Another year has begun. And with it, another opportunity to restart the clock, so to speak. A new year always seems like a fresh start, a new opportunity to make good decisions, to go a new direction.
And in the spirit of a new year, I wrote some of those goals. So I do recognize that we are nearly two weeks into the new year. However, I wrote these goals before the end of 2017, so that has to count for something, right? Before I dive right into my personal and professional goals for the year, I’ve been sitting on them for a while trying to come up with a word to summarize these goals. After some input from friends and my own mulling, here’s the word:
My goals are consistent: to establish healthy habits in my life. I could have gone with “habit,” but honestly, that seemed too cheesy. “Establish,” is a verb, implying action. I want my goals to be actually actionable. I want to live them. I want them to become a part of who I am. At the end of the year, I want to look back and see where God used these goals to shape me, change me, make me more into the temple for His Spirit that He has designed me to be.
So, without further ado, here are some of my goals!
- Pursue Jesus above all else. Love him first. Follow him first. Lean into Him first.
- Engage with God daily. Read/listen to His word daily.
- Focus on prayer in all situations. Make it a habit to turn to prayer before your neighbor. Plead for your friends to Him.
- Continue to cultivate God honoring relationships with friends and family
- Expand photography side hustle.
- Shoot a wedding. Submit photos from Swaziland to a competition/stock. Teach photography at Campbell in the spring.
- Take my blog seriously.
- Blog twice a month consistently. Expand focus to include all aspects of my life.
- Go back to Swaziland this calendar year.
- Become a stronger videographer.
- Pursue long form video. Produce 500 video testimonials by end of 2018. Expand portfolio to include 10-15 different kinds of video (studio, travel, product, vlog, testimonial, etc.)
- Nail out surgical video. Film and edit 100 procedures next year.
- Work with external flash/studio photography extensively.
- Become proficient in off-camera flash equipment (set up-takedown.) Study up on how to effectively use flash in on-site shoots.
- Learn every aspect of the studio. Own every piece of equipment and have working knowledge of its capabilities.
There’s a few that are a little closer to the heart that I’ve chosen to keep to myself here, but this is the bulk of them. I’m trying to take these goals and make them habits. If you have suggestions, I would love to hear them! Do you have any goals for the year? Let’s talk if you want to share!