Every year in late December/early January, I struggle with feeling absolutely overwhelmed. I’m exhausted from the busiest season for editing always dragging on longer than I anticipate, which happens to usually coincide with my husband’s busiest time of year for his own job, and the time of year when my garden maintenance to-do list becomes the longest.
The past two years I have worn myself down literally to a breaking point (I actually injured my knee two years in a row now while working on my roses…not good!). Two of my biggest new year’s resolutions are to start learning how to keep a better balance, especially when things get busy. I need to remember to force myself to take time to rest, other than when forced by a doctor (this past year, the only days I seemed to rest were when I was recovering from one of my several surgeries I had last year).
I also want to start sharing more about myself through my photos. I feel like so much of the photographer goes into a photo session, so I want my clients to really get to know me before even meeting me.
I tend to be a very quiet, introverted person, and early morning is my favorite time of day. I love the quiet of the morning hours, and it is the time of day when I am at my best. By the end of the day, my problems with my spine tend to wear me down but in the morning I have a bit of a reprieve from the searing pain that I deal with each night.
I am a perfectionist, and large quantities of coffee keep me going. I love to read but lately haven’t made that a priority…definitely something I want to work on this year. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my pursuit of perceived perfection in my work, and I am going to force myself to start actively seeking the beauty in the imperfections of daily life. I forgot how much I love using my more creative lenses, like this particular #lensbaby. It is not perfectly sharp, and I kind of love that. Normally I am strict with myself about every photo being perfectly sharp but the intentional softness of this lens is a refreshing change of pace for me. I definitely need to start playing with it more often.