January Snapshot


I'll be honest, I didn't think I was going to be able to write this post. In the past I've made promises to myself about goals and totally threw them to the side either due to laziness and lack of inspiration. However, this year I feel so much more determined to accomplish my goals and inspired thanks to some strong encouragers. That being said, this is my first snapshot post! I thought about how I wanted to write this because I feel like it should be a fun post not just about what I did or didn't accomplish. So before I get to the goals I'll share one fun tidbit!

For those of you who don't know, I LOVE music. That's not unique, most people love music, BUT I thought I'd share what I've been listening to this month because it's personal :) For the most part I'm into anything but this month I've been listening to Us The Duo and Tori Kelly. Neither has put out an album since 2016 so hopefully more great music will be coming from both of them soon! Ok, onto the goals!

Personal goals

  • Work out 3 times per week - Ok, so I didn't work out 3 days per week but I've done at least 2 - I'm working on it! I'm definitely going to be trying harder for February! 
  • Blog once a week - I did this! There's no reason I can't blog once a week anymore. I'm so determined to grow with a community of friends not only through my site but through my city and surrounding areas as well. I also believe it's crucial to educate your clients and this is the platform where I will be able to share that content with them. 
  • Stay on track with my meal planner - This went better than I thought. I created a meal planner document a while back so that I could save money and I wouldn't have to go to the grocery store every week. It works well when I'm consistent with it. I actually feel healthier because when I plan everything, I cook lunch and dinner for every day of the week. It's also saving me about $50 a week because buying lunch would be around $10 per day. 

Business goals

  • Research NC business license - Done. And it was exhausting...especially the TAX part. 
  • Re-evaluate pricing for The Wedding Experience and albums - Done! I'll be working on updating my pricing guide next month. I'm actually really proud of myself for this. I started from scratch with both of these structures because I wanted to be able to compare what I was doing before to the structures that I'll have in place for 2019. I'm trying out a new album company too, yay!
  • Continue posing education - I am so excited about this! I signed up for a new KJ membership and it has taught me so much already! I can't wait to put it to good use this Spring! 
  • Lightroom education - catalogs and backups - I definitely learned a lot more about Catalogs and how to organize my photos within the catalog. Before, I would import all of my photos into one BIG catalog. It worked fine but my new system will be much more efficient. I also realized that I'm going to need a new external hard drive. Mine is a WD My Passport but it's not compatible with my Mac. I can take documents OFF of it but I can't upload anything ON to it and that's obviously an issue. So, if you have any recommendations for great external hard drives let me know! I heard LaCie is great and so is Drobo. 

I have to say, I really enjoyed writing this post. Sometimes it's hard to see what you've accomplished on a day to day basis until you list is all out. Now I can't wait for February! P.S. The image at the top of the post is from a couple of weeks ago when it snowed. It was the first time I've gotten to photograph North Carolina in the winter. :)


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