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Where am I right now? I’m in PA. What was I doing at this time yesterday? I was hanging out with workshop attendees in our loving room. What am I doing tomorrow? A DC engagement shoot. It’s crazy…. and I never want to be the person that “Wears “BUSY” like a badge of honor”. We’ve all seen that quote pinned a bazillion times. I’m not sharing this because I want the world to know I’m super busy… I’m sharing this because I realized something today. I have always struggled with work/life balance. Am I really working too much? Should I go on vacation with my family even though I have 2 weddings to blog this week?

Should Michael and I go to the farm to visit Bud and Jill even when we’re not caught up on everything at the office? Should we drive 5 hours to PA in a monsoon to surprise my sister at her bridal shower?? The answer is yes. 100 times yes. Why? Because people matter more that pictures.  NEVER once have I regretted a decision to spend quality time with the people I love.  But I have regretted not being present and available.  Sure, there are repercussions of taking the day off to travel to PA… just look at my inbox! Yikes! But as I look back at all of the times I’ve decided to walk away from WORK to share life with people I love, those moments are memories I will never regret. Seeing Emy’s reaction when she turned around and realized I drove up just to surprise her was more than enough to convince me that this was the right decision.

Normally, after workshops, I’m dead to the world. (To be honest, I probably look dead to the world right about now!!) I’m exhausted and tired and so is Michael but sometimes there are things you just need to do…. and driving up here was one of those things. I’m so thankful for an evening with Emy and then a double date with her and Joe!! So while rest is VITAL to our health and I know we need it, I think sometimes there can be some exceptions. Michael and I will catch up on sleep next week when we’re in BERMUDA!!! That’s right! We’re going on Vacation!! … In the middle of wedding season. Why? Because we’ve never gone on a vacation with just Michael’s parents and we had an opportunity to so we’re taking it!! It’s going to be a little crazy these next few days prepping to be gone while still maintaining our normal workload… but I just keep reminding myself…. people over pictures… people over pictures. It’s a good reminder… so if you’re trying to decide if you can do that lunch date with your college roommate… or swing by your parents house this weekend… or go to that shower for a co-worker… DO IT.  This is the best way to find work/life balance…. just simply making PEOPLE a priority over PICTURES.  :) Have a fabulous day friends!!! xoxoxo

xoxo, Katelyn
21 Comments Personal
  1. ashley link reply

    so true! people over pictures any day! :) have fun and DO get at least a little bit of rest, super woman! ;)

  2. Rachel May reply

    Oh I just love this, katelyn. I’m not nearly as busy as you, but I’ve been battling this same issue lately. It’s so hard to shut off the business mind, especially when you have a home office! I’m taking more cuddle breaks, and getting back to the life I love that isn’t behind the computer!! Hugs to you and Michael, I hope you enjoy your vacay!!

  3. Shawna reply

    Don’t miss out on your own memories trying to document others!!!! Life is too short! Enjoy the moments you have with your family!

  4. Laura Matthews reply

    Love this story! Can’t wait to read the rest!

  5. Nicole reply

    Enjoy your vacations! :)

  6. Natalie Kent reply

    DO it! Take a break and spend it with friends and family because you never know what could happen in life. On Saturday, May 3, it will be one year since my sister suddenly passed away. I was so busy in life at that time finishing up my photo degree and planning my daughter’s CNU graduation that I hadnt spoken to her in weeks.. I no longer have the opportunity to share life with her . Enjoy every moment and dont live with regrets. people are important! take pics of them today because that may be all you have one day. Thankful for people and pictures and thankful for kj for sharing such awesome blogs :)

  7. Daddy reply

    Great reminder for all of us. Glad you made the Bokeh says Hi

  8. Jill Powers reply

    This is such a great reminder Katelyn!!! Have fun with all your travels! And I’m so glad that the farm is always a yes! :) xoxo

  9. Mary Marantz reply

    LOVE! Love love love!!! And amen! have a BLAST in Bermuda you guys! That’s so awesome!

  10. Meredith reply

    Amen!!! Thank you for posting this! I couldn’t agree more!

  11. Kristina W. reply

    Awwww sister love! :)

  12. Christy reply

    Love this post, its so true too!

  13. Christin reply

    Thank you for the encouragement! i was having this exact dilemma today!

  14. Caroline Logan reply

    Such a great reminder :) I read a good quote the other day from Jon Acuff… “Is your family getting the BEST of your time and creativity, or the REST of your time and creativity?” So challenging!! So glad you’ll get to take a few deep breaths in Bermuda soon!!!!!

  15. Mary cook reply

    Sooooooo true! I just had to make this decision last night. When asked to work in a couple weeks Allen and I had to remind ourselves we set aside time for each other and family for a reason. See katelyn we listened at CONNECT lol!

  16. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    This is so true…people matter so much more than a cleared inbox!

  17. Kristin U. reply

    AMEN! Thanks, Katelyn. Enjoy Bermuda!! :)

  18. Robyn reply

    Good for you! You will Love Bermuda – one of my favorite places in the world! Have a great trip!

  19. Amanda reply

    I love you love you loooooveeeee yooouuu! You’re so right! My little girls are growing so fast! I don’t want to keep putting EVERYthing before them! OXOXO

  20. Laura Radniecki reply

    A great reminder as I frantically try to wrap up all of my work in the next three days in order to peacefully go to Florida to see my NEW NIECE for the weekend!

    Hope you are enjoying Bermuda!

  21. Rici reply

    This is soooo lovely! :*

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