Wow. Today is the last day of January and I feel like I am just now finally re-emerging. Almost like a butterfly coming out of her cocoon! January was a ROUGH month. I'm still technically dealing with a case of "walking" pneumonia and still sound funky with a nasty cough to boot but for the most part, I am on the road to a full recovery. I'm shocked as to how deeply incapacitated I was for this entire month. Unreal. I am usually a very high energy, high functioning person and I think I get more done in a day than most people do in a week so for me to be so completely useless was very disconcerting and unfamiliar.
I kinda wish I could get one of those snazzy little Men-In-Black memory removal devices and pretend like January 2010 never happened! HA! Wouldn't that be neat-o?
The weirdest part of all this (due to the nonstop rain and illness) was me not doing a single photo shoot for an entire month. Ever since launching my business 5 years ago I don't think I've ever gone more than a couple weeks (always the last two weeks of December) without doing shoots. During my busiest time of year I am doing 3-4 shoots a week and during my "slower" season I am still doing 2-3 a week so for me to go an entire month without a shoot was just...weird.
Neither good nor bad. Just different. I think if I had been healthy during that time I would have definitely appreciated the time off more and enjoyed it whole heartedly but I was just too miserable to make good use of it. Which is such a shame! Additionally, me not bringing in any income for an entire month has definitely stretched our budget T-H-I-N and is causing me quite a bit of anxiety....
Having said that, I only have FIVE sessions open/left for all of 2010 (other than the usual newborns and pregnancy shoots I always squeeze in of course) so I know my year is going to be busy and full of fun shoots! I just need to get through this lull caused by the wet weather and illness and then everything will be back on track.
I really, really wanted to go to WPPI this year but I am fairly certain me not working this whole month makes that virtually impossible so I guess it will have to wait til next year.... Such a bummer because I was really expecting to make it this year. WAH! Oh well..... :(
Anyways, I am feeling better every single day and have definitely taken advantage of being off work to really hang out with my kids and cook nice meals and be able to clean the house more regularly and take Kooper on long walks on the beach and this new, slower, more peaceful pace of life has been really good for my soul. I'm not used to zen. I'm used to total chaos and mayhem and moving at the speed of light! So, in a way, all of this has been really good for me. It's taught me, at least a tiny bit, how to SLOW DOWN, which was, if you recall, one of my biggest resolutions for 2010! So, I guess I am right on track when you look at it that way! :)
I want to thank everyone for their patience with the lack of "eye candy" on the blog. Trust me, I am MISSING taking pictures. BIG TIME. So ready to get back into it!
Looks like we have another series of storms coming in so my February shoots are at risk of being postponed as well (oh please no!)... so keep your fingers crossed! :)
Can't wait to be able to get back to posting images here soon!!
Stay HEALTHY everyone!!