Blue Sky’s is now open for the New Year and ready to start photographing again! I love new beginnings. Yes, I am one of those annoying people that actually spends the first few weeks of the year, reflecting back on the previous year and looking at a few key things! That is one of the reasons I always commit to taking 2 weeks off during the holidays.
- What went right in 2017?
- How can I improve in 2018?
- What are my business goals for 2018?
- What are my personal goals for 2018?
- What are my family goals for 2018?
- What are my spiritual goals for 2018?
As the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Personally, I enjoyed helping Cameron move into his new apartment in Baton Rouge and helping him start his college career at LSU. I proudly saw my daughter Kasey achieve her goal of getting excepted to Columbia University. I had several amazing trips with my husband, including a fantastic trip to Florida for a much need week of rest and relaxation and a first time trip to New Orleans which lived up to all of my expectations.
I was inspired by so many amazing teachers in 2017 including the incredible Sue Bryce (Canon explorer of light and all around amazing photographer and educator). I felt so lucky to get an opportunity to go to Palm Desert and participate in the Portrait Master’s workshop. I was also able to listen to some really amazing business books.
Here is a list of just a few of my favorite books from 2017:
Hacking Growth, by Sean Ellis (proudly, he is my brother) and Morgan Brown
Disrupt You! by Jay Samit
The 10X Rule by Grand Cardone
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Unshakable by Tony Robbins
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
10% Happier by Dan Harris
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart **** my favorite this year
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch
The 12 Week Year: by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington
Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (a reread cause I love this book)
#Girlboss by Sofia Amoruso
Purple cow: Transform your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
Living Forward by Daniel Harkavy and Michael Hyatt
To name just a few….. LOL My key to all of these business books is to listen while I am on my walk or walking the dog. I feel like I am a more active listener when I am moving.
For 2018 I have decided I will have a word for the year. My word is Intuition. I feel like I have great intuition, but I don’t always listen to it. Usually my inner conversation goes something like this, “I know I should really do this but, I don’t want to hurt someones feelings, or someone might misunderstand, or I can do it later”… etc, etc. You know, those crazy conversations you have in your head. This year I am committed to listening to those intuitions and acting on them with love and kindness.
Over the last few years, as many of you know, I have been committed to The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. Basically for me, it is getting up early, starting the day with a morning medication, followed by a list of everything I am grateful for in my life, a prayer to start the day and ask for God’s blessing and a visualization of my future goals. For me, this has been life changing. I am happier, more relaxed, less worried, and generally just a better person.
My hopes and prayers for all of you for 2018 is that you reach for your dreams, enjoy your friends and family and that you are loved and cherished. Have a wonderful year and I hope to see you soon. Here are a few images from my family photography session. Thank you abundantly to Kathryn LeBoye for taking the images that include me and my family. The gift of photography is priceless to me and I will cherish these images forever!
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