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in June…. like a ton of bricks. I love what I’m doing and I am SO thankful for where my business is.  However, I realized something very eye-opening and somewhat scary in June. This “something” made me stop in my tracks and literally pray for a change.  I was so busy that I had stopped growing. I was so busy that I couldn’t even finish ONE project of my own. It was only May and I had already started the late nighters, the 10 hour workdays at my desk and the feeling of stress was creeping into my life slowly but surely.  I only had 4 weddings in May and even though I turned them around within a week

… I couldn’t shake the nerves. Was I ready for another season like last year? Was I ready to travel and shoot every weekend and still have a life and edit over 2,000 images per week? If May seemed hectic, what would June look like?! Panic set in and I started praying for some wisdom.  You see, what I haven’t learned yet in my business is how to “let go” of things. I want to do everything and I want to micromanage even the tiniest details of my business because I suffer from being a control freak. Well, that had to change. Why? Because I literally stopped growing. I had reached my capacity and my weeks were CRAMMED full of editing, blogging and barely getting it all done. I was running a business but I wasn’t GROWING one. In order to GROW you need time to DREAM, time to finish new and exciting projects and time to REFUEL.  I wasn’t growing, I was stuck. And it scared me.

 

I remember what I had learned at WPPI years ago about doing what ONLY I could do and outsourcing the rest. Those words made my stomach turn. Outsource? Really? Have someone else HELP me? Never would I EVER!!! Nope. I tried that once before and it did NOT go well. So I kept praying and told Michael that if he wanted a happy wife he should pray too because something needed to happen. A week went by and I received an email from an incredible girl who was willing to take on some business things that I just couldn’t handle anymore.  PRAISE THE LORD. Seriously. She was not what I was looking for because really, I had no CLUE what I was looking for! But the Lord did… and I’m thankful. SO incredibly thankful. You’ll probably hear more about this wonder woman in weeks to come because I feel like I owe her BIG TIME. You can’t put a price on having a LIFE again. And while I’m still busy and never home and always running out of milk in the fridge… I’m no where NEAR the stress level I had in May. So today I’m thankful for whatever got into my head in June and made me realize CHANGE needed to happen. I’m thankful because that CHANGE in my business is allowing me to grow and dream and shoot more freely… and that’s priceless. So happy friday everyone… I’m off to shoot a wedding!!

15 Comments Personal
  1. Kelly Green reply

    This is EXACTLY how I feel at the moment, I am finding it hard to keep up with everything!! I am a control freak too and did try outsourcing my editing but I just wasn’t happy with it so I stopped. I would be interested what parts of your business you are outsourcing & hoe your finding it!

  2. Deborah Zoe reply

    Proud of you girl, to make that step!! It’s hard but will give you freedom!! And time to spend cuddling with Bokeh;);)

  3. Stephanie Uptmor reply

    I have been struggling with the same issue and praying that what I need comes along as well! I have no free time and feel stressed all the time…but love my job…crazy! What are you outsourcing?

  4. Melissa Arlena reply

    About two weeks ago I decided to start outsourcing my album design and oh my god has it been a lifesaver!!! I realized that was an area of my business that while I liked doing it I wasn’t great at it. So I have someone who is great at it and I get back those hours to focus on something else! With the baby coming I’d love to outsource my editing but I’m still on the fence about that.

  5. Erin Leppo reply

    Yo go girlie! You can’t put a price on your life! Can’t wait to hear about some of the new changes and how your getting your “life” back!

  6. Abby Grace reply

    I’m really proud of you, Katelyn. I hope that’s not weird! I know how it feels to not want to let go of ANYTHING, but it gets to a point where you’re only surviving, no longer thriving. GOOD FOR YOU for recognizing the wisdom in letting something go! I can’t wait to see what you do with the “extra” time :).

  7. Annetta reply

    Way to go, Katelyn. Can’t wait to see what you changed.

  8. JasmineStar reply

    SOOOO happy for you!! It’s time to let go…breathe…and have some time to make out with Michael! ;)

  9. Christy Tyler reply

    Ahhh Katelyn! I love this! I’m so happy for you! You honestly always look so put together and chill about everything that I started to wonder if you were Wonder Woman or something getting all of this done all the time! I just can’t do it all – but I try (& I stress) – and now seeing you’ve been able to let something go has me thinking I should maybe do the same. Tell us more about this new addition to your business! I’m contemplating outsourcing but just don’t know where to start! :- So happy for you!

  10. Annia reply

    Stating the obvious here, but — you are one smart cookie :)

  11. Michelle Jones reply

    Its so amazing that you’ve been able to recognize that things seem stagnant for your business (although it doesn’t appear that way to me or the rest of your adoring fans, im sure). Recognizing the need for change is half the battle! Actually, I wrote an article recently about defining success, and have realized that success is a continual process of personal growth. So I wish you all the best in restructuring your business, and letting go of the little details so that you can cultivate the bigger picture. Cheers!

  12. sarah danaher reply

    good for you for outsourcing!!! I just started a few months ago, and it’s changing my life. SO GRATEFUL.

  13. Kristina W. reply

    I’m so curious to know more! What are you outsourcing and who is the wonder woman?

  14. Charlotte reply

    Preaching to the control freak here. Thank you!!! ;) I’ve heard this many times (outsource), but it’s always nice to have the reminder over and over again!

  15. Teressa Rerras Photography reply

    Thank you for your honesty about the reality of running a business and sharing with us. You are a blessing to all of us. ~ Teressa Rerras Photography

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