2015 was a big year. I officially started a photography business. It’s real! I formed an LLC and have contracts and insurance and expense logs and all kinds of legit things. Maybe that doesn’t sound super exciting, but this was never even a dream of mine. This was something that maybe other people could do, but not me. And yet here I am, blogging away on my own little website and reflecting on the fact that since I launched it in June, I’ve photographed three weddings and 21 families and engagements. I’ve spent much of this year giving in to the stress of working full-time while trying to make this happen, and my very patient and optimistic husband can tell you that lots of crying and fear and disappointment and negativity was involved. So as a new year begins, I want to be sure to say that above all, I am incredibly grateful. Especially for all of you who have been so kind and encouraging. It means more than you know. And to all of my clients, I LOVE YOU! You are the reason that 2015 was so wonderful. I can’t believe the number of truly great people I got to meet and spend time with this year, and I am so excited for everything 2016 has in store.
To kick off the year, I’ve decided to jump on the goal bandwagon and hold myself accountable by sharing my 2016 goals with you. I’m even going to plan on sharing my monthly goals, so you’ll see my goals for January in this post as well. Yay type A!
1. Shoot 10 weddings. I have 5 booked so far!
2. Travel to Italy.
3. Limit social media usage. I’m still working on a practical way to do this, but I frequently struggle with comparing myself to other people, especially photographers, and I think this would be a big step toward fighting that.
4. Work out 3 times per week.
5. Photograph a styled shoot.
6. Read one book per month. I don’t even want to tell you how many books I read in 2015 because I am legitimately ashamed.
7. Plan 4 weekend trips.
8. Have a “quiet time” every weekday. I’m not a huge fan of the phrase, but I do need to spend more time by myself either reading, praying, or maybe even just doing nothing.
9. Book two mentor sessions. I’m hoping for one of these to be with Robyn Van Dyke — check out her beautiful work!
10. Get published.
1. Shoot Rebecca and Buddy‘s wedding in Apex.
2. Attend 3 fitness classes per week at the Y (unfortunately all at 5:45 am).
3. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
4. Take a weekend trip to DC.
5. Edit and deliver both of my December weddings.
I really would love to hear your goals, too. 🙂 Especially if any of them are similar, because I think some of these will be a struggle to keep up on my own.
2016, here we go!