2017 is now here… and where do I go from “here”? I love the idea of having just a “word” to use for the new year. I do have goals and resolutions but everything I do and everything I want to do this year will revolve around my little word.
So for 2017 my word is INTENTIONAL.
I want to be more intentional about EVERYTHING I do. I want my choices to have meaning. I even want my relaxation to be intentional.
I want to be intentional about what I share online like on Instagram and actually have it benefit someone. A pretty picture can be pretty but I want to further inspire, make you think, make you smile, make you comment, make you pause for just a moment and see if what I have to say does anything for you. It can be light-hearted or deep but either way, I don’t want to post online just for the sake of posting or to get followers or clients. This might mean not posting every day and I’m totally ok with that.
I want the pictures I take of my clients to also be more intentional. I want to be more creative. I want to be more involved in creating images that my clients want but are unsure of how to describe to me. Part of this involves more movement, more action, more emotion, more laughter because that is my signature style vs the seriously model look face.
I’m going to be VERY intentional about how I use my work time as well. Not only do I only take one client a week but this year I will not be photographing clients on Saturdays AT ALL. At least for this year, we are traveling a lot, we have soccer practice and games, and my family deserves both downtime and “get ‘er done” Saturdays full of projects and errands and park time and movies and sleeping in.
As much as I love taking pictures of my kids, I actually have a problem…taking TOO many pictures! hahaha is that a thing? is that a problem? Only when they don’t fit in my yearly photobooks…or when I have thousands to go through on m computer or my phone. I know my daughter looks adorable when she eats so messy on her high chair but I already documented that…I want to be intentional about really capturing the moments that matter and WILL matter years and decades from now.
I want to be more intentional about doing little things that make me happy. Scrapbooking, organizing, reading, etc. I want to journal again (I have like 8 books/journals from my pre marriage days full of just words). I do love to write and I’m a writer at heart as well as a photographer so I want to mix the both better. I don’t only want to write about our day to day life but when I’m stressed or when I feel I have too many emotions or thoughts in my head, I know that writing them down makes me feel SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Lastly but probably most importantly…
is that I want to be more intentional about the time I spend with my family. These last few months I have become so emotionally connected to the moments where my kids tell me “I love you” or when they give me a hug. MY KIDS WILL TRULY NEVER BE THIS LITTLE EVER AGAIN. My daughter’s little 1 year old arms sometimes hug me all around my neck and she gives me kisses while she says “muah” like 20 times in a row….I’m OBSESSED WITH THAT. My little 4.5 year old boy is all registered for Kindergarten now that starts in 9 months!!! He doesn’t hug me hard very much but the other day he did and I held him for minutes. It feels SO GOOD.
We are actually coming out of a very hard year with him and back talking and such but I want to enjoy my time home with him before he’s gone in school all day (depending on the charter school he gets in, kinder will be full day….) And then of course, my husband deserves intentional time as well. He is going to have one HECK of a year already because we know he will finish his MBA degree, will open up a business and he will probably have a million things thrown his way.
So there you have it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to live life more intentionally so I hope I inspired some goals for you! No matter what time of the year, it’s never too late to start doing what is best for you.