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Well, as you read this post…I am in somewhere in Charleston, SC.  Well, hopefully I’m in Charleston. My friend Steph and I are driving down tonight (Thursday night) and I will be shooting two sessions there this weekend. I’m really not the BEST with directions. Michael usually drives so I’m hoping we get there ok:).  I’m excited! Steph and I casually said that we were going to take a road trip back in college but it never really happened….but it’s happening now! … in like an hour! I’m soooo not ready. I haven’t even packed! I’m so thankful she’s joining me since Michael can’t make this trip.

 

So I wanted to pre-blog a few GOOD THINGS before I left!

 

1. Random, last minute road trips with college roommates… this is going to be so much fun!

 

2. Cute, Totally Unnecessary water bottles: I bought a teal water bottle only because it was cute. Target got the best of me. I bought it because it was teal and I thought “It’s so pretty, I’ll definitely drink more water if I owned that”.  That was a lie….but it really is cute though… and it’s definitely worthy of a “Good Things” title.

 

3. Our Mattress: It’s SO comfortable. I’ve NEVER experienced a GOOD mattress until we bought this one. It’s a Sleep-to-Live mattress and we would recommend it to anyone!

 

4. Saying “No”: Ok, this one is hard for me. I’ve learned the hard way that saying “no” to things and not over committing my life is the best way to live. I spent YEARS saying “YES” to everyone who asked me to do something. I’m a people pleaser and I was SO afraid of letting people down that I sacrificed my own happiness in or to make others happy. I can’t do everything and I have to accept that. So, with that being said, I am completely booked for the rest of 2011. In order to give the rest of my 2011 clients the attention they deserve and make sure I have enough time for 2012 couple’s e-sessions, I’m not accepting any more portraits besides those that I have previously booked.  I’m also doing this so that I can have time to plan a workshop and make some business changes and enjoy life with my husband and family. Saying “No” is so hard for me but it’s most definitely a GOOD THING!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

 

xoxo, Katelyn
14 Comments Good Things
  1. sherri lynn reply

    Your water bottle is so cute! I totally use that “if I had this I would definitely use it/wear it/etc” for almost everything I buy! And saying no is such a good thing! I now have no problem saying no, and it’s freeing!

  2. Anna Klapp reply

    O this sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to hear more about your workshop. Have fun and be safe!

  3. Kristina W. reply

    Saying no can be so hard! So good for you indeed to be able to do it, good luck staying resolute!

  4. Leslie reply

    saying no is the hardest thing ever for me! thanks for the reminder that it’s so important :) Have SO much fun in Charleston- one of my favorite cities!!

  5. Shefali Lindsey reply

    Definitely LOVE #4. Still working on it, but getting better. :)

  6. Cassady reply

    Oh I’m so glad Ben was proactive and contacted you about our e-session!! I can’t wait until September!

  7. Amanda reply

    My pastor wrote a blog about saying no that really helped me. He mentioned a quote by Andy Stanley, “saying yes to one thing is saying no to something else.” I’m glad you were able to say yes to what is important at the time! http://www.markbatterson.com/uncategorized/so-hard-to-say-no/
    By the way, I love reading your blog. You are very talented and I always enjoy seeing your new photos.

  8. Kristin reply

    I am a sucker for buying water bottles that I never use and that one is super cute!

  9. Kimberly reply

    Good job saying no! God will bless that and hopefully you will find freedom to enjoy even more the things that you say yes to! Much Love sister!

  10. Jennifer Krieg reply

    Another workshop? I couldn’t make the first so praying really hard I can make your second one. Excitedly waiting!!

  11. Mary Marantz reply

    Love it!! Here’s to saying no AND to the cutest water bottle I ever did see! Love you! xoxo

  12. Amanda reply

    I’m glad you didn’t say no to that water bottle! It’s so cute. I’m glad you’re taking time to have fun (road trip) and enjoy life (with your husband and saying no) ! Can’t wait for your next post.

  13. Kelley Finnegan reply

    I totally understand about saying no! I struggle with that myself…I stress out all the time because I’ve taken on too much but I hate telling anybody no or letting anyone down! Something that I definitely need to work on!

  14. Erin S. reply

    I personally have to work on #4… it is very hard. It feels selfish, but at the same time I know that when I overcommit myself, I end up not being able to do my best for those I’ve committed to. (P.S. Saying no to clients so you can do another workshop?!? Woohoo! I don’t want to miss this one!)

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