I learned last year that there are two different types of goals. A Goal-goal is something that you are in charge of and can make happen. A Goal-desire is something that you'd like to see happen that you don't have control over whatsoever. So, in keeping with that lesson learned and to take some pressure off of myself for things that I don't have control over, here's what I'd like 2012 to look like:

1. Educate myself more on photography. READ READ and READ some more. (Also get a working knowledge of Photoshop going.)
2. Create 2011 Portfolio album
3. Have new Thank You postcards printed.
4. Drop business cards more often (use them up!)
5. Find 3 new places to shoot. (Found a new one already!! Super excited to have a winter, indoor, GORGEOUS location for my February sessions.)
6.  Look into a website or blogsite option.

Health & Personal
7. Continue to commit scripture to memory.
8. Keep exercising 3 times a week.
10. Stand up straight!
11. GREET GERARD AT THE DOOR WHEN HE COMES HOME. (Be a better cheerleader-even if that means going out and buying a pleated skirt and pom-poms.)
12. Grow what Gerard will eat in the garden (squash, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes??)
13. Keep adding dairy back into my diet (bread with milk in it, recipies with butter in them are next!)

14. Sell office furniture via Craigs List or Facebook. Now that Gerard's done with his master's, we don't need 2 desks and 2 desk chairs. One for the both of us is plenty.
15. Purge unnecessary items. If it's not beautiful, I don't love it, nor have used it in the past 2 years, it's outta here! (Goodwill will get to know me well this year. I've already made 2 trips!)
16. Move more trellis to raspberry bush (it's steadily taking over it's little corner of the yard!)
17. For our home this year, the name of the game is STORAGE. In the garage, in the basement, in the shed, in our closets. Organized, clean and logical.
18. White trim upstairs (door jams and windows)
19. Paint/seal deck
20. New doors for our upstairs rooms-they're beat up and spakled with paint from when this was a foreclosure...
21. Landscape north side of house very, very simply with low, low maintenance plants.

In the past I've tried to make seeing professional grade concerts and going to farmer's markets goals and it's never happened to the degree I'd like. So this year, I just want to get out of the house and take advantage of what Des Moines has to offer more often.

1. photograph 4 weddings
2. increase income after expenses by 10%.
3. photograph 4 new families
4. photograph 2 seniors as a result of my advertising in the Norwalk Music Booster concert programs.
5. decide whether I want to invest in a 70-200 2.8 or a 35mm 1.8. Both? Neither? Is what I have currently doing the job I want to do?

Phew! I know that for the next 48 days, not much on this list will be fully accomplished. But after Small Ensemble Contest is over, I can resurface and really hit this hard. 2012 isn't as nebulous as it seemed on New Year's Eve and for that, I'm thankful. I still may not know what God has in store for us, but I know I will have a deeper relationship with Him, and with Gerard, and a better understanding of His word as long as I cling and lean in.

Here we go!
Wish me luck.