I don't do New Year's Resolutions. But this year I have decided that I need to set some goals for myself and for this blog. I won't put you to sleep with all the boring behind-the-scenes stuff that I want to do. But I think that if I put these out there for the world to see, I might feel more inclined to hold myself to them. Do you set goals? Do you complete them?
} I want to really figure out what my “brand” is and redesign the blog to fit that. I have been talking about it for a year now and haven't made any headway. And it is eating me up inside! I need to make time for this.
} I want to continue to work with brands and produce great content. I would love to try pitching some projects with companies that are a natural fit for me.
} I want to really focus on my content and figure out how to streamline my process. Right now I cram all my blog work in to 9 hours while my youngest is in preschool and it is a struggle. I need to create a studio area where I can create, shoot and move on without wrecking my entire house.
} I need to think about what I truly want to share with you and would if money was no object. And then figure out how to make it happen with no money. I have concepts and styled shoots aching to come out that don't. I need to make this happen!
} I need to work on my creative confidence. I find that when I am in a group of talented women, I start to second guess my instincts and let others take the lead. I need to remember that I am talented and have my own strengths. So my painting might not be as good or I can't cut in the straightest line, but I know I can do these things and do them well. Except for drawing. I've accepted that.
} I need to organize my props. I have some amazing pieces to use in my garage but I can't find them easily or get to some of them. If I'm trying to streamline my process, this should be all set and ready to go so that I can get something out and then put it right back where it goes again.
} I need to make time for inspiration gathering. Inspiration is everywhere and I need to be out in it. I am a home body who sticks to a pretty rigid schedule with my family and work. I need to make time to explore new places and see new things. This will be a positive for the kids too.
} I want to take better care of my health. I need to start exercising. I need to commit to using sunscreen each day on myself and my kids. And more.
} I want to really focus on the friendships that matter. I need to make it a priority. I want to make them a priority.
} I've let myself go, yo. I hardly ever blow dry my hair and I've become used to seeing myself with minimal makeup. But I feel so much better when I look better. And while my eyebrows are blond, it is no excuse for letting them look like my Dad's (no offense, Dad – they totally work for you!)
Dang. That looks like a lot… But they are needed and important! Wish me luck!
*This image is of some goal planning letterpress cards sent to me by Bing in preparation for Alt Summit. I think these are going to help me organize my months and really prioritize. And they are just SO pretty! Thanks Bing!