REST || A Letter To Photographers and Business Owners

7 days a week. 24 hours a day.

As an entrepreneur, it is easy to never really stop working. There are emails to be checked and sent, sessions to process, bills to pay, business planning to do, shoots to shoot... The list goes on and on. We thrive on "doing" and "going" and "moving forward" and "accomplishing" and "you fill in the blank." Yes, that was a lot of air quotes, but it's true. 

My me, my work is where I am. I am always thinking of the emails or social media messages I receive and need to respond to. Or the shoots that still need to be edited, or products that need to be processed. It's easy to never stop. 

BUT - we HAVE to take time to STOP.

I do not believe in the motto of working 24/7. Or pushing the grind until I am sick. I have done that. And let me just say, IT IS NOT HEALTHY. It doesn't make you a hero to push all nighter after all nighter and keep going going going "just because." Are there exceptions to this rule? Of course. But ultimately I have learned that it is about time management, priorities, and placing boundaries to protect myself from living an unhealthy lifestyle of poor time management.

A friend once reminded me that no one on their death bed wishes they had worked harder or spent more time away from their family... And that hit me. 

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As a business owner and entrepreneur it is hard to say "No" to clients or potential clients. We want to say YES all of the time (especially when you are first starting out) because you don't want to lose business. We live a life with NO boundaries and quickly learn that our time is being taken from us and we are spending the majority of our free time catching up or really, chasing it.

This coming September will be my 10th Anniversary. TEN years of running my own business. Ten years of learning, growing, and building. I have learned a LOT in how to run my own business over this last decade. Just saying that feels so surreal. But one of the BIGGEST things I have learned is that in order to remain "successful" at what I do, I HAVE to REST. I have to create and protect family time as well as personal time.

I am able to serve my clients better when my body and mind are healthy and when I have taken time for me. 

Want to be a successful business owner? Protect a day that is just yours. A day that you can rest from the everyday grind. A day that you do something 100% unrelated to what you to day in and day out. 

Make sure to rest. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

Happy Weekend!