Archive for January, 2011

January 13, 2011

Balancing Act

You’re going to wonder how I’m typing right now. I have my arms overflowing with my full-time job, editing photos, designing my new website (I guess the cat’s out of the bag!), advertising my photography business, spending time with my boys (and Lucy), cooking dinner, cleaning, doing laundry, flagging pages of home design magazines for remodeling our new home (thank you to my very talented husband and his team at Vanguard Construction, for taking on that beast – and doing a fantastic job at it!), maintaining friendships, getting my full 8+ hours of much needed sleep every night, and everything else in-between.

I like to be busy. I find that when I get home from a day of work, it is hard for me to plop myself down on the couch in front of the television. I have to be doing something. So, I come home, shower, make dinner, eat dinner, snuggle in with my boys (and Lucy) on the couch, start a movie and plop my laptop in my lap. Even when I am out of photos to edit, there is always some sort of maintenance needed to keep my photography business going.

As much work as it is, I love having a photography business. I love having a little “project” that doesn’t have an end. It is 100% what I make of it. I love being able to see an improvement in my work with every shoot. I’ve learned so much. I have learned to embrace my failures along the way, and to be thankful for the successes. I am honored to document such important times in others’ lives, and when I turn over my finished work to my clients and see the joy in their eyes, it makes it all worthwhile. I love that it has grown to be a part of who I am. It is something I never would have imagined doing, and I am so blessed to have a supportive group of family, friends and clients who believe in me, and allow me to explore this part of my life that I couldn’t imagine my life without.

We’re all given an opportunity to choose what to fill our lives with, and this is how I’ve chosen to fill mine – snuggled in with my little family, with or without my laptop in my lap – and at this time in my life, I would have it no other way.

I’m looking forward to what 2011 will bring for joni girvan photography & purple hippo photo and I’m thankful for what 2010 left me with.

Indeed, my cup runneth over.