While putting up my facebook album from our recent trip to the mountains, I was trying to think of the last time that Matthew and I went away for the weekend. I mean really went away, on a trip that did not have even a remote connection to work.
I struggled for a few minutes and couldn’t remember anything.
So, like any good facebooker would, I went back through all my old photo albums and found out that it was in May of 2009. In the brief gap after graduating law school and starting to study for the bar, Matthew and I drove up to Washington D.C. and Baltimore for a week. We had a great time visiting friends and being touristy before we were sentenced to a summer of endless bar prep torture. Despite the long drive, it was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad we did it.
After finding the answer I was shocked to realize that it had been over a year and a half since we went out of town for the sole purpose of fun/relaxation/socializing/exploring/etc.
A few months ago when our friend Richard suggested that a group of us from law school head up to the mountains and start the tradition of an annual getaway, Matthew and I jumped at the idea. We all were able to agree on a free weekend, which was perfectly timed between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Richard found an amazing cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The weekend was filled with quality time with close friends, watching football, playing with Richard and Katie’s adorable baby Preston, and eating yummy food. We went into town one afternoon and browsed the cute antique stores and Christmas shops. Katie pointed me in the direction of the cameras in one antique store and Matthew was awesome and got me two of them!
The day that we left to go home we all woke up to snow flurries, which was a fabulous way to end our time up there!
This post is not meant to be a “woe is me I have no free time” sort of thing. I love my job and am very thankful that so many people invited us into their lives this year to be there to document such a priceless day. I look forward to doing it again next year, and many years after that.
What this post is meant to be is the celebration of carving out a little bit of time in a very busy year and enjoying that time to the fullest.
You don’t have to be a photographer to be busy. I know so many of my clients who lead lives with to-do lists just as long, if not longer than mine.
So many of us have this hectic existence where we constantly strive to get everything done, and soon enough a whole year has slipped by without us taking time for ourselves.
Especially around the holidays when things start to get overwhelming, take time for YOU, as an individual and as a couple to just relax. It’s crucial to be able to recharge your batteries every now and then, and stop thinking about all the things you HAVE to do, and allow yourself to indulge in what you WANT to do.
You’ll end up refreshed and more ready than ever to face your to-do list.
Because let’s face it. That sucker isn’t going anywhere 🙂