Real, Rest + A Reminder ~ Chicago Wedding Photographer

Friends, I was supposed to get a wedding up on the blog today…

… but.

… But.

… BUT.

… I needed rest. Badly.

It has been a while since we’ve taken more than part of a day or a much time at all to rest. Things have been wonderfully busy, and we have been trucking along! Checking items off the list and keeping on. But after LOTS of behind the scenes work on all our wonderful September weddings, Beautiful sessions, producing 2 commercial shoots, a wedding until late Saturday, a teensy bit of sleep, and an early morning Sunday for one of the all-day shoots we’ve been prepping for – my mind and body were no longer working at full power.

I honestly felt a little weird Sunday evening when we got home. (My brain was a little mushy? Is that a thing? That’s what it felt like…) I couldn’t focus on things very well, was misplacing things, feeling foggy… and wanted quiet everywhere I went. Noise, lights, and too much movement made me want to crawl into bed under the covers and just BE.

And so I did. I slept for 12 hours from Sunday into Monday and even then felt like I could have slept for another 6. We slowly came to life mid-Monday morning and had a quiet breakfast at our kitchen counter.

I tackled some emails, editing, and got as much done as possible before I felt my brain turn smooshy again (yes, smooshy), while I still had a few things on my to-do list. I felt like I should push through… but I just couldn’t focus. (Upon writing that I just realized that I worked from 10:30am until 6:30pm… which is actually 8 hours of work?! And I still somehow feel like I haven’t done enough today…??? Why is that??? Because I didn’t quite check every single item off my to-do list? Because I haven’t met my own ridiculously high expectations for myself?)

Anyway, here I am… telling you all this because I thought it was worth mentioning – because maybe (just maybe) you need to give your brain a moment to rest too? Maybe you are relishing in the ‘busy’ and not taking time to just be. I really believe there is nothing more important than rest – for your mind, body, and spirit. (I’m pretty much the worst at putting this into practice – just ask James – but I’m trying to get better!)

So I thought I’d post this reminder for you all today. Because maybe you needed to hear it too.

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~ from the lovely, Maya Angelou




In honor of that, I closed down work at a reasonable hour last night and had a quiet night on the couch with James. Because we both needed it. And because it is okay to just be sometimes. (More than sometimes, really.) Take care of yourselves too, friends. xoxo

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