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A Chosen Path [Susan Eckert, Female Long Island Beauty, Glamour and Boudoir Photographer]

I crave challenge. I never just “settle.” And I can never be idle.

I’ve always been that way.

All well and good when you’re in your teens and boredom is the worst possible thing to have to face. All fine and dandy when you’re in your 20s, single, and the world is your oyster. But when you’re married. And a mom of four-year old feisty twins and a 10-going-on-19 year-old (all boys), these qualities can suddenly shift from making life interesting to making life…well, let’s just say a little frenzied!

These past several months…or really, this whole past year…has been wonderful! On the business front, I’ve met and had the pleasure to shoot so many really amazing women. I’ve established relationships with some really powerful business women. And I’ve tested my artistic eye in new channels (I’ll tell you more about that exciting stuff very soon!). On the home front, my twins have FINALLY and officially become potty trained (Hallelujah!), we’ve completed major renovation of a master bathroom in our 1923 home (NOT easy when you have concrete foundations supporting just about everything!), and we actually got the opportunity to go away a few times to sunny, beachy places that restore my soul.

All good stuff.

BUT, the flip side is, it’s been a seriously challenging year as well! Balancing home, motherhood, and a business is really hard work. Feels sorta like juggling raw eggs, lots of em. No matter how good you are, from time to time, somethin’s gonna get cracked! You’ve gotta be elastic, stretching here to create more of a presence where you’re needed, bridging there to fix things when they go wrong, and snapping back into shape at a moment’s notice because 7 days a week between 9am and 9pm you’re ON when it comes to clients and prospects.

The strategic and tactical goals checklist I created back in November for 2012 remains curiously devoid of any completed checks (and it’s already March!). The to do list I carry from one week to the next refuses to shrink, insisting on occupying several pages in my “Everything Book.” And neat piles of school letters, miscellaneous mail, and fashion magazines sit awaiting review.

“Slow it down,” says hubby (who’d be just thrilled if I kept photography as a “hobby”). “Take a hiatus,” says a friend giving advice on how to handle the many and sundry requirements for raising three healthy and happy children. “Get help,” says another who calls me Wonder Woman and repeatedly expresses wonder over how I manage to juggle everything that I do.

Because I am who I am, my brain can’t even entertain the first two suggestions “Hmm? Did you say something?” And slowly, reluctantly, it mulls over the third…

True, I’m often up at 3am editing images to meet tight deadlines. True, some days I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. And true, Stress and I have become fast friends.

Yes, it’s challenging. No, I won’t settle for being and doing anything less. And for better or worse, heck no, I’m never, ever idle!

BUT.

Providing a professional and uplifting photography experience is my chosen path.

I love what I do.

I’ve created this life.

And I love living it.

I wish the same for you!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Susan

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