2013 Goals!


By blogging standards, I'm a little late to the game with this post. It probably should have been up the first week of January, but oh well. Better late than never right?

(by the way, I will have a look back at 2012 weddings post up soon also!)

I'm a firm believer in putting things down on paper and making lists. It really does help to motivate you to accomplish your goals. Some of these will be a lot easier to accomplish than others, but here are my 2013 goals:


1.

Get our website finished! Here's a sneak peek!


2.

I rarely went out and shot last year just for the joy of doing it. Not only have I been bad about shooting personal work but I also have been bad about sharing anything that I've shot. I've also noticed that Josh and I have very few pictures together and I have very few of myself as well. I look back at all of the family functions, hangouts with friends, things like that and realize that I'm always the one taking the pictures and am rarely in any. I've been thinking about trying to do some self portraits this year, I'm 30 and don't want to look back on my youth and not have any images of myself.

I recently saw on another photographer's blog (wish I could remember who!), that one of their goals was to share more personal work even if others may not understand it. Reading that defintely hit home for me. I know I've struggled a lot in the past with whether I should share certain images even though I absolutely love them but worry that some people might not fully understand or "get it". They say that it takes a long time for a photographer to find their style, and I feel like I've finally done that. My goal is to share more images that show who I am as a photographer and who I want to be, which leads us into my next goal...


3.

I defintiely plan to blog a lot more and I hope to load more images to facebook as well. My goal is to post and share every wedding that we shoot this year.


4.

I ran warrior dash the past two years, without any training before hand. I would love to run a few more this year now that I've actually been hitting the gym (here + there anyway).


5.

We did quite a bit of landscaping to the backyard of our new house last summer. I can't wait for spring so I can do a ton more. The front yard is in desperate need of some help. I really want to plant a fruit and vegatable garden this year too.


6.


With all that 2012 brought our way (new house, family health issues, etc.) we hardly left the state of Ohio. This year I defintely hope to travel more. I also hope to plan a real vacation sometime this year (even if it happens to get scheduled for 2014). By "real" I mean: no work involved, somewhere with a beach, an awesome hotel (no staying with family and friends), relaxing, etc. We are lucky enough to be traveling for some weddings this year!! Punta Cana, Colorado, Michigan, and good old Columbus, Ohio are some of the locations among the rest of our Cincinnati weddings this year. We are super excited! If you or anyone you know is getting married out of state, please don't hesitate to contact us for special travel rates! We would love to travel for more weddings.


7.

Home improvements. They say it's a never ending journey when you own a house. We got a ton of stuff done last year, but we still have a whole lot more to do. I spent probably a good 4-5 hours yesterday completely rearranging my office and organizing it. I really wish I would have taken a before pic to show you guys, it looked like a tornado had been through it. You can see a little bit of it here. I hope to share more of our home projects this year, I didn't get much up last year but took a ton of photos of projects along the way that I hopefully will get around to sharing eventually. Here is just a quick list of some of the projects we hope to tackle in the next year: remodel kitchen, paint staircase, finish painting walls, refinish floors on the second floor, more landscaping, decorate spare bedroom, finish josh's office.... this list could go on and on.



8.

Yeah, you read that right. I seriously don't know how to cook. If there are instructions on the box, then I'm good to go but other than that I'm clueless. You see, growing up my twin sister was the cook in our family. She loves to cook, so she was just always the one to do so. I just never really learned. Josh and I have made a huge effort recently to start eating better, which means cooking at home instead of eating out. We unfortunatly ate out a lot. So I've been making some progress in the kitchen but really hope to start stepping my game up. Anyone wanna take some cooking classes with me?!


9. 

Shoot more with my iphone and post more to instagram. I love looking back on my instagram to see all of the things I've done over the past year, I just wish I would have shot & posted more. To follow me on instagram, my username is eleven11photo.

10.

This is one that is carrying over from last year. I didn't get around to making a quilt last year like I wanted, so am definitely going to try hard to get it done this year. I also want to crochet more this year. My great aunt taught me when I was young and I started on a few projects last year that I hope to finally finish up. An awesome past client and future bride of ours just recently told me about Silk Road Textiles, they have quilting classes along with a ton of other sewing, knitting, crotcheting, etc classes as well. I will definitely be signing up for some soon! Check them out if you get a chance!


11.

This was on my 2012 list as well, and while I'm usually an avid reader I don't think I picked up a book the entire year of 2011. So, just to make sure I stick to it I'm adding this to the 2013 list also.


12.
I've wanted to learn to play the piano forever. I talked for months about getting a keyboard. Josh surprised me for Christmas with one. I've never, ever played before but am slowly starting to learn. There are so many awesome youtube videos out there if you are thinking of learning yourself, and garageband has tutorials also!


13.
Watch more Creativelives and possibly attend some workshops. I tuned into a few creativelives last year, and so far have watched 2 or 3 this year. I always want to continue to learn so I can better my photography and my business.

14.



When we used to live in an apartment, we would take Lil on walks all the time. I don't think we've gone on any since moving to St. Bernard. Now that we have a backyard, we just let her out to run around. I want to start taking her on walks again and exploring our neighborhood more.
15.



Reupholstering was one of last year's goals that I didn't get accomplished, so it's made its way on to this year's list. I did do some other furniture related diy's throughout 2012, but I really hope to actually get the chance this year to do some reuphostering. I also want to build some furniture. One thing on our to do list is to build a new dining room table. Our current one we picked up at the Restore for $25 bucks and it isn't the prettiest thing out there. I'll be sure to keep you guys posted if we are able to succeed without causing any bodily harm to ourselves.


16.

I am a huge fan of thrift store, antique mall, flea market, craigslist shopping. I have found some amazing deals and some really cool stuff. I've shared once before one of our flea market trips and all of the things we bought, and I really want to start doing this more often. For example, I found this needlepoint at a local thrift store for $3! Not only is it super cute, but I love that there is a note written on the back of it. If it's hard to read in the photo it says: "September 25th, 1974   To Grandma & Grandpa on their '48th' anniversary. The two 'greatest' grandparents there are. Love Jim, Cathy and Jennifer xxx" Is that not one of the cutest things ever?! I also love it because September 25th just so happens to be my birthday.




17.

Josh got this awesome polaroid sx-70 land camera for me for my birthday along with a bunch of film! I have a few other polaroid cameras as well as this one. I don't shoot nearly as much polaroid film as I should. It's on the expensive side, so I always feel like I have to wait for the perfect time to use it, but then never do. I'm going to definitely shoot more of it this year and use this camera a lot more also. One of the really cool things about this camera is that it folds down flat so I can take it with me more easily. I also have a fuji instax camera as well that I want to start using more often also.


18.


I used to love to draw & paint and every once in awhile I'll bust out all my art supplies and get creative. I really want to make time to do this more often this year. Now don't get me wrong, I am no where near being considered good at it haha (as you can tell from my little portrait of Lily up there) but I still love to do it. The song lyric painting was influenced by this post over on A Beautiful Mess. It was super simple to do. I chose some lyrics from Neutral Milk Hotel and plan to hang it in our bedroom.


19. Get my motorcycle license. Sorry that I don't have a pic to go with this one haha. I've been wanting to get my motorcycle license for years now but just never seem to get around to it. It will happen this year dammit!

I was hoping to round this list out at an even 20, just like last year's list, but I honestly could not think of anything more to add. I'll let you guys know how my goals go throughout the year and will do a follow up in the beginning of 2014!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my goals for the year! Don't be afraid to leave some comments letting me know what your goals are, or if you have any advice for helping me reach mine! Here's to 2013!

ps. you can view my 2012 goals here, and the follow up to them here.