This week I met a 15 year old woman who inspires me, and her name is Madison.
Paul and I are HUGE believers in role models. I’m sure that’s no surprise to you. We also deeply believe in having date nights together at least 3 times a month. Put those two values together and you have an OPPORTUNITY!
As parents of young kids, Paul and I are always looking to ADD to our list of “baby sitters” to call on for weekend evenings out. But we do NOT just look for baby-sitters. Paul and I seek out “role models” for our kids who are phenomenal care givers.
Opportunity! Paul and I are blessed that Jake and Grace get to spend time playing and learning from these special and unique girls!
That’s how I met Madison this week. She was coming to our house to sit for Jake and Grace so Paul and I could enjoy an amazing date night out on Saturday.
As I was chatting with Madison and asked her what she loved about school this year, she told me all about her photography course, the pictures she took that are in the yearbook and all the different types of photography experiences she has planned.
This young woman LIT UP from the inside out when she talked about photography!
Of course, you know me, mission-driven entrepreneur that I am…all my alarms and bells started going off!!!! “This is her passion, this is her calling, fuel this fire Stacey, help her get to the next level, Go Go Go!” I hear in my head!! ;)
With beaming smile, I talk to her about Lindsay Musser, our phenomenal photographer and ask Madison if she might like me to introduce her to Lindsay and maybe she can tag along on one of Lindsay’s engagements sometime to get experience.
“YES!” Madison says “I would LOVE that!” And then she proceeds to tell me all about the photography school she wants to attend and what kind of photography work she wants to do and on and on.
Fantastic! I know Lindsay will be an amazing guide, mentor and role model for Madison! Already I’m thinking about how Lindsay is going to photograph our entire three day live event (The Relationship Breakthrough Retreat) this summer and how maybe Madison can intern for her and be at our event…surrounded by lots of VORTEXY people that she probably doesn’t get to be around too much in her world! Excellent!
And so it is, we will do whatever we can to fuel Madison’s passion for photography and help her GET to spend her time in her passion, in school and for work too!
The next day, I was talking to someone who knows Madison really well and she told me something that stopped me in my tracks.
She told me that…
Madison told her mom that instead of having a Sweet 16 party, could she please have the money to buy a really expensive camera that she wants for her photography instead!
I’m crying just telling YOU about it again today! This GIRL is 15 years old!