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So here’s the deal, I had planned to post the next installment of my Women Who Inspire series sometime in November, but it’s just too good that I couldn’t wait! I am so excited about this interview with Morgan Anderson because she offers some great insight!
At only 25, she is already well on her way to creating her best life doing what she loves. From photographer turned brand strategist, she is doing some really awesome things and you can’t help but excited for her!
I know you’ll be as inspired by her as I was because instead of ignoring her passions, she has pursued them and she’s not looking back.
Hey there, Morgan! Tell us about yourself, your business, where it started and what it looks like today.
Hi there! I’m Morgan and I’m a 25-year-old girl from a small town in Ohio. Most days you can find me working in my home office with a (not so cute) messy bun, yoga pants, and my Australian Shepherd puppy, Ben, at my feet. I was a wedding photographer for three years, a blogger for five, and have been dreaming too big since 1992. I went to college to become a History teacher, after a year of studying, I turned in my textbooks and pursued curiosity. Now I travel, explore, and learn anytime I can. (With my camera, of course)
At the beginning of 2017, I was feeling lead to do something bigger with my business.
I wanted to help female creatives and entrepreneurs who were getting their businesses off the ground in any way I could. I decided I would start a Facebook group called Biz + Bubbly where all my business friends could hang out, but it’s turned into something much more than I thought possible.
Instead of a Facebook group, I built a blog where women could teach others about business. I hope it will be a place of education and celebration for many years to come.
1) What motivated you to start your journey? What made you finally say yes to pursuing your goals?
After being in college for a year to become a History teacher, I felt a pull to be a photographer. At the time, a sports or band photographer that would travel the world and document others’ lives. For whatever reason, I switched majors and joined a photography program.
Then a friend asked me to photograph her wedding. I was very scared and honestly didn’t want to do it. But, she begged me and I fell in love with wedding photography. Shortly after that, I found a “big girl” job and got married.
After 4 months of marriage, I was laid off from my full-time job. My awesome husband, Dillon, encouraged me to try to make this photography business work while I was getting an unemployment check. It couldn’t hurt, right??
I was hooked. My books were full and I was thrilled to be doing what I loved. Ever since I’ve been hustling to contribute to my family’s income while chasing our dreams.
2) Did you have a clear vision of where you wanted to go or was it a constantly evolving process?
I had a clear vision for my photography business. I knew who my ideal client was and I could shoot a wedding with my eyes closed (joking, obviously). But I also knew I couldn’t be a wedding photographer forever.
In the back of my mind I started trying to think of other ways I could stay in business without shooting weddings constantly, but at the time, I didn’t really have much time to think about it.
Then, Dillon started a new job and had to work third shift. That was the hardest wedding season for me. I didn’t see him in the evenings because I was shooting an engagement session. I didn’t see him on the weekends (his only time off) because I was traveling and shooting a wedding the whole time.
I knew my business needed to change.
This was not going to be good for our marriage. So, I prayed long and hard about it and knew my business was going to evolve – again.
I think our businesses should change as we do. What we want changes. Our lives change. Who we are changes. I think it is completely normal to have a business that is constantly evolving and if it isn’t…we aren’t moving forward.
3) Did you ever feel like giving up? How did you overcome those moments?
At the end of my 2016 wedding season, I was ready to quit. My marriage was suffering. I was constantly on-edge. I didn’t want to do it anymore. My dad always told me I was way too stressed for a girl my age, and he was completely right.
I knew something had to give.
I was miserable and felt like I was failing everyone around me because I had let this business consume the best of me.
I overcame this feeling of failure by reevaluating my life, my situation, and what I truly wanted. I did something very scary. I stopped booking weddings. I had a few on the books for 2017, but I didn’t actively book anymore.
I talked with Dillon and told him how overwhelmed and defeated I felt. I told him I wanted to try something new (which he wasn’t the least surprised by) and we decided we’d have a trial period.
2017 was going to be a new adventure with no promise of success. I decided to work one-on-one with small business, helping them to define their personal brand and strategize their business. And, I wanted to teach.
I didn’t know how that would look exactly, but I taught my first Photo 101 in January of 2017. I planned to launch my new personal brand and Biz + Bubbly on my 25th birthday in June, and it was a pretty incredible party.
Doing something new and scary is what fuels me. I go full-speed ahead and make it happen.
4) What has been your biggest struggle on the path of pursuing your goals?
My biggest struggle has been learning to say no. I’m actually really good at it now. I read Present Over Perfect and Breaking Busy this past May when Dillon and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary in Michigan and they couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. I had so many revelations while reading these two books, I couldn’t even tell you all of them.
But my biggest takeaway was that these authors started saying no a lot. That’s what made them feel free. That’s what allowed them to live the life they wanted, and that God wanted for them.
I had to stop worrying about disappointing peers or colleagues because I was currently disappointing my husband and my family. They needed to come first. I needed to put myself and my health first. That’s something I didn’t do for a very long time.
Now saying no is invigorating. Not because I love when people are upset with me or feel I have let them down, but because that means I’m able to say yes to something so much bigger and better in my life and business
5) If you could do it all over again is there anything you would do differently? If so, what?
I really don’t think there is a thing I would do differently. This life and business is all about the journey. I have learned from my mistakes, I’ve faced failure, and I’ve had some amazing adventures.
6) How do you define “success”?
Success to me is being able to do what I love while working from the comfort of my home, in my pajamas, and shutting down for the day when Dillon wakes up at 3 PM. It’s also learning that I can work smarter, not harder. I feel successful when I’ve been efficient with my time, done great work, and can get back to living my life.
7) How has this journey changed you and your perspective on life?
I’ve always been one to do what made me happy in life. I think this journey has allowed me to share my perspective with others. As business owners, we get sucked into the hustle and addiction that comes with owning our own business.
The girlboss movement makes us feel empowered and motivated. But deep down, we all let priorities get out of order. I want to help other women remember that as they are building an empire, doing what they love, and making something of themselves, they don’t have to lose who they are.
8) What advice do you have for someone who has a goal or dream they want to pursue, but is afraid to take that first step?
Life is too short to second-guess and miss out on opportunities.
Life is full of risks and failure, and right away you have to change how you think about those things. You can be scared of failure if you want to be. But I’d love for you to instead be aware of it and let it push you forward.
Know that your dreams and goals WILL change. You will set a goal and never reach it because what you wanted changed. That’s okay! Give yourself grace and the space to be curious.
If you don’t do those two things, what’s the point in following your dreams? You had to get curious enough to come up with that dream in the first place, right?
9) Who inspires you?
Working mamas inspire me. I don’t have kids yet, but I’ve always worried about how I would balance owning my own business, being a great mother, and a joyful wife.
I see women around me doing it every single day and that gives me hope for the future. It also inspires me to work my butt off (during work hours, of course) now because I don’t have kids!
And I think the children of those working mamas are going to be so proud of them as they grow up. I want to set the same kind of example for my future children.
10) What are you loving lately and why?
I’m loving the brand new How to Fail Podcast. My friend Kristin just launched it in September, and it has been so refreshing to hear how women in business are failing. It’s such an important topic that no one wants to talk about.
When I listen to the episodes, I’m reminded that I’m not alone. We all fail, and we all fail differently. I was also lucky enough to be on Episode 3 to share my story and how I’ve failed as a business owner.
And I can’t forget Big Magic. This is the book that turned my life upside down and gave me a huge reality check last year.
In this book, Elizabeth Gilbert explains how our curiosity fuels us. So many times we get in our own way and make our creativity responsible for more things than it was ever supposed to.
Instead of explaining everything, I’d love for you to take the time to read it and see how it changes your life. 🙂
Where can my readers find out more about you/follow you?
I would love for them to check out the Biz + Bubbly blog. It is a great resource and I am so thankful for all the women who have contributed amazing and informational blog posts!
I’d also love for them to apply to contribute if they are interested in guest posting and grab my free Risk Taker’s Guide to Success as my thank you for reading this post! And, of course, you can find us on Instagram @bizandbubbly!
P. S. Are you pursuing your goals and dreams, killin’ it, and want to spread the word? Fill out the form below to apply to be featured in my Women Who Inspire Series!