The last four weeks have been a complete blur of amazing busy. And it's why, 6 days into my 30 day blog challenge, I have already missed a day. Even the best intentions are sometimes thwarted by 4 trips in 4 weeks. And, sometimes, you feel you need to focus on the clients, the pending email exchanges, a few album designs and taxes before you can post about your 4 trips in 4 weeks - only one of which was a personal excursion. SO, if you are waiting on photos from me, they are coming, SO soon! During this time, I also read an amazing article about the current connotation of the word busy. Check it out here.
My whirlwind month isn't even close to being finished. (It's wedding season here in Florida!) But since it began, I've noticed three things that I just haven't been able to shake off and they all relate to that word - "busy".
1) I'll tell people I am busy, and they DON'T respond with the sympathetic head nod or the agreement that YES! LIFE IS CRAZY! Instead, people have been saying, "YES, but that's good!" My immediate reaction is to be slightly offended by this new connotation of the word busy. I know it is good, in fact, I know it is wonderful to be busy. I've prayed for busy from the first moment I picked up a camera. I love juggling a camera, a 2 year old and a life. Instead, thanks to that article posted above, (here it is again, guys, read it!) I have begun to describe things as full. To me, busy is a whirlwind, it's full, it's crazy, it's fast paced, it's learning to stop and breathe, it's learning to run when Sage says run, it's learning to slow down to listen to what Sage has to say, but speeding up when a Saturday wedding calls for it.
2) I'll forget to text someone back or trip over my words and they say, "That's okay, I can tell you've been busy, lately." It isn't just lately. Sure, my facebook page and my blog have seen a little more action lately. That's true. I've been all over Florida and Southeastern Georgia spending my time with some of the most wonderful people I've had the privilege to meet and photograph. But my busy started long ago. From the second Alex and I sat down and said, yes, Cailin, focus on the business. Make this full time and make this work. Throw every spare moment and each last drop of energy each night into making this something worthwhile - worth having. Busy doesn't just happen. Busy is cultivated and created. Busy is a blessing that comes with hard work, not giving up, and saying this is it. For better or worse. I'm all in this.
3) Sage told me she was too busy the other day. But I've already posted my thoughts on that here.
Here's my busy, my fullness, and my blessings from this past month!
Trip #1 - Disney with my parents and brother. Watching Sage with Grandma made taking one day off worth every moment.
Trip #2 - Florida Keys to photograph this incredible wedding. Alex and I then spent an evening in Key West, because, well, we were already down there! :)
And late last night, we completed Trip #4 - To Winter Park and Disney for an awesome engagement shoot that will be on the blog later this week. Shira, the girl I used to babysit came with us on the shoot to shadow me. It was so fun to shoot with her and I hope it's not the last time! We pulled in our driveway right around 3 in the morning, but spending that special time during busy season with Sage is SO worth being on my third cup of coffee already today.
Keep your lives and hearts full, everyone.