I’m taking a mini-break from working on photos…to write a personal post… Because this is something I think we all need to hear…
Breathe . . .
Did you do it?
Let me preface this by saying, I love my job. Love it! But that does not mean that is the only thing I’m allowed to love…
After speaking with several people in this industry I’ve come to the conclusion that many of us feel the same way… but no one voices it… so place allow me to be very real with you… at the expense of possibly stepping on some toes…
Lots of people love the weekend and look forward to holidays… People enjoy packing up and going home at the end of the day… even people who love their job.
Here is an article I found that spurred on this long overdue blog post *focus on quote at the bottom*…
Katherine Heigl… Amen Sister! You are onto something!
and guess what… When I spread myself too thin… I’m not a good photographer. I am not a good daughter. I am not a good friend. And everyone hates me! I’m pulled in a thousand different directions… and each part of me being given is just worthless.
If you’re a mother… an employee… a teacher… a wife… a husband… a sister… a student… You know exactly what I’m talking about… So what is this obsession with instant gratification? It is stressing us all out! If it is not instant… it is not cutting it!
I set and agree to deadlines to ensure I can get images and product out in a timely manner and that every client is treated like they are my only one, despite me juggling 20. The problem is when I get late night emails and text messages asking and begging for things instantly. If I do that (and I am guilty of jumping to it)… then your deadline is met much sooner than it needs to be, but I had no balance and you are jumping in front of other people.
I simply want to make you happy… Meaning I will do everything within my power to work as quickly as possible… because making you happy… makes me happy! It truly does… But at what expense is it worth it? Is it worth it to neglect my family? They won’t be here forever you know… But your photos… they aren’t going anywhere. :) There will always be another day to work on your photos (in fact I have already scheduled that day)… but there will come a day… when its too late to go to an impromptu lunch with my parents… And I’ll think about all of the times when I could have… (For those who don’t know- 2 years ago while I was in San Diego on a photo shoot, my dad was in Los Angeles traveling the coast with a group of people… I got a phone call about 9 in the morning telling me he had a heart attack. He underwent emergency surgery and seems to be doing just fine now! But this is especially important for me as it SHOULD have been a big EYE Opener… and I still choose to work- rather than spend time with those who mean the most to me…)
So in an effort to not spread myself to thin… I’m going to promise myself that I don’t have to have my entire ‘to-do’ list checked off before I spend some time living life! I mean lets be honest… It will never all be checked off….
I do hope this really opens all of our eyes to stop pouring all of ourselves into the things that can wait… and start pouring ourselves into things that can’t wait… We ALL do it… I am just sharing the one aspect of my life that I am going to work on being more balanced… What aspect of your life could you work on balancing?
So Breathe . . . & Savor Life
And speaking of savoring life… I am heading to Disney World for a week! I hope to feel like a kid again!See you soon!