• Taking a Break

I’ve heard it said before that taking a break from work will actually make you desire to work MORE. When I’m in really dry, burnout mode, I tend to think that saying is just a bunch of fluff…. but I have actually found it to be true. Michael and I had 3 Saturdays off in a row this summer and it was life changing! …. I’m serious. It was SO needed! I still shot engagements and worked during the week but just having some weekends free changed everything. We have decided that breaks are necessary for us and we’ll be saving a few 2014 weekends for US. I have a bad habit of over committing. I say yes to so many people because I find so much joy in making people happy. Well, the result of this character trait is that I grow resentful.

I say “Yes” to everything and then when it comes time to do those things, I become Negative Nancy because I just want to have a night at home!! Then I shoot or sing or meet up with someone and I’m reminded of why I said yes in the first place. I say “Yes” because I love people…. but when there are too many commitments in my life, it’s easy for me to become overwhelmed and unhappy and stretched too thin.

There have been some days recently when I have made the choice to leave my office cluttered, leave an email unanswered, leave a post unpublished and just enjoy PEOPLE. Today was one of those days. I met up with a sweet friend this morning and then my plan was to rush home to get a blog post up and then my mom called. She was in Richmond for a doctors appointment and wanted to stop by for lunch…. and see Bokeh. :) So instead of frantically posting and returning emails in the 15 minutes before she got here, I just let it go…. and I’m really glad I did…. because sometimes it’s better to enjoy life and the people around you instead of getting a timely, well crafted blog post up. I’m a HUGE advocate for consistent blogging…. it’s how I grew my WHOLE business… but the world isn’t going to end if I skip a day every now and then, right? Right. So today’s post isn’t flashy or full of pretty images…gosh it doesn’t even have a HEADER image! Gasp!! It’s just a post to remind myself that when days like this happen again in the future, it’s ok to drop the to-do list and let people take priority. People are more important than pictures!! :) Someone send this post to me when I’m in freak out mode, Ok? Ok.

14 Comments Personal
  1. Carrie logan reply

    needed to hear this today. :) love you katelyn :) :) :)

  2. Shelley Hohe reply

    Good to know that even you take a break…LOL Everyone needs a break now and then!! Gods plans for you today were obviously what you needed most. I love it when He interrupts our patterns just to show us something more fulfilling is waiting for us :)

  3. Jaimie Krause reply

    I needed to hear this too- I have so much on my plate and I over-commit and I don’t have time for anything ever! I haven’t quite gotten past the guilt of letting go sometimes, but I’m working on it!

  4. Lesa reply

    Way to go! That’s absolutely a great idea and I’m trying to accomplish that more often, too! :)

  5. Amanda Hedgepeth reply

    I LOVE YOU GIRL! Thank you for this today! Holy moly I’m growing a human (again)– when am I gonna learn this lesson!?!?!? :) XOOXOX

  6. Ashley reply

    So true! Thanks for the Reminder. :)

  7. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Love this! People are so much more important than blogging consistently…relationships really matter!

  8. Kim Newton Weddings reply

    Hi~ I follow your blog daily. I am a wedding coordinator and I can totally relate to every word!

  9. taryn reply

    You totally deserve a break!!!! Glad you were able to enjoy!!

  10. Robyn reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ve been in the same situation because I love to make people happy too and then I become negative and well… a real pain! :)

  11. Emily reply

    Love this– cause at the end of the day, we aren’t taking the Internet with us to heaven.

    Love that you chose time with your mom and to be present.

  12. Brenda reply

    Thanks KK! I really enjoyed having lunch, talking, and playing with Bokeh :)

  13. mirasol p. lopez reply

    I agree. as someone I admired told me, “never undervalue REST…it is your good friend”. :)

  14. ashley barnett reply

    LOVE IT. I have been feeling this SO much recently. Pulled and tugged and stretched every way but in the way of my heart being happy. I have had to remind myself the world will not end if a post is not up by 8:30am and it won’t even end if the post NEVER gets up. I am definitely like you, I say YES and then when the time comes I feel so unhappy all day – once I get going I feel better and SO fulfilled, but I need to remember to allow myself some time of just BEING. :)

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