As of this moment…

…I am so pleased to have finally finished Jamie’s 1st year photo book! It’s just over 200 pages thick, and it’s taken me over two weeks to complete, but slow and steady definitely wins the race. I have three more on my projects list for this month, which seems a bit ambitious, but my plan is to just focus on one per week. I’ll let you know how it all goes at the end of the month. I’m also excited to say that I have plans to start revealing some of our photo books on the blog, so all that is in the works (here’s a sneak peek).

The other exciting news is that I’ve officially closed my design business as of last week. Whilst I haven’t talked about my business much on the blog, it’s been a big part of my life since 2006. It got us through the four years that Rick spent studying at bible college, and it really helped set us up well in terms of starting a family. Running a business was something that I’d always dreamt of doing when I was at school, and I was so fortunate to be able to combine it with my love for graphic design. I loved the creative side, and I also loved the number-crunching, business side as well. Doing the accounting, keeping on top of the filing, projecting cash flow, completing tax lodgements and returns – I strangely enjoyed doing all that. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, who have been so understanding and so supportive of the business and also of us as a family. I honestly don’t regret a single moment of it.

There’s a lot more to write and share about this, but for now, it feels rather liberating to end that chapter of my life.

I’m wiping the slate clean, and for once in my life, I’m not rushing to fill it up with something else.

I am taking pause.

I am allowing myself the simplicity of the white canvas that sits before me.

I am refocusing my energies on life’s essentials.

I am learning, increasingly each day, that less is truly more in so many ways.

And I love it.

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rooth October 9, 2012 at 12:41 am

Holy smokes – 200 pages! Congrats! And also congratulations on moving on to bigger and better things – keep moving forward Ronnie

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

LOL, I had to make sure it was as thick as Angus’ and Pete’s!
Ronnie xo

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thestripedelephant October 9, 2012 at 2:06 am

I always love reading your posts because they’re so insightful, and often you write about things that I’m thinking. I love your comment, “I am learning, increasingly each day, that less is truly more in so many ways.” How very true! It’s always the little things in life that seem to count more.

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks Lanya, that means a lot!
Ronnie xo

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SusanZ October 9, 2012 at 2:16 am

Congratulations on the photo book..
“I am refocusing my energies on life’s essentials.” Well said. Can’t agree more.

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks Susan, and thanks for stopping by. Lovely to have you.
Ronnie xo

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Diane October 9, 2012 at 3:23 am

How satisfying to have run a successful business and also to know when it’s time to let go and see how the next chapter will unfold. Pauses are so significant. I think they have been the more meaningful parts of my life. ox

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thanks Diane. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine not having the business. But when the time’s right, you just know. And it really does feel amazing to have let go…
Ronnie xo

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Latrina October 9, 2012 at 6:20 am

This entry makes me smile. :) I think it’s so wonderful of you to put things on pause for awhile…. to enjoy your life… and your family. We are quite similar when it comes to projects… and always being busy on SOMETHING. So, I can definitely say I even feel relief for you over here… :) I know there is so much, with a husband and those little boys… and another little one on the way… you have so much to experience… to live… to enjoy… and to be a part of. So many happy moments coming your way!

I do, however, want to applaud you for building a company of your own. That’s such a very big accomplishment! It’s definitely something I think about doing daily. I can imagine there must be some sad feelings of letting it go — but you sound very sure on what you’re doing — you seem to have everything in line & worked out. And that’s wonderful!

I’m both excited & happy for you, Ronnie. :) …great writing, by the way! I definitely enjoyed your conclusion. :)

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thank you Latrina. Your words are always so encouraging – you never fail to understand me. I am 100% happy with my decision and have no regrets whatsoever.
Ronnie xo

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Charlotte October 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

Congrats! It’s wonderful to hear that you are closing your business because YOU want to. You’re looking forward to this change, not feeling set back by it. What an amazing outlook. I wish you all the best in this time of having a “clean slate”.

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thank you Charlotte! Relishing the clean slate…
Ronnie xo

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eskimo*rose October 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

That must feel so liberating Ronnie, and really the right choice with another little one on the way to add to your busy family! Its was lovely to take a look at your graphic design work, beautiful and tasteful as I expected … and I can’t wait to see more of the photobook … I have actually started on our Canada roadtrip book, still a long way to go though … Love the photo btw :o)
Hope you and the bump are keeping well
xxx

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks so much for your kind words Emma. I have to admit – it’s nice to look back at the work that I’ve done and be happy with it.
And you’re right – it is truly liberating to end that chapter and to focus on other areas of our life right now, especially with another little one incubating inside me! :)
Ronnie xo

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Bonnie October 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

Your blog is so, so sweet. Especially love all he home inspiration. <3

xoxo,

Bonnie

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks Bonnie!
Ronnie xo

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Laura Gofton October 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Well done you for all that you have achieved. It must be a great feeling to know you did it and if you want to you can come back to it sometime down the track.

I honestly don’t know how you find the hours in the day to do all that you do (even without a business to run) and mother three children (and now grow another as well!). Is organisation key? Tell me, this mama feels a bit underachieving (by my own standards) a lot of the time so I’m always eager to here the tricks and tips of effective and efficient individuals (especially mums!). x

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Hey Laura,
I’ve always been a big list maker and have always scheduled my weeks in advance and treat all the things that I want to do as ‘projects’, and I guess this has carried over into motherhood… Although as you know it gets a lot trickier when you are a mum because there really isn’t all that much ‘spare time’ in the day to do stuff in. I could write endless posts on how I organise my time, but in a nutshell, I have a daily ‘routine’ where I do certain daily tasks at the same time each day so that I don’t have to think about them. Then there are weekly tasks that come up on my to-do iPhone app (I use Things – can’t recommend it enough) on the same day every week. Evenings (ie. after the boys are in bed) I reserve for blogging and my personal projects which includes all my memory-keeping stuff.

I genuinely do think that staying organised, and keeping the house organised/tidy makes a huge difference because it means when evenings do come around, there’s nothing else I need to get done that day. There’s no clutter, there’s no mess, there aren’t any loose ends waiting to be dealt with. I can just sit down at my desk and do my thing. Bear in mind though that I’m also a bit of a late night person, and that my husband singlehandedly cooks most of our meals and cleans up after dinners so obviously that helps! Also, we have a lovely lady who comes and cleans our house for us once a fortnight, which really takes a big load off us (I think it would take us a whole day to clean this place like she does!).

I don’t know – I hope that helps a little. I’m not sure if I’ve actually said anything useful. If you want to know more, maybe I can write a few posts on the topic just for you. :)

Ronnie xo

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Laura Gofton October 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

It does help, thank you. I think the organisation and routine seem key. Unfortunately I am just NOT a routine person. I do things differently each day of the week, and things change from week to week. Not dramatically but enough. I’m in two minds about whether or not I should try and be more routine considering I find it so un-natural to me.

I’d love to hear about your organisation tips but only if you want to write about them (and think everyone else would be interested). Thank you so much for offering, it’s very sweet.

Hope you’re enjoying the breathing space that wrapping your business up has created.
x Laura

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Chantel October 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

I can’t wait to see this photobook Ronnie! It sounds amazing!

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Oh, thanks for being excited! :) I’m still waiting for the right weather here so that I can get some nice shots… I’m thinking this afternoon!
Ronnie xo

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Lilly @projectlittlesmith October 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s really beautiful… looking forward to poking around more when I have a minute. My son is almost two and I have yet to put together an album (it’s been on my to-do list since he was 6 months old and I have so so many photo’s it’s intimidating!).

Congratulations on closing the chapter on your business as well, Lilly

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hi Lilly,
It’s so lovely to have you here – thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I totally understand, it can be sooo daunting when you have so many photos (and trust me, I know what you mean, I think we took something like 8,000 photos of our eldest boy in just his first year alone…). I’m hoping to have my first photo book post up soon, and when I do, I’ll be writing a bit about my photo selection process which may be of some help. :)
Ronnie xo

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BrigittaR October 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

Wow big news. I love your design work. My Pastor once gave me the ‘Moore’ brochure as a reference for great design :)

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Wow, seriously? That’s very cool. :)
Ronnie xo

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trishie October 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I had no idea you had a design business!

I think it’s good that you’re taking a break and doing less. It’s important to do that in life, instead of go go go the whole time.

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Absolutely. I’ve been go go go my entire life. I think it’s finally time to just be still.
Ronnie xo

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Jane October 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I came across your blog and fell in love! Your pictures and your ideas and creativity kept me clicking for more! Cheers to all the exciting things that are happening right now in your life!

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Pink Ronnie October 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thank you Jane, that’s so sweet of you! I’m very glad that you’re here…
Ronnie xo

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Debie Grace October 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm

“I am learning, increasingly each day, that less is truly more in so many ways. ” — I love this, Ronnie! So true. :) Have fun painting on a new canvas! Keep writing :)

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Pink Ronnie October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

Thanks Debie – you too…
Ronnie xo

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I love hearing from you!

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