Starting with Thanks
As I look back on 2017, I want to start with thanks and gratitude. I am so grateful for each family who chose me to photograph their family. I am grateful to the schools who embraced Fine Art Portraiture and allowed me to photograph their beautiful students. This year my business has grown more than any other year, I have had more referrals while maintaining so many returning clients. So to all of you who have supported me, whether by liking or commenting on a photo on social media, or by recommending me to a friend, or by hiring me yourself, thank you. I truly love what I do, and I could not do it without you.
Making Goals Not Resolutions
For me, the word "resolution" is something that will fail. I think back before kids and when I was a regular at the gym and how the first week of January was packed with people with New Year's Resolutions. By February, the masses would dwindle down to the normal group I had seen before. So instead of resolutions I make goals, both for my personal life and my business.
I have a goals journal where the only thing in there is my goals for the year. I can look back several years and see what I had hoped to accomplish that year. While it can feel deflating to see those things that I did not accomplish (i.e. I only read 9 books last year instead of the 12 I had hoped to read), seeing what I did accomplish feels amazing.
This year I have struggled a bit to make my goals for 2018. Maybe in part because I've been off a day, thinking I have one more day to make those goals. And also, because in a few short weeks my family will be welcoming a new baby. I want my goals to be realistic, but what is realistic when you have a newborn?
What are my goals for 2018? Honestly, as I type this, I am still working on them. But I do know that I want to complete a Project 52 (photography goal) and I want to focus on capturing more details of my children. I also have a goal of blogging at least 8x per month. On a more personal level, I want to run in a 10k race by September 2018. While part of me feels like a 10k isn't that long of a distance, I know that running while nursing for me is challenging, so again, I'm trying to be realistic. One other personal goal is to pick up journaling regularly again. Since I like my goals to be measurable, I will say that my goal is to journal at least 3 times per week.
Will you join me in making goals this year? It is never to late to start goal setting, so even if you're reading this January 5th, I encourage you to make a goal. Will you share your goals with me in the comments below? I'd love to share and encourage each other this year.
Once again, thank you for an amazing 2017. I can't wait to see what 2018 brings for us all.
To conclude this long post I'm sharing my "Best Nine of 2017" from Instagram. Because for me to pick my favorite images would be impossible!