Monday, November 12, 2007

How to CHANGE a Life

So we mentioned earlier that we have a lot of exciting things coming up and we just wanted to share with you guys what they are and how they came about...


The honeymoon for us was a time of fun & relaxation, but it was also a time when the world around us was finally quiet long enough for us to hear some really important messages that hadn't quite been getting through the noise. We had gone to St. Lucia exhausted, overwhelmed, and just generally conflicted about where we were going (y'know, in life as opposed to the Caribbean :) and a LOT of things became clear while we were away.

While we were there, I was reading Your Best Life Now and Justin was listening to the 4 Hour Work Week. And at the end of every single day, over dinner we would talk about what we had been reading that day... and time after time, chapter by chapter, we kept coming up with the same overarching themes: take big risks, don't be afraid to ask, enlarge your vision. It was the craziest thing!! This continued on for several days and then about six days into the trip, as we were walking up the hill to dinner, we both got hit at the exact same time with one of the strongest callings that either of us has ever felt: that we should commit ourselves and our whole hearts to making Portrait House a reality. And that's what we're gonna do.

Probably the craziest thing about this whole story was that the very next morning when we went down to the lobby to check our email, we had a message out of the blue from our amazing friend Shyla telling us that she wanted to get involved! If that's not a sign, I seriously don't know what is!

So that's what's in store for us in the road ahead. We came home and got right to work (well after those couple of days of being in denial that we were actually back!) And one of the very first things that we decided was that we're going to return to posting about the PH on this blog instead of just on the official portrait house blog. We just know it's going to become such a big part of who we are in the next year that I can't imagine keeping the two separate anymore. But don't worry, we're not getting rid of the PH blog either...in fact we've made it even better than before by adding the members of our Portrait House Advisory Team (ahem, PHAT!) to the contributors list so that they can all be posting there too! Make sure you add it to your reader so you can keep up with everything going on over there.

Yesterday Justin created the Portrait House Group on facebook and in less than a day we had over 80 members sign up!! Crazy! We've been so blown away by the outpouring of support in emails and messages and phone calls that we've been getting...everyone saying the same thing: whatever it is you need, just ask and it's yours! We know that none of the things we want for PH can happen without you guys, so it really means the world to us! Seriously, thank you!! And if you want to get yourself signed up for the PH group just send us your email and we'll make sure you get an invite!

ok, that's it for now
so much love!
M:)

PS: hey guys! please go check out the comments from Julie & Damion for some information on a really great project that they're starting called Wells of Life.

11 comments:

Joy Moody Photography said...

Don's sister is VP for Habitat for Humanity in Danbury. I would love to help as well. Send me some info. :)

Candace Jeffery Photography said...

I would love some more info too!

Studio Foto said...

AWESOME! This is what its all about. Krystal and I are trying to get that WHAM! or EUREKA! for this winter and I think its all about KryStyle Designs!!

Justin Marantz said...

yea it is!! we just had dinner with our awesome clients Lon & Melissa last night and they are all about some Krystyle Designs too! we'll be giving you a call

Damion & Julie Hamilton said...

Mary and Justin,
What a great idea! It makes life so much better when we use the resources that we have to benefit someone else. Go for it! You'll never know what can be accomplished until you run with all your heart! Let us know if we can be of any help! FYI, Damion and I are about to launch a project like that of our own called "Wells of life." Haven't released it public yet, but if you want to check it out, the site is www.wellsoflife.blogspot.com
I've probably written too long, but just one last note to say how much you both really impacted Damion and how he couldn't stop talking about how wonderful you are. Thanks for being so great! Many blessings, Julie

maile said...

i'm so glad...i was JUST thinking about this today and can't wait to get involved.

Carla Ten Eyck said...

You guys continue to inspire me! I love it!

Rnormfoto said...

you know what's funny, I JUST finished reading the new Osteen book myself! If you haven’t, you HAVE to read Wayne Dyers ‘The Power of Intention’ or ‘Inspiration’---those 2 books have really had a major impact on me – more than any ‘how to’ business book or self help guide.


http://www.amazon.com/Power-Intention-Wayne-W-Dyer/dp/1401902162/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-9854515-5444913?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194986251&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Inspiration-Ultimate-Wayne-W-Dyer/dp/1401907229/ref=pd_sim_b_img_2/102-9854515-5444913

Shyla said...

I am soooo excited!!!!

Game On.


:D

Damion & Julie Hamilton said...

Just wanted to say thank you so much for putting the link to our blog on your site! That was such a welcome surprise and I think will really help set us off in the right direction! Thanks for being a blessing :)

Shores Photography said...

this is so awesome!