Because I LOVE what I do, it can often lead to spending long hours in front of the computer every work week. When I first started building my business on a more serious level several years ago, things were going along at a very manageable rate. I could shoot, edit, design, answer calls/emails/texts and print without compromising much family time. Now that my business is growing at an amazing speed, I’m finding the tug and pull of trying to balance business and family. I hate to call it “work” because I believe that if you love what you do, then it’s not “work” it’s a hobby that I just happen to get paid for 🙂 .
With that said, I don’t want to be a working mom who never spends time with her family, whose business is more important than her role as a mother. When I took the leap and started my business that was the LAST thing I wanted to have happen. I have “mommy guilt” on some nights when I’m editing away and Mallory drags her blanket and pillow into my office and falls asleep on the floor. I’ve made a few changes to my business practices and from now on I will not be answering emails/texts as soon as they come in. I will be making time at the beginning and the end of the day to answer emails, phone calls, etc. I’ve been doing some thinking…I’m not a doctor so anything a client calls about will mostly likely not be life or death and I know most of my clients have family themselves so they will understand. This will not change how fast proofs or products get back to you, I’m just making some changes to work smarter….and enjoy my family a little bit more. I’m also scheduling a certain amount of shoots per week, so if you want to get a session, please call as soon as possible to schedule your day. I just can’t simply fit every request in, so it will be on a first come first serve basis……… WORD!!
Greg and I have been making a more conscience effort in spending family time together with Mallory…..and I have to say, I find it very therapeutic to get away with the family, get out of the house, get away from the computer and to put down the phone and simply ENJOY spending time and actually listening to each other. The other day, on a whim we got dressed and headed out for miniature golf and ice cream. Greg and I got beat by a 5 year old!! She cheated a few times, but we pretended we didn’t see. And she even made the comment “In YOUR face!!” a few times when she got a hole in one and we were stuck back at the beginning because I couldn’t hit the ball. We giggled, we chased golf balls into the weeds, we swung and missed a few but we created memories 🙂 I heart them 🙂