Want to know something totally random and ridiculous? Last week I spontaneously ( more like on accident) took the whole week off and it was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. I didn’t plan on not working last week, it just kind of happened. Literally the only work thing I did was a answer a few emails and blog a wedding. What did I do all week? Well last Tuesday & Wednesday I went to Kansas City with my best friend. She’s getting married in August and I really wanted to have one final girls trip before she moves away. I’m feeling very sentimental these days! haha We spent the whole day Tuesday at Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. It’s been so long since I’ve rode a roller coaster I forgot how that my fear of heights makes me scream and laugh the whole time. Steph couldn’t believe how I could laugh so much but it was my way of dealing with my fear of heights. Steph can talk me into about anything and so of course she talked me into the crazy rides. Seriously, I thought I was going to die on the Mamba.. anyone else a laugh/ screamer on rides? Those big drops always get me! But then after our awesome girls trip to KC, I spent the next day with another girl friend in Wichita. I haven’t seen her in quite a while and we just went to a late lunch + target.It was a blast! You see I’ve sadly been neglecting way too much as I’ve been putting my business first. Some weeks the only person I see is Caleb besides the random strangers at the gym. However, I have started taking a hip hop class every Thursday that seriously is so much fun.
On Friday it was Caleb’s 26th birthday and he actually took the day off ( due to his boss encouraging him to and me pleading him too!) My poor husband hardly has days off anymore because the ones he does have are usually spent shooting weddings with me. This was our 1st weekend off in 6 weeks and I know he needed some time to unwind. He’s usually not a fan of birthdays because he doesn’t like all the attention. But this year he let me spoil him a little bit! We started our day with brunch at a place we’ve been wanting to try & then a super fun water gun fight in our backyard. ( I was soaked of course!) I’m sure if any of our neighbors saw or heard us they probably thought we were crazy. After our relaxing afternoon, we used a gift certificate that Caleb won at a charity auction for a date night package through Hotel Waterwalk. So not only did we get to stay in a nice hotel but we had a romantic dinner & movie! It was such a perfect day! We then spent the weekend with our families which we haven’t done in a long time!
Last week made me realize how desperate I was for quality time with my family, friends & hubs! Sure I didn’t do anything crazy extravagant last week but it was still so refreshing. Sometimes during busy season I feel like if I’m not constantly working then I’m letting my clients down. I get this guilty feeling every time I go to do something for myself instead of sitting at my computer. My business is my baby and I want my clients to be happy! Being a small business owner isn’t easy especially as a photographer where your business based on you. It’s hard not to take things too personally. As business owners we put our heart & soul into it.
Lately I’ve really learned that sometimes to better my clients I need to take care of myself first! That probably seems like a “duh” thing to say. But it’s easier said than done. Since May I’ve been working like a mad woman. I stay up till 5 am working on blog posts, album designs & editing because I pride myself in getting things done in a timely manner. There is something about working through the night that I love but at the same time it an can be a problematic. It’s hard for me to admit this but I’ve been slacking at spending quality time with my husband, family & friends. I can’t tell you the last time I went to bed at the same time as Caleb ( not counting this past weekend.) The crazy thing is no one is telling me I need to work crazy hours. I’ve just trained my body this way. I don’t see my friends as much as I should because it takes more effort on my part to plan something we can do during the week. Well last week was a great step at getting my life back and not letting my business take over. So if you’re a business owner and you struggle with managing life & business like I do I hope you take some time for yourself this week! Even if that’s as simple as taking an hour to read a book instead of editing. Or getting coffee with a friend. It may have been a complete accident that I took last week off but it was seriously the best thing I could have done for myself & my business!
In His Love,