Last week I was at The Event, a conference run by the AIPP…of which I’m a member (I even have a card in my wallet which says ‘professional photographer’). There were wonderful speakers and I learned heaps!
One of the topics that seemed to get touched on a lot was that of dreaming or planning, so that we are always growing and moving forward in our businesses. I totally agree with this concept, one of my greatest fears is that I’ll become that person who never changes or grows (in my personal or business life). But recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I plan and dream way too much…it gives me such a high, it’s almost a drug. For example, I’ve been working towards becoming a full-time photographer for years now and at the beginning of this year it finally happened. This process took years of planning, hard work and I finally achieved my goal (a year early might I add). But instead of celebrating and enjoying this moment I just moved onto planning the next chapter of my life. It was a huge wake up call when I realised I was getting more joy out of the future than the present, how much I was missing!
So I’ve made the conscious decision to dream less, slow down and enjoy now. As I mentioned earlier I don’t want to be that person who never changes, but I also don’t want to be the person who doesn’t appreciate what they have because they are always looking for something better.