Happy Monday Everyone!

I am starting out my week with a small cup of coffee, a spiced pumpkin candle, tackling my to do list and prepping for this weekend’s wedding. This weekend will kick off the “October Wedding Month Extravaganza”…That is, I am shooting 5 weddings this month! F-I-V-E. Yikes! My head still kind of spins when I think about it. Any photographer will tell you that this is a lot, especially when still working part time AND pregnant. My hopes are for a smooth transition from wedding to wedding with stress free moments in between. 

I knew that this month was going to be a little hectic, especially since I am now 19 weeks pregnant. So, I decided ahead of time to put up some structure in my schedule and my life to help me not get too overwhelmed. 

First, I intentionally blocked off the whole month from any further shoots other than weddings. No engagement sessions and no portrait sessions. While I feel bad telling people “no”, I realize that I just can’t do it all. I always want to give my clients my very best and I know that being too overwhelmed with work will put a stress on me that will result in poor client care—something I definitely do not want! 

I have also been making a point to get some gym time in and stay as active as I can. I’ve been going about 3 times per week. Because of this, I’ve definitely noticed that I have more endurance than I did before. I’m not doing anything too crazy, just walking on the treadmill and lifting weights. I’ve got a calendar next to my desk and will mark off the days that I go to the gym, anything to get me motivated!

Last, I set up a meal plan for myself. I planned out a Monday-Friday schedule of what I will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even snacks! Sounds dorky, BUT, I find that I function best when I have a plan already in place. 

I am hoping that all of the effort that I put into creating systems for my business and my home will greatly pay off for me this coming month! With that said, here's to drinking lots of pumpkin spiced lattes!