Being self-employed and working from home has been one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do. I love being able to work to my own timetable and be able to make the most of the week days. It’s so nice to be able to go shopping with barely anyone around. Or go out walking in the sunshine, knowing that most people are stuck inside looking at a computer. I can stay up late and sleep in (I’m a night owl, just as our business name suggests). My mental health has definitely appreciated it. I used to really dwell on the stupidest things from work (mostly just getting irritated at people’s inefficiency) and spent far too much time at home after work thinking about these things and getting more agitated and stressed by it.
Although it seems like a real walk in the park (sometimes literally), keeping yourself on track and motivated to do work is crazy difficult. Especially for me. My attention span is all over the place. Just ask Hook. I find myself having too many days where I just want to go out for a walk, watch a lot of tv shows and sleep. Or like right now, all I want to do is watch Creative Mornings talks all day long (I might be on to my 4th one of the day already haha). It’s going to be an on-going struggle trying to keep on track and get more disciplined.
How do you get motivated to do work? What steps have you taken to cut out any distractions?
I’m not exactly back, but that’s not to say I won’t try post more often. I do want to. And I have so many photographs and things to show you all. But… stuff keeps getting in the way of that. I’ll get to them soon. Fo’ sho’.
Life lately has looked a bit different to usual for me. Hook has now been in Australia working on a TV show for over a month. He still has a month to go before it wraps up. I’m still finishing up some post-production on a few weddings and other shoots. Plus a few little design jobs piling up too. Once all of those are done and dusted, I will hopefully know a little bit more about what the future holds. But for now I am filling my time with work and spending time with family and friends. It was pretty rough at first, when Hook initially left. But I’ve gotten quite used to living alone now. Listening to whatever music I want rather loudly. Having tv shows or movies playing constantly to keep me company. I must say though, my eating and sleeping habits are pretty appalling. Need to get those sorted.
Time moves so damn fast. Summer has passed… although it could still pass for Summer. It’s pretty darn hot still and our apartment really holds it’s heat (almost too well *dies from heat exhaustion from just sitting at my desk*). Wedding season is nearly at it’s end for me. Just a few more weddings to go this month and then I’ll have a few months off. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the family in Tauranga. Actual time. Not just one day here or there amongst the wedding chaos.
I’ll be on the hunt for some freelance design jobs, as well as some portrait, engagement and family shoots over Winter, so holla at me if you want to collaborate or have something for me to do! Will also be focussing a lot on nailing down our Night Owls workflows, updating packaging, and maybe even a website overhaul (I’m looking forward to that one the most!!).
Hook is heading over to Australia for a few months to work on a project as soon as the weddings finish, so I’ll be bored out of my brain at home by myself haha. Although I will use this chance to visit as many friends and family as I possibly can and constantly keep myself busy. Or else I might just fall into the sleep-all-day-nerd-all-night hole, and that will be a tough one to come back out of. Haha.
Do any of you guys have seasonal based jobs? What do you do to keep yourself busy in the down time?
P.S. Those images above were taken on a location scouting mission around Waipu, New Zealand. That place is gorgeous and I’m so keen to get a kayak and head out there next Summer. They also have tamarillo gelato!!!
I can get a little stir crazy now that I work from home. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. Get some fresh air. There’s always something new to find around the area we live in (basically in the city), so I figured I should start taking my camera out for some exploring. Gotta do this more often!
I’m slowly making my way through images that I had taken during the end of 2013. It’s taking me a while, because I have more pressing client work to do than blogging. But I figure at 1am at night, I’m probably not at my best to be doing client work, so here I am!
I got the opportunity to head along to a workshop with the amazing photographer Brooke Holm in November of last year. It was a short photography 101 class put on by The School, and although I wasn’t sure I’d learn anything new, I wanted to go purely because it was with Brooke Holm. This woman’s photography is really perfection. It was her work with interiors that I found first and I was totally smitten. I’ve never really done any interior or architecture photography myself before, but her work alone made me want to get into it. She’s also an amazing landscape, portrait and wedding photographer! I just adore her work all round.
I was correct in thinking that I already knew everything that we went over in the class, but that was okay because I still got to pick Brooke’s brain a little, met some other lovely ladies who attended the class, got to speak with the awesome Megan Morton, and also got to enjoy looking around the lovely store Mildred & Co where the class was held. So it was still a win!
I think it’s really important to head along to things like this, keep learning and taking in as much as you can. Are you heading along to any events or workshops that you’re hoping to learn something from? Would love to hear about them (especially if they’re Auckland/NZ based)!