New Year’s Resolutions {bathing suits, business cards and more}

It’s that time of year when I promise myself to go on a diet (again), to spend more quality time with my family and to stop watching excessive amounts of reality TV.  I almost can’t take anymore of Team Mom 2 (seriously-If Jannelle goes back with Kiefer one more time I’m going to stop watching…until the next episode).

Anywho-who, this year I decided it’s time to go big or go home with my New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m not just going on a diet I’m on a mission to lose 30 pounds, make a serious commitment to my family and to put all of my creative energy into my photography business.

I’ve read on-line that people who write down their goals make on average % more over their lifetime than those that don’t.  80% of Americans say they don’t write down their goals, but a study out of University of California showed that people who write down their goals, share them with friends and regularly update their friends on the progress are 33% more successful in accomplishing their goals.  Just WRITE THEM DOWN and you have already increased your odds of success without doing anything else!  (Maybe I should send Jannelle some pen and paper??).

So my friends, here are my goals for 2012.  I decided to split them between Business and Personal.  I wanted to have an even 20 for each, so I am leaving myself some room to add on later in the year.


  1. New business cards
  2. Update portfolio
  3. CD cases
  4. Welcome package for brides
  5. Book 10 weddings for 2012
  6. Book 15 portrait sessions
  7. Book 5 newborn or maternity
  8. Network w/venues, other photogs, and others
  9. Develop wedding workflow
  10. Better reception images
  11. Be featured on a wedding blog.  Megan and Ryan on How he Asked.
  12. Have a wedding published
  13. Attend two PUG meetings
  14. 2nd shoot for other photographers
  15. Buy 100mm Macro Lens
  16. Attend a workshop MJ 2day
  17. Watch Photo DVDs
  18. Photograph wedding at a venue I have never worked with
  19. Make two new photography friends


  1. Lose 30 lbs
  2. Wear a bathing suit on my b-day
  3. Add a new meal each month
  4. Take swim lessons w/Andrew
  5. Have date night with the following couples w/Trey and Kandy, Mom and Rick, Dad and Cindy
  6. Hang pictures on the walls…anywhere!
  7. Decorate Andrew’s room
  8. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
  9. Take 6 month and 1 year pics of Andrew
  10. Organize/decorate office
  11. Go to lunch/coffee w/Bre
  12. Take a vacation
  13. Read 5 books
  14. Tailbone to heal
  15. Get pregnant
  16. Complete Legacy File
  17. Quit day job
  18. Run a 5k

You’ll notice that number 2 on my personal list is to wear a bathing suit on my birthday (August 31…just in case you wanted to plan ahead!).  I’m pretty sure the picture below is the last time I was photographed in a bathing suit.

So go ahead, don’t be scared. Write down your goals, tell a friend and start earning 9% more!

megan oh i think it’s fate, one of MY goals is to be featured on a wedding blog! :). but seriously, my dad is a printer and would love to help you if you’re still looking for new business cards.

Suzanne Melissa Yes..yes! I am already thinking about getting your wedding published! LOTS of personal details is what the wedding blogs are looking for:)

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