So South Florida is an odd duck. The wedding season here is backward. In most places in America, you’ll find a flood of bridal activity from May to September. However, in south Florida brides usually plan their weddings somewhere from November to May, with the occasional bride using the summer months because of scheduling or just refusing to be a conformist. Which you know… you go girl.
Because of this, there are two things that do not work out well for me;
a. I still think I live in California and fully get confused when wedding season starts in November.
b. All year long I plan everything I need to do in August.
In theory, the concept of ‘we’ll get to it in summer’ sounds pretty good. In actuality, planning 4,576 things for one month is not a good long term strategy. Huh, who knew?
So this morning’s blog is simply a little hello, and I’m still around, in case you were wondering. It’s also a moment to come back to priorities.
I spent some virtual coffee time this last week (as in we both drank coffee while talking on the phone! lol) with a friend of mine who happens to be an exceptional wedding planner. You can find her work here. One of the things we talked about was the draw to do more, be more, see more and be less and less focused on the things that are important to us.
As business owners, it is extremely easy to work 20 hour days and forget what your family looks like. It’s easy to be so focused on getting a project done that when you’re supposed to work for 2 hours, you accidentally work for 8 and completely miss dinner with your family. I’m definitely guilty of this… as in… last week guilty. 🙁
But like Haydee and I were talking about, if we don’t take moment to come back to the basics, to the priorities, we’ll never really get where we’re trying to go. We’ll just become really, really tired. This is another reason why coffee is a beautiful thing because it comes with friends who challenge your life and encourage you not to miss dinner with your husband and kids. 😉
Part of my priorities includes taking time for things like blogging. One, because I love sharing stories of my incredible brides, and the adventures we have together. And two, because I want to be able to share who I am on a regular basis because…well, it matters. It affects the way I photograph, it affects the way I direct my team to capture your wedding day, it affects the way I see the world.
There are many many troubling things that happen in this world on a very regular basis. And with the touch of social media and instant news, they are all on our doorstep in a matter of seconds. This is not the place for all of that, nor can I fix most of it. But in a week of challenging myself to come back to priorities and being a voice for good and change, I need to say this; we MUST do better.
The events in Charlottesville were horrific, despicable, and evil. As a Christian, I believe that there is a God who HATES injustice and horrific things like racism. Who loves humankind, simply because we are made in His image. And whose heart breaks over the evil perpetrated on this earth.
As a Christian, I believe that I have the opportunity to show the love of Christ, to care for my neighbor, to love someone even if they look/think/act differently than I do.
As a Christian, I believe I have a responsibility to.
In a week of remembering priorities, I want to make sure things like this are at the top, that my voice is heard on behalf of my sisters and brothers and that every photograph that I create becomes an opportunity for someone else to see the beauty of His creation, and nothing less.
Thanks for listening. Here’s to priorities.