Goals for 2016

I’m a huge believer in setting goals, not only for getting stuff done but also for making yourself feel good about the process of planning and accomplishing a difficult task. I think that in past years (and just in general), New Years’ Resolutions often fail because they are almost too spontaneous and lack the thought out planning process beforehand that more formal goals have. As a result, they’re much easier to fail.

This year, I’m trying to do something different. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect this past week with the move and in the process, I’ve created a list of things I want to accomplish in 2016 and have started to think about and plan out the “how” behind all of them. Once the new year comes, I’ll share more of my plan behind each one as I really wanted a full month to plan out my approach. I have a wide range of goals for 2016 and I’m excited to start planning now. And of course I have a notebook that I’m using to plan out all the steps and milestones 😉

Goals for 2016

  • Book 3-4 photography sessions a month. Honestly, there have been some months where I’ve already met this goal but the key for 2016 is consistency. My ultimate goal would be to have 1-2 sessions every week because I love photography that much. The more I do, the more I love it and I really want it to turn into a consistent job throughout the rest of my college and grad school years (and possibly beyond!)
  • Learn hand lettering, specifically script. I love crafting and my lettering ability has definitely improved over the past year, but I’m ready to take it to the next level because I would use hand lettered script on everything if I was that good at it.
  • Learn to use watercolors. This goes with the hand lettering goal because script + watercolors = perfection.
  • Get back to my “pre-Navy” weight. When P joined the Navy, I ate a lot of chocolate. By no means do I have to lose weight, but I know getting into better shape would help me see and do more with photography. My parents are also huge inspirations for this one because they both live incredibly healthy lifestyles and are in amazing shape for their age. I want to be like them 🙂 In 2015, I met part one of this goal by not gaining any more weight, so it’s time to move on to part two!
  • Get Roscoe into hiking. I love hiking. I see how much Roscoe loves hiking. It’s great for photography. Virginia shouldn’t have as miserable of a summer as South Carolina. So it seems pretty perfect! Plus it will help with the previous goal. One 11 mile hike burns something like 3500 calories for me and shorter ones are still good too!
  • Photograph red foxes. This is more of a bucket list item, but it still takes planning. There’s a place about 6 hours north of us now that I think would be perfect for this. I’m hoping I get lucky when I go home to Washington and that my dad and I can photograph foxes together at Northwest Trek, but I still want to really go “into the wild” and photograph them there too.

That’s it for today! Have a great Tuesday, everyone!


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