Emily Scott the talented photographer behind Em The Gem who also blogs about all things fashion on The Refined Woman. Plus, she’s a soon to be mama, too! As an avid film shooter, her photographs have an air of nostalgia and great focus to them, which I got to witness first hand as she snapped away in Paris during our picnic together. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : Every morning when I wake up, I have to make a conscious effort NOT to check my cell phone. It makes me stressed immediately. So I always try to make coffee and prepare a good breakfast. I’m a horrible morning person and also wake up starving … so making coffee and breakfast is a ritual I have come to appreciate so much since I started working from home a few years ago. I’m striving for slowness in the morning. I never get anything productive done in the first hour of being awake, even if I try, so instead of being stressed by that I challenge myself to appreciate the slowness I can afford from working at home. But I will say during busy seasons this is so hard, but so good for my soul.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : One thing that I struggle with when I have a lot on my plate is staying focused on one task and finishing it. I also struggle with immediate versus long term goals. The immediate and most in-my-face tasks always get done first, at the expense of things that will benefit my business and life. So sometimes, ignoring an email or a text message is the hardest thing in the world for me to do.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : I went to the gym. It might not sound like a big deal, but I got pregnant right in the midst of the busiest wedding months this year and for 2 months, I was just hanging in there on a daily basis. My goal now is just to become stronger and healthier. It was easy to justify a cup of noodles and full days on the couch when I was in the middle of morning sickness and busy season, but now that things have slowed down work-wise, I am starting to feel the effects. I’ve been sore and needing energy, and I knew that exercise would help that, but it’s so hard for me to just GET. THERE. So I scheduled workouts for the next few weeks and my commitment has been not to cancel them even when I feel like I need more hours of work in my day. Actually, today I felt really accomplished because I not only made it to the gym, but I also made it to the post office. The only place I put off going as much as the gym.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I realize that I am much more productive and manage my time better when I know I am going to have to write about it later on. So instead of getting sucked into Facebook as much as I normally do (hey, it’s hard when it’s technically part of your work…) I was much more motivated to get things done. I also learned that it’s an amazing exercise to shoot one roll of film to document your day. Today I used my leica m6 and it’s manual everything, very slow for me to focus … but it made me see my day differently and see my workspace differently. I also realized that I really need to clean out my office so that I can start using my desk again and not have to work from our kitchen table anymore. I’m ready for January to come so that I can start cleaning out the clutter from my space again and also clear my mind. It’s going to be very therapeutic.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I spent the last hour of my day unwrapping film, organizing my camera bag, charging batteries and packing my suitcase for Phoenix for my last wedding of the season.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : Breakfast is always my favorite meal, so I never skimp on it. I also get in to the habit of eating one thing over and over again when I’m into it. Right now – it’s kale and eggs. Or actually just kale. Raw with lemon + olive oil and salt, sautéed with beets and pine nuts. I am pretty into kale. My husband doesn’t really get it.