After venting I received this comment in response… “Leah, thank you for being real; thank you for being honest. I needed to read this post more than you know. I’m a newbie and I love this amazing adventure the Lord and I are on together but, I too am exhausted right now. …. I am so grateful for my photography business and the absolute joy it brings but how do I slow it down so that I can enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with my precious family?”
I always notice the buzz before the phone rings, I looked over to see what the caller id displayed… It was one of my very best friends, I wanted so bad to talk with her – I needed her. As I looked at the phone and saw her name and smiling face on my screen and then looked back at my desk I wondered if I could spare a few minutes to chat. As all of that flashed through my mind within a second I couldn’t help what I felt as I let the phone go to voicemail.
You see, I planned to take the month of December off. The whole month. After the 2nd I was done shooting, would only need to edit a couple of those images and the rest would be taken care of by the 2 awesome gals who keep my business running smoothly. I was going to actually watch a movie (the whole thing) with my kiddo’s, make lots of hot chocolate and take them out to play over and over again. That was the plan and I had worked my self silly to make sure it would happen.
Everything was falling into place just as I’d planned it and I’m not ashamed to admit that I was really really proud of myself. I had said no when I needed to, worked as hard as I could when the opportunity presented and I was ready to be all theirs for the whole month… And then the news came that my assistant, Kathy’s world crumbled when her sweet husband had a stroke on the Monday after Thanksgiving (please leave your prayers with them) I was trying to do her job and mine and over two weeks later, I’m still trying to finish it all.
Now I have to say – if I’ve shed a few tears over my frustrations, it doesn’t hold a candle to the tears that Kathy has had to shed. Feeling out of control and powerless is the worst feeling in the whole world. I’ll get through this and I’ll keep powering through till I get caught up. The wonderful thing is that I didn’t have anything on the schedule for Dec so I’m only playing catch up not getting buried further and further. Thank goodness. Anyway I wanted to explain a little better what had happened and tell you my plan for NEXT YEAR…
NEXT YEAR… I will do my own family pictures in September.
NEXT YEAR… I will order my Christmas Cards in October and have everyone’s address in a new Address Book.
NEXT YEAR… I will get my newsletters out and start announcing Holiday mini’s in September.
NEXT YEAR… I will stop shooting two Saturday’s before Thanksgiving.
NEXT YEAR… I will have posts scheduled out from two weeks before Thanksgiving to two weeks into the New Year.
NEXT YEAR… I will have client holiday gifts planned in October and completed before Thanksgiving.
NEXT YEAR… I will be done Christmas Shopping before Thanksgiving.
NEXT YEAR… I hope I will get to try again.