A new day, a new year, a new (fill in the blank)

January 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

First things first...Happy New Year! Depending on who you ask, last year was either great or extremely crappy. The funny thing is that when you ask people about the new year, everyone is usually hopeful. Well, this year it may be a little different because of politics, but that's not a discussion that I want to have. I'm always hopeful. No matter how good or how bad I felt a year was, my focus is to improve upon my life, health and business. Just like many of you I have many things I want to make better, but also like many of you, I don't have a solid plan. As they say 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." There's a doom and gloom message for you, but it is so true. How can you know if you reached your goal if you don't know what your goal is?

Let me just say I don't believe in resolutions. I don't think I've ever made a New Year's resolution and if I have, it was so long ago that I don't remember what it was or even remember making one. I don't know if you would call this a resolution or not, but I resolve to be happy every year. That's it. I just want to be happy. Of course I figure I will make others happy as well throughout the year, but first I must be happy. How can I share my happiness with others if I either don't have enough or if I don't have any at all? You may ask how will I know if I have achieved my goal of happiness. Actually, I hope you all aren't asking that because it seems quite obvious to me. Don't you know when you're happy? Well I do. Will I be happy 24/7? Uh, no. But I will be happy for the majority of the time and that's good enough for me. 

Now getting back to planning. In case you don't know, I am a horrible planner. I think I may have mentioned this in a previous blog. Either I am a very  spontaneous person because I am a horrible planner or I am a horrible planner because I'm a very spontaneous person. Not really sure which it is, but it all boils down to me not planning well. There have been plenty of times where I have done some planning, but what I come up with at "showtime" is much better than what I have planned. So maybe planning isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe it's just the actual goal. I suppose you should have a plan as to how to reach that goal, but that also involves planning for every, or at least most contingencies. I usually deal with contingencies as I encounter them. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it is what it is. 

I hope it doesn't seem like I'm knocking the art of planning, because I'm not. I suppose I just never really learned how to do it appropriately or effectively. I'm more comfortable flying by the seat of my pants. My idea of planning is giving myself a goal with a deadline, but I don't add the fine detail that tells me how I will achieve that goal. I usually figure it out as I go, but I could probably make it more efficient. So I guess in this new year, I will strive to be a better planner. I have enlisted some help, so hopefully I can pull it off because I hate being rushed (by me) to get something done because I waited until the last minute to do it or just didn't plan for it as I should have. Funny thing is I only do it to myself. When it comes to my clients, I do so much for them in such a timely manner you wouldn't guess that I even have these issues. Maybe the moral to this story is that I need to start treating myself like I treat my clients. Hmmmm......

So, as I stated previously, my intent is to improve upon myself and my business because there is always room for improvement. I made some mistakes last year that I do not plan on replicating. If I do replicate them, that means I wasn't paying attention. I plan on being more purposeful in my actions and be more open. Truth be told, I can be rather secretive. It's amazing considering I have a plethora of siblings. I can't explain it, I've always been like that, unless I am really close to you. My best friend of many years (she would fall out if I told you how many years) knows me better than anyone. She knows stuff about me that my husband doesn't even know or my family for that matter. 

Well, I think that's enough of my rambling for this week. Next week I will thrill you with images from a 1 year old cake smash session I did and after that, I'll wow you with a tween session. By the way, please feel free to forward and share my blog with anyone who may be interested. Whether they are interested in a good read (in my opinion, but hopefully yours as well) or want to see some beautiful images (my opinion, but hopefully yours as well) they should be appreciative of the link. As I like to say, sharing is caring, unless it's an STD, cold or flu. Take care and I look forward to seeing you all next week! By the way, the studio is open and ready for the next exciting session. Working on some new ideas, so I hope to share with you soon! 


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