hus·tle / verb
force (someone) to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction.
We live in the world of “the hustle”. It is preached and praised to hustle for our businesses. But I believe hand-in-hand with hustle, we must find people and places to relax, refresh, and refuel.
And that is exactly what our annual Colorado week is for. Along with a handful of our favorite fellow photography business owners, we pack up our bags, head for cooler weather, and spend a solid week with the slowest internet 2017 can find. We shoot, laugh, explore, try out new things, talk through old things, brainstorm, and we all leave feeling as much as possible like Leo Di Puprio in this picture below.
When your business is your life, and your life your business, it is incredibly hard to truly turn off. “Paid Vacation Days” where we can leave the office and not think about a single work thing for 7 days until we walk back in the door just don’t exist. And thats okay. In fact, in the grand scheme of being a business owner, I prefer it. But it does require more intentionality in turning off work, separating personal life, and ensuring we care for ourselves, not just our business.
You don’t have to escape to the Rockys to do this, but I must say, fresh mountain air certainly helps. So does a spa day, a bottle of tequila, some fresh limes, and friends who make you laugh until you cry.
We will be showing more of our trip over the next few weeks (including our first roll of film!). In the meantime, even if you can’t jet off for a solid week away, I want to encourage you to set aside some relaxation time: get a manicure, go for a walk without your phone, grab a glass of wine with a friend and shake hands on no business talk. I promise, it will be worth it.