15 before 15

15 in 15 - Jordan Brittley Photography

This month has included more coffee shop adventures for Isaac and I. He is between seminary classes for the fall and winter semesters which means his schedule is more flexible. And even though I don’t hit my “off season” this year until March (and it will only last a month), my work is easy to take with me. It’s inspiring to go sit in a warm space with a warm drink next to tall, towering windows and do what I love with the man I love. I like it.

I am really excited about the New Year this year. With January comes some very intentional business on my part. It will be the first year that my business financial plan is fully implemented for the whole year and it will be the first year that my projections can actually tell us something about the business!

This year we are going to have a son!! We are going to go to the zoo and Silver Dollar City and build little things for his room and go on as many spur-of-the-moment dates as possible! As much as I am looking forward to the New Year, I am still relishing the time I have left in 2014. We have 15 days left today, so I am sharing my list of 15 things that I want to do before 2015!

1) Go see the Hobbit! We have seriously waited all year to go see the Hobbit and it’s finally time. Isaac and I are pretend movie critics and have a lot of opinions about the choices that the director makes as far as FPS (frames per second), the music and pretty much every aspect of filmmaking. It may or may not have something to do with my filmmaking background. Peter Jackson isn’t going to know what hit him when I see the movie. I kid, I kid. He obviously knows a ton about filmmaking (insert genuine smile face).

2) Read in the Mornings! I love doing my quiet time in the morning and transitioning into my work day with a good book and am so excited to get back into this habit!

3) Organize the entire house and develop a laundry system! It’s time for us to simplify our closets and get rid of the things that we just don’t need. We have SO many clothes that we just never wear! Plus, laundry. Yeah, I need to have a system for laundry!

4) Finish Staining Bathroom Cabinets! I can’t wait to take pictures and show you our little guest bathroom makeover!

5) Jordan Brittley Finance Day! Yay! I love working on business finances. Projections and setting the business (and us) up for a relaxing financial year. This means that a plan goes in place so that money doesn’t evaporate left and right. I want to be so intentional with every penny spent from my business.

6) Jordan Brittley Vision Day! You know that I am looking forward to this. Lots of exciting things are coming to the blog and business in 2015! Just wait!

7) Prep taxes so we can turn everything in on the 1st!

8) Personal Finance day with Isaac! Reading finance books and drinking coffee and dreaming just a little bit. So long debt (or at least so long large chunk of debt)! Reality: our house probably won’t be paid off this year!

9) Lara Casey Powersheets!

10) Sit in a coffee shop with Isaac and write down all that we individually and as a team! Then write down what we want for 2015! Thanks Nancy for the idea!!

11) Celebrate Christmas with all of our family! I love love love Christmas with family. And Isaac and I are starting our own, stay-at-home in the morning tradition for Christmas and I am pretty stoked.

12) Earendil, our sheltie puppy is going to have puppies! What?! Just a few days away now!

13) Pay off debt! We would love to see all of our debt disappear because we just don’t like it. Baby steps, baby steps. It can be hard for me to pay it off if I don’t have the full amount to cover the debt. So here is to paying it (ALL) off one step at a time!

14) Web Presence Plan for Jordan Brittley! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, the blog and website are all being broken down into the nitty gritty this year. What worked and what didn’t? I will even keep my notes so that I can share with you why I am changing what I am changing and keeping what I am keeping!!

15) Just breathe. Relax. Enjoy the last of the year and embrace the new that is on its way with open arms. No fear. I will not fear.

Charity and Ben

Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley

Meet Parker. Charity and Ben just added him to their family and he just can’t get enough of every new sound and each person passing by. He is fascinated by the world… as if he is seeing it for the very first time.

Charity and Ben have this way of making other people feel so welcomed and loved in just a few minutes. She is tender-hearted and he is gentle and together it’s a perfect bouquet of something special.

Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley
Springfield Family Photographer - Jordan Brittley

Charity is the very talented floral designer behind He Loves Me Flowers.

 

Crowell Family

Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle

If there is a place that always feels like home, it’s wherever they go. Their home smells like something warm on a bitter day and the sound of little ones laughing echoes throughout. But perhaps the most beautiful thing about their home is their decor; it’s the love that greets you every time you walk through the door.

This precious family celebrated their time in their home the week that they moved and I am not sure there is anything sweeter than that. Except for them, of course.

Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle
Bolivar MO Family Photographer - Jordan Brittle

December 15, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Jessie Warner - Cute! :)

The Creative Spill

Jordan Brittley Portrait

Out of the overflow of my heart, my hands create.

I am sometimes asked how I avoid burnout or slumps in my business. This is such a great question because I want to encourage you to ask an entirely different question: how can you fill up?

Because sometimes you just might be burned out. On life. Or business. Or anything. And slumps are going to happen even if you can’t see them in your work. I hear you putting a lot of pressure on yourself in that first question and I don’t want you to be weighed down by where you think you should be or what you think you should do. If you want more creativity, it’s going to start with freedom. It’s the kind of freedom that sets captives free and releases prisoners from bondage. I’m talking about the kind of freedom that breaks chains and embraces you with one swift and powerful burst of life.

The Creative Spill. It is poured out when freedom reaches the threshold and can no longer be contained. It’s authentic and inspiring because it is born from real freedom. It doesn’t land in some glass. No, it is poured out onto the floor and freely goes wherever it chooses. It is uncontrollable and its contents powerfully impact those who are splashed by its entry.

So how can you fill up with this freedom? I can’t answer that question for you because you are unique. You have a unique purpose and calling and I don’t know what that is. But I know mine, so I can tell you how I embrace this freedom with open arms.

I seek the Lord in all things. I flood my mind with God’s truth of who He is and who He has created me to be. I am intentionally still. I find time to go breathe at the lake or a coffee shop, in a plane or in my favorite chair. I do things that inspire me: boat rides, picnics at the lake, long drives, baking, journaling, imagining, decorating, worshiping my God, hot chocolate with my husband and laying on my pregnant back so I can feel my son kick my hand.

Creativity never came naturally to me. I have always been more analytical and strategic. Creativity didn’t make sense to me. So I looked to my Creator. & I have learned creativity from the One who created it. That, my friends, inspires me.

December 12, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Claire Bira - Beautifully written!

Portraits of Jordan Brittley (that’s me!)

Jordan Brittley Portrait

The grey skies create this crisp light against the walls of our home. Soft, calm days like this remind me to just take things slow and soak it all up. I’m 5 months pregnant with our little baby boy and I know that the new year is going to bring a lot of new things. A lot of wonderfully new things that will come with their own challenges. And I catch myself wishing that I knew how to be a stay at home mom and a business owner already. Because I like to have a plan and do it all perfectly.

But I know how to follow Jesus and that’s enough.

Psalm 128:1-4

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.

Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait
Jordan Brittley Portrait

For those of you who are curious, the glare in the photographs is from a piece of 8×10 glass (pictured above). I just used it to reflect the light from the window into the camera!

December 11, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Linda Foust - Love Them ALL! What a beautiful Mother to Be you are Jordan Brittley Henson!