Happy Friday, everyone! I recently posted our 2015 business goals, so now I need to officially list my personal goals. (I say my goals because they are in fact that - my personal goals. I plan to share a few of Z's in a later post. :) The business is so much my life that it's hard sometimes to differentiate between the two. Also they overlap a lot in the fact that if we can hit our business goals some of our personal ones become that much more attainable too. Anyway, enough rambling, here they our - my personal goals for 2015...
Warning - You will again find some repeats from my 2014 goal list that I either still need to improve upon or I just simply find important enough to list again...
1.) TAKE MORE PHOTOS!
I need to just leave a camera out and set up. Or honestly, even if I just use my phone to snap some more real life moments (you know, after I get it's replacement since I dropped it, again, and the pictures it takes are now just a blurry mess). I want to capture more of us and our families, our gatherings and everyday life stuff. I love what I'm able to do for other people that I seriously need to be better at giving the same gift to myself and my loved ones.
2.) Plan one family vacation.
Even if this is just a weekend to the dells with our new little Leona, it needs to happen. I need to set aside a weekend and learn to say no to booking away all our free time. Now that we're starting a family, it's really important to me to make the time. I want to make our own beautiful memories, and hey, maybe even photograph them... :)
3.) Lower our credit debt.
This point should take of itself if I just keep doing what I'm doing. I just like it on the list as a reminder to my inner shopaholic self. We have a few items from our wedding yet that are needing to be paid off and a couple cards that have balances that I'd like to see gone by this time next year.
4.) Get into a new Leona routine.
I really won't know what this entails or how achievable it is until she's here. I just want to find a sense of balance in my new life that makes everyone in it happy and content. :)
I would also like to make sure our new routine includes more exercise. Vanity moment - I would like to be back to my regular weight within the same amount of time that it took to gain it- 6-9 months.
5.) Make date nights.
I love you, Zak, but I'm not talking just about you here. Of course Z is on the list but I want to schedule a couple days/nights a month to visit and enjoy the people I love. I've mentioned this before, but I have found that unless you put a date on the calendar chances are you'll just keep saying, "We really need to get together soon". Set a date and keep it.
My sisters and I have also discussed making more time for family get-togethers. We're thinking if we set a static day of the week or two a month and if you can make it, awesome, if not, that's fine too, there's always next time. But if we can get something set up on the regular we'll see each other more often. Now to implement.
6.) Arrange a family photo day.
This one is a big one! So to any and all of my family that might be reading this, start looking at your calendars! I want to set a date to get our extended family portraits done and then as I do for my clients, break it down to immediate families on the same day. I really, really believe in the importance of taking family pictures, and doing it more often. It's kind of the reason I got into photography in the first place. Not just for the present, but for the day when we look back at the photos and are so grateful we did it. I feel it's something that shouldn't be left to the wayside just because 'the kids are grown'. And besides, in my family all the kids are having kids and we need to get all this cuteness on camera! One of the best photos my mom's side has is from, I think, the early nineties and me and two of my cousins look grumpy as hell but we all love and cherish that photo! Shouldn't our kids have the same? P.S. That's the last time that whole group was photographed together - see why this is definitely on my list? :)
7.) Finish planting my front gardens and get started on the south side beds, as well as finish staining the porch.
My green thumb really took root (pun intended) last year! I more than enjoyed working outside while improving our homes curb appeal. I'm anxious to see what all my greenery looks like come spring after a Wisconsin winter. I have high hopes that I won't be replanting too much, fingers crossed!
I could probably go on forever with a list like this for myself but I won't. Maybe if I've crossed some of these off by the time I do mid-year update I'll add to it. :)
Thanks so much for reading and enjoy your weekends!
P.S. I promise my next post will actually include pictures. :)