summer, here in earnest. And with it, a choice.

June 27, 2011 |  Category:   life

I don’t know when it happened, but my past indifference to summer has turned into love, despite my intolerance to heat. I welcome the break from the early hustle to get the lunches made and the kids out the door by 8:20 am. Both girls will officially be done with school tomorrow, although it feels like we’ve already started summer with our weekly picnics and warm weather outings.

Summer also slows down for the business and although it means less income earned, we’ve come to expect it every late June. Seems like many things these days have a predictable rhythm. What I can’t predict, however, is my freelance schedule. I vowed at the end of last year after a very hectic year on the verge of burnout, that I wouldn’t work as much this year if I could help it. It didn’t seem like it would turn out that way when January turned the corner, but looking back at the last few months, I realized that there has been a better balance between work and life. This summer I am choosing to work even less. How? Did we suddenly win the lottery? Ha, no (I wish! No, really, I really do wish). Realizing that time can sometimes be more valuable than money is a powerful realization. I’ve needed time for awhile now.

Lastly, thank you to each and every one of you who left a comment to my last post and shared a bit of your own story. I appreciate all your comments so much.

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  • Karena June 27, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Oh there is never enough time, and one could work nearly 24/7. Tthen the reality hits of what is truly important. So glad to find you.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  • Lara June 27, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Nice, Jenna. I’m happy to hear it.

  • Ana June 27, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Picnic perfection, that’s what that is.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie June 27, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I love your photos and style of writing. We are in the middle of winter here in Sydney, but your photos make me feel like I’m right there enjoying the summer with you guys!

  • Roos June 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Do choose time over money. It will be worth it!
    (and thx for your kind words regarding my previous comment)

  • Annie June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Jenna, your posts are so inspiring. The whole time vs.money is a big deal and not always hard to answer. Thank you for sharing. I really like your perspective.

  • nanne June 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    i had a photography business back in alabama for 20 years. i worked out of my home—b & w film, handtinting, toning, darkroom– very old school.

    i used to DREAD summer because my two young girls would be home ( i really love them!!) wanting to go all over the place, we’d do vacations, mini vacations, little friends in & out of the house all day. all while i was up to my eyeballs in work, stressed about getting the work done and stressed about not being a fab mom. and i felt horrible about feeling that way.

    but, as the girls grew older, summers became easier and much more fun.

    little children are so very wonderful and dear, but they require & need & and you WANT to give them a lot of quality time and attention.

    and it’s hard when you are a home based worker bee.

    you are doing great– and life, summers will become easier and much more fun (for you) as your children get older.

    love your blog & your thoughts!

    nanne in indiana by way of alabama

  • Leah June 28, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Funny, I used to hate summer too. Now I love it. Even though I still work nearly every day, it just seems like a slower pace without school. The warm weather, staying light longer — makes for an easier nights and sleeping in during the day.

  • Meghann June 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Your picnic basket is fabulous. I’ve been thinking about purchasing one of my very own. And your idea of picnic food makes my mouth water.

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