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:
- Actively being happy and positive
- Getting rid of anger and hateful thoughts
- Learning and being more disciplined
- Disconnecting from technology and connecting with people
- Exploring new places
- Practicing kindness and patience
- Giving to others, not just when it's convenient
- Loving more (myself and others)
- Being healthy and treating my body and mind the way they deserve to be treated
- Casting out fear, giving up control, and growing in my relationship with God
- Singing more, dancing more, reading more, painting more, and writing more
- Trying new things and leaving my comfort zone; challenging myself
- Realizing I'm not a perfect person and not being hard on myself
- Letting myself be more creative
- Being free
- Being happy
- 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!