Thursday, October 6, 2016

October goal: survive

Every October, we always have so much going on. SO many weddings, SO many photo shoots, SO many events, SO many personal things we need to get done...so basically my only goal for this month is to make it through (aka; survive). Vacation at the end of the month couldn't come at a better time, because life, for the first time in forever, will truly slow down significantly afterwards.
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Caleb and I have been talking a lot about slowing down lately. For the majority of our marriage, life has been very go-go-go because we've hustled to try and pay off debt, book a ton of weddings, see everyone and do everything.

We realize that to get to where you want to be in life, you sometimes have to temporarily do things that you maybe don't want to do (like work two jobs, work most weekends, edit all night, etc.), but we are absolutely ready for life to slow down. After vacation, we will come home and only have THREE weddings the rest of the year. THREE! I truly can't comprehend it. By the end of the year we will have photographed 31 weddings in 2016, and approx 98 TOTAL.

So really what I'm looking forward to is some time off with my husband! As much as we absolutely love photographing weddings and love being part of these special couples/families lives, it'll be so nice to enjoy a break this Winter and relax. We haven't had time to just "breathe" much this year, and even though photography is a passion of ours, everybody needs a break! I'm so excited to actually sleep in on a Saturday, maybe go for a donut run, relax, watch college football all day and really just do whatever the heck we want! It's going to be so, so great!

What do we plan to do with some of our time off in the next few months? Basically just get our LIVES together. Organize the basement, throw old stuff away, make some personal photo books, make a yummy new meal, watch new movies, enjoy time with friends we hardly get to see. Ah, I'm genuinely feeling more relaxed just typing that all out.

I guess the point of this blog post is to say, busy isn't all its cracked up to be! Take time for YOU, you deserve it!!

13 comments:

  1. You're going to HH right? I hope the lovely Matthew still leaves it standing :/

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  2. My husband and I were just talking about this last night. How important REST is and how often we seem to think that taking time to just rest is a bad thing. It's not-it's necessary and good! Busy can be fun, but rest is essential. Also, isn't looking forward to a vacation the best?! Praying you can find time to relax and enjoy the beautiful Autumn season:)!

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  3. Love that picture and completely agree. I have friends that are photographers and I know their Octobers are always completely booked just like my husband's April is completely booked at work!! Hoping October goes by as smoothly as possible for y'all and that y'all truly get to relax after this month!! Woo hoo for this being vacation month! So excited for y'all!!!! Great post, lady!

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  4. I think it's great that you guys are going to take time for the two of you. It's so important!

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  5. So nice you have a vacation to look forward to after all your go, go, go! Definitely makes it even sweeter!

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  6. I think I'm just going to make survive my goal for the rest of 2016 lol. Yay for vacations!

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  7. I am so excited for you guys to get some time to slow down and enjoy this upcoming holiday season :)

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  8. YES girl!!! Even though you know what you're doing is all worth it- it's a LOT!! I'm always so impressed by how much you guys take on and how you're still able to do stuff you love, volunteer at church, etc too! So happy you guys have vacation coming up because Y'ALL deserve it :)

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  9. If I could give you one pieces of advice it would be to slow down and cherish the time you and Caleb have together. Once you have children busy takes on a whole new form. Take this time and enjoy being a couple before you start your family. I promise you, you will love yourself for doing so.

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  10. I love this! It is so easy to get caught up in saying YES to everything at first because you do need the money/experience/etc., but I'm so happy y'all are finally getting to a place where you can have more rest time!

    Good luck this weekend!

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  11. Productivity is great but slowness is important too! You two have definitely earned a break!

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  12. I hope you two will be able to enjoy this time. We had a difficult time earlier this year - husband unfairly lost his job, causing us to move - and we are just now getting to a time when we can "relax" again.

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