What is “Everyday Inspirers”?
Let’s meet Abigail…
I met Abigail at a photography meetup… somehow we connected [it must have been our mutual internet crush on Sue Bryce! haha]!
Abigail inspired me during a time when I didn’t believe that I could live off doing what I loved.
To find someone who had chosen to follow her passion of photography, and be able to turn it into a business, and that she just had similar thoughts around the unlimited possibilities that this world had to offer [and someone who “got” what it meant to step beyond our fears]…
I felt I’d found a kindred spirit!
It’s great having someone like Abigail as my everyday inspirer… and I hope she inspires you too today… thanks Abigail!
Q. How are you serving the world?
A. I help women know what gorgeous feels like through portrait and bridal photography.
I’m on a journey to create, entertain, inspire, transform and empower others, mostly women in general, women in business and women in the business of photography.
I’m working on living in a state of bliss, by doing and creating work that adds something positive to this world.
As long as I’m creating, I’m happy.
Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling
A. I received a BA Communications degree from the University of Johannesburg, but only because I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career and so chose the most generic degree I could find.
I lived in the UK for about 3 years after that and on returning to South Africa, found the traditional job prospects completely soul destroying and uninspiring.
Eventually I discovered my industrious and creative tendencies which eventually led to me turning my photography hobby into something more serious.
But it wasn’t until I arrived in Cape Town 4.5 years ago, that I actually accepted that business skills were just as important as creative skills when running a photography business, and that’s when I decided to go big or go home!
Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?
A. I had no tangible, concrete idea of what I was going to do ‘when I grew up’.
I just knew that
a) I enjoyed creating and
b) I couldn’t work in the constraints of a box.
I think I always knew I wouldn’t be working for someone else for the rest of my life.
I knew that I was destined for something unique, creative and self directed.
Q. What did that moment [or moments] feel like?
A. It felt exciting, scary and as if the possibilities that lay out before me were endless.
Side note: I still feel this way!
Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?
A. The internet is a great source of inspiration, although at the same time can have the opposite effect if not managed well.
I’m quite discerning about who I choose to follow online. I‘ve been burnt before by following too many amazing artists/business people, and then feeling completely overwhelmed and completely lacking in comparison.
So now I choose to follow people who I resonate with and who leave me feeling enlightened and energised.I’m also inspired by books about personal development, creativity and business.I’m inspired by every day people doing amazing things.I’m inspired by this beautiful city we live in.
Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?
A. These change, but right now…For photography: Sue Bryce, Brooke Shaden, Zach & Jody Gray, Lara Jade, Monica Dart, Ilse MooreFor personal development: Robin Sharma, Rhonda Byrne, Denise Duffield-ThomasFor Business: Marie Forleo, Michael Port, Michael Gerber
Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?
A. Systems, systems, systems.
The day I read E-Myth Revisited is the day my business started to change and I started to implement business systems.
I still don’t always get it right, but those boring admin tasks that need to get done, are made so much more easy because of systems.
I’ve still got a ways to go to automate my business, but I’d be far more stressed and panicked with work if I wasn’t as far down the line as I am today.
Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?
A. I head to my audible.com library and spend some time getting into a better headspace.
I also turn to the blogs of some of the people I mentioned earlier, and lastly, I go for a coffee meetup with a friend or cohort.
Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?
A. I’d be an aritst creating from a place of bliss.
I’d be inspiring and empowering women, photographers, and the self employed.
I’d have a water-tight, self sustaining business model that allows me to choose how I spend my precious time.
I’d be travelling for business and pleasure to different parts of the world.
I’d be contributing significantly to the well being of animals.
I’d be looking back on my journey, with a smile on my face, knowing that I’m living my purpose.
Q. The quote I live by:
[Tweet “Friedrich Nietzsche — ‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.'”]
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Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?
Abigail, thanks for reminding me about the E-Myth systems… they also transformed my life when I first started [and potentially need a relook ;)] – because they are what create the foundation of that “life of bliss” we all search for 😉 Thanks for the reminder to design my life according to my bliss [instead of being swept away by the to-do list]!!
What stood out for you?