I often get asked how I am able to get so many things done being a full full full time business owner (I own 3 full fledged businesses,) a full time mom & wife, part time teacher, and have time to spare to hang out with my family. There are four simple mottos I live by that may help you to put your life into perspective.
1. LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Yes, I do work a bit harder than the average person, but it helps that I love what I do. I really love it… ALL of it. You have to be able to say that about all areas of your life. If one area is bringing you down, figure out how to fix it or eliminate it all together.
2. TOUCH IT ONCE
One of my Art Center instructors during my 8th term gave me this little tid bit and it has stuck with me for most areas of my life. If you use the “touch it once” philosophy, you will get more done. There is nothing worse than a looming, nagging sensation that you forgot to do something. When emails come in, I answer them, otherwise they will get buried under more emails and I will never get to it. When working on a project, I try to finish it to completion before I start on another (small projects as larger ones don’t apply.)
3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
– I eat really well. Lots of fruits and vegis (mostly a vegan diet with the occasional ice cream splurge.) No caffeine (sorry all you caffeine junkies, if you want to change the world you have to rip that IV right out of your arm.)
– I also try to get a full 8 hours of sleep. Even though I am often found working til 3 or 4 in the morning, when this happens, my wonderful husband will take Jacob in the morning so I can sleep in.
– Go for walks. This will help clear your mind and get your blood pumping. It is said that walking is the best exercise you can do.
4. FAMILY FIRST
Now my extended family would beg to differ on this, but when it comes to Tim and Jacob, I always work around their schedule. We always have lunch and dinner together and try to spend as much time just hanging out. It will make you feel more grounded so when you do start working on a project you are energized.
So there you have it! Now get out there and change the world already!
Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.