Equipping Women for Success! When we shine, we illuminate others!
Every woman needs a Ranger Buddy, Prayer Warrior, a BFF, Cheerleader and someone to get into trouble with! 30-some years ago, we became locked at the hip and connected at the hearts! We’ve experienced more adventure, joys, heart-aches, and blessings than the Old Testament women! She is the inspiration to play every Friday, and at times knows me better than I know myself. She understands when to hold me back and when to kick me into gear! She’s also the co-hort of BBFF (Biblical Best Friends Friday postings! Many of the outstanding photos on The Modern Woman’s Life Magazine were taken by her. Don’t miss this featured woman’s story below! And visit her website gallery often!
Meet Julie Rauscher!
Julie worked as a creative art director, artist, art advisor, art educator, photographer, writer, and is currently a gallery owner. Her many faceted talents are not only beautiful and inspiring, but they stir a part of the spirit beyond the paint and photos. Her photographs will have you silently staring unaware that you’ve been transported to a world that she sees and has invited you along to for a brief visit. Her art work proudly hangs in my home and my heart. I recommend you go to her online gallery often. Her inspiration is contagious!
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
Art is my passion, particularly photography. I believe we were created in the image of our Creator … to create. Whatever form that takes for each of us, it is a great blessing in our lives. It is my joy to have an online photography gallery and art based website, Julie Rauscher’s Gallery , with images available for use in publications, print, and media. The site will eventually include videos, art lessons, a blog, and a store for select books and items. It is my hope to enable and inspire others to experience God’s extraordinary beauty in ordinary every day life.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
Taking photos and videos on a daily basis moves me forward and helps me stay focused. Inspiration is everywhere! Sun dancing on leaves in the rain, fog misting over the river, meadow grass flowing like waves, wild yellow poppies, elegant white birch trees, light dappled forest corridors, a row of birdhouses waiting for spring…the list goes on forever…
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
I enjoy walking, hiking, gardening, tubing down the river and other outdoor activities. Being in nature refreshes, invigorates, and inspires me. Of course, I try to eat my veggies and drink plenty of pure H2O also.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I practice being positive, optimistic, giving others the benefit of the doubt, and trying to see things through their eyes.
I play. My BFF and I wander. We explore fun eclectic shops, new restaurants, book nooks, galleries and museums. Sometime we just drive around talking and searching for the most beautiful old gardens and churches in town. Of course many photos are taken…
Plus I spend a lot of time with my husband, children and grandchildren. What fun it is to see life through the eyes of a 4 year old again!
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
I love the excitement of searching for, and finding great shots everywhere.
The best part of my job is touching the lives of others. I am thrilled to hear my photos have inspired, comforted, triggered nostalgia, illustrated points, and been exhibited. I am honored when they become part of peoples’ homes and lives.
The worst part of my job is the time consuming process of evaluating, sorting, and organizing my photos.
Often I regret not stopping to take a photo of something I see. I have a few stories of ‘ones that got away’, and shots I didn’t get because of those rare times I didn’t have my camera ready. Such as the time I missed an eagle in the surf at the beach with a fish dangling from its talons… my son still chides me on that one. I should have taken my new camera out and not worried about getting sand in the lens!
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
I lost my previous online gallery because the server went down and was not properly backed up. I had to start over again. I now have solid back-ups for my photos and my site information.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
Make certain I have my camera with me and ready at all times!
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Pray about it. Ask yourself some soul-searching questions – What do you really love to do? What will the job entail? What will it cost both personally, as well as financially? Is there a market for it? Are you willing to dedicate yourself, to do what it takes, to make it happen? Get advice from those you trust. Make a plan. If, after exploring your options, it looks like green lights – follow your dream and – Go for it! Being an entrepreneur can be very rewarding.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
Managing my time wisely and staying focused are two things I am constantly working on. It helps to have a consistent schedule and deadlines for getting things done.
10) Any last parting words?
I love what I do. It is a great joy to offer my photos and art to enrich other peoples’ lives. I hope you will also find fulfillment in whatever you decide to do.