Making Resolutions, What To Consider

1. One change at a time

You don't have to do a complete 180 overnight.  Start with one or two things and add as you go.  Trying to tackle too much can be so overwhelming and you might give up because you don't appear to be making as much progress as you'd like.  If you've got a long list, pick 1 big goal and a couple small goals to work on each month or every two months.

2. Resolutions don't just involve the gym

Most people associate Jan 1 with the day that newbies flood the gym.  But your resolutions don't have to be connected to just losing weight or fitness.  A great resolution, if you don't already have one, is to set up a rainy day fund.  My newest favorite thing is Digit (check it out here).  You connect it to your checking account and it analyzes your income/expenses and withdraws small amounts of money that you aren't using.  I've saved over $1k without doing a thing.  

3. Track It

There are a ton of apps/sites out there geared towards helping people track their goals.  For example, if your goals involve fitness or eating habits look at MyFitnessPal.  Want to be better with your money? Mint.  Paying of debt?  ReadyForZero.  Not only can this keep you on track in the big picture, but if you're struggling you can look back and see how far you've progressed - even if it feels like you haven't moved.

4. It's not all or nothing

Whether your goal is to lose weight or learn a new skill, break it down into small chunks so that you can see your progress.  It's defeating to set a goal too big and then not reach it - or not reach it as fast as you originally planned.

5. Pin it up

Create a dream board.  Find pictures and words that make you think of your goals - whether they are 1 week goals or 5 year.  Pin up reminders in places you see often, like the refrigerator or bathroom mirror.

6. Talk about it

Share your goals.  Whether it's sharing in a 365-photo challenge group or just talking with friends, talk about what you're doing.  You never know when you might inspire someone else to do something great.

7. Ask for support

There's nothing wrong with asking for help.  If you're anything like me you want to keep control over the things you do, but sometimes you truly have to admit that someone knows better.  If you're struggling, ask!  You'll probably find plenty of other people who got stuck in the same spot you are.

8. Reflect on the past

When you start planning goals for the future it's often helpful to look back on the past.  If you know that your first quarter of the year is always super busy then it probably isn't the best time to sign up for a 5 day/week course at the community college.  Consider the rest of your life when planning out your resolutions.

9. There are 12 months in the year

Everyone is well intentioned in January.  But by February you might be going "what happened to my resolutions????".  The year is 12 months long.  If the first month or two doesn't pan out, regroup and try again.  Sometimes you might discover that your original goal needs tweaking.  

10. But time slips away...

Just because you know that you can start again doesn't mean you should keep putting off getting started.  Sometimes resolutions are kinda time critical.  It's important to write down your goals and even better to plan them out on a calendar.  If you use a planner, write in your plans.  If you are a Google Calendar user they introduced a goal option that can help automatically schedule your goals for you.  Check it out here.

 

 

Quotes to Inspire - Celebrating Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month!  Check out these 8 quotes from great women in history. 

You [men] are not our protectors...If you were, who would there be to protect us from?
— Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (first female surgeon commissioned in the Army)
Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.
— Amelia Earhart (first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean)
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
— Virginia Woolf (English author)
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’
— Audrey Hepburn (British actress & humanitarian)
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (Former First Lady)
Well behaved women seldom make history.
— Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Historian)
It’s never too late to get back your feet though we won’t live forever make sure you accomplish what you were put here for.
— Abigail Adams (Former First Lady)
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
— Beverly Sills (America's Queen of Opera)

Do you have a favorite quote for Women's History Month?  Share it in the comments!

 

Hey....You Matter! | Tucson Boudoir Photography

The measure of a life is not what that life accomplishes but rather the impact that life has on others.
— Jackie Robinson

In our business, I find joy in making sure each of my clients remembers that she matters. It is so easy to get swept up in the every day runnings of life and feel insignificant. It can't begin and end there though. It's important to me that you take all those warm and happy feelings, then let someone else know that they too are important.

When I think about other people who have made a lasting impression in my life, they are not people that did grand or amazing things. They are people that in some simple way made me feel important. Through their words and actions they let me know that I matter.

Being important and mattering is a basic human need. There isn't one person in the world who doesn't want to belong. We all want to know and feel that our existence is important and our lives matter. There are so many things we can do to make a difference in someone else's day. Here are two things you can start doing today that will have people walking away from you saying to themselves "I am important. I matter."

One. Begin and end sentences with the word "you." You are wonderful. You are so good at (fill in the blank.) Meetings would be so boring without you. You amaze me. I admire you. It feels good just reading them and saying them out loud. Imagine just how amazing someone will feel when they hear these statements from you!

Two. Listen with interest, and be present. Listening with interest is listening with your ears and your heart! It's truly enjoying what the speaker has to say and wanting to hear more. This is not interjecting your own similar story. This is not listening just to be polite. How can the listener tell the difference? They just can! Being present means listening with your ears, and your eyes, and your brain. You know that distant look that someone gets when you are talking and you know they are just somewhere else. You feel invisible. Guard yourself against this and listen with your heart.

There are many more ways you can let others know that they are important. How do you make someone feel like they matter?  Share in the comments below!

#MM - Change Your ATTITUDE..... | Boudoir Photography in Tucson

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Today you will find people from every walk of life with very different attitudes. You can find the poorest people on the earth that are truly happy, and you can find the wealthiest that are miserable, and vice versa. Not only does a good attitude determine your happiness, but science now tells us that a positive attitude improves your health and extends your life. So what can we do to improve our attitude and become healthier and happier?

Have gratitude for everything. Gratitude can be the key that changes everything. Oprah Winfrey strongly encourages everyone to have a “Gratitude Journal” to help you be more receptive to the goodness in your life. She has personally kept them for years stating it is the single most important thing she’s ever done.

Replace your negative thoughts. It can be hard to just stop having negative thoughts, because then you are focused more on the negative thoughts and how to stop them. An easier task is to replace them with positive thoughts. Take a self inventory on your thoughts, find what isn’t serving you well and replace them with positive thoughts.

Look for good role models. Finding and being around people with uplifting and positive attitudes can rub off on you. This can be a friend, co-worker, neighbor or even a celebrity. Role models help show you and inspire you to be a better person and live a better more positive way.

#MotivationMonday | Boudoir Photography Tucson

Happy Monday!

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
— Elizabeth Kubler Ross

#Motivation Monday | Tucson Boudoir Photographer

Time to get your Monday kickstart...

There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself. Who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path. Who isn’t thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences: who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on.
— Unknown

#Motivation Monday

Let's kick off Monday with a little reminder of the little things.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo Buscaglia