Ten Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

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Creative Rising Episode 207

Jeff and I are incredibly open and honest on this show about the behind scenes struggles and challenges of running a photography business, but there are still a lot of things you don’t know about me, Erin, as a person.

In order for you to get to know the heart behind the mic, I’m opening up about ten things in my life that you probably don’t know about me… but that make me nervous to share with you!

Some of the things I share in this episode are all about mindset – the fears I struggle with in our business, the limiting beliefs that hold me back, and how I REALLY feel about social media – and some are about my personal faith and inner life.

But most importantly, I’m getting real about the current challenges I’m facing and how I’m actively reframing my limiting beliefs to move forward and face those challenges. This is a really honest episode and I hope it helps you feel encouraged, empowered, and a little less alone!

Favorite Books & Podcasts in My Faith Journey:
Rob Bell – Love Wins, What is The Bible?
Rachel Held Evans – Searching for Sunday, Inspired
Donald Miller – Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What

The Liturgist
The Bible for Normal People
Graham Cooke, “The Art of Brilliant Thinking”

Quick Guide:

  • (03:26) #1: Am I too old for weddings??
  • (08:32) #2: I’ve never run a business by myself.
  • (10:15) #3: How I REALLY feel about social media
  • (14:49) #4: The biggest challenge I’m facing right now
  • (20:18) #5: Sometimes I wish…
  • (21:59) #6: I’m not the kind of Christian you probably think I am.
  • (40:19) #7: The dream job I fantasize about…
  • (42:01) #8: How I really felt about maternity leave
  • (43:44) #9: I’ve wanted to quit weddings many times
  • (45:25) #10: The secret person that ghost-writes all of my blogs





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We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren – and it’s our mission to help you thrive not just as a wedding photographer, but as a business owner. It’s time to set aside the stress and comparison of a hustle mindset, and build a life-giving business instead.

We met in college, got married, and started corporate jobs before we discovered (and fell in love with) wedding photography. But like many creative entrepreneurs, we were booking anything we could, strapped to our laptops and living dangerously close to burnout.

So we dug in and learned how to build a thriving business that supports our dream life – instead of a joyless business that runs a stressed-out life.

Today, we photograph only 10 Dreamie weddings per year, but we also run two other wedding brands plus a commercial studio in San Diego, CA. And we do it by only working the hours that fit into our life. The other hours? We spend those living a joyful life raising our two beautiful sons, James and Samuel.


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