Au Revoir 2014, Hello 2015

A freshly sharpened pencil. A new calendar. A new notebook. A new year. A new planner. Who else is excited? (Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets excited to buy a new planner, come on.)

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Every year I make a list of the things I want to do in the new year. It's usually well-meaning but a bit lofty to actually accomplish. I know that instead of creating resolutions, some people choose a word to focus on. About a week ago, I had chose the word intentional as my word for the year. I wanted to focus on being careful and intentional in all areas of my life, which is good and all, but then my plans changed.

The phrase show up has, well, shown up in a couple books I've been reading and surprised me with how it's resonated with me. And then I came across this post from Joy the Baker and it sort of clicked into place that this needed to be my 'word' for the year. 

I'd love to hear if you have a word for the year or have some specific goals for the new year. Do you write them down, blog them, or just keep them in your head? Here are a few highlights of what I'd like to accomplish this year:

- Do more personal work. Since starting my business I haven't done as much shooting just for fun and I miss it. For Christmas my parents got me a fancy tripod and a remote shutter so I'm excited to play with them and do some experimentation.

-Learn lighting. While natural lighting is always going to have my heart, I want to learn more about light set-ups for indoor event shooting.

-Read 20 books. Both fiction and nonfiction.

-Attempt and hopefully finish reading the entire Bible. I'm going to be using the She Reads Truth app for my plan. If you want to join in, the app is free and you can follow along with the hashtags #356DaysOfTruth and #shereadstruth

-Take a class of sorts. I'd love to take a calligraphy class, or a photography workshop, or try a local barre workout class. (Fun Fact: while there isn't one near me, a bucket list item of mine is to take a aerial silks class.)

-Continue to clean out my closet (it's an on-going process).