Over the next few days I'm going to explain the course of my workation, but really I want to start this mini-series off by telling you WHY it's so important.
Let Me Preface...
I was going through my inbox, and came across this email from our mentor. You see, I had sent her a HUGE ASS EMAIL with almost a dozen questions about a workation (she had told us about a couple she's been on and I just wanted to clarify). Now, if you knew Kat, you'd know she was really sweet and little fiery, which we LOVE. So when I got back her email and the first couple lines read: Okay, don't take this the wrong way but I feel like I can be blunt with you:) You're over thinking this!! ha! Don't!!:) The whole point of this is to be a stress-free time that you DON'T have to over think!! So don't!!:)
Note how she was clearly trying to not offend me by the exclamations and smiley faces (told you she was sweet).
But it got me thinking--I do just need to chill the hell out. Which is hard for me. I'm a very un-chill person.
So, as I began to set up this California trip, I'm not sure I even realized it was going to be a workation. And that's probably a good thing, so that I didn't get so hung up.
See, a workation can be ANYTHING you want it to be. I wanted to design a shoot at a rad venue, so I did. I wanted to hang out and blog, so I did. I wanted Sam to shoot boudoir for me as a Christmas gift to Cam, so I did. I wanted to drink and hang by the pool, so I did. And most importantly, I wanted to do it all with some of my closest industry friends (also read: friends).
The only thing missing was Jordan and Ashley, really. The rest, was a total dream.
Photography: Samantha McFarlen
The WHY Behind It All...
I needed to get away. I needed to be creative. I needed girl time. I needed to relax. I needed to breathe. I needed to feel alive. And this trip did ALL of that. Working in your own company can get lonely (luckily I have the girls and a close group of friends, but it can still be lonely). Working in a group setting can be just what your brain needs--the collaborative discussions, the sharing of pain points or business boasts, discussing new ideas and flushing them out with each other, talking big dreams--these are all things that naturally occur when you get together with a group of like-minded people. Then, I styled a shoot I was so proud of (actually, I styled several things--A&Co sessions, a BOMB tablescape/wedding shoot, a sunset wedding shoot, and a sunrise wedding shoot), and this shit sets my soul on fire. If you need to be re-inspired, re-ignited, re-ANYTHING, this is necessary. It's just good for your mind, body, and soul.
Stay tuned over the next couple of days to learn more about my workation.