People and Passion: Working with Honey Bees

When I go around looking for wisdom, I look for people who love what they do. This woman was one of them. She's basically my hero. She answers the calls of people to relocate honeybee swarms, help beekeepers to maintain their hives, and loving honeybees as I witness here. That one morning in Wilmington, Ohio was definitely one of the times I felt alive. The farm owner wasn't there. It's a hobby farm but also a wildlife sanctuary for quails that lost its habitat. Acres of acres of wildflowers feed the wildlife and also honeybees.

Liz has been doing this for about 12 years. She was a professor at UC but she got bored and took interest in beekeeping. She was curious. She kept asking questions until she could do this herself. There's no doubt that she loves this. On the outside, you could see photos like these. but being there was hard work. We checked on the bees the first time from the cold winter. I only stayed for the first out of eight hives, but it's already a lot of work there. She's using a smoker to notify the bees that we're coming. In this first hive there were healthy communities on the top layer.


I love how close the bees were to me. I felt their buzzing so close on my lens and in my ears. What a beautiful sound! Liz were looking for two things: bees and mice. She said in the winter, mice moved in, and the bees gave them a space down below. We also found lady bugs. When I asked why won't the bees drive the mice out, Liz said, why do they have to. There's a space for everyone in the hives, including the lady bugs...and then our conversation slowly morphed into a discussion about immigration policy. Nature has its own way to create space for everyone, regardless their species. In a healthy ecosystem, everyone thrives from working with each other, these includes mice, bees, and ladybugs. 

The honey bees are just like us, Liz said. They need two things: work and space. She made sure that every hives has an empty space where the bees can expand. She also cleaned out the hives from mice, since winter has passed.


My most favorite image was this. Liz, working, the busy hives, and her truck. She has all she needs in that truck, including a weed wacker, just in case she needs to clean up the space after she made room for the bees. 

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Small Business Documentary Photography: Best Life with Lindsey

I love working with people who love what they do. You can see this clearly. Lindsey is one of these people. I always see her with the best attitude in life. She gives back to the community through leading her children's school parent association and many others that I probably don't know. When she approached me to work with her with her new business, I finally connected the dots. She lives her best life, and she wants to share this with others. Check out her website here:

I stayed one morning for her piyo class. One thing I noticed was how intently Lindsey was when getting ready for the class. She shared the wisdom of nutrition, a podcast she listened to, a book she read, to everyone in the room. I know they were there because they knew Lindsey personally and listened to her. You have to admit you don't get that by signing up in your online trainer. 


Tell me about your business, what do you do?
Best Life with Lindsey is a health and wellness coaching business. The mission is to help everyone live their best life by focusing on the pillars of their health. Best Life provides personal coaching services, group exercise classes, and presentation on Best Life principles.


How did you get here? 
I have taught group exercise classes now for over 20 years. I have always valued the importance of moving your body and enjoying to move your body. Over the years, I have discovered an equal passion for healthy food. I also love setting goals, having a vision board every year, and dreaming big. I want to share these passions with others to help them live their best life!

What do you love most about your business? What don't you love. 
I have just started my business. I LOVE it all! It’s a lot of hard work and time to begin a business on your own. That would be the only drawback.

What's your dream person you'd like to work with?
This is a great question. Truly, my greatest desire is to help the people I am closest to. My mom is struggling right now, I just need her to say “Let’s do this!” Also, one of my very dearest friends is my second client. Being able to help the people I love is my greatest goal. There is no “dream client,” rather just a client committed to making change.

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