Holiday Cheer and a New Year!

10:43 PM

I can't believe another year has come and gone so quickly! Well, before I ring in the new year with setting both personal and professional goals, I want to reflect on what a great Christmas I shared with family and friends. While the hubby and I took a few small trips this year, I didn't take off quite as much time as I wanted from work. That's why jobs give you paid time off -- you are supposed to use it! So I decided to take off for the holidays... and it's been awesome! Not only did I accomplish things on my to-do list, but I made time for myself. This is a new thing for me. I've never been very good and taking a step back and just enjoying the moment. In fact, it's a goal I set for myself each year and I try my hardest to stick with it. Being someone with a Type A personality, I always feel like I need to be busy or doing something. If not, then I go crazy! That being said, I've learned that it's OK to just do nothing. To sit in silence, take a nap, read a book, journal, or just sit on the porch and enjoy a cup of coffee. So that's exactly what I did on my break... here's a few snippets thanks to my Instagram photos.

As for my new year's goals, I always tend to overwhelm myself by throwing everything out there that I'd like to accomplish... eat better, blog more, put more time into my photography, take more time off my day job, go to the gym, etc. The problem is... I never stick with any of them at all. This year, I'm taking a new approach. I'm starting with a few overarching goals for the year, then on a monthly basis I will set smaller goals that will put me one step closer to the big ones. It sounds like a lot, but I think starting smaller will help me reach those bigger goals over time. Going along with my holiday theme of doing stuff for myself, I've narrowed down my goals for 2013 that I think will help me grow both personally and professionally.

  1. Commit to a healthy lifestyle.
    • Yes, I always say I want to eat better and workout more, but this time I mean it. Each month I plan on challenging myself. I will focus on the small things -- whether it's a new healthy recipe, eating more veggies at lunch, or trying a new workout class -- I will do it!
  2. Build my photography brand and a new blog.
    • I keep an idea journal and for the past year I've scribbled everything from logo ideas to social media goals. This year, I'm going to make it happen! Since I have a full-time job it can be tough making time to focus on my photography business. Still, if I can accomplish one or two items on my branding to-do list each month, then I can finally launch a new blog in 2014! 
  3. Focus on being the best version of me!
    • This means making time to focus on me. Each month I plan on doing something for myself -- whether is a mani/pedi spa treat, taking a cooking class, or even getting more sleep. I need to constantly remind myself that life can pass us by so quickly and I need to enjoy it without stressing myself out all the time.
Now that I've shared my goals for 2013, what are your goals? I encourage you to embrace the new year with an outlook full of hope and encouragement. Make those changes you always said you wanted to make!

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