2016

I was going back and forth trying to decide which photos from this pow-wow I should post first, and decided to go the more personal route and post the headshots my beautiful friends took of me first, in a cliche first-post-of-the-new-year resolutions blog.  I don't typically post personal things, but I want to begin sharing a little bit more of myself with you all (at the risk of being too transparent).

On Wednesday, I finally got to catch up with my girls (and fellow photographers) Hannah and Angelika.  I've known Hannah for a while through social media and mutual friends but only got to know her better this past year!  And luckily, I became friends with Angelika through her!  I second shot weddings for both of them in 2015 (woah, that's weird to say) and I can't tell you enough how much respect I have for these boss ladies and their work.  I'm so honored to have such talented friends and so thankful to have people who are going through the same thing business-wise as myself!  They are the embodiment of 'Community Over Competition.'

Normally I don't resolve to do anything outstanding or new in the new year, besides small things, because as we all know, no one really sticks to it.  I did, in a flurry of excitement, get a wee bit inspired and write a little "2016 is a year of _______" blurb in my sparsely used journal.  Simplified, I wrote that I want my 2016 to be a year of:

  1. Actively being happy and positive
  2. Getting rid of anger and hateful thoughts
  3. Learning and being more disciplined
  4. Disconnecting from technology and connecting with people
  5. Exploring new places
  6. Practicing kindness and patience
  7. Giving to others, not just when it's convenient
  8. Loving more (myself and others)
  9. Being healthy and treating my body and mind the way they deserve to be treated
  10. Casting out fear, giving up control, and growing in my relationship with God
  11. Singing more, dancing more, reading more, painting more, and writing more
  12. Trying new things and leaving my comfort zone; challenging myself
  13. Realizing I'm not a perfect person and not being hard on myself
  14. Letting myself be more creative
  15. Being free
  16. Being happy
  17. Making things happen.

I also have a few business goals for this upcoming year.  I've found that when I'm not necessarily working toward something, I don't experience as much growth as I'd like.  I want to (as I mentioned before) learn to let myself be more creative, without fear of failing or ridicule.  I want to collaborate more with other artists and vendors.  I want to set up more styled shoots and show what I love to do.  I want to do a shoot in the Disney parks while I'm down there for the Disney College Program.  I want to book more weddings and gain experience.  I want to improve my client experience even further.  I want to grow in my business and see that growth when I look back at the end of 2016.

Now, what are some of YOUR goals or resolutions for the new year??  Leave them in the comments below!

Without further delay, here are my headshots taken by the beautiful and talented Angelika Johns Photography and Hannah Smith Photography.

Check out my photos of Hannah here and my photos of Angelika here!

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