I am part of a focus group ran by a mac and cheese loving, yoga pant wearing wonderful woman who runs a successful awesome photography business – Jenna Kutcher. She asked us to think about our goals, I thought about them all weekend, and I was scared to put them out there for anyone to read. I was scared they would not be accomplished and then I would be a failure – but this fear (as I have said before) has fueled me to reach for what I want.
My honest – heart on my sleeve goals for 2015
For business I have a goal of the amount of weddings I would love, and I am almost there. Each year I give myself a goal, last year it was 10 and I booked 21! WHAT? Yup that is awesome, that means I am doing something right? Right? Each of those wedding were seriously awesome, I felt blessed to be a part of it. There is a feeling that comes over me every time I go to a wedding, every time I edit a wedding, every time I talk to a couple, and every time I delivered a finished gallery. This feeling was a mix of : love, fear, excitement, and the biggest rush of emotion that I feel is Joy! I seriously love what I do, my soul is jumping for joy everyday I get to do what I love.
Another business goal is that I am not going to allow other photographers success cloud my mind – worrying I am not growing fast enough, booking enough and wondering if I am doing it right. Because, in all honesty it doesn’t matter what they are doing. Yes, you can learn from them, but some have made me bitter about mine. And I am not a bitter person, I let it cloud my brain, clouded how I did what I did. Even at sessions, I was questioning everything. I wasn’t sleeping, I would lay awake wondering what I could do to do better. So you know what I did? I un followed those photographer, and it freed my brain – allowing me to think clearer and work harder. I set higher goals, reaching for the stars. I want to empower other creatives to follow in their dreams, no matter how big or small!
Of course one goal that I have had for 2 years now is to get published in Wisconsin Bride Magazine or any other major print publication! OK, I lied I have had this dream since I was a little girl who wanted to work for National Geographic. I also, want to work with more vendors, collaborate together – creating beautiful things.
A personal goal is to be able to travel more, spend more time with family and my wonderful boyfriend. During the summer months it is filled with us working together and spending almost every weekend together, but we aren’t really being together as a couple we are working together. When we do get time together as a couple we treasure it, we put the phone away and pretend like there is no one else in the world but us. It’s wonderful, but few and far between. We both were struck with wanderlust, me at when I was a little girl, and him when we joined the Marines. We live to see the world, and experience as much as we can. I have plans to travel to Colorado and shoot an engagement session – to shoot in the mountains. Also – to get healthy: in mind, body and soul. I have let fear win in the gym too, always worried people are making fun of me when I huff and puff on the treadmill. But I have a goal of weight loss, muscle build, and to be able to wear a 2 piece suit if public without a panic attach. You know what it’s like girls, it’s one of the hardest things to do, sometimes you feel like a giant blob. No matter what size you are, confidence to kill those thoughts and be fabulous in my own skin.
One of the scariest goals of my life and accomplishing this year – I am going on a trip alone to California. This trip is to a work shop with hundreds of other creatives like me. We will learn, live and experience so much together. This will be the 1st time I will drive myself to the airport, fly and transport myself to the campgrounds alone. I am terrified, but oh so excited! This is part of my goal I set last year, to say No less. To experience and meet as many people as I can. There are so many wonderful people, and places to see and meet. The creative world is wonderful, filled with some of the warmest hearted people I have met. And they are always a blast to be around!
I have so many goals, that I hope to accomplish that I can’t write them all here – it would be a pretty long blog and you’d get bored. These are all goals I am working to accomplish, and I can’t wait to have a dance party once I do!
With love – and thank you! Christine