I’ve listed and recapped, I’ve jotted and planned. 📝 You know, those things we do at the end of one year and the start of another. I am a paper planner girl. I keep track of big events, fun nights with friends, the sad moments too and then at the end of the year I go back through and make a list of my blessings. These lists are kept with my goals and I use them to help set my new goals. Which of these moments do I want to find ways to repeat? In my personal life and my business. Well the last couple months I have already spent so. much. time. thinking about my business! My 2019 word of the year came pretty easily to me. I sat with it for a while to see if I thought it would fit. 💭 I didn’t look of the specific definition I didn’t Google image it, I didn’t look for other words. Nothing else came to me and every time I thought of it, it felt right.
My 2019 word of the year is:
To prosper; flourish. 🌱
I did end up reading through a list of words but no other word had any feeling when I said it. (The only other one I contemplated was Grow but that didn’t have enough body behind it.)
This year Whippoorwill Photography will THRIVE. It will prosper. It will flourish. It will grow. Along with my personal life, I will do things and make changes with intention. I have been telling myself for 7 and a half years that “one day I want to do this full time.” But nothing is going to just happen to me. I have to make it happen.
These kinds of moments (gut-feeling moments) don’t happen to me real often (or at all) but back in November I had printed off a one page calendar for the year and was highlighting dates that I already had things planned or want to make sure I had off. I streaked the highlighter across the whole first week of July - the 4th of July is my favorite holiday 🇺🇸 - the last two years I have taken that whole week off of work and I wanted to do that again. But as I was making mental note of this everything in me was telling me I would not have to ask for this time off from my full-time-day-job. I would already have it off. SO - I set June 28th as my end date! 😳
Now, I’m not someone who makes rash decisions. I’m not just going to say, “Okay, the date’s here. I’m out!” without having something in place. But setting that date, that goal, for myself has given me so much drive! The way I figure, the more people I tell, the harder it will be for me to back out, right?
After that decision, I knew I needed to start taking steps that actually meant I believed myself. I would not get anywhere new by doing the same old things. In December I registered for my first Bridal Fair! 👰🤵🏽 A little nervous but also excited. That is coming up on January 20th! 📅
I also took off a day in December to do some goal setting and business planning and as much as I love WORKUP and the creative energy that fills that space, the day was not as productive as I anticipated, so on and off I thought about how I could have made that process better and the biggest downfall was that I didn’t have anyone else to bounce ideas off of! Lightbulb. A while back I had saved some photos from Pinterest of business brainstorming sessions. I thought this looked so fun. Right up my alley. Something I would one day like to be a part of. Why couldn’t one day be now? Why couldn’t I create this for myself?! So I did. I reached out to three close friends who are some of the biggest supporters of my business, they’re always willing and interested in talking a little business and they’re always honest with me! I sent them a group message with my idea and (by no surprise) they all said COUNT ME IN. Saturday, January 19th will be my first annual Whipporrwill business brainstorming session! Don’t worry, caffeine will be provided. ☕
We can’t end a photographer’s blog without photos, can we? I did finally Google image “thrive”, here are some of my favorite images as well as some quotes I’ve been saving.
I can’t wait to learn, implement and bring so many new things to YOU! Cheers to 2019!
Do you pick a word of the year? What is yours?