When Monkey was born, our lives seemed to be put into fast forward mode.Â After Caterpillar came along, we made a conscious effort to slow down.Â In part, because I didn’t have a choice with my Hashi’s, but mostly because we feel a stronger connection to God and each other when we are purposefully slowski.
The same pattern happened with More Sugar Than Spice Photography.Â I started out 90 miles an hour.Â Trying to do everything that everyone wanted me do, because I thought it would help get my name out and my business rolling.Â Over this summer, I realized I was in control of the speed, and I purposefully became a slowski.Â
I wanted to be able to handcraft the thank you cards I provide in each package I hand wrap.Â I wanted to be available for my clients for questions, and I wanted to allow myself enough editing time to provide a final package full of images that I would print large and hang on my own walls.Â I limited the number of sessions I book in a week, and it worked.Â Of course, I’ve had bumps here and there, when I’ve tried to squeeze in sessions for birthdays or special occasions, but for the most part, I’ve been happy with doing less.
The other benefit that was somewhat of an unexpected byproduct of doing less, is I seem to love it more.Â There is very little room for me to feel like things are becoming mundane.Â A good friend was recently talking about the fact that her husband turned something he loved into a business, then did it so much, he fell out of love with it altogether.Â I don’t ever want that to happen.Â In fact, before launching the photography side of my business, I considered going non-profit for that exact reason.Â I didn’t want to fall out of love … then I looked into all that was involved with a non-profit and realized a small business was what I could handle at the time.
I just love the English Standard Version of 2 Cor 1:12 which states:
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
That is what I am longing for with my business.Â I want the relationships formed to be sincere, and the images captured to be a reflection of the love shared.Â I am in the process of doing an end of the year review for my business, and some changes will be made starting January 1.Â However, my prayer and plan is to keep doing less, so I can continue to do more.