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New Year, New Resolutions

I can’t believe it’s going to be 2013! This time last year I was deep in the midst of planning my May wedding, and now I’ve been married for 7 months! This past year was such a good year, and I am looking forward to what 2013 will bring. I recently did a Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer called “The Resolution for Women.” It was a great study. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but if you are a woman looking for a great study, DO IT! The premise of the study is about women setting resolutions in their homes, relationships and the way they do life. I’m not one to set resolutions mainly because I can never keep them, but this study helped me to set the resolution to facilitate a quiet time for my husband and future children. Don’t take this to mean that I carve out a daily time and make Rich spend time in the Word. Instead I am trying to make a daily effort to facilitate that time for him. Maybe one day I go for a run and suggest he take the time to read what we’re going through at church. Or maybe while I’m cooking I create a quiet environment for him to read Proverbs. I do this because setting aside a quiet time is not Rich’s strong point, but it’s mine. (His strong point is prayer.) As the leader of our family it is important for him to take time to spend with the Lord. And so my resolution is to facilitate time for him, and our future kids, to have the opportunity to do so. He might not take that chance, but at least he has the time.

I wanted to share this personal resolution with you before I shared my business resolutions. I don’t normally set personal health related goals because I cant keep them. It’s too hard. Yes, it is too hard. I set goals and when I don’t live up to them I feel like a failure. However, when the goals aren’t about health and fitness, I can keep them. It seems natural to facilitate Rich’s quiet time or to blog daily. These are really the first two resolutions that I set and kept. I can keep resolutions. Hopefully this will translate to resolutions I set for the business. So here are my resolutions for 2013. Please keep me accountable.

1. and 2. Blog daily. This is going to suck majorly until it becomes a habit. This resolution means once a month I will sit down and come up with my blog topics, thank you Katelyn James for this. My blog is a way for you all to not only see my work, but to also get to know me, and relate to me personally. My hope is that this blog will be the heartbeat of my business. I have noticed that since blogging daily in December there has been more traffic to the site and more business inquiries. Which is my 2nd goal. Increase blog traffic by 100%. My average daily site visit is in between 30-40. I am looking forward to the day where that number will be in the hundreds! But for now I’ll focus on just doubling that number.

3. Be better about logging expenses and mileage. This is such a simple one! I cant believe I let this slip through the cracks last year. It is so important to be tracking expenses and logging mileage. It will be vital come tax season.

4. Improve my client experience. I will be rolling out some new packaging this year! My previous packaging was OK. I just feel like I have outgrown my shell and need to step into bigger and better things. I am super excited about some other changes that are about to take place, so stay tuned, it’s kind of a BIG deal!

5. Offer printing options. I currently don’t offer printing options. That is about to change. I want to offer clients a way to display their photos as art in their homes. I’m excited about the possibilities of this resolution.

6. Expand my equipment. See wish list blog. Pretty much anything off that list will suffice.

Even though there are only 6 resolutions on this list. It is big and scary to me. Not only am I resolving to make business changes, but also I’m publically declaring them. So what I ask of you all is to hold me accountable to them, and encourage me to attain these goals. I can’t wait to see how these resolutions develop and grow over the year. It’s going to be good! What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?