Earlier this year, I let go of trying to do everything. Specifically, I closed my Etsy shop where I sold jewelry and crocheted items, saving those crafts for personal fulfillment only. I realized that it was taking time from my business and my family. No one can do it all, and prioritizing and letting go of things is so important to living a balanced life.
Until that point, I was giving a little time to my photography and a little to making things for my shop, but neither were anywhere near thriving. It became obvious that I would have to choose in order to be successful at one. Of course there wasn't even a decision to make there. Photography is my career- Etsy was fun, but not selling things doesn't mean I can't enjoy making things in my free time- which I still do every now and then. Actually, I even made a necklace for a shoot a couple months ago!
Letting go, in general, is usually difficult, but almost always brings freedom. New doors open. Choosing to focus my energies on my business has payed off significantly this year, and I finally feel I am on the right track.