I’m ready for new adventures, laughs, dances, and challenges. It’s time to grow and be intentional: mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually, energetically. Hello 2019, I’ve been waiting.
My 2018 was all about growth, while I obviously continue to grow as we all do. I also decided to focus this new year on being intentional. To have a true purpose for the choices and decisions I make. Big or small. Whether it’s using kinder words in a casual conversation or it’s thinking over how I truly feel about a situation before making a decision that affects more than just myself. I actually want to thank Anthony, my boyfriend for inspiring me to choose this as my 2019 word. With your constant intentionality in the way you speak and act it has inspired me to better myself by being more purposeful. So thank you 🙂
I have a feeling this new year is going to be another one full of adventure. With one of my intentions being to move to Oregon so I can be in the same zip code as my loving boyfriend 😉
Anthony and I have been doing long distance since April/May ish of 2018. We try to make trips to see each other as much as possible, but the cost adds up. Sometimes we have to go a few months without seeing one another. Anthony and I talk daily and fill each other in on the accomplishments and challenges of our days. Wednesdays are our date nights which consist of FaceTiming and watching either ‘This is Us” (my fave) or “Game of Thrones” (which I’ve never seen before!). It really isn’t so terrible in the distance. We have found our ways to make it work. But I think I can speak for both of us when I say being in the same vicinity is much better though 😉 Which is why this is my biggest intention for 2019.
I plan to continue my photography business, I honestly couldn’t imagine NOT. I love my job so so much! With that though, I am branching myself into Oregon and I am also continuing to market in Arizona as I have been for the past year. I would love to be able to travel and photograph families; that is definitely the big picture intention for me. I already have a couple sessions in Minneapolis this fall as well as a couple in Oregon and I am so excited!!
I have also been working on the idea of doing a kids workshop to learn the basics of photography. This is something that has been on and off my table for the last couple of years. This year I would love to jump back into that idea and build something to launch in 2020! I don’t have many details yet, but I will continue to share updates when I do.
Now this next intention, don’t hold me to it…or maybe do because I clearly need the push! I would like to start blogging more regularly like I have in the past. Life got crazy as it tends to do and I got distracted. So I would like to be more intentional on the things I share and the frequency in sharing them. I always try to be real, but lately I’ve been more private which has kinda stopped me in writing posts like this. I want to break out of that fear and share the real life stuff that goes on in my life and hopefully you will be able to relate.
Ugh…another doozy of an intention for this year is to become debt free! Well…kinda. Credit card debt free, because well we all know that just blows. And I don’t think my student loans will disappear this year, so baby steps it is! By the end of this year I can’t wait to yell: “DEBT FREE BABY!!” With the help of a financial advisor who suggested I do a balance transfer, I now believe this intention is possible. If you are like “hey, I’m in your shoes, what’s this balance transfer you speak of?” Hit me up! I would love to share with you what I have learned and how it has helped me 🙂
One of the last intentions I’ll share with you (because I have like 2 pages of them actually written down) is that this year I want to be more intentional with my “me” time. I have gotten into a horrible habit of starting my day by checking my phone. Within seconds my what was a peaceful morning turned to anxiety; thinking of the 10 million things I need to do that day. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. It’s kinda awful, really.
Instead, I want to replace my screen time with bible time. I had this good habit for a quick minute, but clearly I need to step up my game! I would like to start charging my phone in a whole other room when I sleep. Get an actual alarm clock. Yeah they still make those…I know…crazy. Then when my alarm goes off I would like the first thing I grab to be my devotional. Then I would like to open my journal. (this is the one I use) my bible, and soak it all in. Write it out. Let it go. I think by doing this my days will be tremendously better and I will feel more motivated as well.
Lastly, to go with that…I want to end my day with celebrations rather than focusing on all the things that went wrong. I want to acknowledge the amazing little things that happened that day and celebrate them. I’m not sure how the celebration part will look yet, but maybe I’ll just have to see how it goes in the moment.
2019, a new year, new intentions, a new YOU some might say. Remember though, the ‘you’ you were got you to where you are today and that’s something we should all be thankful for. Because you’re awesome and amazing and I appreciate you and I know many others do too.
Have a lovely year my friends! I can’t wait to see the adventures you will face this year.