Justin & Mary Marantz. Boy, how many times have I heard those names over the last two years! Damion met Justin & Mary over dinner two years ago at a photography conference (PartnerCon) and he came home talking about them and hasn’t stopped! He fell in love with these two wonderful people who were, at that time, about to tie the knot themselves and were nurturing their own photography biz over on the East Coast in Conneticut. Well, Damion really did love them and did “spread the love” to me, so naturally I HAD to meet them when we heard they were going to be in our area! We were so excited that they took a few minutes out of their extremely busy schedule to meet and talk with us over a yummy lunch at the Rutherford Grill and I found out that they are, in fact, just as lovely as Damion had shared with me. I can see why he was so impacted when he met them. (and we got to meet Cooper, their 5 yr old baby–see the pics!). See, in the two years since that first meeting, Justin & Mary have made a national impact in the photography business, though I have no doubt they are on their way to doing the same across the world. For the last several months, they have been doing a nationwide tour called “Spread the Love” where they encourage others in their businesses, not just for business sake, but for LIFE’s sake. It’s not a photography workshop, but rather a LIFE-shop. Of course, there is business involved, but when Damion shared with me all that they talked about at Jules Cafe at STL, it was much more than that…it was about setting goals, being extravagant with your dreams and life (of course in a responsible way), considering how you want to live your life and much more. I am just skimming the surface of what they discussed and encouraged the participants to do. One thing I loved was that each person had the opportunity to write their own eulogy. I love this because it’s very similar to one of the habits in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” which is: Begin with the end in mind. Doing an exercise like this is great because it puts our lives into a very different perspective than just the in and outs of every day life that consume us. When Damion read me his eulogy, I actually got teary eyed. I was so proud of him for what he wrote and how he pondered the way in which his actions today will affect the generations to come. He came away from this one day LIFE-shop with SO many great ideas and goals and we are so excited to start implementing those and dreaming EVEN BIGGER!!! Life is good and so is love, so when you have an opportunity, “Spread the Love!!”
Keep dreaming, Julie
This is an abstract Miranda took…can you tell what it is? The first person to leave a comment with the correct guess wins a special something!! Anyone thirsty for Starbucks?? hint, hint
Mary was craving the Corn bread at the Rutherford Grill…it was pretty darn good!
Me and Livy…photo by Justin.
Justin being Camera shy? What’s up with that!
Our self portrait of the 6 of us!
Just & dog treats with Livy and Cooper (Not shown)
J & M with their baby, Cooper
Being “UN-ordinary!” with Mary’s encouragement
J & M, J & M, J & M—third time’s a charm!
J & M listening and encouraging….
Love you guys…you’re awesome. Keep going!