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  1. Shared Story – Lori Osterberg

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Lori Osterberg, a wedding photographer, business woman and life coach based in Denver, Colorado. Lori shares the truth about doing what you love and the importance of seizing the moment and living your life today.

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    Lori Osterberg

    Lori Osterberg

    Doing what you love simply means to enjoy the journey; to enjoy every single day as much as the one before it.

    I was taught by a “job mentality” family to go to college, get a good job, and work there the rest of my life. Once out of college, I watched my father go through seven years of re-interviewing for his 30-year position, hoping to reach 55 when he could retire and do something fun. Two months short of his 55th birthday, he passed away from a massive heart attack.

    I learned from him that you can’t push your dreams into the future; you have to live them today. So I quit my job, and my husband and I started a wedding photography business that allowed us to photograph some of the most amazing weddings throughout the world. We traveled wherever a client chose to fly us to, and had a lot of fun doing it. We photographed clients in some amazing places, which ultimately started me down the path of authoring a book, my first Being A Bride.

    Lori Osterberg A page from my book Being A BrideA picture from Lori’s book

    When people started asking us “how’d you do that”, we answered by creating a blog dedicated to helping photographers with the business side of things. We coached and created training materials specifically designed to help photographers be better at the business side.

    For me, one of the biggest questions I’ve always asked myself is “how risky is this”? At my original job, people thought I was risky for jumping into entrepreneurship. I considered what they were doing to be risky because I knew job related stress can really take its toll. And in today’s marketplace, there is nothing safe about working for someone else.

    When I look back at my regrets, they always fall around things I haven’t done or tried. I try and use that today to do everything that comes my way that peaks my attention or gives me a reason to want to try something new. If I could tell myself one thing when I first graduated college, it would be to try more things. Move to new locations. Try out different jobs and different experiences just for the fun of it. Don’t worry about the outcome; things always work out in the end if you simply take the chance.

    Never wanting to stay stagnate for too long, we decided to sell our photography coaching blog at its peak and move in a new direction.

    With a daughter that recently left for her first year of college, we’re facing the empty nest syndrome and looking at ways to travel and do what we love at the same time. We’ve sold our home and simplified our lives, getting ready for the next phase. With a computer in hand, we know we can travel and work at the same time.

    Lori Osterberg On The Oregon Beach

    I’ve always loved coaching, marketing and entrepreneurial lifestyles. So today I run a site that answers the question “What’s Next” for women that have a big idea burning deep inside, yet have no idea of how to turn it into a successful business model. My goal is to creatively help them discover that hidden idea and see its potential. Then we map out the process to help them discover a lifestyle that only an entrepreneur can know.

    You can find out more about Lori’s work at her Facebook page.

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    See here for more inspiring *shared stories or to submit your own!

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  2. Shared Stories: Stanka Vukelic

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    Shared Stories is a series of guest posts sharing the stories of people determined to do what they love.

    Some stories talk of triumph, others despair.They all involve bravery, belief, courage and hope.They are real stories about real people chasing their dreams, and making choices and sacrifices which allow them to do what they love, for life. The Do What You Love blog becomes a space for sharing those stories.

    The stories shared here on DWYL, like Stanka’s below, are our shared stories. If you want to share yours and reach and inspire women all across the world, please see this page for submission guidelines.

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    Most probably, deep down inside, I knew what I’d love to do, but got distracted so many times that I lost it somewhere along the way.

    My parents thought that my ability to draw and paint was not sellable and instead decided to force me into economics. I did as I was ‘advised to’; at the time, there wasn’t really much of a choice. Sometimes you close your mind, and you do what is in front of you. The problem is that you end up doing things you don’t necessary like, but you still do them, because you have established a feeling of obligation, and after some time, you lose the sense of what is right or wrong, stumbling through this jungle with no flashlight. Even this can be fun for a while, but sooner or later, it gets you, totally unprepared, and you have no idea what to do. 

  3. *Shared Stories* (75): Sonam Sapra

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Sonam Sapra, a textile designer based in Fiji, who shares the truth about doing what you love can sometimes be hard work (but never hard)

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  4. *Shared Stories* (74): Cassandra Cushman

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Cassandra Cushman, a US-based mixed media artist. Cassandra shares how important it is to think about who you really are, beyond the roles that you play in your life.

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  5. *Shared Stories* (73): Eileen Nishi

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Eileen Nishi, a photographer based in the USA, who has made some bold choices to allow her to do what she loves. Eileen was one of the first people to share their story, back in March 2011 soon after we launched the series. You can read her original post here. She is back to tell us how her story has unfolded since then. This story is a testament to what can happen when you truly commit to something you are passionate about.

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  6. *Shared Stories* (72): Traci Penrod

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    Today’s *Shared Story* is from US-based Traci Penrod who took a leap of faith when she quit her day job and started a scrapbooking business.

  7. *Shared stories* (71): Carrie Schmitt

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Carrie Schmitt in Seattle, USA, who shares how a life threatening allergy forced her to do what she loves

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  8. *Shared Stories* (70): Elizabeth Gonzalez

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Elizabeth Gonzalez, from Puerto Rico.

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  9. Call for submissions! Take a leap and share your story

    Every Monday this space becomes a place where brave and inspiring souls share their stories about doing what they love – whether they are doing it now, or whether they are still striving to do it. It’s like we are sat around drinking tea and sharing our experiences – except we are spread out all across the world.

    I would love to share your story here, and give you this platform to help you reach a new community of tens of thousands of like-minded souls.

  10. *Shared Stories* (69): Rachelle Panagarry

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    Today’s *shared story* comes from Rachelle Panagarry who lives in the UK with her husband and children, teaches full time, creates art and loves life.

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