Have you ever just wanted to turn off all the noise and unplug for a while? I feel like these days it’s becoming more and more difficult for anyone to unplug. Social media, text messages and emails, photo and video recording all right at our fingertips. It’s no wonder we think there aren’t enough hours in the day… have you ever really stopped to consider all of the distractions?
I’m a stay at home mom… and with that comes an entire list of other job titles that follow. But, for me, it doesn’t stop there. I’m also a photographer… and with that comes an entire list of other job titles that follow.
A couple weeks ago I was sitting at my desk, going over all of our taxes: my business taxes, my husbands business taxes and our personal taxes. But, because we recently moved, our tax binder, receipts, and other important documents (which were of course safely filed away somewhere we wouldn’t lose them) were somehow lost! We missed our tax appointment and somehow managed to find the tax binder four days before our deadline… in that box… you know, the one important box we wouldn’t lose – that was conveniently tucked into the darkest corner of our storage closet under loads of props and other items.
Now, I know how great that may sound but this meant that I now only had to prepare our taxes for eight months instead of twelve, since our move started around April of last year. I frantically began crunching numbers and getting spreadsheets together. I searched the house up and down, inside and out for receipts and other important tax documents that had been filed away all around the house and in that box. I spent day and night preparing everything for our accountant. And. It. Was. Exhausting!
I looked at everything I had on my to-do list for my business and all the new things I had learned about owning a business. I looked around my house at the mess of dishes and piles of laundry. I looked at the stacks of mail and the bills that needed to be paid. I looked at the dirty floors and my untidy studio that had just welcomed two beautiful baby girls. The tasks were piling high and my list of jobs was beginning to seem impossible… I needed a break.
Now, the weekend of Easter Sunday could not have come at a more perfect time, and I decided to head out to my parents house a few days early to get away from it all. Their house is always perfectly clean and tidy and tends to seem a bit less chaotic – maybe ’cause my Momma lives there, haha. Lord knows she’s had her fair share of chaos while my brother and I were growing up.
But, it was great. I got to forget about all of the crazy going on at my house and just walk away from it all for a bit. I took the kids to the park to grab a few shots of them in their Easter outfits – so that I wouldn’t have to do it on Easter Sunday. I left the kids with my Mom and went and had coffee with a close friend I hadn’t seen in a while. My Mom and I dyed Easter eggs with the kids. We laughed and spent quality time together in the backyard and watched movies in the family room. It was relaxing.
Easter came and I took some cellphone photos of my kids hunting for eggs in the backyard. I wished everyone on social media a Happy Easter. I came home the next day and made a post about my son with one of the images I captured that day in the park… but once that was done, I realized just how badly I needed a REAL break.
So, although I didn’t fully unplug, I put my phone down for a while. I spent some time with friends… in person! I spent quality time with my family and watched my kids laugh and play while we fished and had lunch. I spent some time reading and participating in Bible study. I went to the movies. I sat on my back porch. I went on a couple dates with my husband. I made our pantry healthy again. I began to eat healthy again… I lived.
For the first time in a long time, I stopped worrying about everything I thought I HAD to do now. All of these things in life, social media, text messages, emails and everything else in-between, right there at our fingertips… it’s not necessary. We can slow down for a moment and enjoy life. We can choose what we do with our time and we can choose what’s important and what’s not… I guess in the end, all I’m saying is to put your phone down for a bit and really take in all of the moments and the memories that are passing by faster than you know it. I hope everyone has a great weekend!