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?
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)!
In December of last year, my dad and two of his mates stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the entire length of the Waikato River – from one side of Lake Taupo, all the way to Port Waikato (for those of you who have no idea how far that is, it’s over 350km). It took them a little less than 5 days, battling a lot of wind, and camping each night on the river side.
This journey was a fundraiser for a brave little 11 year old boy named Harrison, who had a rare bone cancer. Sadly, Harrison lost his battle with cancer on the 16th of February 2014. He was a real fighter, and always wore a smile on his face. Although I never met Harrison, his life and journey has made a huge impact on my family and today they will be honouring his memory at his funeral. Rest in peace, sweet Harrison.
I am so proud of my dad and his friends for the massive accomplishment of completing their Lake To Port SUP adventure. It was awesome getting to see them make it to the finish line with massive smiles on their faces. Rosie clearly missed dad a lot during his trip! She was very excited to see him once they were back on dry land. I’m so glad that I got to capture these moments.
Rosie is growing up so fast. It really sucks not living in the same city as her. I feel like I miss so much. She’s actually 15 months old now – she turned one last October so I’m a little behind in this post already. Oops.
Her birthday party was a lovely little gathering at her home in Mount Maunganui. The weather wasn’t the greatest (I was hoping to go out to the beach that day too), but at least the overcast weather was good for photos hehe. She had lots of family and friends surrounding her (which was probably a little overwhelming for her – she seemed a wee be annoyed the whole day and it took forever to get her to laugh). Lots of gifts, and a very yummy cake made by her poppa! Oh and Marlee pretty much didn’t move from that bean bag the entire day. I think there were too many kids around and she wasn’t having a bar of it haha.
Rosie’s facial expressions crack me up. They look so much like faces that my brother and I would pull when we were little, and SO much like my Dad. It’s so cute. She does this sort of unimpressed look, and I love it.
She might just be my favourite. <3
So, I’m slow at this blogging thing, right? But that’s okay. There’s apparently such a thing as a slow blogging movement, so let’s just pretend I’m part of that. Hehe. A few months ago I showed ya’ll a sneak peek of my cousin’s 21st birthday party. And now, I have finally gotten around to showing you the rest of it!
Tyler’s party was so much fun! Super glad I got to capture some of it too! I’ve never really taken ‘party’ photos before but absolutely loved it. Tyler’s decorating made it all the more fun – especially those awesome helium balloons! Rosie LOVED those balloons. If she didn’t have one in her hands, she would just stare at them, in awe. So cute!
The lovely Rachael of Made From Scratch made the amazing cake, which sat on that stunning mirrored stand that has been in Tyler’s family (not my side) for over 50 years and it was even used at her Grandfather’s 21st birthday! I made the cupcakes, and helped Tyler set up her dessert table and backdrop. The ‘drunk’ and ‘sober’ punch dispensers were supplied by Shaye of On My Hand. Those punches? SO GOOD. I drunk from both. Taking turns. Haha.
The highlight of the night for me was Tyler and I dancing with our grandparents at midnight. It was one of those memories I will never forget and I’m so thankful that we got to share that moment.
Awesome music. Awesome food. Awesome party. Awesome memories. <3
So, it’s been less than a week into this self-employment future of mine, and I must say, it’s been wonderful. I kicked it off with a beautiful wedding (above image is from their awesome day), did two days of contract design work, and now I’m on my second day at home. I’ve been doing a mixture of wedding work, emailing, admin, helping Hook on a random project, thinking about how on earth I’m going to survive doing this diet, and relaxing.
I’m still working on my daily routine, which I think I will do a post about once I have it locked down. It involves a lot of pill taking, coconut oil, and I’m hoping it will include a lot of outdoor time too!
I also can’t wait to get back into this blogging thing. I really miss it. And I have a million photos from certain adventures to show you too. Now that I have more time, I intend to show them to you all! In the mean time, you might want to check out our A Couple Of Night Owls Facebook page to see some of our recent weddings and such. We’ve got a Summer full of weddings and other fun things coming up, which I can’t wait to get right into! :)
My awesome mother, cuddling her sweet little dog Chloe. Chloe was away the last time I went to visit my parents so I missed out on cuddles with her then. Hopefully she’s around this weekend when I go back to Tauranga so I can get some quality time in with her. Hehe. She’s the closest thing I have to my own pet!
A while ago I was thinking about how there are no good paleo (gluten, dairy and sugar free) cafes around Auckland, and how disappointing it is when you go into a cafe and there’s like one gluten free option (which is always and orange and almond cake for some reason – not that I’m complaining cause those are delish, but still). About a week after I had been thinking about this something amazing popped up in my feed on Facebook. A little post about a new paleo store opening up called Wilder and Hunt. I was beyond excited. I instantly started following them – keeping up with their statuses about opening up their new small business adventure.
Although it’s been open for a little while now, I only just got to go there for the first time today with my gluten free pal, Jenna. And let me just say, there was no disappointment whatsoever. Far from it. The little store was crazy cute and the owner, Amy, was super duper lovely! Oh and the food? Well that was amazing!
I got the koko-mocha smoothie (kind of like a chocolate smoothie with a coffee kick) and it was DIVINE. Oh man. I could definitely have one of those every day. And I couldn’t help myself from getting a little bit of baked goods and had the banana and pecan loaf muffin for brunch. YUM.
I cannot wait to go back there. Amy let us have a little taste of a few of the other items as well and they were so good. I think the snickers slice and the pumpkin pie smoothie will be the next things on my list to try! Cannot wait to go back! It’s definitely going to become my regular go-to over the Summer!