Conscious Connections

 I am now conscious of who and how I’m connected.

It is a part of being human that we are networked into a social structure. We are born to a family and as we grow we become connected to those who have interacted with us.

More and more I try to be aware of how those connections affect me.
What am I drawing into my community?
How do I fit into the equation?

As with anything, I try not to dwell on things too long before I start creating a pathway. This past summer I recognized that I was feeling the pull to embrace the larger world. I had been content with running ARTINSPIRED our the little corner called Hampton Roads. My twins had just turned 2 and had their own little agendas that didn’t always center around me. My arms felt less tied and my find started to fixate on bigger possibilities of service.

I was invited by Cara Rich, President of the Peninsula Women’s Network to serve on their board this past July. I accepted and knew it was time to start getting more involved in the network compared to just being a casual member that only showed up to one or two things a year. So I jumped in and haven’t looked back.

Then most recently one of our PWN members and now one of my lovely friends, Lindie Yardley invited me to come to her BNI Executive Chapter meeting in Hampton. I was thinking – I really didn’t have time but I would give it a try and attend. I found it filled with really admirable business leaders with warm hearts. And it was certainly a plus that Lindie was at the helm. I made the commitment and was officially inducted into the group yesterday (see photos here).

Here are a few other ways that 2017 has been a year of connections:

  • One of my mentoring clients is by her nature a CONNECTOR – Jackie Condict is even writing a book called “The Art of Connecting through GRACE”
  • I have been coaching a budding entrepreneur that lives in Singapore – Marielle Say who owns The Sorter Girls – A Productivity Company. We connected through an online group for entrepreneurs.
  • I’ve build a couple of new Facebook Groups mainly my CREATIVES AND DREAMERS group that I absolutely love and use to connect other warm-hearted souls.
  • I traveled to Las Vegas to build on my business goals and met really inspirational people at MONETIZE Your MISSION that I will be connected to within a program that helps us craft our signature products. Thank you to Lisa Sasevich and her team!

I look forward to more brilliant and blessed connections! After all … “The Right Connections Provide Strength for Your Dreams” 😉

~ Marilen Crump



Celebrating 15 Years of ArtInspired

2015 marks the 15th year of my ArtInspired business and I am still as passionate about it as I ever was. A lot has happened in that time frame…

I began my career in 2004 taking photographs for Virginia based performers and actors while living in Richmond. I had just graduated Sweet Briar College with a self-designed Bachelor of Arts Degree in multidisciplinary arts and had started my photography habit back in high school, so I had already earned a ton of experience shooting photographs of fellow artists on campus. Their photos would in turn result in referrals from talent agencies in Virginia.

I then worked on my certification and enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography back when it was film based. It really deepened my understanding of the really technical points of the medium and enhanced my confidence in running it as a business. I combined my photography services with my web design knowledge and included my own performance experience into the mix.

By 2004 I had joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and was getting steady work from referrals and through networking mediums. I was also making the switch to digital which helped the speed of service I was able to perform for my clients. I transferred from Richmond to Hampton Roads where I have been ever since but still have clients that I service in the RVA.

AIP logo 0515Currently, I am a happy professional based in Yorktown, VA with my husband Ken and our (5) five amazing children! I have found that Hampton Roads has the perfect blend of scenic spots like beaches, parks and urban scapes which add to the flavor of my work. We have a private studio located in Kiln Creek and another location in the Stoney Creek Division of Newport News off Denbigh Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. I teach others the Art of Photography as well as dance based instruction in Ballroom, Latin and Fitness.

I am working on great ways to combine even more service with the years of experience that I have gathered under my belt. The future looks very promising for ArtInspired and I am thankful for everyone that has come across my path that has helped me learn, grow and develop. It has been very worth the while.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post 🙂 Let me know if I can be of service to you!

~ Marilen

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