About this Curveball…

Uncertainties are scary yet exciting…

Normally we like to share our highs, but we do hit some low’s along the way, just like everybody else. So let’s get real. So here is one huge bump in the road we are dealing with right now.

The beginning of 2018 brought us stability… Something we haven’t had in quite a while. I didn’t have any pregnancies or newborns this year in our family of 5 (we think our little family is complete now) and we had a stable income through our Wedding photography (If you were wondering… this is what we do). No crazy sh*t happening around us. Just a nice day to day routine and all was good. We finally got into the flow of balancing work and family.

On top of that my Instagram and this blog started to generate some income too! We had some pretty awesome collaborations amazing brands. It’s still not enough to stop doing weddings (not that want to stop doing weddings, weddings are awesome). But it was enough to let all the photo and video editing after we shot the wedding days over to Michiel, so I could focus on investing my time on creating content for this blog, the vlog, and my Instagram!

-“And then came Oktober… Oh my. What a curve ball!”-


The curveball

Things were pretty amazing!

And then came Oktober… Oh my. What a curve ball!
Our stable income was not so stable anymore.
The short version: We don’t have enough weddings in 2019 to keep ourselves afloat! So we need to make some adjustments. We need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone once again.

To fully understand what happened I need to explain it a bit more:
It takes us 2,5 week to process all the photo and video images of just one wedding. We do a maximum of 18 weddings every year. We don’t have room for more. 
The summer month we survive with the income of the weddings, the winter months we survive on the down payments for the upcoming weddings and the orders of wedding albums of the past wedding season.

We reach 90% of our clients through the biggest wedding fair in Holland. We participate two times a year, and then we are fully booked.
No need for online ads, campaigns or another form of advertising.
But this year, the wedding fair of October was a complete fail. Where normally there are on average 5000 visitors, now there were only 1000. We got ZERO bookings from that fair this year. Something that has never happened before in the last 5 years. And on top of that, the fair of March 2019 is canceled. The whole fair stopped. Forever!

-“looking back afterward it always has been exactly the way it should have been. We just didn’t know it yet at the time.”-

So now we have 4 weddings booked for 2019, Wich generates not enough to get us through this winter, or the next summer for that matter. so we need to get familiar with online advertising. But oh’my… its all sooo complicated and time-consuming learning process. And we don’t have the time, we need bookings like yesterday.

 

So Now what!?

I’m positive that we get this online advertising thing down soon, and we’ll get enough bookings for the upcoming summer. But until then, we have a bit of a financial problem. So one of us needs a job somewhere for the upcoming 4 months. On “project base” or for a longer period of time if we like it enough. And with “we”, I mean preferably Michiel. I want to stay focused on creating our content and keep the inspiring Wild&BOHO collabs going! I’m only selectively applying to jobs that I would LOVE to do so much, that I would maybe ditch all other stuff and stay working there forever! And there are not so many vacancies out there that will get my attention. I’ve written 3 so far. Michiel 5 and counting. We’ll see…

-“It’s not a curveball… its a Pusch in the right direction by the universe.”-

I’m stressing a lot about the What If’s.
Our reserves are running dry and something needs to happen soon! The uncertainties are taking its toll. Images of every imaginable scenario are going through my monkey mind. The never-ending chatter of my internal dialogue who sometimes gets stuck in a carousel… Going round and round in circles. Pointless and exhausting. We are doing our best here, there really is nothing more we can do.

One of my goals for 2019 is to just let the universe do its thing.
I’m going to do the best job I can, work my but off, and then I’m going to let it go. No stress. Trusting everything will be fine. Because looking back afterward it always has been exactly the way it should have been. We just didn’t know it yet at the time. This is a chance to grow, evolve, move forward instead of getting stuck in the same pattern over and over again. It’s not a curveball… its a Pusch in the right direction by the universe.

Our glass is half full. We have love, we have each other, we have our creativity, we have a nice home. We’ll pull through. 

-“Because of you this blog and our Instagram has started to become a way to support our family”-

So if you reached all the way to this point in the blog, I want to thank you for reading!
You are here not only for our best moments but apparently also here for our struggles.
Thank you for being there for us, for following our blogs, watching our video’s, checking out our Instagram posts and by leaving a comment now and then. Because of you this blog and our Instagram has started to become a way to support our family a bit! Maybe one day we can fully focus on creating art and cool content full time! We appreciate your support so much. So Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Have a Wonderful New year’s eve! We love you guys!

Love,
Jolanda, Michiel
Miley, Haley & Quinn

 

Blog post: Jolanda Marti
Photography: Michiel Fook

To the Moony and back

Having small kids, a career, wanting to have a free life and travel a lot, running a household can be a bit much sometimes!
Having extreme happy moments, and then the extreme overwhelming exhaustion kicks in! Feeling so tired at the end of every single day I tend to get a bit frustrated. Will this ever get any easier!? Everything is such a struggle. Never a moment of peace. Always moving, always something or someone to take care of, clean, work, manage.

But at the end of the day, I go through the pictures of the last couple of months and I realize… Years from now I will probably look back and see that these are the happiest years of my life! The childhood of girls, seeing them grow up, and experiencing so much love in our little family is the best thing that ever happened to me!

Our family photo’s always have been so important to me. And as soon as I tend to forget how lucky I am (because all parents know… this parenting thing is HARD and completely exhausting) I Flip open one my photo albums and my heart just opens up, my racing mind just calms down and I get this wave of gratefulness that just washes over me like a Tsunami of LOVE!

Photo’s make me remember what my heart already knows but what my head is to busy to notice. Looking at our photo’s is a tool to help me just stop and be mindful, it helps me realize how many good things are happening right now! And most important, It helps me focus on all the positive, instead of on the few negatives in my life!

Therefore I would say having photo prints and/or albums is improving my quality of life! And it’s so valuable to have as we will grow older and our lives, the world, and the people around us will change too. Photos are little time capsules. Great to have to lay around, amazing to be able to give your children as they grow up.

There are so many advantages to having photo’s in print! It just basically makes me really really really happy whenever I look at them. I got so inspired by that feeling of happiness while flipping through my new Moonylab book that I decided to make this happy little video with our DJI drone!

Moonylab is offering all of my followers a 10% discount using the code Wildandboho10 while placing your order!

Check out our video, and then the backstage Images below that Michiel took from me while I was shooting this video!

Hope you enjoy my outburst of happiness in this little experiment-video.
I put the video on my NEW InstaTV channel for the world to see!
Would you like to see more of these short videos on my Instagram?

Love,
Jolanda Marti

a vanlifers homebase

We are #Vanlifers, but we do have a home build of stone and wood with a big yard and a safe garage for our treasured van to seek shelter from the harsh winter climate Holland throws at us.

HOME
So in Wintertime, we seek shelter in this place we call home.
Our home where we hibernate, restore our tiny home on wheels, celebrate the holidays, build a snowman, hike through the frozen fields of Waterland and prepare ourselves for the next summer.

Our home interior reflects who we are as a family. All our 5 characters, hobbies, passions, needs, tastes, experiences and preferences are present in every single space.

Our travels in our beloved van is a huge part of our lives. Those memories belong to the best times of our lives and our hearts just fills up with love and excitement just thinking about all the adventures to come.
So to represent this part of our lives we found this two gorgouse Graphic-art prints that reflect our travels perfectly!

When I saw these two posters from Vissevasse immediately thought of a few of our own photo’s we took years ago that had exactly that feel to it!

We love nature and we really like to take nature into our home. We have a big collection of plants and palms in our home. It turned in quite an addiction… to collect as many beautiful green plants and place them in every room and corner to clean ur air, provide oxygen and make us feel happy!

Our home also feels like a place we can plant our own roots. A place we can grow old in. A place we feel safe and worm. And a place filled with Love, Beauty, and Memories.

Home is where the heart is. My heart is always with my family, so on the road, our home is our van, and when we are not traveling, here is the place we love to stay.

Treasure and print your photo Memories!

So many pictures!  But all digitally! And we almost never take the time to do something with them, and that’s such a shame!
I know that my parents used to paste all of our developed pictures in an album. And on the pace we’ve been going there isn’t going to be an album for my kids!!! Well as a photographer we can’t let that happen! We are Printing them all!

Time isn’t an excuse anymore now!
With Moonylab I printed my 60 favorite insta-pics! on small square photo prints on beautiful think mate paper! It was so easy, it took me 10 minutes to order and they came in super fast and we LOVE it!!! Do you ever take your photo’s off your screen and on to paper?

Moonylab is offering all of my readers a 10% discount using the code Wildandboho10 while placing your order!
YAY!!!

I would love to hear how you guys treasure your digital photo’s in the real world!

A big Thank you to Moonylab for sponsoring this post. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are always our own.

Photography: Michiel Fook

Creative life 2018

We went “where the Creative things are” at the Creative Life Event.
And we sure got ourselves a big dose of creativity and inspiration!
From the moment we stepped in, until the moment we had to leave we were talking to amazingly talented people and getting so many ideas and tips from everyone.

Sadly our little baby Quinn suddenly got a high fever and was burning up the poor thing! So we just had to leave.
We sure wish we could have stayed much longer to participate in some workshops or attend a seminar… But the baby always goes first.
Hey, that’s #Momlife No worries… next year I will be there for sure to make up for lost time! Already looking forward to Creative Life 2019!

So for everyone who likes to be creative, get inspired and like to meet other creatives… I highly recommend this event! We loved it!

Watch our recap video to see how it was and who we’ve met.

Featured in this video:
https://www.airplantshop.nl/
https://peacockandpeony.com/
https://www.print-art-read.nl/
https://www.instagram.com/flaviosalsano/
http://www.maak-rotterdam.nl/
http://handmade-heaven.nl/
https://roodenbloem.nl/
http://www.veerillustratie.nl/
https://www.howisithanging.nl/

 

About the Vlog:
Here I collect all our adventures of our family in photo and video stories. With our photography and videography, we try to show how we experience this world and illustrate that feeling of being close and connected to each other as a family. Nothing fancy, just the five of us, living our lives, going on road trips, cuddling on the couch, loving each other, and keeping our baby girls close to us. Honest, sincere, real images. Take a look into our lives and feel free to leave a comment Love, Jolanda

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