There's this tree right at the edge of our front yard that seems to keep me in tune with the seasons. In the spring, it's gorgeous. Lots of pretty white flowers everywhere. I know it's officially spring when I see that thing in bloom. And I think (I think!) spring is finally here in Cleveland, Ohio, because that tree is snow white. Finally! Better late than never, right?
For me, spring brings the start of wedding season, and I dive headfirst into BUSY this month. I will be the first to admit to you that when I see all those days on my calendar marked with meetings and weddings and sessions, I get overwhelmed. I'm 100% goals oriented and deadline driven, but I tend to forget to take things one day at a time.
I was recently listening to this podcast and was struck by the idea of slowing down to gain more. Seems counterproductive, right? Wrong! Erin Loechner told Jess Lively that she walks to do errands instead of drives (I'm SO guilty of jumping in the car to go down the block. It's embarrassing!) and sometimes hand washes her clothes, and by doing these things--taking time to savor each task and be more hands on in life--she's fully aware and appreciative of each responsibility, no matter how mundane. And then she's more productive when she's working. Wow. I needed to hear that at the start of busy season! And you know what? I think I'll walk to the coffee shop today and enjoy the flowering trees. :)
- Finish The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and read Animal Dreams
- Plant our garden (lots of flowers and herbs this year!)
- Finish our living room mantel design
- Host our annual family cookout
- Go on at least two bike rides
- Put together a Summer Fun list with Nathan
- CANCEL our cable for the summer (yes, we still have cable! Contemplating getting rid of it completely ...)
- Shoot six weddings and have two of them + two April weddings fully edited by the time June rolls around
- Keep my Inbox below 15 at the end of each workday