Up until a week ago, it had been over a year since I picked up my camera. It had been over a year since I did anything major with the Ld Nature Photography social media sites, website, blog, etc. Up until that time I was moving full speed ahead with anything and everything I could do to continue expanding my photography. So why the sudden halt?
There are a couple of reasons.
First, a year ago this month, we added this little person to our family.
Life has changed considerably since then as you may imagine. I found that finding time to do normal everyday tasks was daunting. I was trying to re-find my life balance with a whole new curve ball thrown at me. Photography at that time was not/could not be a priority for me. And that was OK.
Second, as I was blasting full speed ahead, I look back now and realize I was starting to lose my focus on what it was that I wanted to do with my photography. How I wanted to move forward. The focus became simply on what can I do to continue moving forward. Blog posts no longer became something I LOVED doing, it was simply something I was putting pressure on myself to do. I was putting pressure on myself to go out and find the ‘perfect’ thing to photograph to showcase on the blog. I found I was starting to get burned out. So, I slowly started to cut back, until I was at the point where I wasn’t doing ANYTHING photography related. And you know what, that was OK.
Just as slowly as I found myself pulling back, over the past year, I have found myself being drawn in again. I have slowly been chipping away at projects (photography related) that I had been wanting to do before my hiatus. I redesigned my website. I have slowly been working on a new blog format (this page). And just this past week, I finally took the plunge and pulled out my camera on a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. And you know what? I’ve got the itch again. All I want to do is do photography stuff in my spare time. I’m excited again. It feels great. I’ve got fresh, new ideas flowing and I can’t wait to start moving forward with them. But this time, I’ll be smarter. I’ll remember why I love doing this so much. And I’m excited to be able to pull my little along with me.
What does that look like? I’m still figuring that out, but you’ll be the first to know. Some things in the works are more blog posts. More new photographs. A 2017 calendar. And more.
And if I need to pull back and take a small break again, I realize that will be OK.
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