Currently



Loving:
1. Whenever the weather happens to be 70 degrees. It is chilly, but it is so much better than the disgustingly humid and hot 90 degrees and "feels like" temperatures at 100+.
2. Grilling out with the husband on the weekends.
3. So blessed for the new and upcoming opportunities coming my way.
4. When people love my photography and want to work with me.
5. That my debt is dwindling down. The end may not be near now, but there is an end in sight! Light at the end of the tunnel is coming!

Watching:
1. Dating Naked.
2. The Snack-Off.
3. Finding Carter.
4. Leann & Eddie.
5. Candidly Nicole.

Anticipating:
1. Fall. I don't want to wish anymore time away or anything, but I love that time of year. I want to wear my blazers, jackets, skinny jeans, and boots.
2. My upcoming photoshoots.
3. The upcoming fashion shows, where I'll get to be a photographer.
4. Grilling out and cooking steaks again. Yum!
5. Whatever life has to offer.


Working on:
1. Editing images from my past photoshoots.
2. Gathering ideas for my upcoming and potential photoshoots.
3. Cleaning and organizing the house.
4. Updating my photography website blog with my newest sessions.
5. Trying to decide what to wear and how to wear my hair for this weekend.

Wishing:
1. I wish the hot and muggy weather would go away. (As I am writing this, Friday at 1am, it is 63 degrees and I'm loving it).
2. There are some things that could potentially happen that are pretty good. Here's to hoping for the best!
3. I wish I wasn't so impatient. I want things to happen or want to know the details ASAP (about whatever it may be in life).
4. I sort of (kind of, maybe just a little) wished I hadn't ran my blog into the dirt. I don't necessarily miss it, but I do sort of miss the interaction that it gave. I'm still constantly on facebook (my personal account), instagram, and periodically on twitter (so, I'm still around!).
5. I wish it wasn't so hard coming up things for these lists. I don't really wish for much. I either go out and get or work towards getting it, if I can't get it immediately. Either way, it usually happens; sooner or later.


Poor pitiful Bentley. He had allergies and kept licking his paw, which left a bald spot. The vet gave him a cone. However, he is such a smart dog and maneuvered himself in a way, where he was still away to lick. As I was trying to stop him and move the cone, the cone cut his open bald spot. He has had to wear it even longer. He looks so pitiful. We do take it off, so he can enjoy chewing his bone. Whenever he starts licking his spot again, we put it back on because we don't want him to wear it for longer than usual. He was so mad when he first had it, because he couldn't fit under the bed where he sleeps. Somehow, he has figured it out and goes under there; cone and all. He's my angry little sunflower.

Staying in Touch This Summer



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This summer, you can find me here with my tablet...

I received this  Intel Tablets  and it is the perfect size; not too big and not too small. I am always using my tablet, especially when my husband and I are grilling out. It has the larger screen and still my favorite apps (which you can see below). Usually, you can find myself scrolling through facebook or instagram. I'm nosy, so I want to see what everyone is posting, plus I have to keep all my business related pages and accounts updated and stay in connect with current and potential clients. 

Not only do I use it at home, I use it when we get together with family. It is so easier to place in my bag without it taking too much space. Some of them have facebook, while some others don't. They are interested in my photography, so I show them what my current sessions were and what I'm currently up to, regarding my business. If you are going to look at photos, you might as well look at them on a bigger screen rather than a small phone screen. It makes the experience easier and much more pleasing.

Now, I don't always use it work, I have my top favorite games and always make sure to get my "fix" and see if I can make it to the next level.

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1. Facebook: This is for obvious reasons. I want to stay connected to everyone and see what everyone is up to on a daily basis. You can hate on it all you want, but I love it.

2. Facebook Messenger: It is just an easier way to talk with everyone that sends me private messages.

3. Pages Manager: This helped manage all my pages that I had (I used to have three, but only have one). The majority of people are on facebook, so it is still essential and relevant for business purposes. I update my page pretty regularly; usually daily and sometimes a few times throughout the day.

4. Twitter: I don't use it as much as I used to, but I still like twitter, since that is where most of my bloggy friends are.

5. Timehop: I love this app, because I love how it says what you were doing a year ago, two years ago, or even seven years ago.

6. Instagram: This definitely stay on my list of top favorite apps, because I love love love instagram. I love pictures, and I love seeing little snapshots into people's lives.

7. Wunderlist: This app helps manage tasks, to-do lists, and helps you get things accomplished. It also emails you what is on your list as a remainder.

8. Candy Blast Mania: I go in spurts of playing games; sometimes I do and other times I don't. I stopped playing Candy Crush regularly about eight months ago or longer; maybe even a year. I discovered Candy Blast Mania around that same time, and enjoyed it so much more. I've deleted just about all the games off of my phone and just put them on my tablet instead. My nightly ritual is checking all my social media and then using all of my lives on Candy Blast Mania.

9. Blendoku: This game is pretty addicting!! (Disclaimer: It is not for the color blind, due to the nature of the game). Wikipedia states, "Blendoku, players are given a grid of squares, some with colors provided, some not. A palette of additional color tiles is provided. To clear a level, a player must "fill in" the empty squares from the palette in such a way as to create smooth sequences of colors both horizontally and vertically."

10. Songza: If you love music and discovering new songs and bands/musical acts, you NEED this one!! This app is probably the coolest when it comes to streaming music! Wikipedia states, "Stating that its playlists are made by music experts, the service recommends various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity. Songza offers playlists for activities such as waking up, working out, commuting, concentrating, unwinding, entertaining, and sleeping. Users can vote songs up or down, and the service will adapt to the user's personal music preferences. Users can find playlists not just based on artists, songs, or genres, but also based on themes, interests, and eras, such as "90s One-Hit Wonders", or "Music of Fashion Week".





Persistence NOT Luck




Wow... I haven't did a "My One Word" update since May 27. Two months?!?! Crazy how time flies. I'm sure there is someone new reading here, so in case you don't know about the "My One Word" phenomenon, you can check out my first post regarding that. In that post, I tell what exactly it is, who originated it, when (it was at least 1999), what I chose for my word, and why I decided to document it regularly.

Usually with "My One Word," I wrote down each accomplishment that I had from the last time I documented it until the present. I also documented my feelings and attitude about where I was on my journey with "my one word." I think I'm going to get away from the whole list thing (as in a list of every little single thing), because there is too much happening to keep track. I don't want to have to stop and make a list or log on to here to keep track. I just want to live and let everything flow. Instead, I will just group everything together and make a more generalized list.

I still won't be posting my work on this blog, I have my own website and blog and facebook page for that. However, I will be posting one or two from each shoot on my instagram.

The thing about having your own business is to stay motivated, constantly putting yourself out there, networking, and creating/finding/being apart of every opportunity available (Okay, not every opportunity, but the ones that will make you better or benefit you. You know what I mean!) It is so easy to be lazy and not do anything at all. If you don't do anything, nothing gets accomplished. It doesn't get you closer to where you want to be. It doesn't help you grow or help you network. By not doing things, you can miss out on valuable opportunities. When you are doing things yourself, it is up to you to stay motivated. It is up to you to succeed and only you. It is also up to you to fail. So, given the choice, I am going to succeed!! I've always been a creative person, and I'm so glad that I get to surround myself with amazingly talented and creative people. This is literally a dream! So far, 2014 has turned out to be a great year. It is a little half over, and cannot wait for the other half!

Things have been going great and are getting better day by day! I can't wait to see what this journey and my business has in store for me next!! Exciting things are coming up!


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Okay, let me see if I can remember what all has happened since then (May 27)...
-I watched at least six live webinars.
-I did at least four styled photoshoots (hippie, military, colorful, inside the LFC building)
-I was published four more times in three different magazines!!
-I was a photographer for a runway fashion show with the designers from the area and surrounding area.
-I took photos at a book signing.
-I helped a fellow photographer at a photoshoot.
-I attended a meeting with fashion organization located in my city.
-I got some really great news, regarding a photography gig!!
-I ran a special for mini sessions.

Upcoming (as of July 22): 
-A group photoshoot at a real haunted mansion in Northern Kentucky/Ohio.
-At least two fashion shows, where I will be a photographer.
-Eight to eleven styled photoshoots are booked and/or in the works (as of July 22).
-Attending another live webinar.



Disclaimer: I plan on blogging and documenting my progress with "my word," so I can always be thinking of it. I want to see my progress and make sure "my word" doesn't fall to the wayside. I want it at the forefront of my mind. Always. My first post regarding my word is My One Word for 2014: Perseverance. (Past words: 2012 was potential and 2013 was desire).


Every Summer Has a Story


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Well, here I am. I want to do everything I can to blog (okay, maybe that's a lie) but I just can't find the motivation. I have a separate blog, which is supposed to document basically everything, but I haven't even updated that either. I've mostly been networking, growing my business, finding opportunities, doing photoshoots, preparing for summer mini sessions, etc. and whenever I'm not doing that, I've been lazy. I just don't have the desire or will to login to bloglovin and go through all the new posts. Heck, I'm hardly even on twitter, and I used to be on there all of the time. However, I'm always on FB and Instagram (@whitneyehfar) and that won't change, because 1) I love them, 2) It's essential for my business, 3) Basically the majority of people are on there, and 4) It's great for networking. I could spend all day on facebook and in groups I am a part of.

I know these goals are super late, considering that the month is more than half way over, but here we are...




Some highlights of the month thus far:
-Helped out a fellow photographer (who is awesome) as an assistant.
-Celebrated Bentley's three year adoptaversary.
-Celebrated and went all out for the Fourth of July.
-I was going to go to a workshop, but didn't go (now a part of me wishes I did). Oh well though. Next time!
-Got a new grill and patio furniture. Now, we are enjoying sitting outside and grilling out, especially since the weather has been cooler compared to the 90s we were experiencing.
-Paid off a debt.
-Celebrated Chic-fil-a Appreciation Day for the third year in a row.
-Officially celebrated our third wedding anniversary (it was on June 11) and we have also been together for five years too!
-I received some stuff from Klout, was one of 500 winners for a giveaway on Refinery 29 (sadly, I didn't win the trip to Hawaii), and I won a necklace from a place in my city (so excited to receive it and wear it!!)



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Personal and Blogging June Goals

1. Rearrange the living room.
2. Celebrate our third wedding anniversary. We celebrated, but we had to postpone our "actual" celebration until July.
3. Organize the office.
4. Organize the master bedroom.
5. Organize all the closets again. Check.
6. Get together stuff that I want to get rid of (having a yard sale).
7. Pay off a debt. Didn't get to yet, but I definitely will in July and even more.
8. Blog at least 5 to 8 times this month. I blogged five times in June.
9. Catch up with posting Project 365, so I'm not even more ridiculously behind. Still so behind.
11. Clean out both vehicles.
12. Watch season two of Orange is the New Black. We rewatched season one again, and now we have started on season two.


Photography Business Goals for June:

1. Attend a networking meeting. One was postponed until July and the other one, I decided not to go.
2. Do at least five photoshoots. I can't remember.
3. Do another self-portrait.
4. Join the LFC. I plan on joining at the networking event later this month.
5. Photograph the runway fashion show. Accomplished!
6. Get published again at least twice. I was published three times; twice in June and once in July.
7. Blog my past sessions. All the ones that I am allowed to share are on the blog.
8. Prepare to do mini sessions for this summer. I have everything ready, and now I just have to make them go live!
9. Watch five live webinars. I watched five or six. The ones that I watched were: Fashion Photography (2 days), IG Marketing for Small Businesses (3 days), IG Marketing (1.5 hours), DIY Fashion and Editorial Photography, and SEO and Marketing for Photographers. 
10. Organize my computer.
11. Organize my external drive.
12. Organize all business-related documents (mileage, receipts, expenses, etc).
13. Have at least 2-3 personal posts on my photography website/blog. Check.
14. Buy an 8x10 portfolio, so I can put all of my tear sheets in it.
15. Decide which photos to print out and put in an additional portfolio. Check.
16. Decide which photos to print to hang on the wall in the office. Check.
17. Finish editing all the pics from the runway fashion show. All photos have been edited and uploaded!!
18. Submit to 1-2 magazines. Check!
19. Reach 350 likes. Surpassed it!
20. Take new headshots. I didn't take any per se, but I do have some of me where I photographed the fashion show.



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I've had intentions on posting this around the first of July or at least on the ninth of July, when the previous month's were published. As I'm posting this, I realize that I've already accomplished about half of my goals. I don't want to be overwhelmed with trying to accomplish countless things, but I almost feel like I am cheating. Here I am posting my goals, yet I have accomplished quite a bit. Since I feel that is the case, I added a few more goals to make it "fair."


Personal and Blogging July Goals

1. Rearrange the living room.
2. Organize the office.
3. Pay off a debt. Accomplished.
4. Develop a plan to pay off the remainder of my credit card debt. Check. There is an end in sight. I veered off the plan for longer than I care to admit, but it's back on track.
5. Catch up with posting Project 365, so I'm not even more ridiculously behind.
6. Keep my private blog updated at least 20 times.
7. Blog on EHFAR at least 5 to 8 times.
8. Reach 950 followers on IG. Accomplished.
9. Use the gift cards that I've received that I haven't used yet.
10. Finish "Orange is the New Black" season two. Check. I cannot wait until season three next year!
11. Have a cookout at our house. We have cooked out three times, but it's just been for us.
12. Something on our SUV was recalled... Take it to the dealership and have them fix it.
13. Clean out both vehicles again.

Photography Business Goals for July:

1. Reach 375 likes on FB. Check.
2. Have the "Military/Patriotic" photoshoot posted on my FB page. Check.
3. Have the "Military/Patriotic" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
4. Have the "Hippie" photoshoot posted on my FB page. Check.
5. Have the "Hippie" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
6. Have the "Colorful Downtown" photoshoot posted on my FB page.
7. Have the "Colorful Downtown" photoshoot posted on my website/blog.
8. Have the "LNFO Fashion Show" posted on my website/blog.
9. Have mini sessions go live. Check.
10. Watch 1-2 live webinars.
11. Submit to 1-2 magazines.
12. Update my picture on my "About Me" page on my website.
13. Update the static image on my website.
14. Make a new cover photo for my FB business page. Yes, and I'm in love with it!!
15. Do another surreal self-portrait.
16. Do at least three photo shoots. 
17. Go to a networking meeting.
18. Make a list and get to purchase the next equipment for my business (probably will purchase it in August).19. Become a member of the LFC. 


Can you believe it is almost August? This year is going by so fast!! Before you know it, it's going to be Christmas. Ha!

Either way, I'm glad it is still warm weather and my business is growing. I have quite a few projects coming up and a few shoots as well. One that I am really excited about is one that takes places in a mansion that is actual haunted!! Coolness, right? I can't wait! 

Fly Like a Bird





 

shirt: c/o OASAP//jeans: candies (from about 5-6 years ago)//shoes:


I can't get enough of printed shirts, especially ones that are of animals or ones that are whimsical. This one was super colorful which was also right up my alley and reminded me of a vintage look. I will always choose color over something of a neutral color. Even though I still love neutrals, but they can be boring at times. Color matches my style and my personality! I usually would just keep it simple and pair this top with a pair of jeans or a skirt, but I think these purple jeans give the colors in the top an extra pop.

P.S. The top is on sale right now!!


Linking up with:
Style Sessions with Style ElixirAll Things Thursday with Hunters of Happiness and Glitz and Gold, Look What I Got with Penniless Socialite andThe Tiny Heart, What I Wore with The Pleated PoppyFavorite Fashion Friday with Penniless Socialite, Tres-Chic Fashion with Vodka Infused Lemonade, Fashion Friday Link-up with Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl

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