First off, I want to congratulate each of you. If you are reading this that means you took the time invest in yourself, take a chance, and make your dreams happen. I applaud you! That is a tough first step and you already did it. So chalk up one in the "winning" column today!
A little about me. I am a Wisconsin-based blogger, educator, and photographer specializing in weddings, boudoir, and lifestyle. On my down time you can find me listening to health and business podcasts, frolicking down the aisles of Target, playing hostess, or daydreaming about all of the places I want to travel my hunky man. I love my friends and family more than anything and
bonfires, binge watching Friends,
+ pizza parties are my jam.
I earned a degree in Public Relations and worked in marketing agencies for several years after college. Every single day I would stare out the window from my desk and dream of all of the amazing things I would do if I owned my own business. The people I would meet, the clients I would serve, the home I would live in, the car I would drive, and the group of awesome people surrounding me and cheering me on along the way, "HEATHER! HEATHER! HEATHER!" But, I quickly realized that just sitting on my ass dreaming about these things wasn't going to make them come true.
One day at my 9-5 I started getting a horrible pain in my stomach and had to sprint to the bathroom. Cutting out the gross details, I had flared with ulcerative colitis. My stress levels put my body into a warzone and my immune system was shot. I felt like my body has betrayed me. It was one of the worst moments of my life, I knew I had to do something for my health, sanity, and overall happiness. I stopped working in advertising and made my way to a restaurant where I worked as a waitress and helped with the company marketing. It helped pay my bills and provide health insurance for the time being. Simultaneously the photography business was growing and things were "okay" but I wasn't where I knew I had the potential to be. So after some rough patches with the system, I made the decision that I would hustle my butt off and book enough weddings and other clients to do this full time. And guess what? I did it!
This year I am shooting 25 weddings of my own and several others in my business Better Together Photography––and am already booking out into 2018! I doubled my business income in less than a year and was 100% my own boss. It was the best feeling in the entire world and still brings tears to my eyes. For the first time I felt like I was living my purpose.
The Mentorship Program
So a little about the HMS Mentorship Program! I will be taking on a very small group of individuals who are ready to pursue their passions turn them into a full-time career. Each one of these individuals will receive mentorship direction from me over a course of a month. We will have face-to-face meetings (if local, otherwise on Skype), phone calls, and other forms of communication. You will be given guidance that will fit specifically to your goals and area of expertise. What's the ultimate goal? Turn your passions into paychecks!
Now, I am not a sugar coater. I will tell you right now that this process will not happen in all of 30-days, hell, this process may take over a year or more! Think of this opportunity in the following way: I will be your training wheels to get you moving in the direction of success. By the end of the month I will bust off those training wheels and set you on your way. Then it's your job to keep pedaling on the path I set you on! Don't worry, I will still be around to cheer you on or be an aid if your fall and scrape a knee or two (because sorry friend, it's going to happen).
I am creating this mentorship program because I have received countless emails, phone calls, social media message, and text messages by individuals who want to know how I left my 9-5, doubled my businesses income in less than a year, built a business soley on social media and limited advetising, built an unforgettable brand, serve my ideal clients, and work as my own boss 100% of the time. I knew I could not serve every single person in depth. So while I am in the process of creating a program to reach hundreds, I wanted to be able to take a select few and really invest in them and their dreams. Why can I do this? Because I know that my systems work. They are honestly fool-proof. How can I even say that? Because my system is based on hard work, consistency, and very specific marketing and branding practices. I promise that if you stick with it for a year, you will be able to make huge strides in your business and passions.
Who is this program for?
I am taking time out of my hectic wedding season, and life, to coach for free. This means time away from my brides, my friends, my family, and my significant other. So those who are not ready to work, take the homework seriously, or simply are looking for instant gratification, please do not apply. This program is not for you.
But, if you are someone who wakes up every morning and knows deep down in your gut that achieving your dreams is the only option, this program is for you. If you want to leave your 9-5 and live with a greater purpose, this program is for you. If you are ready to turn your passions into a career and continue to learn, grow, and live a life you always dreamed of, this program is for you. If you know with all of your heart you were made to be your own boss and do what it takes to make that happen, this program is for you. If you are ready to work for what you want–and I mean work, this program is for you. If you are ready to love your life again, this program is for you.
This program can be for bloggers, small business owners, artists, fitness professionals, designers, makeup artists, day care owners, dog walkers, t-shirt creators, and candlestick makers––it's really for anyone of any trade who wants to turn their passion into a paycheck! The one group I will not be taking on at this time is photographers. Your big program is coming later!
How to Apply
Fill out the form below. Please add in as much information as you can to help me learn more about you, your goals, your passions, and why you think this program is right for you. The more info you give, the greater chance you have to be selected. Don't be afraid to add more info than the required question prompts!
The strict cutoff for applications is May 1st.
I can't wait to hear from you and good luck!