It hit me last night when Jonathan and I were talking over dinner: I have a really hard time getting out of work mode.
I realized this when every other sentence that came out of my mouth was work related. "I feel like last night's session went really well!" "I uploaded so-and-so's images online today." "I have this new idea for our client info sheets." "I need to buy more DVD cases." blah, blah, blah...
When husband pointed out that all I was talking about was work...I sat there for a minute in silence...because I couldn't think of anything else to talk about.
When you're running your own business, it's often hard to turn work off...especially when your office is in your home and you actually enjoy what you do. When I have weddings and sessions scheduled on the weekend, it's easy to forget to take time off to just live life.
To top off my already guilty conscience about all of this, during my devotion time this morning I was reminded of Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Then I was prompted to look up the definition of the word "Sabbath" and found..."a period of rest."
To think that me working extra hours, and thinking about work all the time (because let's face it, when you're thinking about work, that is a form of work) and not taking time to rest...I'm actually being disobedient to God...that got me right there.
I guess I'm sharing all of this as a declaration of my desire to change. If I write this for anyone to read, maybe it'll help keep me a little more accountable.
In an initial effort to change, I decided to take a personal day today. My emails can wait, the editing can wait, all of my work will still be there tomorrow...because I'm going to take the time to rest today.
I know that I am not alone in this struggle. Many of you probably have difficulty with this same exact thing.
Tell me...what things do you do to make sure to set boundaries in your life when it comes to work and your personal life?