March 27, 2018
I debated whether or not to write this post, but at the end of the day I realized that if I could help at least one person avoid the mistakes that I made while running my photography business then I would be bringing something good and helpful to creative entrepreneurs who are pursuing what they love, like me! I’m a real person who messes up just like everyone else and by sharing this post with you, I hope to encourage you and help you grow in your own business!
I hinted at this one on my Instagram stories this morning!
Throughout the years managing my photography business, it has been a constant game of tug of war finding the right balance between work and life. ESPECIALLY when working from home where you do LIFE! I don’t have the ability to clock out and leave my work at the office. The office is right in my home where I do everything else- it easily gets muddled and the boundaries eassssssily slip away.
From blurring these lines time and time again I have learned…
The lie here was that I needed to work harder. But the truth is that I needed to work smarter. Too many times have I crammed my schedule with work that I didn’t really need to do at that point in time… and usually right before a holiday. Whiccccch normally meant that I was flat out exhausted and sick and frustrated (also frustrating my poor husband and everyone else around me) on the actual holiday because I had overworked myself in the run-up.
What I’ve learned?
Basically being my own boss and running this business solo means I can do it all on my own and not ask anyone for help. Right??
I have been stubborn and I have been way overprotective of my business and wayyyy too big of a perfectionist to let anyone else get their hands on my work. I have ignored my husband’s advice and even argued with him because I thought I knew best. I have avoided letting anyone criticise my work and offer advice. If I keep doing this I believe my business will suffer. It needs more than one person (more than ME) to run smoothly and to its fullest potential. It’s taken some time to humbly realize this, but now I know that…
This kinda ties into point no. 3 and I believe this is my biggest downfall because it’s the easiest to fall into!
Isolation kills creativity. Let’s all say that aloud together! Isolation. Kills. Creativity. We need like-minded AND differently-minded people to learn from and be inspired by! I believe we were made to be in relationships with people and I have certainly seen from running my own business that when I work alone and keep to myself for too long I become lethargic and apathetic and the creative juices run on empty.
Fear very very nearly kept me from writing this blog post. What if nobody reads it? What if I show up but nobody else does? What if people think I’m weird, or too deep or think that I don’t know what I’m saying or worse, have a valid reason for saying it? Fear will only hold me, and you, back from our greatest opportunities.
BUT. When I said NO to fear I…
All in all, friends, may you find the balance between life and work and not bite off more than you can chew. May you give grace to yourself and find humility in asking for help. May you surround yourself with other creatives who uplift and inspire you. And may you hold up a big fat NO in the face of fear and pursue your dreams and achieve your goals.