However, we have done all we can now to save our business to stay afloat, we have moved most of the dates for our clients. We kept a regular schedule, we worked despite the struggles of being productive. Pushing ourselves through the anxiety and sadness.
It’s now time for us to go inward and release, and try to relax.
Maybe our photography burnout was real last year, it happens. In a lot of our Instagram live discussions, we talked about being business owners and being a creative, being artists. It is very important to get rest and reprieve from the environment of which you are to be creative within. Reflect, celebrate what you have achieved and then decompress to allow for a new flow of inspiration.
First, the biggest things we learned were:
~IG cuts you off after 1- Hour
~If your live was less than 20 minutes, you could save it to your device, longer- nope!
~Only streams for 24 hrs
~Will not automatically post to FaceBook.
~Playing music with a guest messes with the sound. If we continue, I think a sound device is helpful. But HEY, part of the charm is having something go wrong or it to be very Johnny on the Spot. Right?
~Wearing glasses helps to lessen your puffy eyes. Wearing a beanie hides bed head.
~Wearing makeup and good lighting is helpful. Duh.
~A few times we did a hack of using an iPad a phone while simultaneously streaming IG LIVE on one device / FB LIVE on the other. It sort of worked. Did NOT work for having guests on… obviously.
~A lesson was learned about the different audiences we reach on each social platform. From a business standpoint, that was interesting to see.
We first came up with the idea of having people join us when we discovered that was actually a thing you could do – our dear friend and accountant ( also financial advisor) Debbi “Asked to join us” and so it began. We talked about how we were heading up the financial aspects of the SBA and EDD. Then it was an Aha! Moment… let’s just talk to our very intelligent friends, and community.
So that’s what we did. We started each set with spinning vinyl from my dad and mother-in-law’s record collection. Discovering some of the recordings was a fun adventure in itself. Then we toast our coffees and get started about morning rituals, how we are dealing, how are we feeling. Everyone we spoke with is an entrepreneur and rooted in positivity and opportunity.
How can we make the best of this COVID-19 situation? How are we coming out of this on top? We also discussed any business pivots, and thoughts on the future. We would have them end with a quote or affirmation. All in all, it was mostly like having a mini therapy session. Quarantine Coffee Talk.
Now is the time to get rid of the ego and do things different from how you have always done them.– Tatum Taylor, Crown Salon
Chloe – Chloe Jackman Photography
Heather – Somm – Wine Tasting – tour of our apt
Tatum – Crown Salon
Liza – Studio DBI design
Andria – Andria Leigh Events
Carrie – Carrie Aldous Makeup & Hair
Enrico – Rivetto Winery in Barolo Italy
Eileen – Arbonne / Healthcare worker
Stephanie – Bowerbird Atelier / Fleurot Deck (tarot for small business)
Morgan – Hustle & Play – Lifecoach
Anastasia – Anastasia Andenmatte Floral Designs
Ricci – Rust & Flourish Floral Design
Eury – J Bodyworks – Coach
Michelle – Michelle Walker Photography
On Easter, we talked with my parents. They discussed the roots of turning into a photographer. And how much our family values printed photos. Those memory lanes are traveled down more now than ever. Thanks coronavirus, I guess?
Owning a business feels like having a child. Hold on hold on… We know NOTHING about what it’s like to be parents. But I do feel as though owning a creative business evokes similar qualities of value and emotion. I am OBSESSED with our business. It will consume my every waking moment if I do not let myself become distracted by something else. I take it seriously, feed and nurture it for growth. So when we take a “vacation” it’s not really a full vacation unless I know there is not anything on the back burner or any one who needs our attention. Someone is “business-sitting”, if you will. (Get it?)
Now is a little different. Nothing is happening. The coronavirus pandemic has forced a sabbatical. And I’ll take it -please and thank you.
The last time we were able to completely unplug was on our pre-wedding honeymoon when we both moved, quit our other jobs and went to Europe for 3 months. We decompressed then, and it was glorious. Full disclosure, this was before MJP was a full time career. Although I was ready to go back to work- I got antsy.
Not entirely sure! YAAAAAS. Tim gives a fist pump. No plans, no To-Do lists (let’s be real, there will be a daily task list ), no late nights wondering if we should have done another IG post today.
We do plan to paint our apartment and put up wallpaper that has plants on it, because it’s too dark for any actual plants to survive in here. WE are also getting more musical, plan to break out the watercolor paints, or stay in bed all day and re-watch Westworld.
Maybe we go out in the wilderness for a few days? One of our clients informed us of a retreat center. Thinking that sounds good too 🙂 Just have to convince Timmy that aligning his Chakras is very masculine.
Feeling incredibly blessed to have our assistant Libby who has agreed to take over our IG feed for a couple of weeks so that we do not lose all the INSTAGRAM momentum we just cultivated, and to keep fresh content.
Keep the positive outlook, this too shall pass. Thank you for reading.