When people ask what their new year’s resolution is, most people respond with going to the gym more, eating healthy, saving money, etc. Within two weeks of the new year, they’re already no longer going to the gym, eating fast food, spending their money on frivolous things, etc. For me, I’ve never really made a resolution. I’ve always thought that if you wanted to change, do something new or save up for something that you can start that any time! Why wait for a new year?
People, of course, keep asking me what my resolution is and I decided to actually make a few. Sometimes when you say things out loud you follow through or sometimes you say it and the intentions disappear along with the words. I’m going to hold myself to these resolutions and I will be blogging them every step of the way.
So, what are my resolutions?
The first one is silly. I don’t celebrate holidays. I go to family gatherings and everything but I’ve never intentionally went out of my way to do anything for holidays. 2018, I’m going to just go balls deep and celebrate it to my 100%. The second resolution is a more serious one. I mentioned in my previous blog, Surviving the Day, that I’ve been quite absent with my work within the last few years. I had a lot of life changing things happen and some of them took more of my attention than I wished. With that said, I’m going to challenge myself to a 52 week project again. On top of that, I’m going to be more diligent with my blog posts as well.
My goal is to try to release a blog on Tuesdays and a photo on Thursdays of each week, or at least get those out every week regardless of the day. I know I already have a few weeks where I’m going to be out of town, so I’ll do my best to schedule blog posts or schedule a release of a photo. If I can’t do that, then I’ll find some way to do something each week!
I’m going to hold myself to this. I feel as though my work has changed a lot. I’ve overcame a lot of my personal issues and photography has helped me dramatically with that. Since I have that mental improvement, I know my work is going to change. I don’t feel like this is a bad thing but I feel like it’s going to take some getting used to and I need to stop being resistant to it all.
This leads me to my final third thing on my list of resolutions, doing the things I love more. I want to travel more, photograph more, swim more, and just live more. I want to see my friends more, take my family places more, to be able to do all these things for others and I feel like I’m in a really good spot for this.
Some people know this, last year my husband and myself moved into my parents house when we moved back to my hometown. We opened a store nearby and have been doing what we can. A lot of people will give a funny face and say, “You’re living with your parents at 26?” But, I don’t look at it as a failure or a bump in life, I look at it as… I don’t have to pay rent and worry about crazy bills and in return I can do things I want for and with my parents. Because of this, I can finally buy them Christmas gifts, I can help them with any bills they need, I can take them places, etc.
I think I’ve been able to spend more time with them now than I ever have in my life. While I sometimes feel like a huge mooch, I do try my best to help out whether that’s money wise or other little things.
Anyways, to start off the New Year being extra and going all out for the holidays… here is my New Year photo!