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Overwhelming Often Precedes Amazing

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Spread the Love workshop by the Justin & Mary Marantz….yes, THE Justin & Mary! Justin & Mary are an amazing Conneticut photographer duo, that I truly look up to in this wild wild west wedding industry. They have accomplished so many wonderful things in their 7 short years in the industry and have set the bar so fantastically high, that everyday when I read their blog, I am more and more excited to try to reach that bar, myself! They are a couple that really knows how to run a successful photography business while living their lives to the fullest; I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn from them.

So, despite the craziness that is my life as of late, I took the night off, grabbed my notebook, and stocked up on my requisite Double Dirty Chai Latte before heading off to Calumet Photo to hear the dynamic duo speak. I couldn’t miss this, no matter how many empty boxes in our apartment needed to be filled by moving day! Admittedly, I was still feeling a bit frazzled upon walking into Calumet, running through moving and wedding planning to-do lists in my head, but within the first 2 minutes of the workshop, Mary uttered the exact words I needed to hear. She first confessed that it was likely she would overwhelm us with all that she would be covering throughout the evening, but she immediately reminded us of one of the truest (yet often forgotten!) things about being overwhelmed. “Overwhelming often precedes amazing….”

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And with that one tiny statement, I began to feel some relief. I began to let all the to-do lists in my head go and instead became anxious to take in all the fantastic nuggets of J & M knowledge that I possibly could, to essentially become even more overwhelmed than I already was! How crazy is that? But, Mary had said just what I needed to hear at that moment. She explained that being overwhelmed is often being just on the verge of break through to great things…to amazing things! Since that evening, that tiny but oh-so-powerful statement has practically become my daily mantra. It is something I deeply believe, but had forgotten in the midst of all the insanity currently in my life: working, shooting, wedding planning, house buying, packing up my world, etc. When I sit down and think about it all, all those things that have been overwhelming me and making me a crazy lady are all directed at greater goods and moving me closer to my dreams. As stressed as I may feel, I feel like I am building momentum, in my personal life and my work. And people, momentum is good! Momentum gets you to the top! And the top is where I am headed. Amazing things are at the top. Thank you Mary, for reminding me that overwhelmed is not only okay, it’s great! I feel so much more able to cope and excited to push through this summer of craziness in my life, after being reminded of that.


Mary Marantz - June 28, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Amanda!! Gah, this post just made me cry like a baby! Love you so much and I can’t wait to see all the AMAZING things in your very near future!! Rock it out! xoox

Jessica - June 28, 2011 - 6:00 pm


So beautifully written! Thank you for sharing your feelings.

amandamegan - September 13, 2011 - 7:46 pm

Awww, thank you both! 3 months later and I will be JUST posting my WTAW post this week!

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