It's been all sorts of cray, cray here recently! I tell ya, anyone who's tried managing & growing a business while working full-time an average 50 hrs per week in another job will know what I'm talking about!.. Sometimes it feels like you don't know which way is up!.. ;)
Things have been busy! and steadily growing month to month, and I'm not going to lie.. I've loved every minute of it. I have a wedding coming up in November! but there are times that you've got to just switch off and put work to one side. This year I found that on the beginning of each annual leave I'd booked in different photo shoots thinking that I'd have lots of time to edit.. Which I did btw. BUT what are annual leaves for?? I hear you say, "soft white Fiji sands.. and margaritas on the beach" YES!!! Or Anglesey sands, depending on your budget ;)
Well what I found was that during my yearly "relaxing time" I was still "busy" and if you've ever read a Chase Jarvis's blog, then you'll know that there are different types of "busy" and what every entrepreneur needs to realise is that "busy" doesn't always mean "productive" so after I handled all of my work, I started being more conscious about switching off and making time to rest and rejuvenate. But I didn't realise that the one thing I really needed to do more than anything else was to celebrate!!
Do any of us make time to celebrate anymore?? We should do. I think celebrating is SO important. It's like breathing It gives you chance to give thanks, enjoy & let-off any pent-up steam which in turn creates more room for natural creative energies to flow.
So recently what I learnt to do more of is "knowing when to celebrate" I took time out with my family and went swimming in the sea, I haven't laughed so hard in what felt like years!!
Running a business consumes a lot of energy, it takes time. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I've been partaking in photo shoots and ongoing training and development for the last 3x years. It was about time I took a breather and let myself really relax and celebrate. Even though I always know I can be better, I have room to grow and develop.. It will happen naturally and organically. You can neither push a river down a stream or tug at a tree sapling to make it grow! Movement and growth can't be controlled or dictated. Only guided. Guided by our choices. So choose to work hard & play hard.
We are all made of stars. Yx