Monday, March 4, 2013

March Goals

Well, here we are already in the beautiful month of March. March has always been good to me. It's the month that I got engaged. It's the month that I got married. It's the month where flowers start to bloom, and the sun starts to grace us with its presence a little more often. Spring is just about here y'all, and this girl couldn't be happier about it. February was a good month; challenging, but good. I took my leap of faith into going full-time, I went on more coffee dates with old friends and new, I put myself out there a little more, and I re-evaluated how to handle difficult situations. I made a lot of progress in so many business decisions, personal trials, and I also spent a lot of incredible, quality time with Drew. March is going to be a BIG, BUSY, and CRAZY month full of changes, travels, weddings, photo sessions, and even a temporary move.

So, let's see how I did on last month's goals:

February Goals


Work out 3 times a week
Only Drink Water (NO soda)
Get taxes in order & ready to send off (Just about done)
Clean out the garage 
Legalize my new business name
Have coffee with a new friend 
Organize my hard drives
Shoot my first wedding of the year
Go on a date a week with Drew  (Best part about this is that we went on dates and didn't take our phones a lot of times. Hello, awesomeness. Our conversations were much more in depth and being in the present was delightful and refreshing. Try it y'all. Your husband will REALLY appreciate you making eye contact, talking about real life, and laughing, rather than taking an instagram picture or scrolling through your Instagram and Facebook feeds when you find yourself just sitting there.)

Not completed: 

Host a giveaway of my favorite things.
Post all of my sessions and weddings on the blog.
Announce new business name: Hasn't been announced, obviously, BUT it's about to happen REALLY soon. I legally got the LLC name changed, and that ended up costing a lot more money than I imagined. WOOF. BUT, it's legally changed. HOLLA! Drew and I are working on a DIY project right now which will be the way we will announce the name. As soon as we are finished making it, you bet your bottom it will be screamed on this blog! I am anxious for the reveal, and hope and pray you love it as much as we do! :) 


Continue working out 3 times a week.
Drink only water (such a difference, for reals!)
Send off taxes (Imagine me sticking out my tongue at the IRS right now. I know, real mature.)
Host giveaway 
Announce Business Name
Pack up entire house and MOVE OUT for a month (more on this soon, but what this really means is = huge headache)
Fix our foundation (whomp, whomp)
Fix our plumbing (whomp, whomp)
Fix our cosmetic issues in our house (whomp, whomp)
Write a post on WHAT NOT TO DO when you buy your first house (haha, oh reality you're a booger sometimes.)
Keep eliminating the unnecessary clutter in my life
Participate in a social free media weekend
Attend SXSW
Spend a weekend with Stephanie, Kristen, and KATIE (who is flying to Texas this week!!! I can't wait!)
Set the date for our branding photos with the most amazing photographer, EVER! :) 
Edit all my sessions from January, February, and March. BE CAUGHT UP! 
Finish wedding albums for my clients
Golfing date with Drew
Celebrate my 4 year wedding anniversary
Buy a strangers meal or coffee
Love more on people who deserve it.

CRAZY month, I know. BUT I am pretty sure all of this will be done by April 1st. :) 

What are your goals? I'd LOVE to hear them! :) 


I am obsessed with this song. 
Meg and Stephen got married this weekend and couldn't be happier for them. 
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Photo Credit: Drew Nelson (only the sexiest husband alive!)


  1. i love that you do this!! i do it too. so helpful. :)
    thanks for sharing- best of luck in march!

  2. Good luck in March!

    I'm still working on my goals on my many lists. I can't wait to get rid of my winter goals, and start on my spring ones!

  3. I love your list for March! Except all the house stuff! NOT FUN! :(

  4. I really love this post idea! Congratulations on getting so many of your February goals finished, and good luck with March :) I hope it's as good to you as it has been in the past.
    <3 Kiersten

  5. The date with no cell phones...I must start doing this with my boyfriend!

  6. Congratulations on accomplishing so many of your February goals! You're such an inspiration to get things crossed off my list as well. I'm loving your goals for this month, here's to a fabulous (and productive) Spring all around!

    Be sure to check out my Stella & Dot trunk show + giveaway!
    Chelsea & The City

  7. I love that you make goals to sort of hold yourself accountable..I really need to do this! XO

  8. beautiful life list! ummm, want to buy my coffee!? today?:-) xoxo

  9. I think one of these goals should say "Meet Michelle" :)

  10. Sounds like some great goals for March! There's a lot but, you can do it! & You pretty much did everything in February! I'm making it a goal of mine to have a weekly date with my man - such a good idea! OH & no phones too! (Even better idea!)

  11. So exciting about your business, Shay! I'm a first time poster but long time reader. I too just started a photography business and love following along with your journey. Your work is great, and you should be really proud of how much you have accomplished!

  12. Can't wait to hear the new business name! I am just so happy for you! Good Luck with your goals this month!

  13. I feel like we are going through a lot of the same thing right now - business wise. Glad to know I'm not the only one! I feel like revealing my new website is like hosting a housewarming party when I'm not 100% confident of my decorative skills. BUT you just have to do it right?! Nothing will ever be 100% complete. Good luck with the move! xoxo

  14. I can't wait until you post a what not to do when you buy a house! I sign for my house on the 29 of this month and I'm so excited!

  15. Wow! You sure have a lot of things to look forward to! Can't wait to see your name and logo! Such exciting times are ahead!

  16. Love this post on your goals!! Monthly goals are such a great way to keep you on track! Totally going to do the same tonight... :)

    And I can't wait to hear your new business name!! So fun following your journey!


  17. I love your list Shay! So great that you've crossed off so many things so far! I should really do this for myself too. Hah, hopefully it's not too late to start :)

  18. Going on dates without cell phones is a great idea!

    Happy Monday!

    The Hartungs Blog

  19. I should really think about doing this monthly thing too. You inspired me to do my last one and it was fun! I loved seeing how much I accomplished.

  20. Just discovered your work and blog a month or so ago and I can't get enough of it - so inspirational. Love these goals. I am hoping to try a social media free weekend soon as well. Can't wait to see your new logo and branding! Xx

  21. I just started reading your blog yesterday and read a couple of your posts and I must say you are very inspiring! Congrats on being your own boss! I wish you nothing but success!

  22. awesome february goal progress!! i need to make some good goals for this month too. i'm hoping to continue to spruce up my li'l blog :)

  23. Such a great list! I am so glad I found another Texas blogger! I am a little farther South in San Antonio. I am excited to see your photography when the site is back up. Photography is a passion of mine and I definitely am always trying to learn more! Hope you had a great Monday!

  24. my goal is to work out 3 times a week too!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  25. Great goals! You are in inspiration! I hope to get into a work out routine as well.

  26. Great idea! Firstly, I am in love with the picture you used. Secondly, I love the ideas of buying coffee/food for a stranger, and of course loving more on people that deserve it :)

    Some Snapshots Blog

  27. I can't wait to hear about your new business name! I'm still so psyched for you. :) I posted my goals on my blog too. It's going to be a good month!

  28. I just did a March Goals post too at on Monday! I love setting goals for every month...I feel like I'm actually accomplishing something! You're goals are terrific...I just love your blog! Good luck with all the house stuff!

  29. I LOVE that you're working out 3x a week! That's so great!!! :) Good luck with your March goals hun.