2014 to 2015 Blogging Challenge

Today is the last day of 2014. WHAT?!?! It really is true, that time passes more quickly the older you get. I can’t believe that year flew by already! It was a great year, and I’m looking forward to everything that 2015 has in store. I figured the last day of 2014 is a fitting day for this blog post: the 2014/2015 Year in Review Blog Challenge.

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My own wedding photographer (hi Jamie!) came up with this fun little challenge, so I wanted to join right in! Here are the questions:

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LOOK BACK
What are you most proud of this year?
In 2014, one of my goals was to make a push to get a few of my weddings featured on various blogs, and MAYBE in print, in a wedding magazine. I’m excited to say I’ve made that happen! I was featured on Style Me Pretty 3 times, and one of my April weddings was featured in Susquehanna Style magazine this month. Another blog post to come on that one!

What was the biggest risk you took?
By nature, I am NOT a risk taker. I’m the complete opposite of a risk taker. Hold on to your hats: I’d say the biggest risk I took in 2014 was to start paying for advertising in various areas. It’s a big investment, but I’m glad I made the decision to go for it this year. See what I mean? That’s as risky as I get:)

What did you learn this year?
To be content and choose happiness. I’ll be the first to admit I have a pretty great life. It’s a life I’m SO thankful for, and I feel grateful for everything I have. From a phenomenal husband who makes me happier than I thought possible, to owning my dream business, working with such amazing people year in and year out, and living so close to family now. But that doesn’t mean that sometimes things can happen in your life that throw you off course now and then. Various things in both my personal and professional life have made me sit down this year, and take time out of my schedule to reflect. To focus on all the GOOD things in my life, and choose to be happy. Because I am a firm believer that 99% of the time, happiness is a choice: you can decide to be happy in whatever situation is thrown your way.

What do you wish you had made more time for?
Family. My sweet nieces live 5  minutes down the road and I feel like I don’t see them nearly enough. When you own your own business and do ALL the work by yourself, it’s easy for that business to completely engulf your personal life. In 2015 I want to force myself to take time out of my schedule to spend time with the family that I now live so close to. It’s easy to sit down at my desk at 7am, and work straight through until 7pm….not even realizing where the day went. Jay works long hours, so there are many days where I think “well, I might as well keep working until he gets home…” But one of the beauties of owning your own business is having the ability to make your own schedule. The ability to drop everything and hang out with the friends and family that mean the most to you. And heck, while we don’t have kids, now is the time to do just that!

What are 3 highlights (business or personal) of your year?
1) Our 2nd trip to Anguilla, where our good friends got engaged and I was able to capture the whole thing on camera:)
2) Two of my closest friends in the world had babies this year. Seeing two close friends become moms has been a pretty amazing thing. I’ve loved snuggling their little girls! (Hi Sam and Libby!)
3) As general and generic as this sounds, working with some amazing couples this year. All of my brides and grooms have been phenomenal in 2014, and it’s the best thing in the world feeling like I’ve made life-long friends with a handful of them.

 

 

LOOK FORWARD
What “word” do you want to define 2015?
Hustle. I have some big plans for 2015. Things I’ve wanted to make happen for a long time, but just haven’t made time for. So next week I’m sitting down to write out my goals, as well as an action plan to achieve them. And maybe make some spreadsheets will be involved along the way. Pretty exciting stuff. The ex-accountant in me will never fully disappear:)

What are 3 big goals (business or personal) for 2015?
1) I’d love to make senior photography a big part of my business. I photographed my first ever senior in 2014, and I LOVED it. I totally didn’t expect to love it, but I did. So much so that I’d love to make weddings AND high school seniors the focus of my business now.
2) Continue to move towards my exercise/weight goals. Back in September of 2014 Jay and I made a pretty big lifestyle change. We drastically changed the way we eat, and we both made it a point to integrate more exercise and activity into our lives. Before September, there were some days, at the end of the day, that I’d sit back and think….did I move AT ALL today? Working from home makes this especially bad. Some days I don’t leave the house. So the most exercise I’d get is walking down the stairs to my office. Time to get moving! The holidays have really knocked us back in terms of eating well and exercising. But after the new year, we’re back on it full force!
3) Another personal goal is to get a lot of work done around the house. Our house is fairly new (less than 10 years old), so there really isn’t anything we HAVE to do. But I miss our re-modeling days back in Philly:) So we have some plans for this new house, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out by the end of 2015!

What do you want to stop doing in 2015?
Comparing. Comparison can be a killer. Especially in my business. Nuff’ said.

What things excite you about the upcoming year?
Photographing more high school seniors! So excited to ramp up this part of my business. Also, travel. I have lots of travel plans this year, which I can’t help but be SUPER excited about. We’re heading back to Anguilla for the 3rd year in a row at the end of January. We JUST booked this trip, talk about a spur of the moment decision. We can’t get enough of that place! I’ll also be flying down to Florida for a week to visit my grandparents, as well as heading to Vegas in March for WPPI. Then in June, Jay and I are taking a 10 day trip to Europe! We’re still hammering out the details of that trip, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to try to hit Brussels, Amsterdam, Munich, and Zurich. Considering I’ve only ever been to Ireland, I’m SO excited for this trip!

What do you want to learn in 2015?
You know what I’d love to learn, yet I have a feeling it would be a big failure? Calligraphy. I think calligraphy is so beautiful when it’s done well, I’m always in awe of it. But considering I have notoriously terrible handwriting, I’m not sure how that would work out for me….

 

So that’s it for the Year in Review Blog Challenge! It was fun to sit down and think all of these questions through – feel free to join in!!!

  1. Jess Hetrick says:

    Such a fun blog post! Love it!

  2. Joan Dougherty says:

    Great blog Tina! Happy New Year and good luck with your goals!

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