I don’t think any of us are sad that 2020 is over. 2020 was a year I had 30 weddings in my diary and only ended up shooting 5 (they were all WONDERFUL). It was financially and mentally a very hard year for me and so many people I know. I’m very glad to see the back of it! 2021 has started off in England with a national lockdown, it’s not an ideal start but with the vaccine now being dished out I honestly think this year will get better. It’s always darkest before the dawn as they say.
For 2020 I set myself some goals, a few of them weren’t possible because of external circumstances however I did achieve 3 of them, which were sell one book cover photograph (I sold 3!), shoot more family photography and read 60 books (I managed 73). One of the goals I set for myself in 2020 was to blog 3 times a week. I have to be honest, 2020 made me the most unmotivated I’ve been ever. Not only was I not shooting many weddings and therefore didn’t have much to blog, I also just really, really didn’t feel like it. I asked a question recently on Instagram if any of my followers were feeling this kind of demotivation and so many of you feel the same way. Three blog posts a week was probably quite optimistic anyway and I’m not convinced that any of you would want to hear from me that often! Despite being in lockdown I now feel a renewed sense of motivation and have set myself a few goals for 2021 that I’m super excited to share with you!
Regularly make book cover sales
This is one of my main goals for this year. For 2020 I set myself a goal of selling one cover and I managed to sell three. This year I’m not putting a number on how many book covers I would like to sell, however I would like to make it a more regular income. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a massive bookworm, so having my photographs on book covers is the most logical career choice! Shooting for book covers in 2020 meant that I was still shooting a being creative for fun and this is something I was to continue into 2021. If I do start making regular book cover sales, I’ll do a monthly blog feature on them, fingers crossed!
Blog once a week
This is following on from last years goal of blogging three times a week. I’ve decided that was probably far too much and quite difficult to keep up throughout the year (especially this year when I will hopefully be very busy shooting weddings!). One blog post a week is enough to keep you all updated with what I’ve been shooting and make sure good old Google still likes me. I am probably one of those strange people who actually really enjoys blogging. I tend to sit down once a month and blast out a few at a time. Giving myself set working time for this every month really helps to make sure it gets done!
Complete couch to 5k
I’ve been attempting couch to 5k on and off for the last few years. I am not a runner, my body is not designed to run. I have weak ankles and flat feet so I’m definitely not about to sign up for a marathon. However I would very much like to finally complete couch to 5k this year, even if I never run again afterwards, at least I can say I’ve done it! This is a goal I’m going to start when the clocks change because I prefer to run in the evening but going out in the dark is definitely not safe. I’ll probably keep you updated on Instagram with this one.
Read 50 books
I could possibly make this goal higher as last year I read 73, however I really love reading and I never want to turn it into a chore. I’m hoping by the middle of this year I’m going to be very busy with weddings so may not have as much time to read as last year. 50 books is generally pretty doable for me, I tend to read before I go to sleep every night and whenever I get chance during the day and at weekends. If you want to keep up to date with what I’m reading then go and follow me on Instagram as I always post on there.
Do a pull up
I am honestly pretty weak and I hate it. We’ve recently bought a bench, squat rack and weights for our garage and our friend Liv has just completed her training to be a personal trainer and has very kindly asked me and Luke to be her first clients. I’m really excited to train this year, especially having Liv to tell us what to do. In the past I’ve always struggled with making any progress because I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m hoping by the end of this year I am able to do at least one pull up.
Those are my 5 goals for this year. I purposely haven’t included anything that is too controlled by external factors because as 2020 showed us, we never know what’s going to happen. These goals are all things that are self motivated and that I can reasonably to without going too far from home. I’m really excited for this year and I’m hoping that eventually it’s full of weddings, travel, holidays, seeing friends and family and going out for lovely food. I would love to know what your goals are for 2021 too!