September Life Update

It’s been a little over a month since my last blog post. It seems like much longer to me. Lately I’ve been struggling with motivation to do much of anything – including write. But, I wanted to share a few recent happenings in my life, talk about what’s been keeping me from writing, and talk about what’s coming up for the blog.

Since launching my photography business in July, I have had a lot of early interest. It was slow going at first, but in the last few weeks I have been contacted 2-3 times a week by someone who is interested in scheduling a shoot. I am learning a lot about the business side of things and about photography in general. I already believe that I’ve improved and I can’t wait to see where this passion takes me in the future. To those who have trusted a new photographer with your precious memories – thank you; it means the world to me that you have taken a chance on me! Remember, if you are in need of family portraits, senior pictures, pet photography, or an event photographer (besides weddings), I would love to work with you!

I have also started a second job as a bartender at Riggs Beer Company. I’ve never bartended before, so it is a new experience, but I am enjoying it a lot so far. Come out on Thursday for Oktoberfest and don’t miss the chance to see me in a traditional German Oktoberfest dress.. lol. I’m also still at IGA nearly full-time. So between IGA, 1-2 photo shoots a week, editing pictures, and bartending, I am staying plenty busy. Between all of that, trying to keep my nutrition in check, and keep up with my workouts, and trying to have a life, I have been extremely overwhelmed. Which brings me to the whole not writing thing…

In addition to feeling overwhelmed, I’ve been exhausted and feeling depressed. For about a month, I had no energy or drive to do anything other than lay on the couch and watch Netflix. I’d come home from work and do nothing but nap or watch TV, which would in turn make me feel worse. Several times I sat down to write and just could not put together a coherent thought on paper. I struggled with finding the motivation to edit pictures. My healthy eating slipped and I skipped a lot of workouts. I don’t necessarily know what caused these issues, but I do know in the last two weeks, since I have been forcing myself to do things even when I don’t feel like it – like go to the gym, meal prep healthy foods, clean my apartment, or edit pictures – I feel better. I feel better when I get things done. I feel better when I set goals and accomplish them. I feel better when I don’t skip my workouts. I feel better when I don’t let myself get into a downward spiral of feeling crappy so I don’t do anything and then I feel worse about not doing anything… So I’ve actually been doing the things I should do – and voila, I’m actually able to sit down and write a non-gibberish blog post. I’ve actually been feeling better for the most part.

Speaking of writing, I want to talk about whats coming up on the blog. For awhile, I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts into a blog post on self-love, but it always ends up rambling on and being way too long. So, I’m going to try something new. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a 3 part series on self-love. Starting next week, I’ll share one part a week. This will kill two birds with one stone in that it will force me to sit down and write consistently and allow me to share my thoughts on this topic without rambling on and writing a novel. I’m looking forward to finally writing this and sharing it.

One last update – with the photography business becoming more popular, I’m going to change the name of my business Facebook profile to Jessica Schluter Photography. I’ll still post my blogs on Facebook, but on my personal page instead. This helps me keep everything straight and makes my timeline a little less messy.

That’s all the updates I’ve got right now. Thanks for being patient with me and for reading and supporting my blog. Until next week, Jessica.

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