This has been an extraordinarily busy week for me. I mean, I’m always busy, but never have I had so many meetings in one week! Every night this week including Sunday which doubled as a wedding consultation and an engagement session and Thursday was one of my kids’ open houses at school. Three more wedding consultations in those six days and one sales session. Oy! And it’s not over yet, I have two photo sessions this weekend. No breaks in sight, which is completely and totally cool. In the past I have really limited what I do but now that the kids are getting older, it’s easier to schedule more in. I don’t have to worry about diapers and bottles and feeding times and nap times anymore, and most of the time they can go with their dad, even to work sometimes. I have been praying for more fall work and more fall weddings. Especially since I had to make the decision not to take on weddings in July or August anymore and very severely limit my sessions during those hot months as well.
So, weddings. Of these four, I’ve booked three so far. Not sure if the fourth is going to pan out or not but I’m cool with it if it doesn’t. Not everyone has to like me but I’ll say that a 95% success rate in the consultation to booking ratio is pretty darn good. Of the three I’ve booked this week, two are this fall (September and October) and one is next September. I have one already booked for next November. That is just crazy to me. I didn’t plan my own wedding that far in advance and every one of my siblings and my husband’s siblings have been quick planners as well.
It weirds me out a little bit, planning things so far in the future. There are so many “what ifs” that can happen between now and a year, two months, three weeks, and two days from now. So much can go wrong, so much can go right. The number in my family can change drastically, or I could be taken from this earth. Anything can happen, and that thought can cause quite the anxiety if one lets it!
This verse is always in my mind:
Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth. – Proverbs 27:1
In other words, remember that tomorrow may not come. Not to say I won’t plan, but I won’t “boast” in those plans, I will not go forward without remembering that every day is a gift and none are owed to me. I will plan these weddings but I will also make sure my husband knows where I keep my contracts, just in case!
So here I am again. I imported the few entries I had at my “new” site back over here. I have other ideas for that domain. We’ll see…
Life has been a whirlwind here lately. It doesn’t help that I have been going to bed at mostly a decent time since we moved last fall, ha! I’ve always been such a night owl but now with both kids in school and the fact that I’m getting older, keeping late nights was starting to kill me. Going to try and get back to documenting some life here, I hope, after all, this site is now approaching its FOURTEENTH year. How does that even happen!?
I’m not really sure why I’m here right now, haha. One thing leads to another: checking email to another website, saw it has updates, start doing updates on other sites, yada yada yada. I’m supposed to be editing a wedding right now. I’m a little past my deadline now and need to get with it. But I do have an appointment for the couple to view their photos next week so at least they’re not just hanging out there waiting.
When it comes to blogging these days, though, I think part of my problem is I’m more of a private person than I used to be. Either that or just plain more goes on and I don’t feel like everyone possibly knowing. But then again, the people that I feel like don’t need to know everything have probably forgotten about this place and if they haven’t, and are here, well then, Hi, guess you care more about me than I thought, hahaha.
I can’t really seem to get back to blogging again, certainly not like I used to.
So so so so much happens around here and I guess at the end of the day, I’m just tired, and there’s too much running during the day.
And because I’m stupid, I’m actually working on starting a second photography business, more specialized, so now I have that website to work on and I’m considering turning this domain into something else, the catch-all, I guess.
So I totally plunged the big plunge and got my first iMac today. Took them about 24 hours to get it to me, despite 2 day shipping. That in itself is overwhelming, ha!
I’ve always been a hardcore Windows girl but my photography business demands differently now.
So far I love it. I’m pretty familiar with iPad already so it’s not completely foreign and on one hand it’s very easy and on the other hand… not so much.
The thing I’m really struggling with right now is not having a taskbar to pull up what I’m doing and how I can pull up the program but not the actual program window. Then file structure and accessing files is another thing.
So we shall see what we shall see. I’ve made too big of an investment now to turn back around imo. The screen itself is enough to make me stay and never want to look at my old laptop again.
By the way, anyone want to buy two Windows laptops and an iPad 2? Yeah, new iPad Air is coming in a few days, I use that regularly but need more space!
I was in Bread Co yesterday evening to meet a client for her print ordering session. I always make sure I spend some money there when I meet someone at Bread Co. So I’m at the counter in the middle of placing my order and the cashier interrupts me with:
“You’re my favorite customer.”
Of course, I said “what?” and laughed a little and he said, “you said ‘caramel,’ not ‘carmel.’ ‘Carmel’ sounds so… gross.”
Gave me a giggle. I said, “well, it’s spelled ‘caramel’!” Any time I order my caramel drinks there or at McDonald’s or wherever, they always repeat it back “carmel”!
This Grammar Nazi dies a little inside each time. It might be noticeable if it weren’t for people around here saying “warsh” all the time, that has already deadened me.