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Ringing in The New Year: Fresh Thoughts

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The start of the new year always gets me excited. Yes, I totally buy into new years resolutions! 

And this is why.

I think it’s so important to have a self examination every now and then. And the new year is the perfect place to start. 

A few months ago, leading up to the new year, I took a good hard look at my life and my business. I examined how much of my time was spent in “busy”ness. And I realized quickly that I could not keep busy at the current rate I was going. 

Our society loves to give praise to the things that keep us busy. You might hear the word "hustle" thrown around in the creative industry. It is as if it’s to be expected of you if you are a creative entrepreneur, burn your midnight oil. I dunno about you, but I need to rest.

Of course, there’s a time to hustle, but all too often I am finding that the message to keep yourself busy is being pushed so hard that we are loosing touch with what is really important in life. Our life/family/relationships. 

My time is best spent when I am giving the very best of who I am to others. Not when I am giving them my “left overs”. I quickly found that being so busy meant that I was only giving a sliver of my full potential to the other areas of my life. 

The realization of this kept me wanting to find ways to be more productive and efficient with my time. I sought out resources, books, asked other creatives what their techniques where. And that began my journey towards conducting my business with purpose. 

That said, I was thrilled to learn that one of my favorite  photographer/educators Sarah Bradshaw was conducting a workshop that was based on some of the exact things that I was wanting to accomplish in my business. Her workshop, The Intentional Photographer, will be at the end of this month and I cannot wait to go!  This year, my I will resolve to be more organized and live life with intention, to conduct my business with clear focus and clean out the cobwebs so to speak. Happy New Year and here’s to a fabulous 2016!

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The Home and The Dream

We drove along the side road that hugged the Catholic school located just behind our home, driving past the basketball court, where the students gather for 9 months out of the year each morning for announcements, that without fail, wakes us up everytime. A slight feeling of regret panned over me thinking that we bought a home right next to a noisy school--no, make that two noisy schools counting the elementary school across the road. But I reminded myself that at least it was summer time and the only noise we had to deal with now was that of the mini airport located to the south of us.

Despite these things, we still enjoy where we live, our home, our pool, our backyard, our neighbors, the proximity to downtown and the beach. We consider it a gain! Like all things, nothing is ever perfect.

This didn't stop me from turning to Jeremy and saying "I'd love if we could pay our house off", something I've been thinking about for the past few days but had not actually verbalized to him. Jeremy indulges the idea, "Think about all the money we could save if we didn't have to pay a mortgage. We could do a lot." We basked in the idea for a few moments and we talked about how we could make it happen.  

As we turned the corner onto my dad's street I took notice of the cobblestone driveway. The tiny weeds that were growing up through the cracks had been plucked and the bougenvilla was neatly pruned back. My stepmom stood in the driveway holding her leaf blower and welcomed us in. After seeing all she had done in the yard, I felt a wave of guilt for not making myself pull weeds from our pineapple garden. 

I thought again about how great it would be to have a paid off home. Maybe then I would have more time to pluck weeds from my garden AND my driveway, lol! But paying off the mortgage seems like a victory that can only be accomplished at retirement age, it seems so far fetched when I think about it. 

Hey, anything is possible. 

I dream big, always have. I sometimes think that my dreams are simply just that--dreams. Like that time when I was 18 and I wanted to move to Hawaii and pursue photojournalism. That was a dream that has now surpassed. 

Perhaps that is why I picked up my camera again, something that I put aside for so many years. . .to pursue a dream that I had once let go. 

To dream big again.  

And maybe one day, we will live in our paid off home and I will be plucking weeds out of my own cobblestone driveway :)  

Whatever may happen with these dreams of mine, I am reminded that "The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9

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