We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

I think taking risks is essential for your growth throughout life. I have taken risks and succeeded and I have taken risks and failed. I think people hesitate to take risks because it is scary and uncomfortable. Not being able to predict the outcome of something can feel like it is a bad choice to make. I think the most important thing is learning how to move past those feelings and treat every risk as a learning experience. It makes them not as scary to me and helps me see it as a challenge rather than a risk. Almost every risk I have taken regarding my business has turned out positive. My business would not be here and I would not be the person I am today without the small and big risks I took to pursue the life of my dreams!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I have always been interested in photography. However, it never seemed like a profession that I “should” go into (doctor, lawyer, scientist, etc.). That didn’t stop me though from constantly having a camera in my hand starting in high school and enjoying it as a fun passion project till I became serious about it!

I believe what sets me apart from other photographers is the motivation I have to help the planet. I KNOW that one day I will be creating content that will inspire people and push them to make daily changes toward their impact on our planet.

I think I am most proud of my response to failure. My dad always told me, “It’s not about failing but about how you pick yourself back up.” I think this is what helps me to know that regardless of whether I put myself out there and things go wrong, I am just proud for even pushing myself out of my comfort zone because that takes courage.

It has not been an easy journey and it still isn’t all fun and games. I am still working hard to make my dreams come true. I have invested a lot of time and money into learning and practicing to better my skills. One of the hardest things I needed to learn to be where I am today professionally is confidence. Confidence is a hard feeling to master, especially when you are new at something and competing against people who have been in the business for years. It is important for me in those moments to remember my “why”. My why is thinking about the people I will impact and inspire toward caring for the planet…and that right there reminds me that I deserve to be here too. I don’t “fake it till I make it”, I push myself to earn what I receive so I can truly be grateful for all the wins big and small!

I think the three biggest lessons I have learned along the way are:
1. Just Start. You need to just start doing what you want to do in order to actually master the skills, gain confidence in your work, and charge for your worth.
2. Don’t give up. It is easy to get discouraged when you try something because you see everyone who is lightyears ahead of you and to me that is intimidating. Those people didn’t give up, they put time into building their skills even when they hit roadblocks. You can’t fail if you don’t give up, and why would you give up on your dreams?
3. Trial and Error is your best friend. I used to think, this is it. I am going to do this one program and this is going to take me to the moon. Ha! It is okay to take time to try something out, learn from it, and either continue implementing it or move on to something else. Trying different programs/courses allows you to learn a lot about different strategies other businesses are utilizing. So don’t be afraid to try something solely to learn from it but not necessarily to master it! In the end, your brain is your toolbox, fill it with some good tools to build your business!!

I want the world to know that it is not impossible to live the life you dream of. It will take some hard work, grit, and time….but it isn’t unattainable. All you need is the courage to just start learning and implementing, after that the possibilities truly are unlimited.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

Denver below.

Estes Park & Boulder:
One of my favorite things to do when friends come into town is take them to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder.

We wake up early to get to the park a little after sunrise, heading to Bear Lake since it has a parking lot and the lake is very close to the parking lot. Depending on my friends’ hiking abilities, either we stay near the lake or go on a small hike. I love morning photos in this area! It is gorgeous.

After a little photoshoot morning session, I would take them to The Historic Stanley Hotel (known from The Shining) and have a drink at the whiskey bar! Down the street is a very delicious restaurant with a neat little library/museum in the basement and a gorgeous scenic outside seating area. I can’t recall the name at the moment, but the small town of Estes Park has so many cute restaurants, you can’t go wrong with any of them!

Around 1 pm I like to head into the mountains through the National Park and take the scenic route to Boulder. It is about a one-hour drive and has so many beautiful spots in the mountains for photos or to spot wildlife. Once in Boulder, I love to park near Pearl Street Mall.

Pearl Street Mall is one of my favorite places to take friends too because of all the local artists many of the shop’s support. It also has a hippy and boho vibe to it which I love! We usually will grab a drink or coffee along the strip and continue shopping around or just taking a scenic walk. (Boulder always has cute mini vendor festivals/farmers markets occurring so I look up to see if there are any of these happening while we are there as well).

Around 5-6pm I like to have dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant in Boulder, Carelli’s of Boulder. It is delicious and has a beautiful big fire pit inside! I could go on for days about how yummy the food is here, elegant and classy, it is a perfect place for an intimate dinner or a casual catch-up dinner!

Last I love to hit Avery Brewing Company to fill my growler before heading home! Avery has so many delicious beers on tap and it is such a fun place to enjoy with friends! If Carelli’s is closed, I usually come straight here for dinner since the food is very delicious too! The upstairs has a romantic setting while the downstairs has a casual and chill vibe!

I like to take my friends around downtown! If my friends are sports-oriented I like to take them to ViewHouse in the LoDo area. There are lots of TVs always with different sports games. I don’t care too much for sports, so it is perfect because outside has fire pits, a DJ, and sometimes different yard games happening. There is always something for everyone to do there!

If I have friends who are more geared toward the art scene I like taking them to the Rino area. I like The Denver Central Market for lunch because it has so many different choices of food inside, you can always find something everyone likes. I also like First Draft, because it is just fun to pour your own beer and try different ones whenever you want!

Last, regardless of who I am with I always go to The Woods in The Source hotel for dinner. The view of the city plus the mountains at sunset is breathtaking and I love everyone to enjoy it! It fills up fast so always call to see if you can make reservations early!

Once the sun goes down, the new museum Meow Wolf is an oddity that brings adults to life and makes you feel like a kid again!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

Regarding my business: I have multiple people to who I would love to give a shout-out. I do believe that my success has come from a combination of mentors and passion. I created my business Eco-Travel Digital Media in order to help bring people closer to nature through visual storytelling. I am extremely passionate about wildlife conservation and their habitats and I eventually hope to film documentaries over habitat restoration to create short films for education as well as entertainment for people who may not be able to leave their homes (disabled, ill, etc.). The drive for love of the planet and starting my business comes from our good pals Jeff Corwin, Jane Goodall, Steve Irwin, David Attenborough, and all the people who created hope for our planet for me as a child. As far as my creator skillset, I would have to thank Courtney Ortiz, a premier photographer in south Florida, for genuinely helping me to learn how to become a better photographer. As well as Celia Smith founder of Weekender Productions and Gil Antolin founder of Luxury World Traveler, who both helped me see and experience the possibilities and opportunities that can come from being a content creator.

Regarding me personally: I would give a shoutout to my family. I know everyone says their family but I really would not be able to make my dreams a reality without the support of my mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law. I travel often and that makes it difficult to stay in touch with friends. Then add learning how to even start a business, combined with building it by yourself, there is not a lot of time for Friday night hangouts. In the past 5 years, I have lived in four different states and spent a lot of time road tripping and solo traveling. I could always count on my family to be there for me when I called. When I decided to switch careers after receiving my Master’s to becoming a full-time content creator, it was difficult for my family to understand but they still took the time to hear me out. Fast forward one year into my business and they are my biggest fans! 🙂

Website: www.ecotraveldigitalmedia.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shewandersearthfreely/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-williams0716/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecotravelmedia/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIE4-yxU_GI_3R6QydB_ZSA

Other: Email: ecotraveldigitalmedia@gmail.com

Image Credits
-img_3678 (me in middle of plants and architecture) and img_3679 (me with museum exhibit)- taken by Danny McGee. -_e712365 (holding my camera) – taken by Celia Smith. -vca6a0428 (plants and blonde girl looking around) – model is Nicole Mack -img_5783 (welcome sign with solar panels) – Blue Moon Rising Eco-Hotel -Museum shown in images (img_3678, img_3679, vca6a0428) – Azulik Uh May Museum -**img_0229 (me with Charlie the cheetah) – Taken while employed as a feline keeper at Panther Ridge Conservation Center. -VC6A0757 – Taken of Paddle 9 Adventure Tour Company in Costa Rica. -First image uploaded in solo upload (me sitting in front of villa)- Showcasing Oxygen Jungle Villas in Costa Rica.

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