No more serious Jo

Self-portrait August 1, 2007

Sometimes I can be too serious. All work and no play. This summer has been a bit of a bummer. My Chinese class has sucked the life out of me. It’s a constant stress. My two hours a day ten hours a week course schedule is very tough and its hard to balance with work. Recently I have been doing well in the course. However, in order to keep up with the vocabulary I have to spend most of this weekend studying.

You know what, I haven’t studied. My Chinese class has left little time for my photography or blogging and I feel like taking a break. Being creative is important to me and life feels empty when it’s all work and no play. This week I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from old friends on Facebook and I think it’s important to make time for the good people in your life.

Work and ambition are important but they should not be what defines us. What do you really remember as time goes by? The stress of meeting a deadline, or the laughter and fun shared with family and friends.


4 Responses to “No more serious Jo”

  1. 1 globetrotteri
    August 5, 2007 at 6:02 am

    I love love love the first photo Jo. I’m glad you’re taking a break and stopping to smell the roses, so to speak.

    Too much work can really stifle a person, and I know you’ve been feeling stressed and down lately. Although studying is time consuming and frustrating at times, I think this will benefit you in more ways than the obvious.

    Learning a new language opens up your world and helps you understand a culture. By studying, you are opening doors that you may not even realise are there. Your photography, your creativeness and your knowledge will only continue to grow in leaps and bounds with your studies, even though you haven’t felt like you’ve made any progress or headway artistically over the last two months.

    Life might not seem like a lot of fun right now, but by the end of this month, you’ll have grown so much more in terms of understanding this new world of yours.

    I just wanted to let you know that I like the serious Jo too. The serious Jo pushes me to be better, and she constantly inspires me to do more with my life.

    The fun Jo makes me laugh and smile. She’s pure joy to be around.

    I’m confidant you are going to be able to find a balance between the two.

  2. August 5, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Thanks Carrie for such a thoughtful and beautifully written comment. I’m lucky to have a friend like you.

  3. 3 Luke
    August 7, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Joanna!

    As time goes by, your right..it isn’t meeting those deadlines that is important..it is the moments you experiance and ultimately enjoy. You are you, and you should not change that unless you really really want to…but then will you be you? What i mean is if you change will you be conforming to someones expectations on how you should act, be or feel?

    One of the reasons you are one of my closests friends is because of your open passion you share with the world. Let it be Joanna in crunch mode..pulling her hair out that everything is coming down the pipe line and everyone forced deadlines on you. Or where Joanna has a spare moment. These times where the hair is let down and your out dancing the night away while taking some of those amazing pictures i have seen over the years? Those moments are what make up our dearest Joanna Rees!

    Working hard…is it really working hard? Or is it just doing something you do not want to do at this time..so forcing yourself to do it. I once was told by someone that you choose to make things hard or easy in life.

    Keep up the great work, it looks like from my side of the ‘fence’ your having the time of your life!

  4. August 9, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Sometimes you have to take a step back. Stop and smell the flowers. Work, work, study, study, and more of both will push you over the edge.

    Enjoy some “me” time. And take some photos.

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