end of season reboot
By Enna Grazier
Enna in front of woodpile – “tintype by Matt Grazier”
One of Enna’s favorite images from 2015. A quiet moment with the bride before her wedding ceremony.
In addition to the image fatigue, I find that this time of year I am, well, to be honest, a bit lonely. During the busy summer and autumn months I fall out of the loop in my own social networks – among photographers and non-photographer friends alike. It happens every year, but it still surprises me when I realize that the busy months of May through October have rolled by and I’ve had to decline almost every social invite that came in. Yes, introverts get lonely too!
So yeah, it’s time. My eyeballs need a reboot, my heart needs some cozying up to good friends, and my feet need a rest. I bought some orthotic shoes, and am working on an exciting personal photography project. But for the most part, the kind of healing/rest that I need happens in the heart. This is where friends come in. Lucky for me, many of my closest friends are also photographers, and they’re in the same boat as me!
Over the next month, you’ll find me having brunch with a group of moms who I met at last year’s Inspire Photo Retreat, cocktails with the local crew, and yes, scheduling a couple of “business” lunches with our favorite event planners.
Want to join me ‘virtually’ on this end of season reboot? Here’s my prescription:
- Schedule an open-invite coffee or brunch at your local coffee shop
- Do something that is for your physical wellness: a massage, a manicure, a walk in the woods… it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it helps you get re-grounded in your body.
- Find a creative work that inspires you: read, follow, do, make, listen… it doesn’t matter. And don’t force yourself to follow up and create, or make, or report, or do anything with this inspiration. Just soak in the experience and enjoy it.
These are truly simple acts, but they are guaranteed to help you get back on track after a busy season. What are your favorite ways to fill up the tank at the tail end of an exhausting season? -Enna Grazier.
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