Wednesday, August 7, 2013

DAY 12

I'm nearly halfway through this challenge to change myself. Time does fly whether you're having fun or not but most of it has been fun. I've just been almost too busy to breath. I was up until 1AM again last night and woke up again after only five hours of sleep. I thought about lying back down but instead, I spent the last hour making sure that every one who hadn't responded to my high school class lunch, which is coming up this Saturday, was invited or reminded. It's time to start planning our 40th reunion also....talk about time flying! I am excited about this lunch because several people who have never attended or have only been able to attend once or twice because they live out of state, will be there...Yay! Nancy Lowe-Knuth is coming down from Michigan and bringing her granddaughter, Allen Powell will hopefully be able to make it down from Bristol, our class celebrity, movie star and philanthropist, Cylk Cozart tells me that he's hoping to attend, Ginger Peak-Davis and Joe Mike Hodge may be coming from Middle Tennessee and my bestie from high school, Debbie says she thinks she can make this one. It sounds as if we're going to have a great crowd but I'm starting to worry because the room I was able to get at Calhoun's only holds 30 but that's okay. If we overflow, we'll just take over one of the dining rooms. :-)

Yesterday was so busy. I've booked my first wedding shoot and it is coming up in two weeks. I spoke with the bride-to-be briefly on Monday and told her that I'd have the a'la carte section up on my website by last night so that she could put together a custom package. Well, all of those best laid plans and all, I was working until 1AM this morning revising and tweaking the site and my pricing. I hope I got it right. Pricing is so hard especially when you are just starting and trying to build a clientele. The communication is hard for me, too. Too many years of just having the horses and dog to talk to. I'm finding it not only hard to talk to clients but debilitatingly scary. I don't know when I became such an agoraphobic but I have. Which is probably why this line of work will be good for me. It forces me to get out there and interact but slowly, on client at a time. :-) Yet another goal for this 30 day challenge.

Isn't this case fun?
The new store front is up and running.  I managed to build several new pages for my website yesterday. If it isn't finished now, it's darn close. Toying with the idea of making it mobile but also trying not to spend any money that I don't have to. Signed up with a company that makes professional grade photo books and hoping they accept me because I need a way to cut costs to my clients and pay myself for the time involved in editing and putting together a book. Their work looks fabulous and they come highly recommended. I'm also excited about the prospect of putting images on a dvd. The packaging that I can get from Pro Lab Express looks so good and I love designing things like this dvd case. That's not a real case but will give you some idea of how great they look. I can also have a custom dvd printed with my designs to put their slide show on.
Now to what I didn't get done yesterday, exercise....once again, my walk got pushed out of the way by what I had to get done. I was just heading out to feed the horses when Steve came home. So, there was no time to walk after feeding like I usually do because I had to get dinner cooked so that Steve could get to bed because that alarm goes off extra early since he started working 4 days a week. The horses did cooperate and Steve was nice enough to run to the grocery to pick up dog food for me. I'm going to be out most of the day today but Sadie needed food last night. I came back and fixed a quick dinner of shrimp scampi, steamed cauliflower and twice baked potatoes....stuffed with plenty of cheddar and bacon so forget the healthy last night, lol. Healthy or not, it was delicious, quick and not to heavy for our usual late dinner hour.

Now for today's "life rule." This one surely hits home right now. I'm hoping there are some silver linings to my mistakes.
  1. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you. – Mistakes are okay; they’re the stepping stones of progress.  If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning.  Take risks, stumble, fall, and then get up and try again.  Appreciate that you are pushing yourself, learning, growing and improving.  Significant achievements are almost invariably realized at the end of a long road of failures.  One of the ‘mistakes’ you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievement yet.

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