Hopefully you’re easing into this new year in a positive way! I read somewhere on the internet to look at the new year as 365 new opportunities to grow, learn, change or maintain aspects in your life.
I’m super hopeful for my personal and professional life in 2017 and I wanted to share my goals and the words that will help me reach them.
My words for 2017:
Act. In 2016, I spent a lot of time planning for the future (future photography ideas, blog post ideas, etc) but some of my personal plans never made it to reality (though, I still accomplished plenty.) In 2017, I must put forth the action toward making my good ideas and plans a reality, which I think can be done through better time management (something I struggled with in 2016) and also through prescheduling. I have so much to write about and after a while, I got sad when I wasn’t able to bring my ideas to a reality. This word also reflects the acting out plans I have for my health and wellness, fitness and other aspects of my life.
Give. There are small and big ways I can give back to my community or to make an impact on those around me. There are small things I can do every day to make the world (or my world) a better place- whether that’s getting coffee for a coworker who’s having a bad day, or donating items directly to a homeless women’s shelter versus larger stores that accept donations. I’ve been reflecting heavily on my military service lately and am currently searching for ways I can give back to veterans and those still currently serving.
Enjoy. In 2016, I noticed that I said yes to too many photoshoots at a time. Of course, I’m so thankful for the clients I was able to work with, but at the time, I was exhausted to the point where I got really sick, and I wasn’t happy (because all I was doing was working.) This incident happened again during September and October, and I knew after the second time, I had to take better care of myself. In 2017, I want to take the time to enjoy small moments to myself- like making my morning cup of tea, or stretching before my early morning workout. I need to allow myself to enjoy small moments in life every day to help keep me balanced.
Focusing on 2017:
Mental Health and Wellness: In 2017, I want to continue to put myself first- not in a completely selfish way, but in a healthy way (less people pleasing, more making my happiness a priority type of way.) When you’re in the creative industry, it’s easy (dare I say, normal) to compare yourself to others or to struggle with self doubt and not feeling good enough. I’ve discovered that I have a bad habit of not allowing myself to be proud of my accomplishments because “I’m not where I want to be yet.” This year, I am going to make blocking these types of negative thoughts that pass through a priority, and I will allow myself to be proud of my own work (while still maintaining healthy ways of improving my skills.)
Fitness: In December, I started working out again and building the foundation of healthy habits (and the schedule to support them) that will last me throughout 2017. It’s very important for me to be fit again because I miss feeling better and healthier, I miss the feeling when reaching personal records and building endurance. Yes, obviously, I’m trying to lose the weight I gained the last two years, but I am looking at this as a lifestyle change and to help lower my stress levels. I’ve had many attempts the last two years to get back into shape which have failed because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, and now I am, and I am so pumped.
Life: I really want to save more money and stop spending unnecessarily so I can afford the items I really want (for the home, camera equipment and kitchen tools) and to travel more. At that same time, I’m trying to adopt the idea that I don’t NEED a lot in life, and I want to donate items I don’t need. I want to get my apartment together so I can eventually photograph it, make it feel like home and have it be a source of fresh, new content and photography.
Full Time Job: I am blessed to work in an environment where I am surrounded by creative professionals in the food styling and photography industry. My goal for 2017 is gain more confidence in food styling by practicing, practicing, practicing. I want to build my food and prop styling portfolio (as well as my food and prop photography portfolio) and I want to get better at cooking/grilling/styling meats.
Blogging: Posting on a consistent schedule has been a goal in my head for the last few months, and now I am turning that plan into action. I want you (my readers) to really know me, through the good, the bad and the ugly. Things are about to get pretty personal on this blog and I hope that whatever I’m sharing can affect someone in a positive way, but, I’ll also be bringing more original content as well.
Photography: I want to challenge myself with propping, lighting and getting out of my comfort zone, but also maintaining my skills in what I am comfortable in (food, interiors.) I want to shoot more travel imagery and shoot in some outdoorsy places as well.
January 2017 Goals:
- Keep up with my workout schedule of 3 days a week. When I joined my gym, I also joined a private team fitness class that meets 3 days a week at 6 am. I’m already seeing changes both within and on the outside of my body so I’m excited to see my progress by the end of the month.
- Maintain a consistent posting schedule for my blog. I also want to work on creating original photography to use as blog and social media content.
- Donate items to women’s shelters, specifically, clothing for the winter.
- Enjoy 15 minutes of stretching or meditation every night before bed.
- Practice food styling at work regularly. This month’s goals: eggs, burgers and ice cream.
What are some words that represent your goals for 2017? What are some of your goals for January or for 2017? Share them with me below.