2015 Goals

Monday, January 05, 2015

With a new year comes new goals, and this year I decided to make them a little less vague than last year's.

Connect More

Something I've noticed over the past couple of years is that with my friends that I don't see regularly, I've kind of become a crappy friend. I become so consumed with my own problems that I don't reach out to my friends when they need it, and, unfortunately, I think I have lost a couple of good friendships that way. This year, I want to connect with those I care about on a more personal level (and also send out some snail mail once in awhile!).

Finally Take A Vacation With Tom

This is something I've been wanting to do for essentially our entire relationship (almost five years -- crazy!), but that we haven't been able to do. The closest we've come is 24 hours in Ohio this past September, and while it was wonderful, it's just not the same. Unfortunately, an actual vacation just hasn't been in our budget. However, we'll be able to make it happen this year. Our plan is to finally go to Disney World, but we may choose something different depending on our circumstances.

Budget/Track Our Spending

Admittedly, even though we've had a somewhat tight budget, we've been very bad about actually budgeting the money that we have. That needs to change. I want to know exactly how we're spending our money so we can better decide exactly where our money needs to go. I signed us up for Mint ages ago, but haven't done anything with it essentially since we signed up. I started a spreadsheet that details every penny we bring in and every penny we spend (color coded, of course!), so I'm really hoping this is going to help us get on track for better financial health.

Have More Photos Displayed In Our Home

For being a photographer, it's kind of appalling how few photos I have up in our home. I have two canvases, one with one of our wedding photos and one of Archie, and a 21-photo collage frame that has had the same photos in it from years before I met Tom. I want to be able to see our story on our walls.

Grow My Photography Business

Last year was probably my busiest year so far, but it was still fairly slow compared to what it could have been (which is totally on me -- I'm terrible at marketing myself, and with work and school, I didn't want to spread myself too thin). I started working on a website for Alex Green Photography in the fall, and it's *almost* done. I had hoped it would be done by now, but my grandma dying kind of threw everything for a loop. This year, I'd really like to branch out a bit, learn more, and grow as a photographer.

Have More Photos of Me and Tom

This kind of goes along with the whole displaying photos thing, but I have very few pictures of the two of us. That makes me sad. I want to get some nice pictures of us that I can proudly display (though part of that is learning to be less critical of my appearance in photos).

Learn A New Craft

I've been slowly learning how to crochet, but I'm not sure I'll ever be particularly good at it. I'd like to continue to explore various ways of creating beautiful things this year. I'm considering cross-stitch, but I haven't really decided yet.

Stress Less

This one is important. Stress is just not good for me, and I think, particularly in the past few months, I've had way too much. Between my full-time course load, a teething baby at work, my grandma's declining health and eventual passing, TTC with fertility drugs, and just trying to maintain personal relationships, it all just got to be a bit too much for me. I want to work on allowing less stress into my life, and dealing with stress better when it can't be avoided.

What are your goals for 2015?

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