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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.
I LOVE Sage quotes. This girl constantly has us laughing with the stuff she comes up with. A few of my favorites: "I need to poop. I need to make room for my french fries." or "I NEED to be a princess, mommy" or when she kissed a boy in the store and yelled to me, "I kissed him! I don't even know his name. Just like Snow White!"
But things are about to get real in today's Sundays with Sage. This week, Sage and I were painting together. I finally sat down with a brush after protesting, "let me finish cleaning out the microwave. I'm sweeping, baby. If I clean the kitchen now, it means we can play together later." She asked me to paint her a butterfly, and I immediately obliged. Once I finally sit down, I'll give in to just about any request. I asked her if she in return would paint me a butterfly.
Her response: "I can't. I'm too busy, mommy."
This broke my heart. I've never said these exact words to her, but on a daily basis I am projecting this idea onto her. That I am too busy. I understand that she needs time to play by herself. And she does that - she's the best at that. So, when she comes to me and says, "come play with me, mommy" it means she's done entertaining herself. And it's my turn to show her that we shouldn't stop playing make believe even when we get older. I need to teach her how to dance like no one is watching and to not care how loud or out of tune we yell the words to "Let it Go" or "All About That Bass" (which is a new one she just started singing along to in the car... heehee!) But if I am "too busy" to teach her these things, no one will.
I try so hard to set aside time for her each day, but it's more about setting aside time according to her clock and her schedule, not what is convenient for me.
This week, we went on a walk with her baby doll. The attention she gives her babies makes me think, maybe I am doing something right ;)
She's spent about the last 72 hours in a princess dress. No joke. Even at bedtime. (Last night my mom was able to coax her out of the dress and into a Frozen shirt, at least.)
And here is the moment my eyes were opened and my view of time changed.
So excuse me, guys. There's a little girl in a Belle dress that I need to go dance with.
I was reading through my list of 101 in 1001 recently and noticed I have completed a TON of things on this list, but have not updated on ANY of it. SO, from now until Wednesday, April 8th, I will blog every day except for Saturdays. I started yesterday with this post about the AMAZING Kilwin's Ice Cream 5K. Oh goodness! Here we go. :) Day 2, check!
Also, the adorable picture of Sage has nothing to do with this post, but studies show a post with pictures will generate more traffic.
Every year I wake up on the morning of the Kilwins Ice Cream 5k benefitting Clarke Schools and am reminded of why I love my job. The smile on these kids faces is what makes everything worth it! So glad to have been a part of this event for the third year in a row. Check out photos from last year HERE!