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“How do you have time for all of that?”

“Are you exhausted all of the time?”  (It’s the caffeine that keeps me sane!)

So, I never thought I would actually write a blog post on this topic, but it’s been on my mind this week as I have truly felt the pressure of juggling my day job, photography, and family time!  I’ve been listening a lot lately to Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger podcasts, and she inspires me to share from my heart, and to be as honest and open as possible.  So, tonight I’m going to give you a glimpse of what it’s like for me to balance a full-time job, and a photography business.

Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a corporate full-time job.  But, when I sit back and think about it, that’s silly.  The truth is, I work incredibly hard at both of my jobs to make my dreams a reality.  I’m not ashamed of either of my jobs.

Most days, I feel like the Energizer Bunny. My days starts at 5:30am with me pressing the snooze button over and over and over.  I commute an hour one way to my job as an analyst, for a great company.  After a full day’s work, I make my way back home, cook dinner, go workout, and most nights I hop on my computer to edit photos, answer emails, or complete any of the tasks on my to-do list for that week. And, most weekends, I am meeting with clients.  Soon, I’ll spend my weekends shooting weddings.  Somewhere in all of that, I make time for my family.  It’s pretty fast-paced!  Once I accomplish my goals for the day, I usually just fall asleep on the couch.  (Hm, no wonder I am addicted to caffeine!)

The key is making time for my family, and time for myself.  I cook a lot, workout, cuddle with Summer, nap, go to the thrift store, and spend time with Ryan.

The truth is, I have to stay disciplined and organized, or I will quickly fall behind.  No one is watching over my shoulder to make sure I respond to emails, edit photos, or write a blog post.  I have to hold myself accountable.

There are definitely days when I just want to curl up on the couch, put on Netflix and ignore all of my responsibilities, but when I think about the experience I am trying to create for my clients, and the business I am trying to build, Netflix just won’t get me there.  I have to be consistent, and I have to stay on top of my game.  I’m not perfect.  I have my days when I just don’t check my email.  I don’t post consistently on Instagram.  But, I keep trying.  It’s not easy to balance.  I do feel guilty sometimes for not giving my husband enough attention, or for not having time to go out with friends.

With all of that being said, I would not have it any other way.  I cannot express how absolutely grateful I am for my clients.  I love what I do.   I am so passionate about this business, serving my clients, and having the honor of capturing one of the most important days of their lives.

 Photo by Audrey Rose Photography Photo by Audrey Rose Photography

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