After being engaged for 2 years and 7 months, Austin and I have finally made it to the 3 month mark!  I’m not sure if it’s because our engagement is a long one or if this happens to all brides-to-bee, but when the hell is it going to feel real!?

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So far, April has been jam packed with wedding planning and DIY’s.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a crazy ride all the way up until wedding day.  I’m ready for it though.  And I hope you’re ready for this post, because I’m about to lay it all out there.  From ring shopping, to cake tasting, to DIY’s galore!

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Many people believe that working from home is a privilege and oh so glamorous.  To some extent, they are right.  But myself and anyone else out there that works from home realizes that there’s usually cons to every situation, including the one where you get to do your work from the comfort of your own home.

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In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about some of the not-so-glamorous parts of working from home.  Of course I need to leave you on a positive note, so I’ll also be sharing with you my best kept secrets to taking full advantage of the pros, ultimately outweighing the cons by an ample amount.

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  • Julienne - Great post. You’ve made some great points!ReplyCancel

    • alibeephotography@yahoo.com - Thanks, Julienne! And thanks for poppin’ by for a good read :) xoReplyCancel

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to photograph the cutest little family.  Allison reached out to me, full of excitement, looking for someone to photograph her and her boyfriend with their new puppy that they were expecting to get very soon.  I don’t typically photograph families, but I do photograph couples and I was such a fan of Allison’s happy attitude and hello, PUPPIES!  Who isn’t a fan of puppies?

A few short months later, we found ourselves in a park, with their new puppy labradoodle, Rory, who was just a few weeks old.  They taught him to sit the night before, and I couldn’t believe how well he cooperated.  It was such a joy working with Allison and her boyfriend, Daniel.  They were such troopers and I could tell that they were going to awesome puppy parents! :)

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Oh my goodness.  I can’t even begin to describe how much I have missed writing and creating for you all.  Yes, the break was totally necessary and extremely rejuvenating, but I’m so happy to be back.  This blog is my baby and you all are my favorite people… my biggest support system.  Thank you for being patient with me and understanding my need for a break to better myself!

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So how do we pick up from where we left off?  Well, I’m not really sure.  I guess I’ll start with why I took a break to begin with.  A month ago I was waking up every morning feeling tired, worn down, unhappy, and had little to no motivation.  I simply wasn’t feeling good about myself or my life.  Luckily, I knew that there was only one person who could take control and turn things around for me and I knew that person was me. 

So how exactly did I better myself over this past month?  I decided to take a step back from my business, the blog, and social media.  I spent less hours looking at a computer screen and more hours with my family and interacting with others.  I bought a pair of sneakers and began taking walks in the cemetery.  I applied for 15+ job openings and went on 3 job interviews (more on that later).  I had a good cry on a rainy day.  I went shopping… more than once.  I started using my planner again.  I’ve been waking up earlier.  I cuddle my fiancé more often.  I’ve spent more time planning our wedding instead of stressing over it.  I celebrated my fiancé being born 26 years ago.  I started cleaning out my closet by selling items on Instagram.  I discovered Panera’s salads are delicious.  Basically I’ve been living life proactively and cutting time out of my days to do something that I find enjoyable and completely unrelated to work.  Now breath in that fresh air!

I didn’t plan on coming back today.  I just felt in the mood.  I didn’t sit down and make a blogging schedule for this month.  I haven’t taken any steps in deciding what’s next for Ali Bee.  I just opened a blank page and decided, I’m going to write today.  So here I am, getting back into the swing of things.  I’m thrilled to be back and I can’t wait to write my next post later this week… whatever that may be!

Again, thank you for always standing by me on this journey of mine.  I don’t care how hard life gets or how many turns it takes, I know being right here on the blog is something I’ll always strive for.  xo

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  • Savanna - This is amazing, Ali. Congrats on all of it, seriously. Go slow, take your time – your having taken a break will put you miles ahead of everyone else. Can’t wait to see where you go xReplyCancel

    • alibeephotography@yahoo.com - Thank you for your encouragement and well wishes, Savanna! I sure hope you’re right :) xoReplyCancel

It’s Bee You Monday and though I’m ashamed to say it, I have to admit that I haven’t written a Bee You post since December of last year.  You all are my peeps, my home-girls, my inspiration, and I want to always create the best damn content possible here on the blog for you.  I want to provide you with moving posts that inspire you to go after your dreams, make you smile, and make you happy to be alive.  In order to do that, I need to feel pretty damn good myself, right?  Well, in all honesty, I’ve been feeling like a car running out of gas, going put, put, put, put, put…

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Maybe it’s this long, dreaded winter.  Maybe I need a change of scenery.  Maybe I need to exercise more.  Maybe I need to find a new hobby.  Maybe it’s the madness of planning this wedding.  Maybe I need a new “9-5″ job.  Maybe I just need some time to breathe.  I’m not really sure what it is, but I haven’t felt like my best self these past few weeks.

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  • Kathleen - Oh my. It’s so scary how similar things are between us all the time LOL! I have recently been feeling the same way. Feeling stuck, uninspired, like I will never be enough. And I have been learning to stop comparing myself to other people. It was killing me, and my business. Learning to be myself in every aspect and not trying to do what other people were doing who seem to “have it all together” has been so refreshing. Good luck and I’m sending happy vibes your way!ReplyCancel

    • alibeephotography@yahoo.com - Kathleen, I always love hearing from you. Thank you so much for this and I’m glad to hear you’ve found a way to feel good and refreshed again. I do sometimes feel like whatever I do, it won’t ever be enough to be my full-time gig. I sometimes feel like I’m so behind on life. But I totally agree, the only person we should ever be comparing ourselves too is our old self. I feel almost like I’ve taken a step backwards. I need to figure out why I feel this way and work on feeling GOOD again. As silly as it sounds, I definitely think this rough winter has something to do with it.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma - I’m feeling exactly the same… negative, unmotivated and uninspired.

    But if it helps I love what you do and your website is on my list of inspiration for when I’m feeling a bit stuck.

    If you find any good methods of getting back on track again, I’d love to hear them.
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    • alibeephotography@yahoo.com - Thank you, Gemma! That truly means so much to me. I can’t believe how refreshed I’m already feeling after taking a few days off. It’s lifted so much pressure off my shoulders and I’m finding the motivation to start doing more things for me and no one else! You can and you WILL get through this rut. We will do it together! xoReplyCancel