The year 2020 is happening right now… where do I start?!
It’s been a hell of a roller coaster of a year so far that’s for sure.
We all know this year hasn’t been amazing, in fact it’s been savage. For many reasons but the biggest one, Covid-19 hit the world quite bad. It’s screwed A LOT of things up, especially for my little business and many others around the world too.
So far, I have lost basically all my weddings this year because of Covid, so my income is like £0. LOL! I laugh but actually, I am crying inside. A business I have grown since I was 17, 10 years guys! 10 years!
This year was going to be great financially, but not anymore. We were supposed to be moving to a new house too, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can still be accepted for a mortgage as it’s all uncertain because of my business now.
My beautiful little Willow has a slipped disc, still trying to get her better, dealing with her incontinence and thousands of pounds in vet bills. We are uncertain whether she will fully recover too.
This is all so negative now I know! But surprisingly I have a few positive things to say, would you believe?
I know this thought never seems true at the time but when anything negative happens, there is ALWAYS a positive that comes out of it. I stand by that; I truly believe that in any situation.
I wanted to share with you my 3 reasons why this year isn’t totally shit.
Reason no. 1:
I GET TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY
Thanks to Covid, (I can’t believe I am saying that) my lovely husband is working from home, so we get to spend so much more time together as a family. He normally travels to work which is 140-mile round trip so he’s on the road A LOT and it’s so much time wasted away from us. I am absolutely loving him working from home, he gets to help with Willow too which means so much. I don’t know how I would cope on my own to be honest. It’s hard work especially with two other dogs and a 7-month-old. This is time that I will treasure forever. I hope that in the future when Covid gets under control that more companies will allow people to work from home if they can. It’s clearly safer and makes so much sense if everything works smoothly anyway.
Reason no. 2:
I AM BEING MORE CREATIVE & TRYING NEW THINGS
I am pushing myself in ways I have never done before. Creatively for sure and going in different directions with my business. To be honest, I am sat here writing this blog post and enjoying it again. I am getting a bit of a spark back again after years of feeling a bit stagnant, this year I am changing my mindset in regards to where I want my business to go and how creative I want to be. I have started doing some digital art which is so fun, and I am learning so much doing it. I keep brain storming ideas for my business. I have already ticked two things off my list of things that I wanted to create and launch on my website. my ‘Mobile Lightroom presets’ and my ‘Portrait posing guide’. I have wanted to do those for so long but never had the confidence to do so. I do feel like a new wave of confidence and not giving a fuck has come over me recently which is a bloody great feeling.
If you have wanted to try something new or had these ideas floating around in your head but never came to light then now is the time to definitely take action. You will feel so much better and refreshed.
Reason no. 3:
TIME TO LEARN NEW THINGS
Since I haven’t been constantly shooting weddings and editing crazy amounts of images, I have SO MUCH EXTRA TIME. Granted, it’s after I have sorted Lorenza out and get some me time! Also, Don’t get me wrong, I miss shooting weddings but honestly it takes up so much of my precious time that normally I never want to do anything else because I am exhausted. Now I have plenty of time to learn new skills, I have enough time to do whatever I want right now and it feels fucking great. I don’t have to worry about deadlines, I don’t have to worry about every weekend being taken up in the summer, I just feel fine right now and not rushed off my feet like I normally do in the summer months. We spend most of our life working and grinding so hard we don’t normally have the time or energy to do these extra things that we want to do. I even sit in the garden and chill now… because I can chill!
There you have it, those are my 3 reasons why 2020 isn’t totally shit!
So tell me, what positive things have come out of your year so far?