I can't believe how much my business has grown in the last 2 years. In 2013 I photographed 10 Seniors, 2014 I photographed 23 seniors, 2015 I photographed 57 seniors, and this year I hit 89 2016 seniors, in addition to other sessions!! SERIOUSLY WHAT!! I can't believe it. And my goal is set even higher for Class of 2017 (100 to be exact). I am loving every single second of this. BUT, as my business is growing so is my family. Having my own business is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I love hearing "It would be so nice to make my own hours" on a regular basis. And it is, but here is the problem.. My hours do not seem to shut off. When you leave work at 5 pm, you log off your computer, and go home to your family (well most of you), but I don't. My email is going off all hours of the day and night. I can't help myself but answer it, so if you email me at 9, you usually having a response by 9:05. I don't ever want my clients to wait for me to respond. That is slowly (well fastly) becoming a problem. I am always on my phone, always working. While I love being available to everyone all the time, my kids are not enjoying it so much.
This morning I was emailing back and forth with someone and Kooper said "Momma, come look at this, hurry." I was so busy I said "Hold on Kooper, momma is working real quick. His response made me stop in my tracks "Momma, but you are always working." Wow, my 3-year-old realizes that I am always on my phone. Well that has got to stop. Starting today, I am designing a new work-flow for when I am at home. I am going to set aside specific times of the day to take a break from being a mom to being a business owner. When I am in my busy season, that is easy because I head to the office every afternoon, but in my slow-season I tend to work from home more than studio. It is my hope that this helps everyone. It is not fair to you that I am preoccupied with a one-year-old attached to my leg while I am emailing you. I want to be able to give everyone 100% off my attention and that is what is going to happen!
Now this is going to be a work in progress, so please bare with me as I make this transition into a new work/home life balance.
I have to keep reminding myself "My kids are important and I can't be with them and you at the same time, all the time."