Too Busy to Notice - Mary Vance Photography | Sammamish, WA Senior Photographer

“We just have SO much going on.”

“I would love to see if we could squeeze this in.”

“Well, I might be able to if we move somethings around.”

I hear comments like this every day and frankly, I FEEL YOU!  I’m in a fast-paced season of life myself.  Home-schooling my girls, managing my home, and running my full time Senior Photography business take up all of my hours.  There are days when I run through it all and at night I’m not even sure how I did it.


But lately, I’ve found myself thinking more and more what this level of busy means.  I find myself longing for more.   Not for more things, but for more time to enjoy the things I do have.  Because what good does it do me to have it all if I don’t have time to enjoy any of it?

When I’m busy, I miss out on noticing -- which is crucial for me as a photographer. 

I need to see the glint in a Senior’s eye as he picks up a football.

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I need to witness how my Senior radiates love when she talks about her Mom.

Mary Vance Photography Senior Photographer Sammamish senior girl hugging her mom field black and white

I need to notice how my Senior smiles as the wind blows through their hair.

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And so, with a heart full of love, I ask “What do you want time to notice?”

Are you finding yourself bogged down by busy?  

Are you wearing it as a badge of honor or have you realized that it’s a weight that needs to be put down?  (Maybe even pried off with the crowbar?)

If so, I encourage you to take time to think about all the things that consume your time and contribute to your “busy.”  

Here is a little exercise that might help:

  • Make a list of all that you “have to do.”  

  • Circle the things you love, mark out the things that you can remove, and leave the items that fall in the middle to be evaluated in 3 months.

  • For the things you marked out, take active steps to remove them from your life.

  • For the things you love, make time on your calendar to make them happen. (These are the things I like to call FULL because they lift my spirits and give me LIFE!)

  • Reevaluate as the seasons change.  As we grow, so too, do our priorities.

For me, that exercise has led to making intentional moves with my business.  I have set limits with the number of Senior Sessions I book so that I can have time to fully embrace and know each of my clients.  

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I am a Senior photographer but I’m here to connect with others and change lives, not just take a pretty picture.  I hope today finds you connecting with others and noticing life, too! Here’s to no more busy, but a lot more FULL!

Shine bright-

~ Mary Vance