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5 Things / January

I’m pretty sure I would be a marketers dream. I’m one of those people marketers have coined ‘sneezers’ – as in, when I love a product or service I want to tell EVERYONE about it. I love sharing the things that are currently making my life more joyful, and I don’t often share the small things anywhere (except maybe occasionally on my Instagram).

I wanted to start a new series this year (inspired by Emily) named, ‘5 Things’.

At the end of every month, I will post a round up of the 5 things I have been particularly loving that month. Not only because of my desire to share the love around, but also to make me appreciate and document the small things. To remember to be truly grateful for everything, no matter how small, that makes up my life.

JANUARY //

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3 Things I Learnt When I Was Photographed

Last week, Sam and I were lucky enough to be photographed by the incredible Natalie Franke & Caitlin Kellagher. These girls are from Annapolis, Maryland USA. They are very far away from home, travelling around New Zealand together. I follow Natalie online, I love reading her blog and when I saw she was going to be in New Zealand, I didn’t hesitate to get in touch! The girls came to our family farm in the Waikato (where Sam and I are staying until April), after exploring the Coromandel and getting drenched at Cathedral Cove! I loved getting to know these beautiful, talented girls over a BBQ dinner and chatting around the fire pit, late into the night. It was SO nice to connect with likeminded girls, from the other side of the world! I love the internet and it’s power to make these sorts of connections.

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I wanted to write about what it was like to be on the other side of the camera. Sam and I have been photographed before, and as a photographer myself, I think it’s so important to regularly put yourself in your clients shoes, so you actually know what it feels like to be photographed.

Needless to say, I loved it. Specifically because of these 3 reasons:

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST – When you are photographed, you are vulnerable. You kiss in front of another person, you press your heads together, and get close! This requires huge trust! I know I could relax, and have fun with what Natalie was directing us to do because I loved her work, and I trusted that she would produce amazing images!

DIRECTION IS GOOD – So many people say to me that they don’t want to ‘pose’, that they want spontaneous, candid and natural photographs. As a photographer I want those type of photographs too, but I know that to get them requires direction from the photographer. When Natalie was directing us, telling us specifically what to do, there was no confusion and we were actually relieved she was guiding us in order to achieve natural photos.

ENCOURAGEMENT MAKES IT FUN – This is one of my favourite parts of being a photographer. You get to tell people that they are beautiful, that they look amazing. As well as being a self confidence boost, it’s experience that you rarely get anywhere else. Natalie and Caitlin were amazing at giving genuine encouragement. This made the shoot more fun, and honestly made us laugh even more!

I absolutely love the little sneak peek above that Natalie posted on her Instagram and Facebook. I’m so grateful for these photographs, and I know that I will treasure them forever.

 

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2015 Goals + Thoughts.

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Happy new year!

I hope you have had a relaxing, wonderful time with family and friends over the past few weeks.

Every year, at about this time, I sit down and purposely evaluate each area of my life. I decide what needs to change, what goals I want to make for the coming year, whats currently working, and what isn’t, then I decide and commit to new goals and intentions for the year.

This year however, I have struggled!

It was a little unsettling, if I’m honest. I think it’s a combination of uncertainty for the future (we are moving in April), and just being content with where I am at. But just as I’ve just typed those two things, I’ve realised that I can also be content with an uncertain future. I have no idea what my life will look like in Utah, after we move there in April, and we are still uncertain of where we will be based beyond March 2016. I could easily focus on the negatives of this situation, to dwell on all the scary uncertainties. But, more than ever, I know God has a perfect plan for my life. Trusting Him is the only way I stop stressing about the future.

I was reading Nancy Ray’s blog post on goal setting yesterday, she has also offered a really simple helpful pdf download for goal setting that I found really useful. She suggested breaking down the areas of your life into: Career, Family, Financial, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Physical.

I want to share my goals with you for my own accountability, and to hopefully inspire you to make your own!

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CAREER

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To regularly blog (x3 weekly – starting at the end of this month) so I can continue fostering community, by sharing my life and experiences.

Commit to an inspiration day at the start of every month. This day will be for brainstorming blog posts, scheduling my blog calender, reviewing monthly and yearly goals, visiting new places, getting out of the house and away from the computer!

Organise 2 styled editorial shoot collaborations in Utah. Hopefully I get to do more than this! I can’t wait to photograph in the beautiful Utah mountains and desert!

Start a monthly newsletter.

Continue to serve my amazing clients, exceed expectations, go above and beyond what is expected of me as a photographer.

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FAMILY

From April, organise weekly Skype dates with my sisters and parents.

I really want to practice what I preach, and make small albums from Artifact Uprising with our personal photos in them!

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FINANCIAL

Be more thoughtful with our money, make a budget plan.

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SPIRITUAL

Continue my morning routine every day.

Listen to 2 sermons on a podcast each week.

Join, commit and get involved with a church in SLC.

Memorise 10 Bible verses.

Write down encouraging scripture and post it places where I’ll see it each day.

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INTELLECTUAL

Read 12 books. I really want to get a Kindle for this!

Attend one in-person workshop.

One online workshop.

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SOCIAL

Be intentional about fostering new relationships and friendships in Utah.

Attend and get involved in community events in Utah.

Social media free weekends! Use social media to build up and encourage others. Stick checking twice daily.

Get involved in church life in Utah.

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PHYSICAL

Join a gym in Utah

Go to bed by 10.30, get up at 6.30am

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If you’re still with me, thank you for reading and I really hope this encourages you to set your own goals and intentions for the new year! Everyone has a different set of values, but whatever goals you set, remember: focus on more peace, and more authenticity in your life. Goals shouldn’t make you stressed, they should encourage you to be the best version of yourself! These goals of mine very well may have to be moulded and changed! And, I’m okay with that.

I’m going on holiday until the 16th of January, to Cable Bay in the far north of New Zealand. We are leaving today, and I’m so excited to spend some time at the beach, with family, eating lots of fresh seafood (that hopefully Sam will catch!) If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting a little on my Instagram.

In my years of goal setting, I have been so inspired and encouraged when I’ve read others goals online. If you have shared your goals somewhere, please leave a link in the comments below! I would love to hear from you! Lastly, remember:

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. Zig Ziglar

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