2017 Goals

After I wrote my last blog post, I made a decision I’ve never made before. I actually wrote down my goals for 2017, and I put them in a checklist on my phone to refer to throughout the year. I thought I’d share a few of them here.

Project 365 — I’ve done a lot of these, and they’ve helped my photography skills. For 2016, I did a Project 365 of Instagram challenges. Specifically, a year of Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day challenges. I plan to keep playing with those, but I might be more picky about which prompts I do. Time will tell on THAT. But I do plan to do a free-for-all P365 this year with “the big camera” as my primary tool for it.

For anyone interested, my last year’s P365 can be looking through here…

Project 365 - Instagram Challenges

52 Weeks – I have sort of done one of these years ago, but I confined myself to only doing self portraits on Saturdays. This year, I’ll do one self portrait a week… any day of the week, and I’m challenging myself to be more creative with them. I’ve really fallen down on participating in the Self Portrait challenges put out by Lotus, and I’d like to be way more active with that. Hopefully, it will help me learn more about good portrait taking without subjecting innocent people to my experiments.

Photography Gigs – Well, since I am on this roll right now, I’ll just keep at it. I went back and found I did 13 photography jobs this year.  I want to increase that number, so I’m giving myself the goal of a MINIMUM 24 gigs this year. Minimum.

Reading & Writing – Read a book a month. Blog a minimum of twice a week.

Financial & professional – Pay off at least one debt.  End the year with some savings in the bank. Work heavily towards getting our bar open. Who knows, maybe even get it open by year’s end. It’s worth shooting for that!

Home – A new deck on the house (with a ramp) and a storage shed. These aren’t wishes, they’re musts.

Health – Get into yoga regularly. Lose 10 lbs. Have some dental work done. Eat at home more — try at least one new recipe a month!

Relax – Make it back to Oregon this year, and a vacation in Gatlinburg.


Making a few of these work together will be challenging. But I’m up for the challenge. I know life can throw you curve balls, but if there is one thing the last few years have taught me, its to go with the flow and know that just because your timeline gets off, it doesn’t mean the goal stops. It just makes you work even harder for it.

Happy New Year everyone!

Year ends, year begins

According to my Timehop today, this is the day of the year I do my end of year wrap up and/or my look ahead to the future. Who am I to break tradition? Time to write this current edition!

2016… well… I think most people would say it was a horrible year. I mean, just the sheer number of celebrity deaths this year was enough to make one rock back on their heels a bit. (Seriously… Glenn Frey?? Merle Haggard!? Carrie Fisher!?? Damn you 2016!)

But ultimately, to me, 2016 was marred by politics. And sadly, it continues to this day.

I don’t mean who won or who lost the Presidency, because ultimately when it comes right down to it… we all lost.

We all lost a lot of friendships. We all lost a lot of respect for people we may have once called dear friends.  I know I’ve started to distance myself from some people due to the sheer hate and intolerance I’ve seen from people… on both sides of the political spectrum.  And for me, THAT is what I will remember about 2016.

My husband and I had a good year in general. Made it out to Oregon to visit family there. My nephew graduated high school. My husband had a steady driving gig. I had my interest in photography re-awakened. We both had family members pull through serious illness.

On the down side of it all, we had a huge set-back on our bar-opening dreams, and we did put it on the back burner hard most of the year while we tried to pay down debts incurred in 2015 with those plans. Oh and I developed bursitis in my hip and it has been an adventure in learning to deal with that.

All in all, though, there was more good than bad for me personally this year.  I choose to focus on that fact.

2017… its perhaps cheesy to say, “I want to be better,” but its a good summary of goals. More photography gigs. Do a better job managing finances and paying down debts.  Grow my local A&M Club. Keep supporting my husband’s job. Take on some personal health goals. Jump back into the dream of opening a bar with both feet. Put a new deck on our house.

You can start fresh any day, any time. Year ending, year beginning is just an easy starting point for everyone, and its one I am embracing. Here’s to a great 2017!

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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