Since I took three weeks in October off from photo editing (for our wedding!), it seems fair that early November was spent working like a maniac to put the 2014 wedding season to rest for good. I shared Melissa & Nick’s celebration in Florenceville-Bristol, Allison & Jason’s season-ending bash in Annapolis Royal, and then a succession of sweet sessions: Alycia & Jason’s apple orchard engagement, Melanie & Adam’s growing little family, Geneva & Tim’s campus engagement, Stacey & Craig’s winter walk of an engagement session in Charlottetown, and this super fun family portrait session with Katrina, Kevin, Tristan, and Liz. Now I’m officially caught up! Huzzah! I ran the stats and was delighted to find that despite the break, and despite shooting more weddings, my delivery time actually went down in 2014!
And now? Our place is sooo clean. You see, because after working diligently to finish all of that editing, I scheduled three weeks of no-shooting onto my calendar to catch up on other stuff. Like scrubbing my oven, for example. Designing client and new sample albums, ordering and assembling product packaging. Considering Mount Receipts, which lords over the office. That kind of thing.
Fun things, too. Brunch and holiday parties with friends. I baked cookies. Put up our Christmas tree (and the first ritual viewing of “Elf” of the season). Finished knitting a pair of mittens I’d started months ago. Lingering over dinner. Quality time with both of our nieces. Long walks in the crisp air. Made photobooks of some of this year’s adventures. A test drive with the new board game (Kingdom Builder). I even finished a book for the first time in months!
It’s been quite the year: exciting, busy, stressful. I have a lot to process about it; a lot of little things I want to do to make my business better, and maybe to make me, better, too. But I suppose I don’t have to think of all that right now. January is for goals and new beginnings. December is for family, coziness, overeating, and crashing on the couch with a movie. I’m in.