Tuesday, January 10, 2017

1st Quarter Resolutions

The idea of starting the new year as a state-of-the-art version of yourself is such a nice idea. Just walking over to the desk of your life, removing a few good items that you want to keep around and then dramatically clearing the rest off into the trash in one swoop of the arm. That's exactly what a new year resolution is in its most organic form. Out with the clutter that's holding you back, in with the blank slate and all sorts of daring expectations for yourself.

Realistically speaking, I'm not going to be thinking of my dare-y new year's resolutions in July or October or even June for that matter. I know this in my heart. Because like actual dairy, my dare-y aspirations and my motivations to cultivate action based on their existence has a strict shelf life. And that usually is through March. Therefore, I've long traded in "New Year's Resolutions" for "things I want to do January - March" because that's attainable and doable. Not to mention, and without fail, every year during this time I'm still mortified by how I looked in every picture I took in December and that fear is a nice little campfire under my south side.
Without further ado, here's my 1st quarter resolutions:

Get My Photographic Life In Line
This is including (but not limited to): Ensuring all of my images are backed-up, perform data recovery on an external hard drive, post/share/give people photos I've taken of them at the special events of their life. Print and hang photos I've taken. Frame pics from my wedding. Organize my camera drawer. And on and on it goes. My pictures are my favorite thing, I really would like to get this all in order and I consider this my actual New Year's Resolution above all else.

Eat Right + Exercise (blah, blah, blah)
A classic. But a warranted one. One thing that has been consistently missing for awhile now is my working-out "fire". And it is beyond frustrating. When I don't work out on a regular basis, everything else in my life suffers a little bit for the worse. I really want to summon the courage to get to the place I love to be but so easily forget once I backpedal: the mental place where you can't wait to work out. It's been evading me for awhile on a consistent basis (I hit the gym regularly, but my heart's not in it) and I'm ready for its second coming on account of my physical and mental health.

Take A Photography Class
I have yet to take one in San Francisco and I consider that long overdue in a city basically seeping with photographic opportunities around every corner. I plan to book one in a week or two and I'm already ridiculously excited!

Educate Myself at Work
I really like my job and I just spent 2016 completely immersed in my role. With that said, there's a couple areas that I always have the same questions on. I need to take the reins and educate myself on this little grey area using the many resources available. 

Blog with Purpose
I love to blog, I do. And while I can't say that I won't take breaks here and there when I need to due to life and work, I can say that I can be more purposeful and intentional with my scheduling. I should write more blogs during the weekends when my brain is fresh instead of always relying on the musings of my mushy evening mind. I should jot down the ideas I have to blog when they hit me. I should be more deliberate in my posting.

Plan A Trip
Our last big trip was to Paris in 2015 and we haven't really done anything longer than an extended weekend since then (unless you count Oregon which doesn't really count at all) even though we both have been warranted one for awhile now with our hectic work schedule. I want to go a lot of places - Europe! Hawaii! Utah! Chicago! New Mexico! Malibu! New York City! Nashville! - so I'm really not particular on the location. My husband and I just need to get something on the books.

What's one of your resolutions?
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Pat Hatt said...

Hawaii sounds nice right now, especially with all this snow haha I think the cat has the blogging down. Don't have to type another word until 2018 and not a day will be missed lol

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I love your goal about printing out your pictures and hanging them up! I'm so terrible about actually getting pictures printed, and like you said they're my most prized possession! I would also love to take a photography class sometime this year. It would be great to learn how to use my DSLR a little bit more so I can take even better pictures!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I totally know what you mean about losing the workout "fire"! Except I didn't even grudgingly go to the gym consistently for quite a few weeks around the holidays, which just makes me feel awful!

Anonymous said...

Boston! Come here! Haha

Also, working out makes you feel so much better. I just started back again. And I realize how much I missed it!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I am not a resolution person, even though I spent most of my life trying to be one.

I do my seasonal goal thing, which I publish, but I also do some January to March stuff, some of which I publish and some of which I don't! The theme for me Jan - March is to examine what I have, purge, and reorganize.

Girrrrrrrl...you need a solid vacation booked.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

I've become so lazy with bringing out my proper camera for photos. To then have to edit them, etc in Lightroom. Sigh. I need to stop being lazy!

What do you do to workout? Perhaps you should try something different that you do enjoy while still getting in a good work out? The gym isn't for everyone! Personally, I hate the gym but I really loved bootcamps and am now loving F45.

Good luck!!

Ellen Ross | Ask Away Blog said...

your photo and fitness goals sound like mine:) cheers to a new year and new chance haha
XO Ellen from Ask Away