Transition is tough...but it's also a great opportunity for renewing creative energy! [Musings from Susan Eckert of Long Island Boudoir Photography]
I've spent the past few months on pins and needles. In May I'd been feeling as if perhaps I should exercise the right to end my lease at the 1 year mark which for some reason, and yet thankfully, I'd made sure to request at the time of signing.
Deep down I knew I needed to move. Again. But moving is so time consuming, stressful, and costly that I was reluctant to make the jump.
It's a tough decision to make--relocating your business. But ultimately, the decision to find something else was forced upon me when neighbors at my Bohemia location sideswiped my brand new car and didn't even bother to alert me. For a year I'd quarreled with neighbors who's kids skateboarded on my property, slammed their soccer balls and hockey pucks against my door, climbed and played in my windows. Not to mention the annoyance created by the moms--who used my side of the building's parking lot as a social gathering spot and would often block my parking area.
When I first found this space, I'd thought moving from an industrial to a residential area would be a good move. It wasn't. Chalk it up to lesson learned. Now, it was time to go.
Flash forward, now that I've spent weeks painting, getting flooring put in to a newly renovated space, staining doors, planning partnerships and strategizing how best to leverage this cozy spot in my own revitalized and lively hometown I realize my body is showing the signs of all this transition. My nails are splintered, fingers sore, body aching, and I've got a sprained ankle to boot! :P
BUT my spirits are high and my imagination is running on overdrive!
On any regular day, it's tough to manage my schedule: 3 school age kids, a husband who arrives from the city exhausted and starving, tight album deadlines, new prospect inquiries, lab follow-up calls, endless emails and calls waiting to be returned.
I've learned to master the juggling act that's absolutely required as a studio owner and mother. But these past few weeks I've dropped a couple balls: I've missed returning paperwork to my kids' teachers on time, failed to respond to more than a few new inquiries, missed emails, lost voicemail messages, and judging by my overgrown eyebrows, peeling manicure, and exhausted body--forgotten to take care of me.
As of November, I will begin operating fully out of my new space. I will be planning a grand opening celebration, hosting a couple open houses, and inviting all my friends to participate in christening the space as I look forward to a better experience in Bay Shore!
I also plan to take a week away at a convention to restore the physical exhaustion I feel. But in the meantime, I wish to apologize to anyone who didn't hear from me right away after sending an email or leaving a voicemail. Once I'm settled in my new digs, things will surely return to normal. I'll regain my footing as the master juggler I am known to be and revel in the new adventures awaiting!
Happy autumn, have a safe Halloween, and stay tuned for our upcoming events calendar! It's gonna be great!!!!
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Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE