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June 2018

Business, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Wellness

What Brings You Joy? My #1 Tip for Entrepreneurs

Self Care with Alexis the Greek

As a designer, stylist, and photographer, I was surprised to find recently that some of my most popular posts (on social media, my blogs, and live streams) are actually about self-care and mental health.

It made me realize that a lot more people than I perceive experience the same anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt that I do. It also made me realize that the way I’ve gone about building my business has been unique.

In my business, I’ve made sanity and making money equal priorities. Not everyone goes about building an empire this way. Some people play it safe and err on the side of protecting their hearts and minds, and then never get their businesses off the ground; others throw themselves entirely into money, without ever recognizing that no amount will ever be “enough.”

What made me choose (because I did choose) to make sanity and money equal priorities?

Well, honestly, at my last job, I had terrible, life-controlling anxiety. Multiple times a day I’d experience dizzy spells from either forgetting to breathe or hyperventilating, and I’d have to find a dark, hidden corner somewhere to close my eyes, tuck my head between my knees, and pray.

People around me liked to joke that one of my “bad days” at work was like anyone else’s best day—that I could get 3X more done in an hour than should have been humanly possible. Part of me was flattered and pleased by these types of remarks; another part of me felt like at any moment, all the spinning plates were going to fall and smash to bits. Read More

Business, Lifestyle, Photography

When You’re the Roadblock in Your Business

Where are you holding yourself back in your business? | Alexis the Greek blog

Where are you holding yourself back in your business?

For the last two years, I’ve limped my business along on—that’s right—just two separate hour-long photo shoots I had a friend do for me when I went full-time.

Oh, I had plenty of photos that I had taken. Photos of people and places that looked very eclectic together in my Instagram feed—everything from yoga poses to donuts to flowers to brain scans.

But I didn’t have any photos of me, my work process, how I help people. What I had available for blog posts and Facebook posts and email blasts and product launches was very limited, even for a person as creative and resourceful as I like to think I am. Read More

Featured, Guest Posts, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography

Community Over Competition: Raya on Assignment and Alexis the Greek!

Raya Al-Hashmi and Alexis the Greek

A beautiful part of growing up in a world with internet is getting to learn from and connect with others in your industry. While the old way of seeing friendly competitors as just that—competition—the new way of seeing them is as colleagues, allies, and even mentors.

I recently had the pleasure and honor of doing a photo swap with the lovely Raya Al-Hashmi of Raya on Assignment. Just for fun, we took each other’s portraits and answered a few of the same questions about working as brand photographers in the tight-knit community of Portsmouth, NH. Whether you’ve worked with one of us or both of us or neither (yet!), I think you’ll enjoy hearing the different ways we see our beloved town, the faces in it, and the creative marketplace.

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Featured, Inspiration, Lifestyle

If I Gave a TEDTalk Today, This is What I’d Say

Alexis Paquette TED Talk | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve had this dream for a while that one day, I might get to give a TED Talk. I don’t know when I got the idea into my head; I just know that at some point, I realized it was there, and it had been there.

This is probably a manifestation of something we all secretly want—to be able to say our piece, to impact some part of the world with a truth we’ve discovered. What we have to say is ever-changing, I expect, but if I was asked today to give a TED Talk, this is what I would want to say: Read More