Well, that was a much longer break than I was expecting to take! If you have been following me on Instagram, or Snapchat (SabeyG), you saw that I spent an extended time with family & then my husband surprised me with a day long date when I got home! So my first day home & working is today, Tuesday, and it's already January 5th. Wow. Not what I was planning about a week ago.
So instead of spreading out a few posts about my goals, word/song, and plans for 2016, I'm gonna shove it all into one giant super post. I hope you can make it through with me! :) If not, I guess that is ok too :P
So first off, for the last two years, I've picked a theme song and a word from that theme song to encompass my plans for the year. (2015 || 2014) It really took a few weeks to figure out which song was going to by my main 2016 song, I was really torn between Fight Song and Geronimo. But after really realizing what this year was going to be like, I couldn't see any other song being more fitting for my 2016 than Geronimo.
Geronimo is a way to express excitement while doing something adventurous.
2016 is honestly terrifying me at the moment, so I'm really hoping that by using such an adventurous and positive word, that I'll start to relax and realize what a great oppertunity all of this really is! I want to approach this crazy year with as much hope and positive feelings as I can muster!
I'm jumping out of my comfort zone and into a place that I have no idea where I am or what to expect (just like the Geronimo crew that my brother wants to join! But that's another blog post!).
And of course the song that goes with it is Geronimo by Sheppard. Which is a fantastic song and will be at the top of my 2016 playlist! (2015 || 2014) Every year I start a new playlist that I add every song that I fall in love with or that is a blast from the past randomly that I need. So its a mix of the new and the old, but in one way or another explains how I've felt throughout the year!
Now onto my new goals!
|| BLOGGING ||
1| Change up my Branding - I had originally thought that I wanted to take this blog into more of a business type direction, and then I burned out in like 5 seconds! And honestly, I think I need to go the exact opposite direction! I want to get down and dirty with you guys and be insanely real with you.
2| Double my Following - Of course, to really know if I am growing, I have to know my numbers. It isn't something I like to zone in on, but it's how I have to check myself. 600 is my goal number. :)
3| Create a Newsletter - This is something that I'm really hoping to turn into a passion project. I want to send weekly encouragement DIRECTLY to you! So be on the lookout for encouragement directly in your inbox in the next few weeks.
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|| PERSONAL ||
1| Work out 4x a Week - My health is something that I really want to bring more into my focus in the next year. I want to drop the college weight and stay healthy!
2| Recommit my time & self to Christ - I think it is easy when chasing your dreams to let something that you thought was super secure fall to the wayside.
3| Be Ready to Pick & Explore a New Home - I think the craziest thing about this year is that we don't know where we are moving right now, but we know we are moving. The super planner in me if freaking out about it just a little bit, but I'm hoping that I'll get excited and ready to adventure the unknown!
||MIDNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN ||
1| Book 30 Blog Designs - I'm two down already! And it is going so well! I'm currently changing up my prices and packages to give affordable and more advanced options. If you are looking for a design in the new year, don't hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
2| Transition my photography business from South Dakota to . . . - One thing that I'm insanely nervous about is that my photography part of MPD will falter because of the move. I've haven't fully established myself here, and then I have to pick up and move it all out to some random place that is unknown right now.
3| Buy a new lens & some indoor photography equipment - One thing that Simeon and I really want in a new place is a second bedroom that can be my office & studio space! I'm really excited about it!
|| MARRIAGE ||
1| Weekly Couples Devotion - I am on the search for the perfect couples devotional! We have one from our wedding still and I'm really looking forward to starting it with Simeon!
2| Increase our Savings - With student loans and a giant move around the corner, we have been tightening our budget to save up for moving costs and to make sure we can pay for my student loans.
3| Prepare our Hearts for the Move - One thing that I'm worried about is that the move and Simeon starting grad school is going to interfer with our time together. That we are going to get too stressed out and too little time to get to spend together. I want to make sure that we are prepared to remain focused on each other and to work to keep each other our priorities.