Starting over applies to me in several areas of my life right now.
I’m trying to exercise and run again after straining my knee, after being in a funky funk mood, I’m trying to get back into a rhythm of blogging and lastly, I’m totally reworking my photography website and working on building that business again.
With running, I am practically starting over again. I went from reaching a goal of four-eight miles several times a week to now barely making it two miles once a week. As frustrated as I have been about it, I’ve really had to embrace it, deal with it and simply just suck it up get over it! So I’m taking this opportunity to re-learn some things about it, take it slower to not push myself so hard and preventing further injury. I want to take it easier and get back to the pure enjoyment of doing it and just let things happen more so on its own instead of feeling like I have to be so rigid with it. Note to self: re-read this post.
Now having said that, because I don’t have a marathon schedule to follow anymore and because I’ve physically not been able to run the mileage like I once was, it’s been easier to become more lazy with it. If I’m not actually planning on running and/or exercising xx amount of days, then it’s easier for me to not do it at all which is totally unacceptable! I know I feel so much better when I exercise and I have definitely noticed a decline in my energy level and mood, too. It’s one of those things where you simply decide to just do it—and then do it.
Blogging. One thing I’ve learned about blogging and living in Internet Land, is that at times it can be a really lonely place. The only way I know that anyone is out there is strictly by the blog stats and the comments. Where I went wrong was doing just what you all suggested in your comments and that was forgetting why I was blogging in the first place. I’m learning that writing is more about the author than it is about the reader. And to genuinely journal for ourself is to write as if no one is listening at all. It is then when we will reach our full potential and enjoyment of it regardless of those numbers. I’m so grateful for your comments and your thoughts. I appreciate you helping me to put things back into perspective.
And finally, after taking a two year hiatus from pro photography, I’m ready to pick that back up again and market the business more. I’ve so enjoyed the handful of weddings and portrait work I’ve done over the last couple of years instead of the 20ish I had been doing each year. I love my clients and everything wedding and I miss it! But just like anything else, when we push ourselves too hard, we lose sight of our motivation and it becomes more of a “have to” instead of a “get to”. I want to get back to the place of photography where I “get to” again.
I’ve just reworked my pro website and have completely changed its appearance. I am IN LOVE all over again! I love the simplicity and clean lines of this new site. I think it’s so elegant and showcases my work in a much better way.
I’d love for you to stop by and take a peak when you have a minute!
You can also see some of my latest wedding photography from Rachel and Hollis’ wedding at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley, AL.
Thanks for listening!