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Why I’ll never spend another October feeling burnt out and you shouldn’t either.

October 23, 2014 by Heidi Hope - 142 Comments
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heidi hope workshop teacher for photographersHappy Friday!

This week I turned 33 years old!  <— Thanks Mariah for the fresh pic <—-

For 27 years October was my favorite month.

Then I became a photographer… 

and October became my most dreaded time of year. 



Filled with too much work, late-night editing, skipping the gym and a steady diet of junk food and wine, Octobers in the past few years have left me with a pinched nerve, a few breakdowns and inevitably wanting to “quit photography.”  So much for celebrating my birthday!

Every year I would set better boundaries for myself, but no matter what I tried, I still ended up feeling over-worked and under-appreciated straight through the Holiday Season.

What happened to the Octobers that I loved my whole life?

I’m watching all of my photographer friends update their statuses this week and I know how you feel.  You’re beyond tired.  You have mountains of work.  You have folder after folder of editing to do when your kids go to bed.  You can’t see straight from all of the hours in front of the computer.  You just want it to be January so you can have a little bit of time for yourself and your family again.

This year, I can finally say, I loved every minute of October!

heidi hope instagram I don’t want it to end.  I’m enjoying chilly fall nights roasting marshmallows with my kids.  I’m leaving work by 5pm each day.  I’m enjoying my wine AWAY from the computer screen.  I’m planning a Pinterest worthy Halloween Party to enjoy with my girlfriends.  For the past 5 years I’ve cursed anyone who had time to attend a party, never-mind throw one!  With decorations!  Shaun is even taking me out for TWO kid-free date nights for my birthday.

Heidi Hope InstagramI don’t mean to brag, I just have to tell you that it is actually possible!  I want to shake everyone feeling burnt out right now and say, “It DOESN’T have to be that way!”

So how did I reclaim my Octobers?

It’s a simple answer to the most frequently asked question I get and it is the topic of this week’s FAQ Friday!  Learn how I was able to move out of portfolio building and raise my prices so that I could build a sustainable business.

What’s even better?

This week is your chance to enter to win a fully-paid scholarship to our Photographer Rising Online Workshop!

Worth $1800, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see inside every detail of my studio and build a photography business that you love.

Watch the episode below, reclaim your October and enter to win the scholarship by sharing your thoughts in the comment section!




Ready to enter for your chance to win a fully paid scholarship to our January Online Workshop?


We’ll be selecting 1 scholarship recipient via the Rafflecopter App below and 2 additional entries (that were especially moving) from our comment section below this post.  Be sure to tell us exactly what winning this scholarship would mean to you!






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