I have been thinking about the last 21 years, or so, of being in business. Life has a funny way of making you reflect at times.
Recent big life events and illness has made me assess what is important to me. One of the things that has come out most strongly (as well as my love of photography) is the need to spend more time with family and friends and to travel.
Many people in business work so many hours. I know I have been guilty of this, staying well into the night after my staff had gone home when I was down at my studio at the Paintworks. Like so many in business, where reputation is everything I was guilty of chasing work and recognition over what is ultimately most important. Finding it hard to say no and overloading oneself. Running a business, and for the last 7 years, teaching across three different photography degree programmes has been exhausting. Now I find the need to spend more time with those who mean the most. Pulling back from some of my Higher Education teaching has given me more time to think, priorities and travel; spending more and more time in Spain at our wonderful cave house, Casa Isadora (www.casaisadora.com), when I am able.
In reassessing my business and teaching roles, I realise that I want to spend more time doing what I love. That is of course: photography, working with my wonderful clients and running small courses from my studio. I also need to be free enough to do future volunteering, like I did working with refugees in Lesvos in 2016. Giving a little back is becoming more important as I get older.
I feel like I have just become excited about life and my business again.
In the last two months I have made a few great investments in my business and will soon be announcing some exciting things...!
In the mean time, I want to share a blog post with you that I have written (on Casa Isadora cave house website) about my newly found love of Andalusia....
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