Hey guys..well, I've finally blogged here.. 
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Hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas + start to the New Year with your families..
I've had a post started awhile back with October goals and then November and I think I might have thought about posting in December but obviously none of those happened.. :)

This past December was the craziest work season I've ever had and I about killed myself 
(I think you know there's a problem when your body is shaking from stress)..
That was honestly a really rough season + had me in tears more times than I'd like to admit..

Basically back from the end of August to beginning of November (in about 2 1/2 months) I hosted a photography internship, hosted a baby shower with some other people for a friend, did a surprise 50th birthday party for my Mom, 8 day trip to North Carolina, surprise going away party for a friend, a million shoots, etc..
If I'm not nuts I don't know who is.. #laughingcryingemoji 

2016 was just a hard year for me in a lot of different ways..losing my Grandma, 
I had an illness that knocked me down + was in the hospital with that, 
my best friend of 11 years moved away, along with other stuff like a crazy work schedule, etc..


Anyways, I've just been mostly worn out from things + honestly haven't been feeling motivated or excited about goals lately -- but here are some January goals..


+ Finish up work projects. I still have some work projects that I didn't get finished before Christmas + so I still am finishing those up here..

+ Work on taxes.. I may just start working on these for an hour every day instead of tackling it all at one time as a mega-project..


+ Read more of Uninvited. I've been really enjoying this book -- I love how honest + down-to-earth Lysa is + it's been cracking me up so much.. I haven't read any of her other books + she has some really good truth to share. I also may go back at some point + underline some things..

+ Figure out a a new daily routine for myself.. my schedule is a lot different now + I need to figure this out + start sticking to it..

+ Get back into my 365 project.. I've been like the world's worst person ever with this project but I want to finish it..

+ Memorize a chapter.. I'm doing a memorizing project again with some friends + need to work on this. I was thinking about doing 1 Peter 1 but then the other day was thinking about 1 Corinthians 15 so I don't know what exactly I'll end up doing..

+ Workout again..I want to get into this more this year + may do some soon here..

A few things to woot about.. 

+ Godiva chocolate. I used to say another brand was my favorite chocolate and now I'm like Godiva -- Godiva is the standard. I may have gone to Kohl's after Christmas and literally half the reason I went there was to get clearance Godiva chocolate.. #noshame

+ Also speaking of chocolate -- THESE.. words of the wise, don't buy these..it's bad how good they are..

+ Some great songs to listen to -- HEREherehereherehere..

+ Ice skating.. We went ice skating the other day + I always enjoy it..I'm not really an adventuresome person but somehow it opens me up more + I might do this more down the road..

I do want to blog more..I'll try and be better about this..
I have sessions I can share, I do still want to blog some thoughts on grief at some point, 
I have a new "some things I've learned"post I started awhile back to share sometime, etc..

Anyways, what have you guys had going on or what would you like to see on the blog here??
I'd love to hear from you + connect with you on here..

Hope you guys are having a great start to January so far..

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Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway!!
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The winner (using random.org) is Haley who said :
"I would love to take either my mom or one of my sisters out for coffee. One thing I love about my mom is her love for God (she is always so faithful to read her Bible every morning, pray for our family,etc.). I also would love to take one of my sisters out for coffee because they are my best friends and are always there to encourage me, make me laugh, and they make life fun!"
Congratulations, Haley!!
Please send an email to hannah@hannaheliseblog.com to claim your prize +
tell me if you prefer Caribou or Starbucks!! :)
And the rest of you I'm challenging you to still go take your person out for coffee right away anyways --
seriously, just do it -- you have to make things happen in life + I'm just really encouraging
you all to go do it this week.
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And I also have a giveaway for a RADANDHAPPY T-shirt going on right now over on my Instagram
so be sure to enter + stay tuned for more giveaways to come!!
Happy Monday, guys!!
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Hey guys!!

I mentioned in my LAST POST that I'm doing 5 GIVEAWAYS to celebrate my 5 YEARS OF BUSINESS,
and I posted the first one on my Instagram last week 
+ the second one is a $15 gift card to either Caribou Coffee or Starbucks 
for you to take a friend out for coffee!! :)
[Caribou is my preference -- but I know these aren't everywhere,
so if you win + there isn't one in your area -- I'll give you a Starbucks one :) ]

Comment on this post with your name + share who you would love take out to coffee 
(and if you win you have to do it!!) + something you love about them. 
Giveaway ends Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at midnight CST + 
a winner will be announced Monday the 10th!!
One entry per person + open to U.S. + Canada residents only.

Thanks for spreading the word about this + have fun!! :) 
And get excited for more giveaways to come!! 

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Five years ago today I officially started my photography business..that's crazy. 

5 years ago today was my first legit 'paid' shoot..I'm forever grateful to Liz for asking me to do her senior pictures + everyone who trusted me from the beginning.
I remember walking down the hallway with her at church + her asking me if I could take her senior pictures + feeling nervous about photography for the first time walking out the door to her shoot.

Thank you so much to all my awesome clients over for asking me to do their pictures + 
for trusting me over the years..
I am seriously blessed to work with such awesome people + am undeserving +
am so grateful for the 200+ clients I have worked with over the years.
A lot has happened in 5 years.. 
I was just thinking the other day about all the people I've been so blessed to meet through doing photography + connections I've made through this.  
I am so grateful for how God has blessed my business + given me far more than I ever would have dreamed + something I didn't know I would enjoy this much. 
And I am super grateful for my parents + for all the people who have believed in me from before the beginning.

And huge thank you to all of YOU for following my blog/work over the years, your comments + encouragement, following my social media, etc.!!
Seriously you guys are the best.
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To celebrate I'm going to be doing FIVE giveaways for the next 5 weeks (one per week!!) on different social media outlets -- and the first one is starting today so head over to my Instagram + if you don't have Instagram today would be a really good day to get one!! :)
And then be watching my blog, Facebook + Instagram for other awesome giveaways 
in the coming weeks!! 

Thank you again all so much for supporting my work + being so encouraging over the years -- seriously it means a lot.
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Just a quick heads up that I'll be in NORTH CAROLINA here in September 
and be in the Charlotte + Greensboro area in case anyone is interested in photography mentoring, 
headshots, a portrait session or family pictures!! 
Travel sessions are some of my favorite sessions ever + I would love to meet + photograph you!!

Just shoot me an e-mail at hannah@hannaheliseblog.com ASAP 
or send me a message via HERE + I would love to talk more!!
Or if you know anyone in this area that might be interested feel free to spread the word to them!!

Thanks in advance + hope you guys have an awesome weekend!! 
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I feel like I haven't really blogged in a long time..
I want to blog more..I really love it and have things I want to share about
+ it's really therapeutic for me..looking forward to doing this more.

Some recent things to woot about..

+ I recently got my hair colored with highlights / ombre and have really been loving it..took some getting used to but I have really been enjoying it. For anyone local, if you're interested in getting your hair done -- message me + I'll pass on my friend Cassie's info!! She does beautiful work + is so nice.
Hazelnut creamer -- this stuff is BAE. We recently got a coffee maker + I've been making iced coffee a lot..so good.
+ Walmart jewelry -- this is basically a deathtrap..so much good stuff + so cheap..you've been warned -- going in that section.
+ Chipotle rice -- lately when I've gone there I've just been like "Hi, I would like a mountain of white rice.." #basically HASHTAG like the only reason to go there..
+ Chickfila Ice Dream -- I'm done with all other ice cream, guys.. Also, I would like my own personal Ice Dream machine.. which will probably never happen in my life -- but a girl can dream -- right?!
+ For King + Country -- been loving their music lately..we recently got to see them in concert -- oh my word, guys -- hands down one of THE coolest concerts I have ever been to in my life -- and that's saying a lot. Like I can't even..if you ever get the chance to see them -- DO IT. Some of my favorite songs : Run Wild, To the Dreamers, Without You, Long Live, Steady + I've gotten more favorites since originally typing this.
+ Anne of GG -- one of the most timeless movies in the history of ever. So good.
+ Random, but if you want some great videos to watch check out Lara Casey's page -- HERE (Faith Over Feelings + Impossible is Possible -- you should be able to watch them even if you don't have Facebook). Love Lara's heart..really good..I loved what Ari was saying about how you have to go through the hard stuff to get to the good stuff.
+ Hilarious tweets..(i.e. like THIS and others recently that have made me laugh) //  I met with a friend recently + she reminded me of a hilarious childhood story that had me dying..so great + like so good to laugh.

Some August goals + some of these will carry over into September here..


+ I want to blog some personal thoughts about grief..and that's about all I can say about that right now..
Guys, I recently tried to film on Snapchat why I dropped off with my Grandmother's passing + I could't do it… too hard. But anyways, I want to blog about this and share some thoughts with it..
+ Workout..I was on track with this + have been out of it for awhile -- I had an illness that knocked me down after my Grandmother's death and just haven't physically had the energy to do it..like mentally I have wanted to but my body couldn't keep up -- I'm doing better now + want to get back in with this.
Guys sometimes I can't believe all I've walked thru this summer here..between my Grandmother's passing, an illness, another relative that just passed away..it's a lot when you think about it.
+ Do stuff I like to do..like embroidery, or reading..it's good to have variety and other creative outlets with things..
+ Write out goals for the year -- I think I may have started on this but still haven't finished it..
+ Start school pictures project with my brothers..still haven't started this yet.
+ Practice photography..start taking 10 minutes a day to practice photography. Some of the best people out there are just so good because they practice their craft all the time + I want to be better about this.
+ Get back into my 365 project..I've fallen off with this again -- but it doesn't really matter + I'm just going to finish it whenever it gets done. I'm giving myself grace with a lot of things given how my summer has been here.
+ Start reading The Finishing School by Val Marie Paper. Excited about this book!!
+ Work on memorizing 1 Corinthians 15 -- haven't done this (well, I've done it a little bit) and I'm not ashamed about it…I've had a lot going on this summer + will get back into it at some point here.


+ Host my HANNAH ELISE INTERNSHIP this next week -- looking forward to this + the girls that are coming!! Going to be a great week!! You can see behind-the-scenes on my InstaStory this next week here --> @HannahElisePhotography!!
+ Mark days off for the fall here..I took a half day of vacation yesterday + that was really rejuvenating..I have issues with actually enjoying things sometimes haha -- I'm a very task-oriented / work-mode-mindset-person / have a lot of responsibility so it's hard for me to break away from that mindset and actually enjoy things. #selfemployedprobs #laughingcryingemoji Anyways, I'm going to block off days off for the fall here and I'm excited about this + will be really good.
+ Blog my Spring Models Shoot -- this is coming soon!! Get excited.
+ Get in the habit of "One Touch" with e-mails -- a friend recently told me about this idea from a podcast she listened to by a lady -- she basically has a "one touch" with things -- like you get your mail, go through your mail + you're done with it -- you look at your e-mail once + then you're done with it that day. I want to get in that habit with things, and not have e-mail run my life + love that idea of one touch with things. 
+ Blog a Score Thrifty -- even if this is kind of a different version than I normally do with these -- I want to get one of these up here.
+ Blog outfits series -- I was going to do a blog post awhile back with particular outfits I liked -- but then have kind of moved on from those..but I was thinking I might start a new series of just current outfit faves I like + do those every so often for fun + share style.. would anyone be interested in this??
+ Something I've been thinking about recently is how it's so cool how we can be the hands + feet of Christ -- like in that Matthew West song "I asked God 'Why don't You do something? He said 'I did -- I created you'" -- we get to be the movers + shakers and go do those things for Him + fill those needs. So cool..we get to be His extension of that + doing those things.
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What would you like to see more of on here?!!
I always love hearing from you guys on here -- so please comment below!!
Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!!
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