All, Connections, Heart and Soul

Want a Big-Ticket Vacation Annually?

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Welcome to 2018, the month of resolutions, budgets, and plans. Do you ever wonder how your friend or coworker can have lavish family vacations year after year? Are you looking at finances and telling yourself there is no way? Hang on just a minute – there may be.

Print out your bank statements and start adding. Where is your money going? Not the big expenses but how about all those small purchases. The 5, 10 or 20 dollars here and there for unnecessary items. Ever go to the store and get a pile of “crap” only to hear “that will be $107.99”? Guess what – those little amounts add up. Go on, add up those fast food receipts, Starbucks, Sonic, pedicures, tanning….

Now lets study the big stuff. Seriously consider what you are paying for that is not a necessity. Boat, country club membership, high end vehicles, entertainment… Now I understand these things may be important but here is the a-ha moment – you are choosing to value X over Y, and the result may be that you can’t afford Y.  Everyone has priorities in which they choose to spend their “want” money.

So let us say you come to the realization you are throwing away a lot of money on little wants. Maybe you realize those 5, 10 and 20 dollar wants added up to $500 in one month. If the money is there you will spend it, so here is your solution. On pay day, $100-$200 gets transferred to the special vacation savings account. $500 is a good amount to save. If you get paid weekly, $100 a week almost gets you there. If you and your spouse get paid weekly, only $50 from each check. As for my family, if we don’t move that money, we spend that money. In the vacation account, we will not touch it.

What if you are the family spending X and wanting Y? You have to make choices. What do you want most. Those people you see vacationing have chosen to make vacations their X and perhaps they are sacrificing in other areas that make up their Y. Of coarse maybe they just have a huge green budget, but those are not the people we are talking about here.

Every family handles budgets differently, so apply these suggestions to the way you handle money. In my studio career, I hear so often we could never afford nice portraits. Yes you can, save up for whatever it is you want. You have to make what you want a priority; we can’t have our cake and eat it too.  Happy New Year and happy saving.

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All, Heart and Soul

Rebecca + Josh | Morrilton, AR photography

They are married!!!!! My little brother, Joshua Beck married is long time sweetheart Rebecca Gottsponer today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

I was 11 years old when Josh was born so I literally watched him grow from a newborn, and here he is grown and married. I couldn’t be prouder of the sweet and talented young lady he chose to bring into our family. Rebecca is the God Mother of my daughter, my kids adore her, and we are blessed to extend our family once more to an incredible person.

It goes without saying Becca looked stunning, and the wedding was beautiful. As this post goes live – we are celebrating!!

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Kasey + Taylor | Morrilton, AR photographer

Most of you remember Kasey who worked for me the first 5 years of my business; well today is her day, the day she waited almost 10 years for, the day so many people asked when. The answer to when is Kasey getting married – its TODAY!

She and Taylor were married at 4pm in Hattieville among family and friends in a gorgeous setting with smiles and are celebrating the evening as you read this. I’m so happy for them as they start their future together.

My niece Gracie was a beautiful bridesmaid. Both of my nephews were also part of the wedding party as well as my son Layne. Kasey actually answered the call that told us about Layne; she was the first person to know I was a mom.

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a very special engagement | Morrilton, AR Photographer

Saturday night my youngest brother, Joshua proposed to his girlfriend of five years, Rebecca, in a romantic dream proposal. At the Cedar Falls overlook on Petit Jean Mountain he planned lights, candles, roses and petals as the scene for the once in a lifetime moment. He invited me, my parents and Rebecca’s family to be there. We all hid and surprised her after. We are all extremely happy for them and excited to have Rebecca as part of our family. This is the video of the night and the highlights are featured below. Congratulations to the happy couple.

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Guess what last year’s Wizard of Oz Cast is dressed as this year….

If you will remember my kids and their cousins dressed as the characters of the Wizard of Oz last year. This year we grew by two and became the characters of Peter Pan. We have Maddix and Zoey as mermaids. Next is Jayleah as Tiger Lilly and Loralai as Tinkerbell. Layne is Peter Pan, and Ava is Wendy. Finally the pirate Finlee and Caden as Captain Hook.

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