Farewell 2015! {Billings, Montana Portrait Photographer}

As I sit here in Starbucks, reflecting the past year, I am humbled.  I hosted my first ever Red Carpet Fashion Show with great success, published my first “Bri Seniors” magazine, worked with several amazing clients, and moved into my first office space.  I attended an amazing workshop in sunny San Diego and met some very talented photographers from around the country.  Even with all of that, I do feel like 2015 was one of my most challenging years I’ve had.  Why?  Because it takes tremendous effort to wear the many hats that I do.  I’m a mother, wife, full-time employee to a busy non-profit, a friend, as well as a business owner.  I have to delicately balance everything on a pedestal so that it doesn’t all come crashing down.

Finding the right work life to family balance takes skill.  It’s a skill that I haven’t mastered and I’m not sure that I ever will.  In 2016, I hope to work smarter, not harder.  I want to continue to grow my business, achieve my goals, but keep my family focus in the forefront.  There are a few things that I learned last year that perhaps might help you when trying to balance your work and family life.

  1. Set aside blocks of time in your schedule for family time and for work time.  This last year, I scheduled the morning to spend with my daughter, then scheduled the afternoon for work.  If I didn’t physically schedule this time in my calendar, it didn’t happen.
  2. It’s okay to say NO.  This was one of the hardest things for me learn, but it felt good to not let work interfere with scheduled family time.
  3. Surround yourself with people who have the same priorities as you.  It’s nice to have a support system that understands what you’re going through and can offer you advice.

Work/family balance will continue to be a work in progress for me.  If you have ideas to help with work/family life balance, I’d love to hear them!  Send me an email at bri@bririckman.com or leave a comment.  Let’s go, 2016!

Now for the mushy stuff — thanks to my hubby who is a constant supporter.  He makes me mad, frustrated and he tells me things that I don’t want to hear.  He challenges me and my stubbornness. He makes me a better person.  He makes work harder.  He’s so smart and sees things from another perspective that I might not always see.   He pushes me.  He challenges me.  He’s the best thing to ever have happened to me 🙂

Not only do I have the support of my husband, but of my family and friends.  I was blown away by the amount of support that I received when I did my Red Carpet Fashion Show.  The number of family members and friends who traveled from out of town, even out of state, to make sure the evening was a success was remarkable.  To have their support and encouragement means the world to me.  I love you all —-> Mom, Mama P, Jesse, Kelly, Jill, Lacey and Jay, Bobbi, McKenna, Dawn, Melissa and Jordan, Paige, and Ted.  If I forgot anyone, please forgive me!

Lastly, I have to say that I am so damn lucky to have the clients that I do.  YOU are the ones who make my year so amazing and I love you all!  Here’s to 2016!  Let’s do this!





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