This year is all about mustering up the bravery to GROW myself, my marriage, my relationships, and my business. In fact, it is February 9th and I just finally figured out what my word for this year was. COURAGE.
Courage to do things that scare me; to take the route that is hard instead of the path that is easy. I have never been so incredibly motivated to step up my game in my life and my business. I deserve success, I deserve a healthy life and I am finally willing to fight for those things. I have some big dreams for 2017 you guys. I'm terrified but I've never been more excited to START.
Here are some goals I'm holding myself accountable to this year. Some might be a little out or reach, but that sure isn't going to stop me from going after it!
1. Book + document at least 15 weddings. This might not seem like much to some of you - but it would be a dream come true for me to shoot this many weddings in 2017. I've always shied away from too many wedding bookings, because I was booked up with my other full time job, or I was worried I wouldn't have the money to cover my expenses. But when I started to be honest with myself - I knew weddings were my passion and definitely my speciality. Now that I know exactly where the biggest piece of my heart is in my business, I want to honor that and shoot more weddings than I do other types of sessions. Although families and seniors also have a pretty big chunk of my heart too! ;)
2. Attend at least one workshop or educational class. My first workshop experience taught me not only a ton about film, shooting, business and more - but shows me how valuable networking and building relationships with other creatives can truly be. Up until last August, I really believed that I was on my own, left to wade helplessly through the confusion and stress that is owning your own business. I want to take another leap like I did last Fall and choose at least one experience this year that will motivate, encourage and uplift me while I learn something new.
3. Be more purposeful + intentional in my life and in my work. 2016 was definitely a year of discovery for me. Learning what type of wife I am, what type of friend I am and what type of photographer I am. More than that, learning not just what I am, but where I want to go, who I want to be and what type of business I want to represent. In 2017, I aim to be transparent in all things I do and to remain true to myself in any direction the year might take me. Owning a business is scary sometimes, but reminding myself why I'm doing this calms me quickly. I am quick to put all the weight on my own shoulders, but this year I want to grow in my ability to share my struggles with my husband, my friends and my family because I'm really not doing this all by myself.
4. Bloom where I am planted. There's not much else I want to add to this one, because it really speaks for itself.