I’m excited about the new year. It’s not just because last year was crazy (understatement) but I am equal parts organized and spontaneous. This is the time of year I love to plan out everything, and I think I do that so later on I can change directions and pivot when I need to.
So, what am I focusing on and how do I get ready for the year? One of my favorite ways is to just ask questions. Here are a few that help me reframe my thoughts and take stock of where I want to go :
questions to ask when planning for a new year
What worked last year? What didn’t work?
What do I want to feel more of? Less of?
What do I want to make time for? What can I stop doing?
What can only I do? What can someone else do for me?
What does self care look like for me? Not taking care of myself?
Spending time to journal, look back on numbers and realize what 20% of work I did made the biggest impact is so helpful. Doing everything in your business typically leads to burnout and stunted growth. My advice to you is plan for a new year that involves more of what you love.
where I was in 2015
Take a look at the goals post I wrote in 2015, and I’m amazed at how much I accomplished. I was published in print, went to several workshops + invested in mentoring, moved to the Adirondacks and more.
planning for a new year : 2021
Jumping off what I wrote years ago, here is an updated list. It feels vulnerable to write these things down and share them with you, but I guess if I did it in the past I can do so now too.
Intentional time with family – it goes without saying that this means so much more now. We didn’t travel to see anyone in 2020 so safely planning a trip or two in 2021 would be amazing.
Develop lasting relationships in my community and gradually affect change. This is big and ambiguous, but the older I get the more I realize how much we need to invest in others specifically where we live. If we all cared about our neighbors more we would have a better world.
Train Juniper! Our Christmas puppy is fitting in well to the family and I know this year will be crucial in training. A goal is to have her well adjusted to other dogs and kids while going on adventures with us.
Saranac 6er – I have only hiked two of these peaks, since we moved here while I was pregnant it was low on the priority list. Now I’m excited to hike them all with the kids!
Teach Daphne to knit + both complete a project (I have a wool + the gang kit to give her for her birthday I’m excited about).
Go skiing. I know we already do this, but it’s a goal and priority to spend time outside together. Always.
Camping – This is honestly so memorable for our kids. The best is getting up in the morning for swimming and cooking breakfast over the fire after no sleep ;)
Storm King – I have been wanting to visit and would love to take a family trip to Storm King. The more art in our lives the better.
Run a race (virtually or in person) and get a few friends to join
Host the 4th Adirondack Wedding Workshop and bring an amazing group of creatives together for a luxury wedding in the Adirondacks. This is a huge feat to pull off but so rewarding to see the community and growth that comes from it.
Coach 10 photographers in my 4-month group coaching program – my goal is to help photographers make their passion a real job which means raising their prices and avoiding burnout.
Create 2 shoots on my own in new locations – I love dreaming up new work and pushing myself to do something different. This allows my client work to improve and keeps me creative.
Have 5 features online – I have the work we just need to find the right spots.
Book 5 weddings ( 1 down 4 to go) for my associate photographer Amanda and find one other photographer to train and bring on as an associate. Interested? Email me!
Create a blogging course. This is something I have thought about for years and I want to make it happen since I know it’s a struggle for so many photographers. Please encourage me if you like this idea.
That’s it for now! I think the comment button may be broken but if not I’d love to hear from you. Share what you are looking to do in 2021