I really am quite the slacker when it comes to blog posts, but I am going to try to be better because learning is a never ending process and I hope to impart something I have learned with you.

As I sat down and started preparing my goals for 2016, I knew I would need to find ways to continue to grow personally and professionally.  

This year I am focusing on one theme, "I will find more within myself".  Within that theme I have four goals I am going to work on each month...something to change, something to read, something to give and something to succeed.

Change.  It could be something as simple as a behavior or habit that I need to realign.  They say it takes 30 days to create a habit, so I think this is absolutely doable.  It could be a change to the way I edit, or photograph, or do really can be ANYTHING!

Read.  This is an easy one for me.  I love to read but I also don't spend a lot of time reading to grow.  So that is the goal.  I have found it's helpful to search out the NYT or Washington Post bestsellers lists and go from there. 

Give.  I am truly blessed.  And I could give more.  Whether it is time, services, help, aid.  Find a way to give.  It doesn't have to be grand to make a difference.  

Succeed.  Sometimes we view success only achieved when we are the best.  Did the best.  Have the best things.  We need to find ways to have success in our daily lives.  Success could be completing a new photography course (you NEVER know enough.  EVER.), it could be not yelling at your teenage boys for one week, it could be having the laundry caught up.  A lot of times we set goals and feel like we never can accomplish them.  If we find a way to have the little successes, bigger ones will come.  And I'll tell you, most of the time the little successes are enough.  

I truly think these four goals will help me find more within myself. So as I move forward, I will share blog posts about how I have aligned photography with these goals and how it has shaped me.  And who knows, maybe it will help shape you too.

We are always looking for that one perfect picture, but the true perfect picture is the one that makes it seem as if that moment in time is happening all over again.