In 2013, I resolve... | #101in1001

Each year my resolutions look kind of the same: exercise, simplify, learn better time management. So when I make my list of goals I try to be more specific, as specific goals seem to work better for me and I achieve more of them. It's as if the specificity holds me a bit more accountable. I've had some fun ways of displaying my goals around my office in the past. Check out my 2008 and 2009 goals. (Other years have been lost around the internet.)

This year I am resolving to bring back my 101 in 1001 list I started back in 2010. If my calculations are correct, it's been 743 days since the start of this challenge, approximately 500 days since I've abandoned the list, and I've got 258 days left to work on it. Of course, my life has significantly (an unexpectedly) changed since I started the challenge, so I went ahead and added a few more relative goals to the second half of the list (thus finally finishing the creation of the list).

Below are the goals I added, but you can see the list in it's entirety here.

  1. Run another half-marathon
  2. Earn a PR in the Smithfield Sprint triathlon
  3. Earn a new PR in the 5k distance (so far my best time was 36 mins in 2007)
  4. Run in a trail race
  5. Have my work featured on at least 3 different blogs
  6. Submit images and apply for WPJA
  7. Work on lowering carb and sugar intake
  8. Make the switch from coffee to tea in the morning
  9. Swap our chemical cleaners for home made cleaners
  10. Simplify our medicine cabinet by purging a lot of medicines and replacing them with herbs and essential oils
  11. Learn how to heal our bodies naturally (and save money in the process!)
  12. Travel to Florida to visit my grandmother
  13. Travel to Colorado to visit my sister
  14. Go on an anniversary trip with Tommy
  15. Spend more time finding inspiration through online photo sites
  16. Write something every day for a month
  17. Create a social media marketing plan and follow it
  18. Hire an intern
  19. Transfer business status from Sole-Proprietor to an S-Corp
  20. Repaint my kitchen walls
  21. Incorporate the use of an ipad into my business workflow
  22. Enhance Sincerely, Liz client experiences by adding gifts and surprises into my workflow
  23. Redesign Sincerely, Liz website and combine all of my online sites into one
  24. Rebrand Lynchburg Snapshot Studio
  25. Create a marketing plan for Lynchburg Snapshot Studio
  26. Develop and begin a preschool curriculum for Sunday (even if that means toddler school for now)
  27. Make running a regular part of my weekly routine
  28. Make 5 Pinterest recipes
  29. Complete 3 Pinterest DIY projects
  30. Create a "Sunday's First Year" book/album
  31. Go to the Farmer's Market once a month in the spring/summer. Buy and consume more fresh foods.
  32. Go geocaching with my nieces
  33. Shoot a photo session in an ice skating rink
  34. Simplify our magazine subscription list
  35. Make a photo album of our wedding pictures
  36. Swap out my beauty care products for natural, less expensive versions
  37. Go to a dinner theater with Tommy
  38. Have new head shots taken annually
  39. Start an annual head shot mini session day in late winter
  40. Go on a camping trip with Tommy while in Colorado
  41. Sell my landscape and art prints online
  42. Print and frame images for a collage of "life" in our hallway
  43. Take a weekend and "unplug" from all things digital
  44. Do a "day in the life" blog post
  45. Send a bouquet of flowers to someone "just because"
  46. Get a bold haircut
  47. Create the habit of making a weekly meal plan
  48. Find 3 healthy dessert recipes and make them often enough to no longer need to look at the recipe
  49. Host a party in our home
  50. Change most (if not all) the lightbulbs in our house to energy efficient bulbs
  51. Print at least two landscape canvas prints and hang them in our home
  52. Purchase some plants for our home and keep them alive
  53. Simplify my wardrobe by making smart accessory purchases and blog about the experience
  54. Move the Sincerely, Liz office into the basement from the current office space

I'm looking forward to documenting this journey here on the blog this year. A lot of these goals are already in-progress and it's exciting to think of all the great plans we have on the calendar for this year, both with the business and at home. I love living with intention. Life is so much better that way. <3

checks on the list | 101 in 1001

This morning while browsing Facebook I was super inspired by all the people sharing mobile uploads of snapshops from the Ragnar Relay. I thought "That looks like SO much fun!" So much so, I decided to add it to my 101 in 1001 list. You forgot about that, didn't you? I'll admit... I sort of did, too. But reviewing and adding to the list helped me to realize that I have been making way on it without even knowing it! That said, I thought it was about time for a little 101 in 1001 list update. Since I have completed a number of the business-related goals, I thought I'd list them out for a business themed update. :) I've completed a couple of the other person goals as well, so I'll update them soon!

#7. Change portfolio site to no longer be flash based. I did this a few months ago and blogged about it over on my business blog.

#19. Improve my business website search optimization. I have accomplished this slowly over the past few months (although it is always a work in progress) by adding tags to my blog posts and updating the SEO terms on my new non-flash-based website. I will continue to strive for better SEO as I continue blogging and updating my portfolio.

#25. Participate in the creation of a style-shoot for a blog or magazine. I did this back in January with the Hill City Bride style shoot. Blogged here.

#44. Make the switch from PC to Mac. I did this earlier this year when my PC kept showing me a blue screen and shutting itself off. After 3 trips to the PC repair place, I decided to go ahead and invest in a MacBookPro. SO glad I did.... it has changed the entire way I do business!

#45. Make my office as mobile as possible so that I can travel often without it interrupting my work. Killing two birds with one stone, I purchased the MacBookPro earlier this year to replace my desktop PC. So I made the operating system switch and became mobile at the same time! I love it!

#49. Tap into commercial photography (to be published). I have been on a journey this year of playing with some commercial projects. I have been published in the regional women's magazine, Bella, and the national women's magazine, Oprah. So very cool!

It really feels good to cross those things off the list. I love having goals and completing them!

our babymoon | 101 in 1001

It seems as though I have quite a bit of catching up to do with status updates of my 101 in 1001 list. First up, #37: take a cruise with Tommy. I knew I wanted to take a cruise sometime in my life. When my pregnancy adventure came around I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to cruise. We wanted to go on a last little trip together before we became a family of three. With that, I knew I didn't want to fly anywhere. Nor did I want to go to a foreign country where any emergency care may not be covered by insurance and/or wouldn't have many doctors available who spoke English (although I do think that's difficult to come by these days).  Plus, we had never been on a cruise and I have always wanted to go!

So... we went. To the Bahamas, specifically.

I didn't take very many pictures of our trip (story of my life lately), but I did make Tommy take a belly picture of me with the pretty blue water behind me. :) I knew I was way overdue for a belly picture (truth be told I am not totally loving the pregnant me) and I wanted to capture this time in our lives together. We met some great people on the cruise and one of the couples we shared a dinner table with took a few pictures of us while we were in Nassau together. Here are a few of my favorites: (the first pics of me are taken by Tommy :))

The best part of the trip was, hands down, our short time in Nassau. We aren't much into touristy activities so Tommy asked a few locals for some ideas of what to do.We ended up hopping on the local city bus and taking an unplanned tour through the entire island (we took the bus in the wrong direction - so touristy of us!) and hopped off at the local beach. It was hands down the quietest place on the island and we loved it. We waded in the water and watched as locals played with their pets and completed their daily workouts. The water and scenery was just as I imagined it would be. So heavenly!

We also enjoyed our time on the cruise ship, though we heard a few different times that previous cruisers preferred the Royal Carribean cruise line vs. the Carnival cruise line (which we were on). Note taken! :)

Overall, we had a great time and enjoyed our escape from real life (and all things technology related!)... but now that we have seen the Bahamas I think next time we'll spend our money on another all-inclusive resort. :)

101 in 1001

This post was previously posted on my business blog at the end of 2010. I have moved it to my personal blog because I plan to track the status of my personal goals here vs. on the business blog.

The past three years I have taken the time to write a list of goals for the upcoming year. (See 2008, 2009, 2010 was never completely scanned in.) It has been a great way to live intentionally and make positive changes in my life. My favorite part about making a list of goals is going back and reviewing them at the end of the year. While doing that for 2010, I peeked over to my 2008 and 2009 goals and I realized a few things. I learned that while there were a few things on my lists that weren't completed in their specified year, they did stay with me and I truly am completing them one-by-one. But I also realized, the goals that are not task related (new habits, new mindsets) are consistently taking longer than a year to really find a solid place in my life.

That said, this year I decided to do something different.

One of my favorite photographers/bloggers, Melissa Jill has been working on a 101 in 1001 list. That is a list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. I have seen lists like these floating around the web for years and I never really thought it was a realistic way to set goals. However, watching Melissa set her goals andcomplete them one-by-one has been super inspiring. Cap that with my tendency to take a little longer than a year to make changes and reach goals in my personal life and I think I have discovered something that might just work for me. :)

My friend Kate and I came together and started building 101 in 1001 lists back in November. I think we both still only have half of our lists completed. I do have enough to share with you all, at least for now. Here's a peak:

Start date: December 30, 2010 End date: September 26, 2013

  1. Complete this list by Feb 28, 2010.
  2. Blog every day for a month
  3. Blog three times a week for a year on my SLP blog
  4. Build a welcome (& thank you) packet to send to couples who book with me
  5. Buy a year’s worth of birthday cards, address and stamp them all at once
  6. Buy/make/give Tommy 5 "just because" gifts
  7. Change portfolio site to no longer be flash based
  8. Complete 12 consecutive months of a monthly photo theme or blog meme
  9. Complete 52 consecutive weeks of Gratituesday blog posts
  10. Do something extra special for Tommy's 30th Birthday
  11. Document life more on my blog, even if some entries need to be private
  12. Donate $5 for each goal I do not complete
  13. Enter some of my work into a photography competition
  14. Give a gift of something hand-made
  15. Go on a ski trip with Tommy
  16. Go to DC during a Cherry Blossom peak weekend
  17. Have a book printed of 1 year of Gratituesday's
  18. Have all Christmas gifts purchased/wrapped by Dec 1.
  19. Improve my business website search optimization
  20. Learn Yoga poses/flow I can do on my own without direction
  21. Make an album of our wedding pictures
  22. Meet Kate Nesi, finally! :)
  23. Obtain copies of our parents’ wedding portraits, frame them, and hang them in our home
  24. Participate in another triathlon
  25. Participate in the creation of a style-shoot for a blog or magazine
  26. Read one book per month for 3 months to better my business
  27. Refine workflow to have wedding galleries online within 2 weeks of the event
  28. Return to Nepal (with Tommy?)
  29. Run a Holiday Giveaway Series on my blog
  30. Run in 2 races > 5k
  31. See Third Day in concert
  32. Travel to the West Coast
  33. Simplify my internet presence
  34. Spend a day hiking
  35. Spend more time outside
  36. Submit a wedding for publication in a magazine
  37. Take a cruise with Tommy
  38. Take a dance class (at least 6 weeks)
  39. Take a trip on a train
  40. Try 5 foods I have never tried before
  41. Visit New England in the fall/winter
  42. Watch 5 I’ve-always-wanted-to-see-but-just-never-got-around-to-it-movies
  43. Write a Will
  44. Make the switch from PC to Mac
  45. Make my office as mobile as possible so that I can travel often without it interrupting my work
  46. Learn how to make sushi at home
  47. Attend a (at least 2-day) photography workshop
  48. Become a mother
  49. Tap into commercial photography (to be published)
  50. Train our dogs
  51. Take a cooking class
  52. Try geocaching
  53. Spend a whole week without using the computer
  54. Go on a picnic with Tommy
  55. Trade in my 4-door sedan for a small SUV
  56. Go to a roller derby match (again)
  57. Complete a 5-day juice fast
  58. Create something hand-made for a baby (mine or a close friend/family member's)
  59. Shoot 20 weddings in one year
  60. Learn how to use a grill
  61. Give up caffeine for one month
  62. Learn more about nutrition and begin cooking healthier meals
  63. Write and submit a guest blog entry for 5 different blogs.
  64. Buy a new house
  65. Participate in the Ragnar Relay

I'll be adding to this list and blogging about my goals as I reach them. I am very excited about this journey and also excited to be documenting it! Here's to 2011... and 2012... and 2013. :)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.