January Highlights & February's Goals

Here we are. February 3rd. The first month of 2014 has come and gone, and I still feel like I'm desperately trying to keep up. Trying to implement habits that will allow me to have the type of 2014 I so desperately want to have. I didn't blog about January's goals (just my 2014 goals!) or December's highlights last month, so I felt a bit lost as I sat down at my keyboard this morning. Regardless, here I am... one month into 2014 and still hopeful about the next eleven.

In January, I second shot a wedding for Kate. Resumed hosting a girl's Bible study in my home. Continued attending revive and being grateful for what the Lord is doing there. Started babysitting a two month old. Ate dinner with friends we haven't seen in over a year. Spent time with and said goodbye (again) to a dear friend who will be spending the next few months overseas. Started planning my days more intentionally. Booked several 2014 weddings. Worked on my client experience. Drove hundreds of miles to spend time with kittens (and Luke's family :). Tried to be more intentional about spending time with the Lord. Thought a lot about the way other's perceive my business and how I can make that more consistent. Set up a newsletter in an attempt to be less dependent on Facebook. And did a few scary things that will hopefully further my business and brand. :)

And I think know February is going to be even better.  In just a little over two weeks, Lucas and I will pile everything we need to survive for two weeks into Minzy (our car) and drive to Santa Barbara, CA for a photography conference. I'm finally going to meet dozens of photographers I've known online for almost two years now and we'll have the opportunity to learn from some of the leading professionals in the industry. Then, we'll drive to WPPI in Vegas -- one of the largest wedding and portrait conferences in the US (I think there's something like 13,000 in attendance annually?) and spend another week learning and preparing for the 2014 wedding season.

And I couldn't be more excited.

This month, I want to work to continue doing scary, uncomfortable things and make connections with others. Not for the sake of furthering my business, but because I genuinely care about them. I want to watch the sunrise, drink more water, and introduce myself to more strangers. Cook for friends, spend time with Jesus, and shove as much education as I possibly can into my brain. Serve my clients well, care for them, and completely exceed their expectations.

Here's to the next 28 days of 2014. :)

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(PS- Yes. 90% of the personal images I took in January are of kittens. I think I have a problem.)