Coasters & Comfort: That New Years Post

I’m just going to be honest.  My 2016 was positively ridiculous.  Its the year I gave up on from-scratch meals and started having our groceries delivered.  We consumed far to many chicken nuggets and my husband ran more errands (grabbing things I forgot) than he’s ever had to do in his entire life thus far.  The Chick-fil-A curbside pickup app and I have become besties.  (Amazon Prime, don’t get jealous.  You had Super Bestie Forever status already.)  I ran out of or forgot deodorant at awkward moments multiple times, and I won’t calculate how many times we ran out of toilet paper.  My sweet husband experienced me at that moment called “the end of my rope” far more times than any human should have to endure, and our apartment looked like a war zone for 95.67% of the time.  The laundry basket lid probably forgot how to shut all the way.  I shot 7 weddings (four of which were in June!!) and a good number of portrait sessions in between working full time.  I even had the audacity to think that I could pile on a second weekend job halfway through the year!

I also learned that I look like this when I tell people where to stand:

Through it all, I learned bunches of things about how much stuffs I still need to learn, had amazing experiences thanks to amazing clients, and my husband still declares his undying love for me on a daily basis, so in the end, I regret nothing!  I still love what I do!

That said, this cold season is a great time to step back and think about what I want for next year.  My sister is an incredibly wonderful human and a very talented gifter.

Among other things, she gave me these fun coasters for Christmas:

Searching for purpose in my life and business has led me to some conclusions about what I want 2017 to look like, but I was having a hard time putting lofty ideas into practical purpose until I saw these simple coasters.  Its finally starting to come together, just in time for the new year.  I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions (or keeping them), but goals are powerful, and this is the perfect time to make them.

  1. Bring glory to God in everything I do, especially in my business.  This year I found myself having to sit down and take a hard look at why I do what I do.  It’s not always enough to just enjoy doing something – I have to have a purpose beyond myself for my work to actually mean something.  God has given me this gift and I want to use it to point people to Him through the beauty of his creation.
  2. Get outside of myself.   “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  I am, by nature, an introvert.  Having a conversation with people I don’t know can be stressful for me.  This year I want to push myself to get to know my clients better and network more with other professionals.
  3. Spend less time on social media.   Not only does social media tend to kill my confidence, it wastes more time than I even want to think about!  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish with those reclaimed minutes in 2017.
  4. Learn new things.  While I’ve only been in business for a year, I’ve been doing photography since before college.  During many of those years I had sunk into a very prideful attitude.  I refused to admit that I needed to learn anything new about photography – I had been doing it for so long!!  Obviously that was a ridiculous thought process and its super embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t pursue further education until last year.  It’s been so rewarding and exciting to learn from the best and I can’t wait to increase my skills in 2017!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.  That may be cliche, but because my time is limited, I am striving to be more focused with the time I do have in order to accomplish more and have more time for important things: my husband, my church, and my friends!

Happy New Year!  May you have a blessed 2017!

<3 Amy