This year I decided to make my resolutions a list of lifestyle goals that I could strive towards throughout the year, but for certain ones if I was only able to do it once (ie travel to a new state) then I’d be happy with accomplishing it that time. I was inspired to do it this way by Megan Gielow of MorningWild Photography, an absolutely AMAZING photographer and someone whose work I look up to in countless ways. I loved how she organized her own resolutions in the past and decided to try it myself for this year, hoping this would encourage me to truly stick to them. These are in no particular order, and I know it seems like a lot of resolutions, but I’d like to make more of a lifestyle change in some ways, and this is my plan for a start.
Physically- Go to gym 3-5 times/week. Run a marathon or at least another half marathon. Cut out unnecessary food (excess sugar, bread, alcohol). Drink more water. Get the dogs out to run at least 3-4 times/week. Find a new workout routine to try.
Mentally- Be more positive and less judgmental/sarcastic (even if I’m just joking). No phone in bed—read a book instead (goal is 1 a month before summer and at least two after). End the workday at a specific time, don’t spend all my free time working.
Emotionally- Take a breath before responding to things. Remember, everything will get done. Stay on top of important routines. Do not let thoughts about the past or what others do cloud my thinking—keep my goals as a priority. Remember, I can’t change other people, what they’ve done, or what they will do, so live my life and cut out all unnecessary negativity; put my energy towards being my very best in all aspects of life.
Spend more time with my family. Have dinner once a week with Mom and Dad. Go to lunch once a week at Mommom’s. Cuddle and play with dogs more. Plan a fun night with friends at least 1-2 times/month.
Take classes and be more active in expanding business opportunities. Reach out to other photographers to learn. Participate in more wedding expos. Participate in more craft shows. Plan each workweek out to maximize time. Get website, blog, Instagram, and Facebook up to date. Post once a day (or at least once every two days). Organize hard drives and get rid of clutter/duplicates/unneeded things. Make time to read photo blogs and books.
Do at least one photo shoot/project a month (even if it’s part of a larger project). Get out and shoot more. Edit trips I’ve been on and photos I have. Learn Italian. Organize my apartment.
Go on at least one fun trip this year that is completely un-work related and to somewhere I have never been. Go on a photo-related trip and focus on documenting and story telling. Go to at least one new state.
6. Waste Less
Time- Do things now, don’t put them off. Finish one task before starting another. Don’t break in the middle of something—finish and then take a break.
Food- Meal plan to save food and money. Buy only what I know I will use that week.
7. Give Back
Volunteer dog walk once a week. Set up plan for session to a family in need. *Working on this a bit more but these were two things I wanted to do at the end of last year that I did not get the chance to start/get together.