I've never really been one for New Years resolutions. To be honest, I feel like if I want to work on a certain aspect of my life, form a new good habit or try and kick a bad one, I can do that on any day of the year. Having said that, I suppose the beginning of a new year is a good mile-marker to stop and reflect, refuel and adjust your game plan. It's always crazy for me to think back to where I was a year ago and compare it to where I am now. On one hand time flies SO fast I can barely keep up, and on the other I can hardly believe how different my life is from year to year. How does that work?
I've always been more of a go-with-the-flow kinda girl. Like "It'll all work out!" "Don't worry about it!" "We'll play it by ear!" While I think it's good to have a little of that, I'll be the first to admit I could use a little more type-A-ness thrown in there. Nothing has made me realize that more than attempting to start my own business. I have realized that you have to be intentional, have laid-out goals and plans, and be very organized. I struggle with that stuff. Like really. I get creative visions and ideas and get so excited to just go out and make them happen. Can't I just take pretty pictures and have someone else handle the rest? Sigh. #thatsthedream.
But ya know what they say-"Nothing worth while comes easy." And forcing myself to improve on these areas I struggle in has made me even more proud along the way. Accomplishing things that are easy for you is one thing, but accomplishing things that AREN'T easy and that you have to work really hard for feels awesome on a whole other level. So, my goals for 2017 include actually forcing myself to create goals and being intentional on reaching them. If you have any tips or ideas on doing this/staying organized, holla 'atcha girl because I can use all the help I can get.
While I'm at it here with this whole honesty thing, another thing I struggle with (and I know I'm not alone in this) is battling discouragement. It's SO easy to compare yourself to others, especially in creative industries, when you tend to place your self-worth in the hands of your success. Success shouldn't be defined in the terms of where you are vs. where someone else is. YOUR success can be anything YOU want it to be! I have to remind myself that my journey is just that-MINE. It's not anyone else's. It looks different because it IS different. Everyone's journey is unique and special. Another hope for me in 2017 and beyond is that I learn to trust in the plan that God has for me one day at a time and not get as caught up in wanting more.
Some other specific hopes and dreams for I have for Holly Ann Photography's future include:
-To shoot a wedding at High Line Car House (I work next door during the week and walk past it every day just dreaming of the day I will shoot a wedding there and get to to the portraits all around German Village!)
-To shoot a destination wedding on a beach
-To shoot a winter wedding!!!
-To meet, get to know, and work with more local photographers/creatives. There are so many incredibly talented and sweet photographers here and I LOVE how encouraging everyone in this industry is. I would love to spend more time joining in on Tuesdays Together meetings and forming and strengthening these relationships.
-Most importantly, I want to use this photography business as a vessel for Jesus' love. I want to take the love He shows me everyday and pour it into everyone around me. I want everyone who works with me to feel that love from me. That is my biggest desire for my business!
So here's to 2017! I hope it's filled with lots of love, happy moments, and surprise blessings for you!
Photo credit: KariMe Photography <3