2013 Goals

January 2, 2013 2013 Goals

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s because my parents never were, or maybe it’s because they’re almost always doomed to failure. On a personal level I’ve always felt that anything worth “resolving” to do, doesn’t need a start date or a deadline but rather it just takes making the moves to make a permanent lifestyle change.

Although I’m not big on resolutions, I am absolutely a goal setter. This year I have many goals set both for my business and for myself personally, and I will be keeping track of them throughout the year.

Business Goals

  • Photograph 25 weddings in 2013

I have 13 already booked so I’m on the right track!

  • Assist/Second shoot on even more
  • Photograph a birth story
  • More newborns too!
  • Thanks to MD Question 6, attend and/or photograph as many same sex weddings as possible

I just booked my first same sex couple and I LOVE them!

  • Build an office/studio
  • Continue learning and improving!
  • Continue consistently blogging, even when it’s the slow season (winter) and there are fewer sessions to share
  • Network with more wedding vendors
  • Find more wedding venues that I *love* and give them prints and albums to share with prospective couples

Personal goals

  • Leave my full time job either late this year/early next
  • SAVE SAVE SAVE until then
  • Cook more dinners at home
  • Make being healthy a priority again

I used to be REALLY good about working out 4-5 times a week and eating healthily but with this year’s busy season I fell off both wagons. I’ve been back at the gym for two weeks already, taking it slow and working my way back up.

  • Be more positive
  • Although it will be a very busy year between working full time, teaching, my video freelance career and putting in full time hours for my business, I will make more time for quality time with my awesome and supportive husband, Steve
  • Travel as much as possible this year

Goal setting can be very effective if you write down and consistently check in with your goals! Hopefully you all will help keep me accountable! I’ll do quarterly check ins this year to mark my progress on each of these.

Happy New Year and I hope you have success in making positive changes in your life too!



  • Urška Majer
    Posted at 08:41h, 02 January Reply

    Nice list and i hope that you accomplish all of them :)

  • Dani
    Posted at 08:44h, 02 January Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with what you said about things you resolve to do and not needing a start date or deadline. Love your goals!! Hope you succeed!

  • Emilia Jane
    Posted at 09:25h, 02 January Reply

    Awesome goals, you’ve got this girl!

  • Katie Jane
    Posted at 10:13h, 02 January Reply

    Love reading about other people’s goals! It’s always so inspiring. Good luck!!

  • Shahed
    Posted at 10:43h, 02 January Reply

    This is an awesome idea- I think I need to set myself goals this year too: top of the list is to try and save some money for my wedding next year! :/

  • Katie Nesbitt
    Posted at 11:25h, 02 January Reply

    These are awesome goals!!! Can’t wait to see your progress this year:) I would love to shoot a birth story myself! Hopefully one of my friends will get pregnant and let me be there. Also can’t wait for you to go full time! So exciting!!

  • teri pozniak // tPoz
    Posted at 11:35h, 02 January Reply

    Love seeing goals set out for the world to see and to hold you accountable!! I know you will rock 2013 out! Cheers!

  • caitlin elizabeth
    Posted at 15:40h, 02 January Reply

    can’t wait to see how these goals are fulfilled :)

  • Patricia Knight
    Posted at 12:37h, 03 January Reply

    I totally agree with you, I prefer goals to resolutions. Goals just sounds more positive and like your going places. Wishing you much success as you go after your goals in 2013!

  • lauren
    Posted at 14:15h, 03 January Reply

    great resolutions! especially like “travel as much as possible” :) :)

  • Andy Pickard
    Posted at 23:11h, 03 January Reply

    great goals and well done on having 13 weddings already :)

  • Ashley Fisher
    Posted at 23:21h, 03 January Reply

    Love the goals! You will LOVE photographing a birth story! It’s life changing. :)

  • Kelly Brown Hopkins
    Posted at 06:11h, 04 January Reply

    I’m working on my goals for the year. Great job with having so many weddings booked. I also am hoping to leave my day job and do my photography full time this year. Good luck to you.

  • Elizabeth Howard Maxwell
    Posted at 03:22h, 10 January Reply

    I think you’ve set some awesome goals! I’m right on board with you let’s travel as much as possible!

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