I have really enjoyed some breathing room this past year! Steady work and enough time to paint my whole kitchen!!?? Let's not get too crazy, I think the kitchen took me about four days. I wanted it DONE!! Yes! It's the therapy I needed! I HAVE to recharge. Don't you? I do it by working like a mad woman...on my house. As soon as school was out I painted the whole thing. It was on the summer bucket list and I wasn't letting that one go.
It's taken me a little while to find my happy-place balance holding down two jobs, but I think I am working it out rather well. I still get to do what I love on the many ends of my artistry rainbow. Mommy-ing, Photography-ing, art teacher-ing, and redecorating....
and Dwight says if I could find a third job he's fine with that. ?? What?
I'm so lucky to have so many things I love to do..it's a blessing and a curse. Here's the kitchen!!
Ahhhh. I just love a light kitchen. Maybe you don't. But I sure like the light and airy feel and not so many heavy wood tones. (I actually hate my floors LESS, so that's a plus.) The cabinets had really darkened over time and I was ready for this change!
I know (technically) my cabinets were perfectly fine (but not exciting) and so I struggled with this one. I wanted to paint them for quite a while but really didn't want to start it, and I wasn't sure if I should even do it. It's kind of a big deal! I happen to love the fresh look and I'm glad I went for it! Now, if I can just leave it alone... The cool kitchen-y things they have NOW! Dream...
Here is the before... Don't judge. Maybe you love finished wood. I'm just no longer a fan in this case. Gone with dark side!!
I always say if you don't love it any more then you should paint it. I've painted pretty much everything in my house and I love it more every single time. I bought lots of scratch-and-dent furniture that didn't really make me happy, but it filled my empty home... a fresh coat of paint sure makes a difference. Try it out. It's worth it.
I've been asked several times lately if I quit photography.. No, I sure didn't! I am still available! I just needed to cut back to find sanity in my new schedule. I could not keep going at the pace I was. Apparently, too much of anything can make you crazy!
Now, I am booking what I am comfortable with which seems to be working out great!!
I have found balance.
When I'm booked... I'm booked. But most definitely still here!
I absolutely love the opportunity to create keepsakes for families and I don't know if I could ever give that up completely. I just have to do what I need to do to be available for my family when they need me. You may have a longer wait... but I still love seeing your face:) You must book in advance.
I've actually booked a few spring 2018. It's never too early.
Thanks to my happy clients and simply "word of mouth" I have never struggled to find work. I sure don't want anyone to get the idea that I quit completely! I could never. We just have to work harder to keep a happy calendar.
Honestly, thanks to my awesome clients, who work so well with me and are so flexible, this has been an easy transition. Thank you. I could not do both without your help.
Go paint something...
We are making this two job thing work!!
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Welcome to my little corner of the universe. I photograph babies, children families and seniors. I am a Chillicothe, Carrolton, Marshall Missouri area photographer. Clients drive from Iowa and Illinois and Kansas for a shoot. My specialty is creating a modern day memory wall in your busy world. Let's see if I can help you. I work with awesome people. I occasionally post information here. I write about family life, photography, and anything nutty that crosses my mind. I would love to be very good at this, but, life happens and I don't write as much as I should. So, if you find some new and interesting stuff to read here.. That's GREAT! Come on in and stay a while..grab a cup of coffee and hang out. And please.. call me with any questions you may have. 660.542.4037