where’d you go, miss freddy?

You’re right.  I disappeared for a bit.  My last blog post was over a month ago [celebrating Valentines Day which feels like FOREVER ago!]

The best explanation I can offer is that I had to look at my priorities and make some adjustments.  I’d shared how I’m working on being more present & less distracted in my life, but I hadn’t realized that this blog was at the root of my distraction.  My writing was all done during nap time, but while Colin was awake I would check stats, promote posts & respond to comments.  It was one of the main reasons I was struggling to put down my phone.  Basically, I was treating the blog like my career, except it wasn’t actually providing a paycheck.  I needed to take some time away from that.

It started with Colin’s 15 month doctor’s appointment.  He’s never been ahead-of-the-curve in terms of milestones.  He was slow to roll over, sit up & crawl.  I’d always blamed it on his horrible acid reflux [how can a kid learn to roll over when he’s never laid flat on his back?!]  Anyway, the doctor started asking the usual milestone questions:  Is he walking?  Is he pointing?  Is he feeding himself with utensils?  No.  No.  No.

It’s really hard to say no [repeatedly] and not feel like you’re failing as a mother.  And even if I was overreacting, it suddenly became clear:  at this point in my life, I am first & foremost a stay at home mom.  And I am so lucky for that.  My priority right now is my son.  So why am I spending so many hours focusing on a blog?

After that realization, I took some time away from the blog & facebook.  Did Colin immediately start walking?  Of course not.  He’s going to do it on his own time.  He’s getting closer though.  He’s a really cautious kid and just hasn’t worked up the courage to let go of my hand.  [we will be seeing a physical therapist next month too… at the recommendation of his doctor.]

What does that mean for my blog?  The time away to refocus was great.  I think going forward I’ll try to post new content 1-2 times a week and take breaks when life demands it.  Even if it doesn’t pay the bills, it’s important to me as both a personal & creative outlet and I find it’s an effective tool for updating friends/family all over the country.

What does it mean for my photography business?  No change.  I’ve always taken a limited number of clients a month & only shoot on the weekends.  It’s what works best for me, my family & my clients.  Winter has been really quiet [slow season + still new in town] but I look forward to offering some fun events this summer/fall!  Can’t wait until then?  I have a couple openings in April/May!

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where’d you go, miss freddy?

You’re right.  I disappeared for a bit.  My last blog post was over a month ago [celebrating Valentines Day which feels like FOREVER ago!]

The best explanation I can offer is that I had to look at my priorities and make some adjustments.  I’d shared how I’m working on being more present & less distracted in my life, but I hadn’t realized that this blog was at the root of my distraction.  My writing was all done during nap time, but while Colin was awake I would check stats, promote posts & respond to comments.  It was one of the main reasons I was struggling to put down my phone.  Basically, I was treating the blog like my career, except it wasn’t actually providing a paycheck.  I needed to take some time away from that.

It started with Colin’s 15 month doctor’s appointment.  He’s never been ahead-of-the-curve in terms of milestones.  He was slow to roll over, sit up & crawl.  I’d always blamed it on his horrible acid reflux [how can a kid learn to roll over when he’s never laid flat on his back?!]  Anyway, the doctor started asking the usual milestone questions:  Is he walking?  Is he pointing?  Is he feeding himself with utensils?  No.  No.  No.

It’s really hard to say no [repeatedly] and not feel like you’re failing as a mother.  And even if I was overreacting, it suddenly became clear:  at this point in my life, I am first & foremost a stay at home mom.  And I am so lucky for that.  My priority right now is my son.  So why am I spending so many hours focusing on a blog?

After that realization, I took some time away from the blog & facebook.  Did Colin immediately start walking?  Of course not.  He’s going to do it on his own time.  He’s getting closer though.  He’s a really cautious kid and just hasn’t worked up the courage to let go of my hand.  [we will be seeing a physical therapist next month too… at the recommendation of his doctor.]

What does that mean for my blog?  The time away to refocus was great.  I think going forward I’ll try to post new content 1-2 times a week and take breaks when life demands it.  Even if it doesn’t pay the bills, it’s important to me as both a personal & creative outlet and I find it’s an effective tool for updating friends/family all over the country.

What does it mean for my photography business?  No change.  I’ve always taken a limited number of clients a month & only shoot on the weekends.  It’s what works best for me, my family & my clients.  Winter has been really quiet [slow season + still new in town] but I look forward to offering some fun events this summer/fall!  Can’t wait until then?  I have a couple openings in April/May!

HI, I’M MISS FREDDY.

 

Actually, my name is Casey. As a newborn I resembled Fred Flintstone so my parents nicknamed me Freddy and it stuck. I am a professional photo organizer (yes, that's a thing!) who helps people all over the world make sense of their photo mess through organizing services and self-paced online courses.

 

I want to help you ENJOY your photos again!

 

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