“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
If you ever notice radio silence on my end, just imagine me drowning in a sea of design and illustration projects, papers and sketchbooks stacked all around me, my hair a frizzy mess, a crazed look in my eyes and you’ll most likely be right. That’s pretty much been my life for the past couple of months. Busy isn’t the right word for it…crazy is more like it.
In the middle of all the deadlines and stress I threw up my white flag and begged J for a vacation. No hiking, no walking around a city all day, nothing that would require any planning or thought. I wanted to lay by a pool or beach and melt the stress away. J isn’t much for laying around so we agreed on a cruise instead. We could have adventures on islands and lay by the pool on the boat. Perfect.
I can honestly say that after 8 days for sipping lemonades and drifting around the Caribbean, I feel like a whole new person. Revived. Happy. Peaceful. Unfortunately, the projects and deadlines were waiting on me at home, but I feel armed and ready to tackle them. My head is calm and relaxed, finally free of that terribly buzzing of lists and deadlines that I had been carrying for the past 4 months.
And I have a new plan. Are you ready for it? It’s pretty simple. Less working and more living. Stop saying yes to everything and start being more selective. Take time to take walks and grab coffees with friends and actually see the ocean that’s practically out my door. I don’t want to hit that wall again — the one where I raise my white flag and yell a frantic “Uncle!” while struggling to hold everything together. It’s just not worth it. I want to enjoy life again, to have the time to pursue my friendships and breath fresh air.
I found this quote today and love it. It pretty much sums up the change I need to make:
“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself. For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.”
― Alexandra Potter, The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather
It’s time to slow down, my friends, and I’m gonna lead the charge.
I’ll be posting a few vacation photos soon but here’s a great deal for you guys while you wait…
J is teaching an AWESOME class on Skillshare starting in 2 weeks that I wanted to share with all of you. It is a short online class to learn how to shoot and edit photos in RAW.
What does that mean?
Well, you know how you might take a photo and the coloring is off? People are yellow or dark? But then you see a professional photo and the color is perfect and everyone looks lovely and happy and there is angel dust everywhere? And you think that maybe the photographer just had a magical camera or something? Well the class will teach you how to achieve awesome photos like that. And it’s easy, friends. The class involves taking a few photos, then J walking you through how to edit them in AdobeBridge (which you can download a trial version of for FREE) to fix lighting and coloring problems.
This class is PERFECT for anyone who is a beginning photographer, for people who take good photos but don’t know how to edit in RAW, for wedding photographers who want to speed up their editing process and especially for mom’s who just love to take great pictures of their kiddos. AND, because I love you all so much, I’m giving you a promo code for 20% off the class (making the class a cheap and easy $20!). Just sign up here this week using the promo code VISUAL.