Wednesday, October 27, 2010

slow down, you're moving too fast + Jacquie

These past two weeks have been so crazy. It seems like I just keep feeling farther and farther behind with all of the elements of my life. Sometimes I feel like I am just going through the motions and not really living, because I feel so busy that I almost don't have time to live.

But I am grateful for the reason I'm busy...the business has really been taking off. I'm learning so much already about pacing myself and about how much work is too much to get done in a short space of time. I'm learning a lot about myself, too. But some days I feel very sad, because I haven't really had time to pursue my other passions and really unplug. Those of you who know me know that I love to cook. Cooking is like a form of release for me. I can tell when I'm really stressed: it is when I just want to order carry out, because I'm too exhausted to even use the creative energy it requires to cook. I had a brief respite last Saturday, when I made Ayron homemade hollandaise sauce for his Eggs Benedict. I snatched it from him for a minute while he was eating so I could snap a quick photo of it.

I also made myself some amazing juice of the apple/orange/carrot/grape/strawberry variety! Thanks to my in-laws for the awesome wedding present!

 But  honestly, I have got to figure out how to manage this stress. It is a good thing I'm a list maker. But the past couple of days I just haven't even wanted to get out of bed because I felt like I had so much to do there was hardly a point. And I feel so unhealthy because I am stressed. Every part of my body is yearning for balance, because I'm so off-kilter. Luckily, I made some major headway tonight and after I finish another big project tomorrow, I will not feel so buried. I can't wait for Thanksgiving week! 

On a much more positive note, I want to take a few minutes to blog about my amazing session with Jacquie earlier in the fall. Jacquie is another singer who I've known since I first got to IU. She is very special to me, because she and her husband Aaron gave me one of my first hired photo jobs: photographing their wedding! It was an amazing and beautiful day, and it was so wonderful to be a part of it. I am blessed to have people like Jacquie in my life who are willing to take a chance and invest in a new business! :) Thanks Jacquie (and Aaron too!).

Jacquie is one of the warmest, most genuine people I've ever met. (I feel like I say that kind of stuff a lot on here - I guess I'm just blessed to have amazing clients!) She always makes me feel happy when I'm around her. And did I mention how beautiful she is? Well...you can see for yourself.

 Jacquie, thanks for being you. And for giving me the privilege of photographing you! You are beautiful. 

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