experience for your kids. Actually, the workbook covers pretty much any stress point you can think of related to the holidays, whether it's financial, family, food, religion or stress. If you're feeling overwhelmed (and really, who isn't) check it out. Magda's approach is much like mine; she breaks down things that are overwhelming into more manageable pieces so I know you'll find Get Christmased useful.
Meditation from Unshakable SoulFor something completely different, yet related, I also recommend a free guided meditation from another friend, Kimberely Arana of Unshakable Soul (sign up on the right hand side). I have to admit I am not really the meditating type but Kimberely is a powerhouse and has an amazing voice. I found her meditation very simple and effective. Check it out as another way of bringing some calm into this busy time.
Photosanity Fall/Winter CollectionAnd finally, I am pleased to announce that the Photosanity Fall/Winter 2013 Collection is here! All the Photosanity workshops are online and self-guided so you can follow along at your own pace. I was recently speaking with Photosanity alumna Jenna Lerfald who told me that one of the things she loved about Photosanity was that it was something she could fit into her busy life as a working mom of two. She found it very doable - and life changing.
So, if you're ready to completely change the role that photography plays in your life and the kinds of moments you can experience - as well as capture - with your kids, take a look. Now is the perfect time to get ready for a new year of amazing memories with your family... especially as we've added "buy as a gift" options to all the workshops to make it easy for a spouse or loved one to get you exactly what you want!
Here is a quick guide to the workshops:
If you're looking for an introduction to Photosanity - how to capture natural moments, get out of auto on your DSLR, organize your photos and get them up on your wall, you want Stop Missing the Moment, which includes (6) 10 minute videos and a 35 page PDF reference guide that you can complete in under an hour.
If you're ready to dive into a 12 week workshop that will change your life - The Photosanity Workshop covers everything that a busy parent needs to know so they can more fully experience and capture their children's lives through photography. Hundreds of parents have been through this workshop and completely transformed the way they take photos and the results they get.
If you're struggling with organization and editing - you need the Aperture or Lightroom Workshops to get you all set for 2014. These workshops include a comprehensive system for easily organizing, editing and sharing your photos. You even get an Aperture Library Template or a Lightroom Catalog that you can import your photos into so they practically organize themselves.
You can start by taking Stop Missing the Moment before deciding if you're ready to jump into The Photosanity Workshop or Aperture or Lightroom, or you can dive right in to the workshop you want right now!
All workshops include membership in the private peer-to-peer Photosanity Facebook group where you can connect with other like-minded parents, and you get lifetime access to workshop materials, including any revisions or updates.