HOPES, DREAMS AND PAYING THE BILLS

In just over an hour I fly out for my 9th trip to America.

As a kid from a small country town in Queensland, Australia … that’s pretty cool.

To be flying out to speak at WPPI in Las Vegas – possibly the world’s biggest photography conference – that is amazing.

The small town I grew up in had a population of 1,000 people at the time. WPPI attracts 15,000 photographers from all over the world.

I think I’m one of roughly 10 photographers from Australia (that I know of) to ever speak at WPPI. Katie is one of the others. That’s even more amazing!

To speak and teach at this level is an honour, a responsibility I take very seriously, and a dream come true.

My Mum was a teacher. My Dad was a Pastor. Before I was born, they were missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Arnhem Land.

Teaching and helping others is literally in my DNA. There’s no denying that.

So, what’s this got to do with hopes, dreams and paying the bills?

I want you to know that you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. All three are possible.

Don’t let the negative people in your life tell you otherwise. These people in your life often disguise themselves as “realists” who “have your best interests at heart”.

Listen to them. And then ignore them.

A life without hopes and dreams is no life at all.

Dream.

Dream big. And then dream even bigger.

Everything Katie and I have done over the last 8 years?

It all started with a dream. And then we took action to make it a reality.

The crazy thing is, even with everything we’ve done so far, even with Katie getting hit by a car 2 months ago … we’re still dreaming.

Bigger than ever. You just wait and see 🙂

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12 Comments
  1. Wise words Matt! Thanks for sharing :)
  2. Al Hegerty said:
    Matt, both you and Katie are amazing people. Our lives and indeed the world is is a better place for having you both a part of it. Enjoy your trip. You both deserve the praises and rewards you have received.
  3. Alannah said:
    You write beautifully Matt...Keep dreaming..both of you..x
  4. cathy said:
    Changing your own lives and the lives of others one day at a time, so love that about you guys....You are both definitely the Joy that this world is all about C xo
  5. Kelsey said:
    A-freakin'-MEN to that!!!! :-)
  6. Andrena said:
    Wisdom beyond your years Matt Ebenezer
    • Ken -
      He gets it from his Mother.
  7. Crap I love you guys :) Did you ever receive the cool pres I sent you last year, i never heard and now wonder if you got it xxx :) Hope so, was super cool ... Kerin xx
  8. Safe travels Matt! Blessings on your time in the US and if it happens, I look forward to meeting up with you!
  9. Amy said:
    You truly are inspirational Matt. One day I'll get to your workshops :)
  10. Lara said:
    Go you good things! Your positivity is brilliant and inspiring! I cannot wait to see what you're dreaming up next!
  11. Danny said:
    And que tears thanks Matt.