an update

SO sorry I haven’t blogged in 11 days! I know I haven’t been blogging much the past few months (life has been busy), but for the past 2 weeks, life has been VERY busy!

As those of you who follow me on twitter already know, I moved out of my office space at Studio 116. I also moved my home as well. Both on the hottest day of the year (103 degrees- fun!). I moved both my home and office into a super duper amazing house (my twitter friends already know all about it- it’s phenomenal). It’s up the hill from where I used to live, so I get to go to the same bank, keep my same mailbox, shop at the same stores, go to the same parks. It’s essentially the same life only upgraded, way upgraded.

The only way I could afford the house was if I gave up my lovely office space at the lovely Studio 116. I’m paying about the same now in combined personal + biz rent as I was before, but am really enjoying having a home office again. In fact, it’s downright awesome. I worried I wouldn’t be able to solve the problems that naturally arose from giving up a studio but it has been no problem. I’m super happy!

Happy. But exhausted.

Anyone who has done a major move knows how stressful and tiring it can be (yes, those are both understatements, lol). This was compounded by the fact that I packed, moved and unpacked during the hottest week ever on record in the PNW.

It was, in one word- brutal. I did have one little mini meltdown the Monday after I moved (Christina was there and can attest to my tears, lol), am still trying to recover physically, and am only about 65% of the way through organizing my new office. I have sooo much to do to finish organizing the office. But I love it because it has a huge walk-in closet with a custom built-in system, almost like having another room for all of my business stuff that has accumulated over the years. The office itself is in a converted bedroom that has been used previously as an office. It has full cable and all of the grounded electrical outlets a photographer could need and even a keyed lock on the door. It’s awesome. It has a pretty view out of two windows, and a nice breeze blows through during the day. I love it.

Having an office in a photography studio has *great* advantages, and I will dearly miss my studiomates at Studio 116 (and Fergie will too!), but I found that I was working from home on my laptop at least 85% of the time. And now that Christina and I can work together regularly, I think we will both be more efficient.

Now I have gotta get my act in gear and try and catch up on the overwhelming pile of emails and client work and prepare to go to Boston and Chicago in less than 2 weeks. I have a massive amount of work to do and just want to say how grateful I am to all of those who consulted me when it came to my decision to move my office home, who congratulated me on the house, and who have been patient with me during this process.

Now I’m off to take the dog to the park, then come back home to work!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday and I’ll try not to be so MIA from here on out. I have new photos to post tomorrow! 🙂

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