Juggling a work life balance as a photographer: Road Trip Part 1

 (Beth Hall(C) 2015)

I’ve been working toward finding balance when it comes to my work and my personal life. Last year was a great year for business, but it got a little out of control on the personal side. I felt like I wasn’t taking enough time to be with friends and family, and I wasn’t doing enough for myself. I’ve alway been one to exercise and I found myself not making the time to go for a run in the woods or take a yoga class from a favorite teacher. I decided that I would make a better effort in 2016 to take care of the personal side of my life while also keeping up with my work life. Balance, the struggle is real.

Several years ago I noticed a pattern in my work and realized that I didn’t have many shoots at the end of July. I decided to utilize this time for vacation with my son, plan a road trip and go to a different place each year. We’ve driven to: the beach in Florida, The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Houston, Port Aransus, San Antonio and Austin. This year our destination of Colorado began with a family trip to St. Louis.

We met the family for a weekend honoring our late Mimi. She was a Lt. Commander in the Navy and is buried in St. Charles, Missouri. Her military foot stone was finally delivered and we wanted to place it at her grave. She was such an amazing woman who influenced and changed all of our lives, mine in particular. She was 95 when she passed away and had been single for all but 13 of those years. She was so intelligent, strong, classy and independent. She’s the person I most identify most with in the family since I am single and navigating this world by myself. She is someone I look up to and someone I try to emulate.

To celebrate her life and love, we had her favorites on site: champaign and pink roses.

 (Beth Hall(C) 2015)

 (Beth Hall(C) 2015)

We continued our celebration St. Louis style with a couple of games at Busch Stadium. Baseball games, beer and hot dogs are a long standing tradition in our family since I’m the first generation that was born outside of Missouri. Go Cards, you will always have my heart!

Here are a couple of iphone images from the game… I guess I never got my camera out of my bag. I’m pretty sure I was focused on beer and hot dogs… and that 16 inning game where the 8th inning ended way too quickly!

 (Beth Hall)

 (Beth Hall)

 

Hold steady for the next post about our 2500 mile trip through Colorado!

 

 

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