UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST: After 8 months, Christi Grace & Company is scheduling maternity and newborn sessions again for clients interested in home or on location sessions. Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, session availability may be significantly limited. If you’re interested in scheduling a session or need more information, please feel free to connect with us HERE.
It has been a little over a month since announcing that I am in a season of rest and not currently booking any additional maternity or newborn clients (What?!?). The last six weeks have been a period of trying to sort out the future, slowing down and of finding some rest.
I am intentionally moving from a place of rushed “doing” to a season of “being”. For the last seven years, I have been a “one woman show” frantically juggling a full time creative outlet and all that entails: social media, emails, consultations, sessions, planning, editing, website design, blog content, editing, ordering, shipping, taxes (you get the idea)…
For the first time in a long while, I am able to start focusing on my physical health (which I have neglected for far too long), self-care, redirecting my energy to some long awaited goals and stripping away tasks and obligations that were becoming too complicated and too heavy for one person to continue.
The most common question that I’ve received during this time is, “When are you going to start accepting clients again?”
Honestly, the short answer is, I don’t know. I know stopping a very successful, profitable business doesn’t make sense to some. I know that I am entering a new season and there is a new path waiting, I just don’t see it yet.
What I am sure about is that I’m taking all of 2020 to focus on me, my health and to get curious again. Yes! All of 2020! I want to do things that I just enjoy doing… like painting, furniture restoration, DIYing my home, learning a new creative outlet or possibly volunteering with an organization that truly stirs my heart.
I have so many projects that I want to try and some new avenues that I want to pursue such as writing/blogging, food photography and working with textiles/mixed media. I’ve worn the title of “business owner” for so long but I hope to reconnect to myself again, personally and creatively, without the expectation to hustle, grind, struggle, scale or pivot (entrepreneurial speak for you are working too hard).
The goal this next year is to give my business head, creative heart and physical well-being the space to dream again, permission to explore and to be reminded of what I love doing while embracing rest. One of the boundaries that I have set for myself is that I will not make any business or venture decisions about work until the end of next year. I am a constant planner, fixer and a dreamer so having this boundary will keep me from making any major decisions before I’m ready.
While I won’t be making any work decisions, I can certainly say “yes” to something if it sounds fun! Will I do some personal photography projects, collaborations or an event, maybe! My goal is not to say no to something I would be excited to do.
While this upcoming season feels unknown AND unplanned, what I do know is this: I am so incredibly thankful for my clients and the past seven years of documenting strong, beautiful women on their journey to motherhood and their precious babies. It has been an absolute HONOR to see each family on this journey. I am forever grateful and I will never take for the granted the huge privilege it has been to be invited into these sweet moments with families.
Sometimes, the unknown can feel scary, but today I choose to see a new chapter and adventure that awaits. I hope you come along for the journey…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: For everything there is a season: A right time to plant and another to reap, a right time to hold on and another to let go.
Here’s to taking a leap of faith –
Hi! I’m Christi – a lifestyle photographer based in Jackson, Mississippi capturing seasons of motherhood for moms and those she loves most. I thrive within simplicity, seek to encourage others and actively pursue an intentional life grounded in love and gratitude. I’m easily distracted by home DIY videos, fresh french-pressed coffee, thrift stores and puppies. If you share a connection with these heartfelt ramblings, I would love to work with you. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.