Monday, March 2, 2015

Setting goals and chasing dreams...

I know that generally goal setting posts are done January 1, but hey, I'm a little behind. To be honest Winter always messes with me a little. I get slow, almost sloth like, not really wanting to do much. I think maybe I was a bear in a past life because honestly, hibernating for the Winter sounds REALLY good! Thankfully though, Spring is just around the corner! Daylight savings is next Sunday! NEXT SUNDAY people! I can see the light! Can you? 

Enough jibber jabber though...I came here to write about finally setting some goals for this year. I have dreams...dreams that I honestly didn't know if I'd see come to life until much later in my life. God knows my heart and graciously dropped one of those dreams right on my lap this past year. Now it's my turn to put in the hard work and be determined to work toward growing and building. So, with that said, here are just a few of my goals (personal and business) for 2015...

~ Drink more water. I'm pretty sure this was on my list last year and I totally sucked at drinking water in 2014. I'm happy to say so far in 2015 I'm doing better!

~ Get active again. There was a time a couple years back that I was exercising every day for at least 40-50 min and eating healthy. I felt SO good while I was doing that and want to get back there. Being a blogger and photographer it's easy to get stuck in the computer chair writing or editing and next thing you know the whole day is gone. I NEED to get up and get moving. One thing in particular I'd like to learn is yoga. Not just light yoga but deep yoga. I've met some amazing yogi via social media and their discipline amazes me. Not to mention they look amazing just from doing yoga. I think yoga would be a good mental exercise for me as well. Focus and balance. Every one needs a little more of both, right?

~ Get organized. I have to laugh a little when I type that out. Anyone who knows me well knows that I struggle with this. I'm a creative person and because of that organization is difficult for me. I often have multiple projects going at once which means glue guns, papers, envelopes, and other crafting paraphernalia all over the place. I want to get better. I know I will never be one of those extreme organized business people but even organized chaos is better than just chaos. 

~ Give back. I want to give back more this year. Whether it's donating funds or supplies to local non profits or even just blessing someone with a photo session who maybe wouldn't normally be able to afford it. I have been given an amazing gift and I want to share it with others. 

~ Write more. I've really slacked this year with my writing. One of my goals last year was to write a book. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not any closer to that goal than I was last year. I know thing change and maybe last year wasn't the right time but I'd still like to work toward that goal. For now I'm going to focus on blogging more. I need to get back to just writing. Writing what I feel and think. Not worrying about what I think others want to read but writing from my heart. 

~ Build more professional relationships. I've met some amazing bloggers and photographers this past year and I am so thankful for their friendship and guidance. I want to grow these relationships and cultivate even more this year. Networking is so important and I really want to reach out and broaden mine. 

~ Stop worrying about what other people think/grow a thicker skin. Yes, I admit it. I really care too much about what people think about me. I'm a people pleaser and I genuinely want everyone to like me. I know that won't happen though and I need to learn to have a thicker skin when I come across those who I'm just not meant to connect with. I invest so much into my relationships...almost to a fault...but it's who I am. I just need to remember that not everyone is like that and try not to take it personally. 

~ Attend some workshops for photography and blogging. I still have so much to learn about photography, running a business and blogging. I am already signed up for one photography workshop and hope to find more to attend this year. I also want to find online resources to learn from as well. 

~ Have my own studio. This is a HUGE goal of mine. While I'd love for this to happen before the end of 2015 I know that it may not. That said, it doesn't mean that I can't work toward this goal. 

~ Realize my worth. By nature I am not some one who is full of self confidence. I need to embrace the talents and gifts that God has given me and be proud. 

I hope that by putting this out into the universe that I will be more driven and motivated to buckle down and make these happen. I am working on a vision board as well to hang where I will see it daily. I know I can reach my goals but I know that in order to do so I have to be focused, determined, brave, undaunted, and intentional.