I’m excited to write this one….well ok I was excited to write them all. But this one is special because it’s been done a bit sneakily.
Our #3 Favorite Inspirational Woman is my talented friend Linell Grudnitzki.
I had plans to just repost Linell’s “The Camera Doesn’t Lie” post from a few weeks ago, because I found her inspirational in the way she ran her photography business.
And I still do.
But I changed my mind on just reposting her post for two reasons:
First, while on the phone with her last week I said, “I got your back, buddy!”
To which she replied good naturedly with a laugh, “Yah, I still haven’t figured out how I got that honor, but whatever … I’m gonna run with it.”
Next, she came forward with an offer to the readers that blew my mind. So I knew for sure a repost of a previous article was never going to work and was simply not enough to honor this girly.
In that moment, I decided a seperate blog post needed to be written. I wanted to celebrate her inspiration by sharing the person she is.
So here we go, Linell! Buckle up, sugar:
I met Linell a few years ago, and the first time I met her I wasn’t sure if I should be intimidated by her or love the hell of out of her.
As the years have melted away and I have had the priviledge to be a part of her life, I have come to discover her energy was never intimidation energy.
It was STRENGTH! 100% raw, “take-me-or-leave-me” strength.
This woman is one of the strongest woman I know. Her ability to get knocked down and get right back, time and time again, is awe inspiring to say the least.
She’s doesn’t have a choice, but to show up everyday. But it’s the way she shows up that is most inspirational of all.
She is a single mom to two boys. She works several jobs to makes ends meet, still attends all the boys extra-curricular activities, meanwhile she does it ALL with her gorgeous smile still on her face.
I’ve asked her before, “Linell, HOW do you do it all.”
And in true Linell style she shrugs and says, “Meh, I just do.”
Ugh, dear lord, she’s so damn astonishing.
She is fantastically talented as a photographer, but she also has a unique ability to morph into any job or requirement to provide for her family.
She puts 100% into everything she does. And still makes time for herself the best she can.
She wears more hats than I have ever even considered owning, yet she does it with such allure and class that you can’t help but high five her as she runs it to the finish line.
She’s an inspiration to anyone who knows her.
To be honest, on the days I’m maxed, when I’m exhausted and not sure I can move another inch, I remind myself of Linell. She doesn’t get breaks. She doesn’t have a spouse’s hand for a tap out when she needs a breather.
And on those days, I breathe. And I am grateful for her and reminded once again of her tenacity.
2016 created a monumental moment for Linell. A moment that “someone” has been telling her for years, is within her grasp.
Linell has just announced that she is going to dive into her business InPhoto FULL-TIME.
And I’m standing up and cheering over here. Her photography abilities align fully to make her business a glowing success. I’m so profoundly excited for her and what 2017 is cooking up for her.
Anyone who walks into her studio, with her behind the camera, will be so remarkably blessed.
Linell, you are a rock star!! I wish you the very best in 2017. I hope you grant yourself the opportunity to breathe. To look around and marvel at all you have created; for yourself and your boys.
One day, when they are a parent themselves, I am confident they will label YOU their hero. Soon enough, they will understand all the sacrifices you made in order to give them the best life you could.
They will become as awe-struck with you as we all are and they will tell their kids about all their “grandma” did and how strong she is.
But until that day comes, I’m here, to tell you: get aligned with the definition of hero, my sweetheart. Because you, sincerely, are one!
Not all heroes wear capes, some stand behind a camera (and then stand at a stove or the sidelines of hockey games or wherever else you find yourself)
Much love, my girl!! May 2017 be your best year yet. (Mwah)
Linell’s offer to you:
Linell owns InPhoto. A Regina based photography company who provides her services for family, baby and sports teams.
You can visit her Facebook to learn more.
Ok, wait let me be honest: When Linell texted me her Offer To The Readers I literally called her to make sure it wasn’t a mistake or she wasn’t in some sort of medical emergency.
As it turned out, she was fine and knew exactly what she was offering.
Linell is offering EVERYONE reading this a FREE consultation AND photo shoot WITH one free photo of your choice. (Additional photos available for purchase)
SERIOUSLY??!! Now you know why I had to call her!!
I told you she was incredible.
So that means no sitting fee, no hidden costs. Just go hang out in her beautiful studio and receive a free photo of your choice!
Ugh, dear lord, I love this woman.
Book your sessions before December 31st. (Actual session can take place in the New Year, but it needs to be booked before December 31)
All you need to do is mention this blog post to get the deal!
Sounds easy enough to me!!