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My friend Ashley posted a blog the other day about life with their newborn and what it’s been like to balance work and times to snuggle with and take care of him. And something she said jogged my memory… “Part of the reason why I wanted to pursue photography as my full time career was to live my dream and have space to breathe… to live.”
I wanted to pursue photography because not only did I love it, but working from home and making my own schedule would allow me to be a wife and mom and to have space to grow and do things on OUR schedule. But I was having these thoughts back in 2009, way before Ben and I even met. I never would have dreamed that this business would continue to grow as it has. It hasn’t boomed and grown over night… anything that does is a little scary actually. But it’s been a slow and steady growth that God knew I needed. Along the way I’ve learned how to be a business owner first, then I learned how to be a girlfriend while working one job and running a business on the side (I think that may have been the most difficult transition!). But because of that stage, the transition from being a girlfriend to a business owner/full time church staff/wife was much easier.
But part of that growth has been learning to keep the balance between work and life… and it’s sometimes a daily project. Every day when Ben comes home from work, I jump up from my computer to greet him at the door. It’s my second favorite part of the day (my first favorite part is getting to wake up next to him every morning!). And usually, that’s when the office closes for the day. Occasionally during the busy wedding season (aka, May-June-ish), he’s super understanding when I need to spend a few extra hours at the computer at night or on the weekends. I don’t like doing that, but it helps to get images back to my clients in the time that I want to and it ends up causing less stress as the weeks go by.
Several friends in this industry have been so encouraging along the way in terms of this life balance… the reason we own our own business is so that WE can run it because if it runs us, then it will run us into the ground and burn us out. And having a business that runs us – where we feel like we always have to answer that email immediately, answer that text pronto, always be at the computer, etc. – doesn’t actually do anyone any good. Because the truth is, life isn’t about work. It’s not about getting the most clients or the biggest weddings. It’s about people, relationships and community! It’s about having friendships where the word camera or photography isn’t mentioned in conversation. I’ve never heard one story about anyone on their deathbed saying that they wish they had worked MORE. So I’m making choices today that will allow me to smile at the end of my life, so that I’ll be thankful that we chose life over work.
So what does this look like practically for me?
Running our own business and living life has plenty of challenges, but it’s so worth it and so rewarding. Especially when we connect with clients that get what we do – in work and life!