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I used to try to work all the time. After all, there is always something to get done. Always something to cross off my to do list. It seems like it has taken forever for me to understand that the to do list will never be completed and that’s okay. It’s okay to take a break and do something you enjoy.

Sometimes I would work all day, and then stay up late trying to get as many tasks done as possible. Looking back, it’s easy to see that the work I did when I was tired wasn’t efficient and drained me of any enthusiasm or creativity I might have.

It was actually this post that made me realize I needed to stop working, and start living more. The final line of her post says, “The well-intentioned but misinformed “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “Vacation days are for lazy people” mantras will put you behind in the long run. Take a break and you’ll find that you become more creative, more often.”

A few things I’m trying to do to help me not only be more creative, but be more efficient:

- Setting a specific time to work. When I don’t set hours for myself, I end up working a little bit here and there throughout the day. I get more done if I set a time limit for myself. I also love to use the app 30/30 to help me set limits for specific tasks.

-Turning off electronics. Including my camera. I love taking pictures, but there are times that I’m so focused on capturing the moment that I forget to actually enjoy the moment.

-Cultivating my hobbies. Besides photography I want to go and play tennis, or create a scrapbook. The best part is, when I let go of focusing on pictures and focus on other things I enjoy I find inspiration and new ideas along the way.

-Taking a break. Everyday. Working all day, then going to sleep just to wake up to repeat the cycle can’t last forever. I used to think, I will relax this weekend. And then the weekend would come and I’d think, I need to work…maybe in a few days. I am working on taking time for myself everyday. Even if it’s just reading for 10 minutes before bed.

This post is probably more for myself, than anyone. But if you found it helpful, or have other ideas please leave a comment!

xo

 

 

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  • Logan - August 13, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    We make sure to set aside some time every night specifically not for work and instead as time for us to be together. Sometimes we have to bring work/school home with us, but we always know that we have that special time every night set aside.

    I also definitely agree that setting specific times to work (or work on specific things) really helps me know when it’s time to stop and step back.ReplyCancel

Madeleine and Justin, got married after both graduating, taking too many credits in one semester, and living out of state.  On top of all that, they made so many of their details themselves. Including their flowers!  I was blown away by how they got everything done.

If anyone is meant to be together, it’s Madeleine and Justin. It was even more apparent to me as Madeleine’s dad shared more about their story and how they met years ago as teenagers. This day wasn’t just months in the making, it was years, and it couldn’t have turned out more beautifully.

 

M + J were married at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Take a quick peek into their amazing day!

I’m a little obsessed with this wedding set. So pretty:

The groom’s wedding boots:

Love these Kate Spade earrings!

Madeleine actually did all her flowers herself! Aren’t they gorgeous?!

Hand painted signs, so cute!

The cutest little baby bunnies were running around the yard in front of the bridal suite:

The bride ready to go get married!

It seriously was the perfect day for a wedding:

First kiss as husband and wife!

More cute hand painted signage! :)

Madeline, you’re gorgeous!!

The part continued over at the barn:

So many special details, including that quilt!

Their guestbook was an address book…the perfect way to stay in touch after the wedding! They also gave out the yummiest strawberry jams for their favors.

Congrats Madeleine & Justin! Such a fun and beautiful day! Thank you for letting me capture it!

xo

Tiffany

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  • Melissa Martinez - August 10, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Exquisite photos, Tiffany! You do such amazing work, all the time. It was so great running into you at Ashley’s wedding. Hope to see you soon!ReplyCancel

Always from left to right. 1. Welcome to my life in squares. 2. Driving up the mountains. Just love Colorado! 3. Date night candy apples. I’m still dreaming about them. See more from our date here.

1. The pond at the cabin. No internet, no cell service, just this view and the sounds of birds chirping! 2. Late nights laughing and chatting in front of the fire. 3. Stormy afternoons in the mountains.. July was so rainy and stormy!

1. Drove to New Mexico by myself one day and tried a few new iphone apps! So random and fun. If you’re wondering where my husband was…he was swamped with studying for the bar all day everyday. 2. Shrimp boil for dinner. Yum! 3. Even the dog likes driving in the mountains!

1. Concert in the Park, at Millennium park. So fun and the weather was actually not too bad! Once we got home though, the storms rolled in! 2. Taken from a taxi cab one rainy night.  Trump tower always looks good! 3. I will never get tired of looking up at all the buildings in Chicago. I also just love the Hancock building. So sleek, and simple, yet amazing!

1. My first time taking the metro (read: train) from Union Station! I’m surprised I didn’t get lost…it’s a little confusing! 2. Hostess handing out free Twinkies on Michigan Avenue. A twinkie truck and a twinkie cowboy? 3. Lunch at Little Goat. One of my all time favorite diners/restaurants. Seriously, the best food.  (Just don’t ask me about the service.)

1. His and hers burritos from Qdoba. Our server/cashier/burrito master was nice enough to label these so nicely and give us free drinks! 2. Wedding time at Arrowhead Golf club. The comments on instagram called this place “Jurassic Park” and “Simba’s Hood”. I have to say, I agree! 3. Pink nails, pink drink, pink pants. Pink it is!

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  • Logan - August 2, 2013 - 5:31 am

    Love the dog with his head out the window =).ReplyCancel