Why would I hate resolutions?
A long time ago I began to realize that a New Year's resolution was just delaying a goal. What? But I'm sure you'd say "But the new year is a perfect time to start a new habit, lose weight, turn a new page!" And you'd be right, but why not today? Why not start right now? Because it is easier to put it off to another day. So why in the world would I be writing this in the beginning of summer? Why did New Year's resolutions even pop into my head? Well, I'm a teacher that just ended one of the craziest years ever! AND I'd like to be able to set goals for next year. But there's an issue. A really big issue. We are still in the middle of a pandemic that has changed the world and nobody really knows what to do about tomorrow, let alone next school year. So how do I plan to make next year better? What do I do?
About a year ago I started on a path of personal growth that I wasn't really planning on taking. I thought that I just wanted to be a better photographer and maybe run my business a little better. It started with a couple inspirational podcasts and then a couple videos that really helped. I met a couple people that really inspired me to be better. Better at what? Well... everything. I started managing my mindset about the value of what I do, both in the music classroom and with my photography. I started to remember all the good that I can do with my God given talents. I have to admit there were times before that that I didn't really care. I was getting paid for doing my job, but I didn't see the good I could do. Actually I had forgotten my passion. I'm not very proud of that, but because I wanted to be better with one thing, it forced me to see my failings in others.
Why Talk about Goals Now?
So why talk about goals now? Aren't they the same goals as you had before? They shouldn't be the same and I'm not the same. I'm more aware of my strengths now and dreaming of incredible things that I had no idea I'd even wanted. Things have changed a lot since the beginning of the year. Nobody knew that we would have to be dealing with a pandemic that has changed everyone's lives. So as I finish my 31st year of teaching there is a lot to look forward to and boy do I have to do some planning for next year.
So as I finish my 31st year of teaching there is a lot to look forward to and boy do I have to do some planning for next year.
Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer
Do you know that over a year ago I had trouble saying that I was a professional portrait photographer. I always made some strange excuse to steer the conversation away form it. That has been one of my biggest improvements so far this year. I am very proud of what I can offer my clients. The value, the product and most of all... the experience. As for my photography business I have some pretty big plans. Big Hair Audacious Plans! I can't share everything right now, but it should be quite an exciting year. As I start my 5th year of senior sessions I more excited than ever to start shooting and making moms cry. (Sorry, not sorry!) I have planned more than I have ever planned for this season and feel like I am capable of anything.
I have planned more than I have ever planned for this season and feel like I am capable of anything.
When we were in school (and even after the pandemic started!) all of the music teachers would wear our music t-shirts and celebrate what was special about music! This Monday I am starting a series of blogs call "Music Monday" and I will be featuring musicians that I have had the honor of photographing. I love getting candid shots of musicians when they are performing or capturing just the right amount of their personality in a classic portrait. I have quite an interesting lineup so far, so don't forget to check back in on Monday!
Would you like to be featured on Music Monday? Let's make it happen!