WINNING in 2012: My New Year’s Resolutions

Okay, kids…I know I promised you some New Year’s Resolutions, so here we go.  (Eeek! I can’t believe I’m putting these out there in a public forum – so much more accountability than when I plan them out in my head and keep them to myself. Like I’ve done every other year of my life, with the exception of the last couple. Last year, and the year before…and maybe even the year before that… I didn’t even trust myself to get past January 1st before failing miserably. But that’s the way I USED to roll. Yep…I’m proud to say I’ve come a long way in the last twelve months, peeps, so we’re going to try this resolution thing once again…this time publicly. How’s that for brave?)


(As in more veggies, fewer calorie-laden, oh-so-comforting desserts)

(You guessed it – fewer caffeinated and/or carbonated beverages, but definitely MORE water and milk.)

Be Merry!
(Yes folks, this self-professed goofball really does need to lighten up a bit more and enjoy life’s “in between” moments, instead of getting caught up in making sure that the “big” moments are hitting the mark. Funny, isn’t it? One of the things I love most about my job is that it gives me an opportunity to peer in on someone’s life, capture those little moments that make life worth living, and then be able to show my photographs to them to remind them just how beautiful their life is – and yet here I am missing SO MANY of my own little moments that I could be enjoying with my husband, my kids, my friends. How CRAZY is that????)


Remember how your fourth-grade teacher would always look up over the rim of her glasses during your social studies tests and in that authoritative voice briskly say, “Class, keep your eyes on your own paper?” Well, in 2012, I’M going to be Mrs. Reinhart. No…I’m not going to take up teaching fourth graders – sheesh, that would be a disaster waiting to happen! But yes, I’m going to remind myself to “Keep my eyes on my own paper,” proverbially speaking. I read a beautiful quote on Pinterest the other day:

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
– Steven Furtick

Something about that idea really struck a nerve with me. I mean, I’d already decided back in October of this year that those moms out there with perfect hair, perfect nails, perfectly clean houses and perfectly behaved children and husbands are more than likely big fat liars. Or crack addicts. But somehow I hadn’t brought the idea full-circle until I read that quote.

This year I’m going to worry less about what I think  other people have or are doing and spend my time focusing on what I need to do to achieve MY goals.


Get Organized. Okay, people, I’m going to let you in on a secret. There’s a room in our house – thankfully NOT the front room – that if you walked into it you’d think to yourself, “Oh my! These poor people have been robbed!” Or, you might just assume that we’re renting the room out to the local chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (no offense, guys). The kids call it “Mommy’s Office.” But given its current state, it’s been WEEKS since any work took place there. It’s time to define and create two distinct workspaces in our home that will allow Kirk and I to work more efficiently. And then comes the hard part – MAINTAIN. Yikes!


Do ONE thing every day to keep moving forward. With respect to our family, our marriage, and my business, I’ll hatch my plan on a day-to-day, or perhaps weekly, basis. But when it comes to nurturing my creativity, I definitely plan to start a “Project 365” of my own. What is Project 365? Pretty simply, it’s a photo journal project where you commit to taking at least ONE photo a day, every day, for a year. I was inspired to take this on by my friend Kara Schoenle of  Kara Leigh Photography. I followed her Project 365 throughout the year, and I watched her creativity, her technique and her confidence just blossom over the course of the year…amazing!

I’m particularly excited about this resolution, because it gives me something important to reflect on and a reason to CREATE each and every day. When I wake up, I get to ask myself, “What ONE thing are you going to do today for your family? For your marriage? For your business? For yourself?” And then throughout the day I’ll have a GREAT excuse to be attached to my camera. In the words of my favorite four year-old, “Yippee! Yahoo!”


I think that’s where I’ll stop. Honestly, my list could go on and on…I LOVE lists! But the truth is, I need to set myself up for success. I’ve tried to make sure my resolutions are measurable and attainable, and who knows…if I rock these out the first few weeks, I might get brave and add “WORK OUT” to the list. But for now, like I said, let’s keep it attainable!

Now, lovelies, I ask YOU – how have YOU resolved to do in 2012? Tell you what…leave me a comment with just ONE of your resolutions, and we can check in with each other from time to time to see how things are going. I’m up for it, and it’d be awesome to have you join me on the accountability train. We are SOOOOO going to ROCK 2012!



P.S. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared any photos with you. How ’bout we ring in the New Year with a beautiful baby girl? Stay tuned!



3 Responses to “WINNING in 2012: My New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. sarah says:

    LOVE the resolutions! Especially the quote from #2. SO, so true. Every time I’m nervous about posting some pics (even personal), I have to remind myself that I love them. And even if I’m the only one, that’s all that matters. 🙂 Happy New Year, friend!

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