Teeny Tip Tuesday - Setting Clear Boundaries in (My) Business

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Hey friends! Welcome to the first Teeny Tip Tuesday post.

Okay, this is something I came up with very much on the spot because I thought it would be fun to come up with a series for my educational content, but I also wanted to make it very clear that while I love to offer tips here and there and share things I have learned along the way, I will not be releasing long, in depth articles on a regular basis. That is, here on the blog I like to keep it short and sweet mostly. 🙂

In this series especially I’m going to be focused on sharing to-the-point, bite-sized, hopefully-helpful, thoughts on managing a business, working from home, photo editing, outsourcing, and travel.

And who knows? A few more topics might get thrown in there as well, haha.

Anyways, today let’s talk about boundaries. We hear a lot about them these days and so many people talk about how essential they are when running your own business. Well, for good reason!

Creating good habits centered around your boundaries can be a challenge, but this is the first step in work/life balance and can be the key to avoiding burn-out, unnecessary stress and even tension in relationships.

So first off, quick refresher and just so we’re on the same page, what is a boundary?




plural noun: boundaries

a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.

You draw the lines around your business. Basically, you tell your business where it goes in your life.

There are so many aspects to this, but today I’m going to quickly break down the ways that I currently have boundaries established in my own business so you can see this in action.

  • I set office hours - for my clients and for myself.

I put my 9-5 hours in my email signature and schedule any emails I send outside of those hours. Then I decided on a definite time when I’m actually done working in the evenings and (try to) stick to that. Often times trying to work while “Netflix and chill” in the evenings is just not a good idea. The work can get sloppy/inefficient and I’m not actually giving myself rest.

  • I set a aside a weekly sabbath from business.

This one is actually kind of challenging for me at times. I have always taken a taken one day a week as a weekly sabbath from all work, but for my business it goes further than that. I turn off my computer. I put away my business books. I don’t talk about business stuff. I try to stay off my business account on Instagram. (But sometimes I have to delete the app to help that happen.)

Basically, I take a break from the work of thinking and planning in my business or even looking at it, haha. This can be harder than it sounds. Especially if I’m on a roll the day before and the momentum is there it’s so hard to set it aside for a whole day. But it is always a wise idea to have a consistent sabbath and I know many other business owners that swear by this boundary as well. (Sean Wes is a huge advocate and someone I know that teaches this habit.)

In the end, sticking to your boundaries and communicating them to those around you is really when change happens. And don’t be afraid to switch them up and customize them to your needs if they don’t work for you at first! This is first and foremost for the good of you and your family!

Okay, that’s all for now! I look forward to adding more specific boundaries as my business grows and life changes. Until next time...

My Current Favored: Resources on Productivity

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I am a huge sucker for anything on productivity. It’s one of my favorite things to learn about in the business education, work-from-home, work/life balance world. And I thoroughly enjoy putting those lessons into practice so I can get more done while saving time! Tell me what’s better than that?!

Okay, there’s probably some things, but the point is, I’ve looked at many resources out there on productivity and I’m here today to share with you my current favored top three. So you can find the good without weeding through the not-so-good. 🙂

A wealth of knowledge that is practical and easily implemented. And much of it is info you’re not going to find anywhere else!

Quick short read by Laura Vanderkam. But packed with so much wisdom from people that have been working at this productivity thing much longer than I have, haha.

So good. Nancy breaks down the basics of productive habits while still acknowledging how often we need grace to thrive in this crazy world. Possibly my favorite resource out of the three, which is saying a lot!

And a bonus, that I actually haven’t tried yet. I am definitely planning to try these power sheets soon! I have only heard good things about them and keep seeing that everyone has them. I loved Lara Casey’s Cultivate What Matters book and trust it would be a helpful resource.

Cultivate What Matters 2019 Undated Power Sheets

Okay, that’s all for now! Hopefully this is helpful for you and boosts your productivity like never before! 😊

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Sending Your Photos to an Editor Using Smart Previews

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to the blog! I’m so excited to join the blogging world, sharing some of my tips, lessons learned, travel experiences, and struggles on here. Hopefully this can be an edifying and encouraging place to hang out!

Today I’m to walk you through one of the most frequently asked questions that we editors get:

“How will I send an editor my photos??”

The short answer: using the wonderful technology of Adobe Lightroom and the internet!

To begin with, let’s figure out what Smart Previews are and how to create them!

Smart previews are a thing unique to Lightroom. It is a way for you to be able to export huge catalogs (hello, 10 hour weddings) as a muuuuch smaller, more reasonably sized file. Say about 2GB of data versus 50+GB!

The program keeps all of the most important data so that when the files are imported into Lightroom by your editor, they are seeing basically the exact same quality that you are with your huge files! Crazy, isn’t it?

The main differences between Smart Previews and regular files:

  • Editor will not be able to export high quality images from Smart Previews

  • Editor will not be able to zoom as far in on Smart Previews as you can with original files

Bonus points for Smart Previews protecting your work though. 😊

How do you create this wonderful thing? Go ahead and open up Lightroom and I’ll show you how. It’s super easy.

  1. First, in Lighroom select all the photos you would like to export as Smart Previews. You could go in and select specific ones in a folder or if you want to export all images in the folder, you can do this easily by right clicking the folder in the Library module and choose to “Export this Folder as a Catalog…

    If you had specific ones selected, go to File > Export this Folder as a Catalog…

  2. Name the file and choose where to export it. (Which I did not do in below picture… oops.)

  3. You should see a few options as check boxes. Make sure the Export negative files option is unchecked. Make sure the other two ARE checked as shown below:

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Click save. You just created a catalog of Smart Previews!

Whatever edits, ratings, or flags you put on any of the photos in the catalog will show up when they are imported into Lightroom again by your editor.

Now when you go to the file where you saved the catalog you should see three files:

  1. Previews.lrdata

  2. SmartPreviews.lrdata

  3. and the Lightroom catalog folder

There are many ways to transfer the files back and forth, but the most popular one by far is Dropbox. It’s free and it makes it super easy to create folders for the different catalogs and keep track of what is edited and what is not.

To import the edits to the files after an editor has worked with them:

  1. In Lightroom, click “File > Import from Another Catalog…

  2. Select edited catalog

  3. Select “Replace: Metadata and Develop settings only”

Edits should import the photos and you can now export them as jpegs and send them to your clients as normal.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that quick and easy? I tried to make it very clear and concise, but if you have any questions you can shoot me a message or let me know in the comments.