This is the first thing I see most mornings. *Yikes!* A bit much so early but makes me laugh which is a good way to wake up.
This is Merry Christmas. Yes, we really did name our dog Merry Christmas. We call her Merry for short. Her collar and leash are red and green and she’s always happy! And of course, we got her a week before Christmas 4 years ago. It’s the perfect name for her.
This is what I see next. My favorite mug handed to me by my wonderful husband. This mug was given to me by one of my favorite clients, Cass. It’s mine. I don’t let anyone else in the house use it. My family teases me about that but I’m ok with embracing my only child upraising and claiming a few precious things as my own.
These fields are what I treat myself and my dogs to once lunches are made and everyone is where they need to be. I really should bring my favorite camera here sometime but really this is my time to exercise, relax, chase dogs and enjoy the scenery. I can’t resist a few phone camera photos now and then though. I want to always remember this place. It’s one of my favorite in the world.
After my glorious walk today I tuned in to Creative Live to listen to Scott R. Lim. Although he’s playing in the background while I’m working for our clients I’m still catching key points to peak my interest. It’s good now and then to hear other photographers from other places talk about their businesses. This business can be a bit lonely. Thank gosh Brandon is in this with me so I have someone to bounce ideas off of. Scott’s business is run very much like ours which is very refreshing to hear. This is my time of the year to pause and reflect on how the past year went and consider any changes we’d like to make for the next year.
At this point in our career we really have very little we’d like to change. It’s more about finding fun, new products to offer our clients and exciting marketing ideas to stimulate new clients. We are considering attending the PPA conference in Arizona this year. It’ll be fun to see all the new products at the trade show. I wonder if it’s hundreds of vendor booths like at WPPI. It’s a crazy zoo but fun!
This time of year for me is also about eating right after eating delicious, rich wedding food all summer. I’m drinking lemon water with detox tea by the liter full as I write this. I had a Big Salad for lunch (just like Elaine from Seinfeld likes), I get massages to stay healthy so I can continue rockin out 8-10 hour weddings with all my heavy gear for years.
Ok, so Scott is still on his break, the dogs are contently sleeping and I am refilling my tea.