“So, this happened today. I had the privilege to have the most inspiring workshop so far with the wonderful and amazing Denise Birdsong.”
Image by: Kim Holterman Photography
I KNOW I NEED MORE OF THIS IN MY LIFE – Kim was an amazing student, we had very little time during my WPPI photo walk and Platform Class, nothing like typical Stripped Down Education but in that precious time we had together she was willing to let go, swim in unknown depths and receive what was being given- it was beautiful!
All of my students at WPPI were incredible, beautiful, open and ready to be vulnerable and simply try. I need more students like Kim, more clients like Kim, more friends like Kim, more love and wonder for humanity like Kim possess and so the story goes…
WPPI WAS AMAZING – I want to thank WPPI for asking me to join them for a third year in a row and for providing a platform for so much fantastic education and information.
I would also like to thank my sponsors Simply Color Lab | ShootQ for being such an amazing partner to me in education and in my business. I am so grateful to have people who believe in me that I admire and respect.
Thank you for having gorgeous products I can offer my clients as well as being the backbone that automates so many aspects of my business and helps me run it all in a smooth and organized fashion.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – I want to thank the individuals who took time from their busy days to attend my classes. The fact that you were willing to give me your time, which I know is precious as well giving me the opportunity to provide you with educational information that I wholeheartedly believe in and am incredibly passionate about is humbling beyond words!
You, my colleagues, peers and students fill me up beyond measure. Delivering educational information is a great honor as well as responsibility and I do my very best to treat it as such.
As an avid proponent for continued education I have taken my share of those spray and pray photo shoots/ workshops without any real organization or solid direction, as well as lectures that I felt were re purposed/ repackaged material that ultimately did not deliver the value I hoped I would receive.
I have also participated in continued education in the form of mentor programs , workshops and lectures that blew me away and really added tremendous value. I work very hard to deliver the latter experience.
HONESTLY- Every single time I lecture, run an in person workshop, online workshop or do a mentor session I am TERRIFIED I may disappoint, and I mean EVERY DAMN TIME. So much so that I have been physically ill several times before said events (I know, yuk) and then the moment I hit the stage, start interacting with the students or jump in online to support my class it all falls away and all I care about is that moment, those connections.
And guess what, IT IS AMAZING.
I am present, completely in the moment and nothing else matters. In the moment I want to fill everyone up with love, support, information, confidence, tools and the Stripped Down Methodology, WHICH I KNOW WORKS. I strive to be my very best and help those who have trusted me to do the very same, be their best!
WHAT’S NEXT? – CONNECTION… This is the part where I am supposed to launch and list new offerings, online classes, workshops and products. I want to do that, I want to bring you more education, more tools that create value and I will, only on a much smaller scale right now.
If I didn’t believe in what I was doing I wouldn’t educate. With that being said, I know that education IS one of the places where I am supposed to be. We will be talking about the educational opportunities for this year over the next few weeks, but they will be limited and on a smaller scale than what I have done in the past.
WHY? NOW IT’S SIMPLY TIME TO BE HONEST AND REAL WITH YOU ALL…
I NEED connection, I need to find those that I can fill up with all the love and beauty I have to offer. We are planning a few REALLY BIG THINGS that are intimate and looking at where and how we can bring more value to more people.
But things are changing. I know some pieces to this puzzle, but I have not put it all together yet in my life.
What I do know is my paths must change, have changed and once again I am TERRIFIED. I don’t know where the paths I have chosen will take me, I simply know I had to choose new paths in this life, I need to make a difference, I need to connect, I need to fill others up with my love and I need to be filled up.
Of this I am certain, if I do not follow paths of love and connection, all that is wondrous will slip away, has been slipping away… There are constants that will remain a priority and focus: MYSELF (that’s a new one), my children, my father, family, friends and loved ones, Modern Love, Stripped Down, my clients, my students and my wonder and lust for life, love, connection and beauty.
Beyond that all I know is that I am on a new and uncharted (for me) journey and I plan to give my very best to all that comes my way and that I choose to undertake.
To every single loved one, family member, client, student, colleague, friend and supporter who has believed in me, held my hand through light and darkness, given me opportunities to be me, to make a difference, I thank you with all that I am and all that I have.
With great love and appreciation,