On Day 2 of EFI I wore my Ralph Lauren suit that fits a to a tee. People always ask if it's Gucci, but it is Ralph. It fits me so well that I believe that Ralph made for me. The style is romantic and reminiscent of a Russian solider. I like to think of it as my trooper outfit because I always say, "I am trooper" with enthusiam. It makes me feel like I was cut out to go the distance and serve.
I remember openning Tara's first email two years ago and seeing her message. My first thought was this is too good. The Femme Types were depecited by these three super cool silhouette graphics that were brilliant. I began following her work and found myself listening to a call with Rose Cole and Tara. It was after this that I made my first three "commentary" videos for You Tube. Her voice and the passion within it can move a person to become inspired to think about "What would I do, if I could?"
Tara is launching a lingerie line and is planning to open a boutique hotel in France. She mentioned being inspired by a boutique hotel in Normandy. I spent some time in Normandy during my visit to France. When I was there, it was decorated with non-stop beaches that go on forever. It is the perfect location to cosy up and write undistrurbed. I really hope it hasn't gotten so cosmopolitan that it has lost that comfy quality. I best remember a huge vintage carousel that was on the edge of the beach for visitors on their way to dinner. That memory illustrates the understated embedded romance of Normany. Did I spend my time there writing? No, but at the age of thirteen I played alot of video games. My cousins, who we were visiting had one of the first hand held video games that my Uncle Keith had brought back from Japan. It was very rare at that time to see children with a device like that in Normandy.
This photo of me was taken by Holly Harris. She was so sweet. She helped me adjust my camera to suit lighting properly becuase I don't know everything about adjusting my Canon 7D. I usually just pick up a camera and start playing with it. If I run into a road block I ask someone to help me.
Some people were asking about my camera model and which lenses I was using. A Canon 7D is roughly $1200. The 50mm lens I use is nicknamed "the Nifty Fifity" because it goes a long way to create great portraits and only costs $140.
Above is a portrait of Holly that I took. Notice how she put up her glass to toast me. You can tell she is used to posing people so that the picture tells a story. This is called creating a framework within your photograph. It takes a little imagination to think about how the photo can be set up to allow the viewer to connect the dots about what is happening.
Fabienne Frederickson was Tara's guest trainer. She spoke of her Client Attraction System Home Study Course which I purchased. I had wanted to buy that product for a while and as she said later, "You got it for a great price." That is part of the appeal of going to live events like this one. There is always a great offer on something helpful for your business.
"At every level, there is a devil." Fabienne's words here mean that the challenges never stop coming at you. She goes on to say, "There is no such thing as personal growth nirvana." There is always more "stuff" to deal with, in my words.
Carrie Dale and Dana Pettit Canneto. Carrie is a writer who talks about ideas similar to mine. On the back of her business card she has a quote from Dr. Seuss:
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose"
Dana is a Holistic Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach who teaches The BlissfulMind, Blissful Body Conscious Eating Workshop which enhances ones mind, body connection.
This photo was taken after Tara spoke about deprivation of our sensual self. Chocolate covered strawberries were given out so that we could all eat sensually. I hadn't eaten chocolate in five weeks due to the diet I am on. I was intoxicated by the scent and had to break down and eat it! Eating that strawberry felt like total luxury.
I sat with Bonnie Iverson, a woman also wanting to make changes in her midsets and life.
Bea Solya was my roommate for EFI. She is an a remarkable woman who is also a future author. I love this picture of her because you can almost see the completeness of that vision coming into being. Her lovely presence throughtout the weekend made me smile and feel very welcome.