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The Biggest Mindset Mistake Women Make In Business

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Women are strong. Women have the most difficult job in the world - they are mothers. So why is creating and keeping a business alive often so difficult for us? After all, we are resourceful, we can multitask, we are responsible.

I was first taught about the importance of giving and receiving by Sue Bryce. It’s the BALANCE of giving and receiving that is crucial to establishing a healthy, sustainable business. Always in perfect unison, when one hand is giving, the other should be receiving.

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As women, we don’t have a problem with the giving part. We are givers by nature. We give life, we give love, we give our time, we give our support. We put our family first. We love and we love unconditionally.

I believe that’s why so many women have a problem with receiving. We are natural givers and can feel guilty about receiving. However, business is not love. It is not unconditional! It is BALANCED giving and receiving. You can do business WITH love! In fact you will be very successful if you do. But business IS NOT love.

Lack of balance with giving and receiving is a recipe for a disaster. It can begin very early in the process, as early as when you are setting your prices. Setting prices that are not sustainable (because you don’t feel worthy of receiving) is a waste of time and hurts not only you but also your industry. It’s always harder to make it in an unhealthy industry than in a healthy one.

Here are some down turns of not receiving:

  • It devalues your craft

  • The business will not be sustainable and will not survive without proper funds over a period of time

  • Clients will not see you as being professional (although I’m sure they’ll love that you’re giving without receiving!)

  • You will have to work unproportional amounts of time and will burn out

  • You will feel bitter and resentful


If you have a problem with receiving despite putting proper work into your projects, ask yourself: why am I feeling this way? You are enough if you’re putting proper time, work and you’re priced proportionally to the value of your service. You give and you deserve to receive!

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xoxo,

Agnes


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Educational Strategist Jane Kristoffy

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Feeling grateful to have met and worked with wonderful Jane Kristoffy. Jane is an Educational Strategist helping students achieve personal success. She is an elegant, intelligent and classy woman, simply lovely to be around and I’m very happy our paths have crossed.

Jane attended our “Instagram For Your Business” Seminar few months ago and she did her branding process the right way! It started with determining her brand colors. Strong red, navy and light blue were the final choices.

As most women, Jane was also nervous to have her photos professionally done. Please remember this is completely normal! It’s MY job as the Photographer to walk you through the entire process and deliver beautiful and natural photos of you.

Recently I went through Agnes’ entire process: consultation, photo shoot and reveal. Her professionalism and commitment to impeccable work was evident in all sessions, as well as during her email communications and delivery of photos.

I’m thrilled with my photos, and I enjoyed the experience of the photo shoot more than I expected! Hair and make-up, arranged by Agnes for the day of the shoot, as well as a relaxed and supportive atmosphere in her studio, made the photo shoot special.It was an “event” for me! Agnes ensured I was comfortable having my photos taken, offered helpful suggestions, and never rushed the process.

I am new to marketing my business, as well as the use of social media platforms for sharing my brand. During each of the three sessions, Agnes patiently explained strategies for me to use in order to get my brand/services in front of my ideal clients. I appreciated this extra time and expertise.

I can’t imagine a better experience, or better professional to get this job done. On top of this, Agnes is warm, creative, smart person.I look forward to working with her again!
— Jane Kristoffy
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Financial Planner & Insurance Broker Anna Sowinski

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I met Anna very early in my portrait photography career, so it was lovely so see her again after few years. Anna is a Financial Planner & Insurance Broker and she is building a beautiful website that showcases her expertise. She is all about great, personalized service, so she didn’t want stock imagery on her website.

We established that Anna’s main brand color is blue. Anna’s top quality is being trustworthy and knowledgeable, so blue was a great choice! This photoshoot was also a great excuse for Anna to get 3 generations of her family together for beautiful family photos that will be cherished forever.

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Hi Agnes,
This was a very important project for me and I wouldn’t think of anyone else I wanted to work with but you. You are an amazing photographer and a beautiful person :-)
I love my family and I am very blessed to have them in my life. It’s because of them I am who I am and where I am. I wanted to take those pictures for a long time and I am so very happy I finally did. The best money ever spent. I will enjoy them every single day. It was a very beautiful experience (as last time). You made us all feel amazing. I keep looking at the pictures and cry every time lol.
Thank you again :-)
— Anna Sowinski

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Personal Stylist Christie Ressel

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As a fashion lover, I’m beyond excited to be working with Christie Ressel. She’s a Stylist with many years of experience as well as a YouTuber with a devoted fan base. No surprise here - when I met Christie I felt as if I’ve know her for years. She’s warm, bubbly and super inspiring. We started working together in December and despite cold temperatures it has been a blast.

Keep scrolling down to get Christie’s advice on how to look cute when it’s cold!

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We were super lucky that it started snowing during one of our photoshoots! Snow makes winter photos absolutely dreamy.

I really like that Christie is using colors boldly in her wardrobe. It’s very uplifting, especially during long Canadian winter.

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If you ever wondered what winter essentials would help you look cute when it's cold, watch this video from Christie. She’s giving practical winter outfit ideas so you can look cute when it's cold and freezing outside!


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