Healthy goals for 2012

I know I said I didn’t write any new year resolutions but I think it’s healthy to look forward and make some healthy goals for 2012.

1)      BE EVEN MORE CLIENT CENTERED. I think I do a good job when it comes to pleasing my clients but I really want to even step up the game this year. And by ‘pleasing’ I don’t mean that I always have to agree blindly to every wish and demand. No. What  I mean by being my client centered is more so to do with the fact that I need to seek the best interest of my client..even if they don’t agree with me. For example: If I know your ceremony will be at 7pm and you do not want to have a first look but I also know how much you really appreciate your wedding day portraits..then I have to try my all to make you want to have a first look. It’ll be to your best benefit. You’ll thank me later. Also being client centered means to really and truly want the best for your client. And I do.

2)      With that goal in mind, also be HANNA CENTERED this year. Last year I pushed through some pretty tough times as I had my busiest time of the year. Granted, sometimes life happens and you can’t predict what it brings your way. This year I want to make sure I won’t push myself to my limit of exhaustion. Just because I love what I do, doesn’t mean I need to be unhealthy. I need to learn to set boundaries, limits and rules. 9-5 I can be on the computer. When 5pm hits, I turn off the computer. No questions ask. I also need to learn to not to answer emails 24 hours a day. I need to separate work from relaxation. (I’m pretty sure for some people out there working from home this is such a hard task).

3)      GO AFTER WHAT I WANT IN LIFE AND GO FOR IT 110%. Maybe not everyone is like me, but I’m a very black and white person. I know what I like and what I don’t like. I think this makes my life easier because I don’t spend a lot of time debating on how I feel about this or that. I just go with my gut and most of the times it’s the only way I know how to be. This year I have a couple of personal goals I really want to reach. I know what I want, I need to just do it. It’s the simple things like throwing away majority of the crap we have in the basement and just getting it done. I know I want a clean and organized basement. I really should be in there right now throwing stuff away instead of writing this post.  I need to go for it.

4)      FOCUS AND BE POSITIVE. Obviously, easier said than done. Maybe I’m not alone in this, but I find myself sometimes being in a funk of emotions. I’m emotional and I feel with my whole heart. So, when I’m sad..I’m really sad. Well, as much as it is good to feel whatever you’s good to remain positive and have a great outlook on life. After all, negativity only destroys happiness inside of me..and then it affects people around me . So, no matter what comes my way, I’ll try to remain focused and positive. All and all, with everything God has given can I go on a day without being thankful and positive?

5)      BE KIND. It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves and other people. We are all different but I tend to be a very critical person. Mostly when it comes to myself. I’m a creative person and to be able to grow as a photographer, I need to continuously to look at my work and critique it. This is obviously a good thing but this also means that I need to be kind to myself as I’m doing it. It’s easy to focus on the things you need to work on, but better to look at my whole body of work and then I can see how much I’ve grown. And I should be happy. And kind.

6)      DON’T COMPARE yourself. There’s always going to be someone better, someone who has it all more figured out and somehow on their lawn the grass seems to be so much greener. Well..we all know that’s not the reality. I this year will do whatever in my power to really focus on my own work and not to other people’s work. If this means I won’t look at anyone’s work all year long for ‘inspiration’…then let it be. I will not compare myself. It will kill my spirit. And yeah, you shouldn’t compare yourself either. You’re awesome just the way you are. We’re all a work in progress.

So those were my goals for 2012. All seem so simple but yet so hard. What I learned in 2011 is that life is a blessing and so is every day we are given. I try to live HERE and NOW and take each hour and each day as it comes and apply these six goals each and every day. Some days I’ll fail miserably, other days I’ll do much better. I guess it’s all about the journey and the fact that I’m trying.

What are your goals?

(The new profile picture and these pictures above captured by my husband. I think he has a talent!)



admin - Thanks! <3

Whitney Neal - Real cute.

Hannah Coates - loving your outfit!!!

Stephanie Lyell - I like your hair straight like that! Also-great goals :)

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