December marked my first venture into mini-sessions! I had a fantastic day early in the month working with several families over the course of one day. I spent my morning at a tree farm, and finished my day in a friend’s neighborhood next to a gorgeous lake. The day was one of Virginia’s warm-winter days–we have a lot of those, especially tis time of year–and I was certainly sweating by the time all was said and done! It was also a challenge for someone as introverted as I am to spend my entire day connecting with people who were, for the most part, strangers–but as I worked on processing my sessions from the day, I was so happy I took the dive into minis. I will certainly do them again next year!

Going into 2018, I’ve been thinking a lot about what direction I see myself going. As a photographer. As a writer (er…can I still call myself one of those? Let’s not talk about how little I’ve written in the last few months!). For my family, and for my other jobs. For my role in the world at large.

I have a few things planned at the moment. Things I have to plan, like where my income will come from this year, and how to pay my taxes. Most of the rest of it…still pretty up in the air. I miss writing terribly, and I know I need to find a way to carve out time for that again. I have the first draft of a novel sitting in my “office,” and so many new ideas about what to do with the second draft. I miss READING. The first half of this year I was killing my goodreads challenge. Then I changed jobs, and I think I have read one book since then. That’s SHAMEFUL. I feel glued to my computer, and finding a way to manage my time so that I can relax with a book is definitely a 2018 goal. Money has been very difficult since quitting my office job, so getting back on top of our budget.

Beyond that though?

It wasn’t until my late 20s that I started to realize that I didn’t need to worry about where I was or what I was doing. Now that I’m nearing my mid-30s that lesson is really starting to resonate. I know that I don’t want a life where I spent so much time planning what I want to do that I never got around to doing any of it, so if anything, that’s my 2018 goal. To just Do. Meade8Jones - 9Innes5Frost - 9

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