See You Later, Alligator! | Dallas Newborn Children and Family Photographer

About a month ago I started toying with the idea of TAKING A BREAK.  During photography’s slow season (Dec. through Feb.)  The truth of it all is, is that there is no such thing as “slow season” for someone trying to run a business.  If you don’t have regular clients coming in, you still have blogs to write, marketing efforts to produce, graphics to design, office space that needs organizing, websites that need revamping, etc, etc, etc.

It. never. ends.

And for the past 3 years, almost EVERY. SINGLE. EVENING has been filled with work.  As soon as the kids go to bed, my lap top comes out and I work. and work. and work.  And to tell the truth, I’m starting to get really tired.  And I don’t want to get tired.  I have seen my work getting more sloppy (not the photography part, but the blog part, and the marketing part, and DEFINITELY the keeping everything organized part).  And continuing down this road of constantly running upstream leads only to failure.

Oh, but by the way, failure isn’t an option.

So I’m taking a break.

And I am going to check my e-mail only a few times a day instead of 1,000.  And I’m going to play with my kids when they ask me to play.  And I’m going to hug them when they want a hug.  And I’m going to get my camera out because I WANT to.  And I’m going to capture my OWN priceless moments for a few months.  And when my husband wants to watch a movie or play a game in the evenings, I will.  WITHOUT multi-tasking. And I won’t have those super-busy days where I have to decide between a shower and getting edits done.

Wow.  This new life sounds pretty nice.

But I promise you I will come back.  Because I LIVE for my business.  (And my kids and my husband…)  And I live for my clients and their children, and I live for creating those timeless, precious works of art that make beautiful homes even more beautiful.  And I live for business, and marketing, and branding.  (Not so much bookkeeping and accounting.  But that’s why I have a husband.)  And I live for growing and creating and pushing myself further.  So here’s to a break!  And when I come back expect a new and improve and rejuvenated me.  Oh, I’m so excited for the rejuvenated part.

And if you are afraid you’ll miss me too much, make sure you are a part of my Facebook Fan page.  Because I hang out there a lot.  And I will continue to do so.  And that’s where I’ll share Mackay stories and Zack’s driving me crazy stuff, and business related such-and-such.

And I can’t wait to see you all back here in a few months! (Just make sure you come back.)

**Random and sort of awkward side note: Gift Cards are on SALE NOW!  Through the month of December from Kalli Barker Photography.  Any amount 20% off!  So if you have are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for those perfect people in your life, this could be IT.  E-mail me: kalli{at}kallibarkerphotography{dot}com for more information.**

Brittney - Good for you!

Cammie - Have a great break!

david - Congrats on doing such an amazing job. I don’t know if you enjoy reading but i have a read a several great books this year that i think you would find interesting, for yourself and your business. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Linda - Way to go! I will miss it though. I just got the hang of it.

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