Big decisions are made in the little ones.
This is a truth that has really struck home in the past week.
Here is a photo that was taken at a garage sale of a clock I was considering to buy. I love the 1950’s atomic era décor. It was authentic, it worked, it was $10. I had $15 and had just started my search for treasures that day. I imagined a crazy, creative photography studio where it would hang center stage as a reminder of what I wanted to become. The garage sale host saw that I was wavering and had me sit down to take a cell phone pic to seal the deal. I bought it and put it in the bottom of the closet where it rested for a couple years. I’d pull it out every so often, plug it in and wonder if it would fit somewhere in my home office. It never did, but I couldn’t let it go.
Guess where it hangs today? Right there next to the big screen where I show clients their portraits!
Buying the clock was just one of a thousand little decisions that brought PBJ Studio into existence.
Some of those little (or BIG in looking back) decisions:
Each daily decision I made, brought me closer to the reality of having my own sustainable business.
But having a photography studio isn’t my only life goal. There is the balance of body, mind, spirit and soul to consider. I have to stop and re-evaluate every so often.
Here are my recent life-after-50 goals:
As my life goals, these need to be worked out to become a daily reality. I won't be able to address each one every single day, but in bits and pieces, with a solid plan in mind, I can eventually build them in by the little choices I make.
Three more Truths:
Here are a few of my current weaknesses I’ve identified:
BODY: Do I want to have a strong, healthy body?
Well, I need to make that decision in the snack I choose when I’m on the run between meetings. Maybe I could do a little food prep on Sundays so it’s ready ahead of time. Maybe I could add the Zumba classes to my calendar and schedule meetings around them.
SPIRIT: Do I have a faith that is ready for anything life hurls at me?
I could find an online Bible study that I listen to in the morning as I am getting ready for the day or food prepping. (I found this link to some amazing women who share their Biblical lessons learned: http://ccagwomen2women.com/). I could also save some Bible verses into my phone that I could memorize. I learned quite a few Bible verse songs as a child. Maybe I could sing them when I am driving. I could talk about them when I am chatting with friends or family.
MIND: Do I invest the time to learn so that I can hone my craft (be it photography, writing, gardening, etc.)
Here’s a thought: I could set learning goals. Hmmmmm. Wasn’t there that movie where a mom learned to surf? I don’t need to learn to surf living in Kansas, but I could learn to Salsa which would be fun and strengthen my body too. I could add training videos to my calendar like I do business meetings so could improve my photography, editing sales and business skills. I could be become a Business Ninja!
SOUL: Do I take the time to celebrate?
There is much to celebrate: victories, awards, opportunities, special moments, goals reached. I need to make this a priority so I stay encouraged and motivated to look to the next challenge as a potential victory. I can choose to celebrate mowing the lawn at the studio I dreamed for years of having – even when I don’t enjoy mowing (not even a little bit).
Here’s an oldie, but goodie:
Count your blessings, name them one by one!Count your blessings, see what God has done!Count your blessingsName them one by one!Count your many blessings, see what God has done!