I’m actually the type of person that keeps a revolving list of goals all year round, but it’s hard to resist the pull of a new year’s clean slate. The delicious possibilities – everything so fresh. Anything can happen. Last January I had no idea that I’d get to go to Australia or photograph an elopement in Vieques or that we’d find out that we’re getting twin nephews soon. None of that was on my radar. It was a year of surprises to be sure. I have no idea what I expect from this year, so when I make goals and plans in the beginning of the year, I know all of this could get tossed out for a new list in six months when I realize the universe has different plans for me this year. Nevertheless, here is what I’d like to accomplish, and what I’ve begun working toward.
1. Shoot a lot more film. I’ve been slowly getting back into film for the last two years, but I really want to incorporate it into my work this year. I’m taking Jonathan Canlas’ Film is Not Dead workshop in April, so I think that will really light a fire under me to shoot a lot more film for my professional work.
2. See where my boudoir project takes me. I’m officially starting my boudoir project next week, and I would love to see it turn into a full blown side business by the end of the year.
3. Use my standing desk as much as possible. I just set up my standing desk the other day, and I’d like to use it most of the time instead of falling into the bad habit of sitting for hours while I edit.
4. Shoot more elopements outside of NYC. I don’t necessarily need to go halfway around the world (although that would be nice), but I’d even just love to shoot more elopements upstate, in New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island… etc. It’s always such a great break and really gets my creative brain going in overdrive when I get to shoot somewhere new. (And I’m still waiving travel fees for any elopement in the continental U.S. and Canada… and case by case in the Caribbean. Tell your friends.)
5. Close my laptop and leave my office by 7pm at the latest everyday. I need to kill my workaholic tendencies this year once and for all. I was MUCH better about this last year, but I’m going to be a lot more strict on myself this year.
6. Photograph 40-45 elopements this year. Last year I was shooting way too much, but I think about 40 elopements is going to be the sweet spot for me.
7. Have my new business cards/print materials printed, finally. Braizen created some incredibly gorgeous print materials for my new branding, and I need to finally get my new business cards/thank you cards/magnets/etc. sent off to the printer, so I can start using them in my packaging.
8. Get new head shots. I’ve been planning on new head shots since I launched my new website in September, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Mostly because I hate having my photo taken. (I know.)
9. Get AND STAY organized. This is a personal and a business goal. My office tends to get a little crazy, so I need better systems to keep everything organized and in its proper place. At the beginning of every year, I get everything organized, and then by February my office is a mess again. I need to stay on top of it.
10. Shoot more personal work. I’m working on a personal project with some friends, so I think that will help with this goal. (And more on that in a couple weeks.) But I also just want to shoot my life more, with something other than my iPhone.
11. Get my blog posts written the day before. Sometimes I’m good about this, sometimes I get really behind. I’m pretty good at blogging, but it would just make my life easier if that wasn’t the first thing I had to do everyday when I wake up. I need to get blog posts written the night before.
12. Save money. ‘Nuff said.
13. Use my work to give back in some way. I’m not sure what this will look like – whether that means donating sessions or giving a percentage to one of my pet causes, but I want to use my work to do something for the greater good in 2014.
1. Exercise everyday. Ahhh – it’s so cliche! But I need the reminder. Even if I only have time for a 20 minute walk, I need to make my health a priority.
2. Read more. Back in the days when I was commuting, I used to read five or six books a month. I’d read on the subway, I’d read during my lunch break, sometimes I’d sneak and read when work was slow. I read very little in 2013, maybe only ten books the whole year. I just didn’t make time for it. I love reading, it’s important to me, and it’s good for my brain, so I need to make time for it this year.
3. Less TV and mindless internet surfing. And in a similar vein to my previous goal, I need to stop watching TV just because I’m bored/tired. Same with mindless internet-ing. And for good measure, I’m going to throw in – STOP BEING SO ADDICTED TO MY PHONE!
4. Eat cleaner. Sometimes as a vegetarian it’s so easy to get into the habit of eating pasta twice a week because it’s easy and we’re tired at night. I need to just eat a lot more cleanly this year and stop making pasta my go to when I’m too lazy to cook anything more. I need to come up with a repertoire of easy, healthy, yummy vegetarian recipes to make this goal easier.
5. Make more time for friends. I saw some of my closest friends over Christmas break, and I realized that I hadn’t spent time with most of them before that since October. Which is pretty sad and pathetic considering we all live in the same city. I want to be a better friend this year and make more time for my people. I really have the greatest friends, and I don’t want to drift apart from them because I didn’t make our friendship a priority.
6. Take more walks with John. It was a cold and snowy winter break, so John and I spent a lot of time indoors. There were a few days where we just felt so cooped up that we went out to take a long walk in the evening despite the cold/snowy/rainy weather. Those were some of my favorite evenings because we just walked and talked and nobody was looking at a computer or at their phone. I want to do that a couple times a week. It was great for our health and great for our relationship.
7. Get a wedding album made. Yeah… this one has been on the list for three years. I really need to get on it this year. We actually have a lot of wedding photos on our walls now, which I couldn’t say a year ago, but I still need to do our album.
8. Take an epic road trip. John and I have decided our vacation this year is going to be to drive from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, and I am so excited. We take for granted that we live in an incredibly beautiful country, so I can’t wait to explore the west this summer and spend a lot of time outside.
9. Volunteer. I need to be more giving of my time and willing to not just give a yearly donation to my causes, but actually help in a more tangible way.
I have a few more goals which are a little more personal, so I’m not going to share those here, but it’s good to get this all out so I can look back on it periodically. What are some of your 2014 goals?
Here’s to a productive, happy, peaceful 2014!