Updated: Jan 7, 2021
While it may seem like this blog is starting out of no where with a wonderfully ambitious jump into the new year, I have wanted to create one for quite some time but wasn't quite sure how to start.
I may be new to blogging but I am not new to running a business and the amazing rewards + challenges that come with that.
Even before I had my own photography business, most of my work has been as a freelancer so job security was not exactly at the top of the benefits list. I didn't mind though as I have had the wonderful opportunity to have worked on broadcast lifestyle TV shows and both short & feature-length films. Even though I loved my role which was most often as an organizer, finance manager & logistical coordinator, the creative part of me was definitely missing out. A very specific kind of FOMO.
So why create a blog now?
I realized the biggest reason I hadn't yet is because finding your niche is supposedly the way to go for anything online or business related - something I have always struggled with since starting my business. I have so many interests and things that I'm passionate about that I have found it difficult to narrow them down.
However, I have found that it is very difficult to try to divide your time & energy among all of your passions instead of giving them the focus they each deserve - at different times.
2020 was certainly a year of keeping your focus on its toes and I'm not sure about you but there were many days where I couldn't find any focus at all.
In all of the uncertainty, here are a few things that I know will help you accomplish anything and everything you set your mind to this year - and for many years to come. You can call them resolutions if you'd like - I like to consider them to be tools to help ongoing business & self improvement.
Work on building a growth mindset.
I knew I was creative but I didn't think that had a place in my job. I was starting out in a competitive creative field - while needing to pay my student loans - and it seemed that my organizational strengths happened to be useful in an industry where things somehow always are chaotic and need to happen ASAP. I desperately wanted to ask the crew how they got started and what I should try but I thought they'd judge me because that wasn't my role.
I held on to the fact that I wasn't originally accepted into a film production degree and I wasn't accepted into the editing stream afterwards. I assumed that if a school told me I wasn't good enough to start out in something it obviously meant it's not what I should try to do.
I had a fixed mindset. An optimistic one that remained hopeful, but it was still fixed when it came to my creativity and learning new skills.
Any time I wasn't good at something right away I viewed it as a failure, would not take constructive feedback and assumed that meant I shouldn't continue with it. But if I was good at something fairly quickly it was a surprise and I would downplay it immediately - to myself and anyone else who witnessed the miraculous event.
Well that just seems a bit mean doesn't it? Think of how much mental energy I could have saved! Which brings me to my next point.
What has happened in your past, does not dictate your future.
Don't let the perceived negative things you did or didn't do in the past rule your thought process on why you shouldn't try again. This shows up so often and in lots of different ways:
•Fear to try something again because when you tried in the past you didn't get to your goal.
ie. Committing to a workout schedule, building on a business idea, getting accepted to a school, reaching out for a brand collaboration
•Feeling the disappointment of making a mistake with a client so much that you assume you're obviously not ready to actually be a professional _________. Who are you kidding? You couldn't even do ________ properly.
•I've never had money so I will continue to never have money.
*This is a big one and if you want to learn more about money mindset, check out this post by Reese Evans.
What you have done or said or thought in the past does not determine what can happen for you in the future.
Protect your time and your energy.
Say no when you need to. You do not need to be and cannot be everything to everyone all the time. Distractions are a killer for getting deep into what you need to do.
Clear your (work) space.
I struggle with this one a lot as it feels so.much.easier to drop things in the closest spot to me instead of where they need to go. I'll put it away later, I think to myself - ha!
Instead, I highly recommend using the "2 Minute Rule": If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, then follow the rule and do it right now.
Declutter your space, declutter your mind.
Setting goals, the "new" resolutions.
What's the difference between a resolution and a goal?
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.
Goal: the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
I love setting scary, big, crazy goals but I don't just write them at the beginning of the year and never look at them again. To really make progress on these goals, it's important to keep referring back to them and tracking as you go.
Have you set your goals for the month, quarter or year already?
If you need some help getting the ball rolling - and to figure out how to actually make it happen - I highly recommend checking out this post by Alyssa Coleman.
What's your big, scary goal for this year? Let me know in the comments - I can't wait to hear it!
I am so excited to start sharing this weekly blog with you. If you have any topics you'd love covered surrounding photography, business, mindset or getting organized, let me know in the comments.
If you'd love to read more about any of these topics check out the following resources.
I highly recommend checking out your local library for books - many have more current books than you'd think and tons have online access. Even if they have holds on them, they can come up faster than you think. If you end up loving it, then buy it!
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Book Available at
How to plan your most profitable year in business by Alyssa Coleman
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Book Available at
The 2 Minute Rule by James Clear