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2019 Goals in Review

January 26, 2020

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This time last year, I shared my goals for the year! You can read them here. Before I shared my new goals for 2020, I wanted to reflect on where I was last year and see what I accomplished and where I can improve. Because goals can be hard, sometimes I get a little over zealous and dream really big without taking everything into account. Here’s where I stand with my 2019 goal planning:

 

1. Host a styled shoot

I was not able to accomplish my first goal, which in ways, makes me sad because I was really excited for this! But instead of creating a styled session, I was grateful to have booked my calendar with real and authentic clients that I loved serving!

I’d love to revisit this goal for this coming year once I arrive in North Carolina. It will be fun to reach out and meet vendors and local businesses in a collaborative and creative workspace! I have already reached out to other artists and wedding businesses who are interested in this with me 🙂

 

2. Write More

I am REALLY proud of this one! At the end of the year, I hit publish on 25 blog posts. Writing does not come easy to me but I love it when I accomplish a full post. I am still wanting to improve my writing and story telling techniques but am loving my progress. I’m thankful for pushing myself to make this happen and am hoping to continue to push this one even further!

3. Read one book per month

This goal was FUN! I didn’t read consistently, but I would consider myself more of a “binge reader”. It was either read three books back to back or take a month off. But no in between! I read books for fun, books for business, and sometimes just books to get lost in a story before bed. The Kindle Unlimited subscribtion allowed me to have access to plenty of titles and my favorite thing to do when I needed something new was to scroll the top of each genre and select my next novel.

4. Designate one day a week to continuing education

I love learning. Whether it is shooting, editing, business, lighting… you name it, I’ve found some great resources on it! Without photography and business education, I would not be able to be as confident with my work as I need to be. I’ll never quit learning more about this passion of mine! And specifically for this winter, I am working through an Off Camera Flash course to help light up reception areas and I AM SO STOKED FOR IT!

5. Book FIVE Weddings

I did step back in 2019 and continue to work under other photographers and mentors who have been so incredibly generous and wonderful to work for. I was grateful to photograph SEVEN weddings with other local photographers all over Kentucky and Indiana. We laughed, we photographed, and we had a wonderful wedding season together! I’ll share more of my favorites from these weddings on another post soon!

 

There it is! All of my 2019 goals wrapped up and reviewed. I worked hard all year and am happy with my goals. I’m excited to write out and share my new goals for the beginning of this decade. It’s going to be one of the best years yet – I can just feel it 🙂

 

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Tricia Michael is a North Carolina based photographer who values the legacy of your unique love story and enjoys preserving your heart-felt, in between memories with fine art imagery.

She photographs weddings, elopements, engagement sessions, proposals and young families in Southern Pines, NC as well as throughout the Carolinas & destinations across the country.

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