Hello and welcome to the blog! We are Cheyenne and Geoff Schultz and are wedding photographers in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you'd like to contact us about our photography, please e-mail me at cheyenne@lovetheschultzes.com with a subject line "The Schultzes". You can also check out our website at http://www.lovetheschultzes.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Distinctly Unique

One of my very favorite quotes reads, "if we lick the lollipop of mediocrity, we will suck forever." I so love that.

I've been using a lot of my time lately to think bigger and beyond where my business is right now and to put down on paper how I'd like it to look in five years from now....ten years from now....and even further. For the most part, I've been feeling really inspired and encouraged lately. As I walked out of church this past Sunday morning, the encouragement that I felt was off the charts. It was one of the five part "Purple People Leader" series at Elevation and man, was it awesome. I frantically took notes as our Pastor ran back and forth across the stage, totally pumped about sharing with us that God doesn't intend for me to be just like everyone else - He calls us to be unique. And it is that uniqueness that will make us powerful. Mediocrity will not suffice. His words were speaking so clearly to my heart as I contemplate my next steps to take in this business.

God didn't call me to be good; he called me to be GREAT. He has put this passion for photography and business ownership on my heart very intentionally and I fully intend to live up to the greatness He has called me to through it.

Since Sunday, I have had a fire lit under me to strive for uniqueness in my business instead of just following a template. As soon as I got home from church, I went straight to my journal and poured my heart out:

Lord, show me what makes me distinctly unique and how to implement that practically in my life.
Lord, keep me humble and to always remember that my success comes only from you - not from my work.
Lord, give me the wisdom I need to make the best decisions to advance my business.
Lord, keep me grounded and remember my core purpose of this work.
Lord, use my life for your glory.

These prayers certainly aren't incredibly profound, but they are a raw, honest account of my heart at this point in my life. :)

I have so enjoyed having some down time this month (and will continue to enjoy it next month) before the spring hits...because it's going to get crazy! As nice as it has been to take some time out to just breathe, I have to admit that not blogging consistently gets me a little stressed out. So here's to jumping back on the blog train...AGAIN.

Stay tuned for the super hot vintage engagement session of Julie and Jason, as well as some REALLY exciting news we got last week. For now, I leave you with a screenshot of my freshly updated website - it was SO in need of a mini-makeover.


Jesse Fender said...

You are leaving us hanging about the "REALLY exciting news!" I can't wait to hear about it. I hope you and Geoff are doing well! Your work is awesome and will continue to be awesome!!

Candice of 'The Beautiful Mess' said...

INSPIRING!! I love it! Daniel and I are praying all of those things for you & Geoff!

North Carolina Wedding Planner said...

Can't wait to hear the big news! Oh and I seriously love this post...

Kristin Vining Photography said...

Beautifully written, Cheyenne!

Lauren said...

So true :D I've been thinking a lot about this lately, as well, so it's really cool to see that God is dealing with you in a similar (but still UNIQUE) way. Love ya, girl! I'm shooting a wedding in Charlotte this summer, so I'd LOVE to take you out to dinner if you're in town!

Karen Schultz said...

I love your conversation with God! Thank you for sharing that. I would like to place it on my blog to continue its inspiration ....if you don't mind.

dianne.jago said...

So I'm in LOVE with your blog :) This post in particular is very inspiring. It's cool to see your journey and read your thoughts throughout the years you have been doing this. It is incredibly encouraging to me. Thanks for sharing your heart.