Monday, December 2, 2013

December Goals

How cute is DDHP!? :) I snapped this on a Christmas shoot and think he looks so hot holding a wreath lol. Sorry, I'm obsessed. #youcanvomitnow 

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holla! Holla! Holla! It's DECEMBER!!!!!!!

Christmas trees, hot cocoa (I put the AC on in my house in December sometimes just to pretend it's cold outside), twinkly lights, Christmas music, family, friends, cookies, unwanted pounds, candy canes, jingle bells, Christmas carols, Christmas cards, snuggling, Christmas movies, and most of all…The real reason for the season… The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! :)

HOORAY! It's my favorite month of the entire year! The glittery energy this month brings to the world is something I wish we could pour over and over again into every single month of the year. Could you imagine how much happier this life we live together would be? If only! :)

November was a month full of gratitude, thankfulness and busy schedules. Thanksgiving was wonderful, GLOW was the best day ever, Rhi came to Austin and surprised our client at her engagement session (so much fun!) and Drew and I photographed three wonderful weddings. I missed Drew being gone A LOT and had a few days where I let it get the best of me (this whole distance thing) but we made the time we did have together awesome. :) I also felt like I was finally starting to get the hang of a routine, finally starting to learn how to manage my time more efficiently and consistently, finally starting to learn how to establish boundaries, and finally starting to learn that you really can do the best that you can and nothing else matters. Notice how I said learn? Learning is good. I didn't accomplish all of my goals because well, I tend to think I can do it all sometimes, and I simply can't. I'm LEARNING to be okay with that and learning to adjust accordingly. Being realistic is a constant battle but I'm making progress! :) The good news is, the goals will STAY on the list until I get it done. IT WILL GET DONE. I need to learn how to simplify, simplify, simplify. (That will be a New Years Resolution NO DOUBT!)

Now that November said PEACE OUT, my pants are a little tighter and the turkey's have gobbled their little hearts out…I'm now sitting here thinking WHOA…It's the last month of 2013!? UN-REAL. Instead of reflecting on all the things I didn't do this past year, I choose to celebrate the things I DID do. You should try it. Sure, we all wish we could have done more, been more, seen more, loved more, and accomplished more… but I refuse to look at it that way. I'll reflect more on these thoughts next month, but for now, I'm going to focus on the next 31 days of 2013, be IN the month of DECEMBER, be completely present, not think about January and REALLY make this month COUNT.

I choose to be more in the moment.
I choose to get ish done.
I choose to breathe.
I choose to slow down.
I choose to rest.
I choose to refocus.
I choose to reflect.
I choose to love more.
I choose to be still.
I choose my marriage.
I choose friends.
I choose family.
I choose happiness.
I choose the Lord.


Do a proper introduction of Hattie (I swear it's coming)
Go to a freakin' Yoga Class (ANYONE WANT TO GO WITH ME!?)
Before/After Front Foyer
Tile Front Porch
Continue to work on Love, The Nelsons Website
Photograph Two Weddings (Ending my 2013 Wedding Season!)
Photograph Six Sessions (Ending my 2013 Portrait/Engagement/Bridal Season!)
Spend more time in prayer - Really work on my relationship with the Lord where I fail.
Go to the deer lease with my family
Take my advanced calligraphy course with Lauren
Finish Reading "Boundaries"
Complete all October/November weddings by first week in December (Fingers crossed)
Do my best and not apologize for it
Continue to NOT be glued to my phone
Pay It Forward
Drink MORE water (No more kidney stones, please!)
Tell someone in my life thank you every single day
Host a friend in Austin
Finish Guest Bathroom Renovations
Make my bed every day
ONLY ONE SOUR PATCH KID BAG EVERY TWO WEEKS (This will be really hard, sadly)
Take Christmas Card Phi-zotos
Research places to go for my 5 year wedding anniversary with Drew in March! (DANGGGG GINA!)
Make out with Drew (HAHA! Jk. ;)) Okay - I'm totally serious.)


Introduce Hattie (Seriously!)
Front Foyer Before & After
Continue to work on Love, The Nelsons Website
FInish Reading "Boundaries" (Only two chapters left!)
Complete ALL weddings and sessions of 2013 by December 20th
Only photograph LIFE around me/ No sessions or weddings to re-charge-re-focus-REST & oh yeah, get caught up! 
Get office organized (again) - It's a mess
Send in equipment to get cleaned
Clean out closet and drawers in house (NIGHTMARE)
Get Receipts, Papers, Contracts, E-mails, Hard-drives ORGANIZED 
Focus on the behind-the-scenes of my business that I haven't had time for
Watch my favorite holiday movies with DDHP
Christmas date with DDHP
Be more in the present (Joining Lara in #presentdecember) YOU SHOULD JOIN!! 
Order Christmas cards and send them out to friends and family (We might have gone too far this year y'all…Oh man.)
Host the small group (Coffee & Word) at my house for brunch
Host Christmas Party for Brunch Bunch (Group of sweet muffin photographer friends here in ATX)
Spend more time at home with Drew (Sadly, this is something we HAVE to plan for haha)
Go look at Christmas lights with Drew
Triple date with friends
Pay it Forward in a big way
Complete all Christmas shopping by December 15th
Gift myself with two weeks of vacation at the end of this month to breathe, relax, and reward myself for a crazy-tiring-busy year and ENJOY time with my family and friends. My boss has been HARD on me this year y'all. ;) 
Pray. Every. Day.
Pray MORE for others. How can I pray for you?? (Leave a comment below and I'll add you to my prayer list!)
Get myself a MASSAGE. OHHHH yeahhhh. Cannot. Wait. 
Cuddle my heart out with DDHP. Smack his bum. 


So tell me loves, what are your December goals?? :)

Here's to the home stretch friends and making December count. We got this.


  1. Haha I'm not so sure who (or what) Hattie is, but I've seen this on your list for a few months now! Safe to say I'm excited to hear more :)

    1. Lol! Hattie is our hedgehog... the newest addition to our little family! :)

  2. I love that you are treating yourself to rest and that your December consists of a lot things for your marriage. Wishing you good luck and I know you can's! :)

    1. Thank you so much Katie!!! It's a must. This year has been non-stop craziness (thankful for it FOR sure) just need to slow it down a little for the sake of sanity haha! <3

  3. You inspire me to write monthly goals. I used to be such a goal oriented gal and these past few months they've gotten away from me. Well NO MORE! I suspect I'll do a December Goals post on my blog now just so I can put my money where my mouth is!

  4. You are a rockstar!! I don't really have any December specific goals.. but I want to do 5 shoots before the end of the year. So far, it isn't going too well :-( But I've also have been passive marketing instead of being active.

  5. i save all addresses in my phone and then back them up to my computer. so much easier that way!
    i love all your goals for this month! but i vote you add "come to california to hang out with michelle" one of these months. since my trip to austin this month isn't going to happen. :/

  6. You can do it! I loved reading your goals and I almost want to steal a few to add to my list ;) I also think this month it is so important but so hard to stay present in the moment and thankful for everything that's in front of us. I'm hoping to keep myself accountable to noticing each day's little gift by tagging them on instagram #delightinDecember. What better way than to celebrate the ultimate Gift than by giving Him praise all month long?

  7. Great goals girlfriend! YOU CAN DO IT! :)

  8. FINALS! those are next week, and this week. Gotta pass all those mass comm classes! Happy Monday!

  9. I JUST wrote a post about being present in the moment! It's so important to be thankful and enjoy the things you've worked so hard for and are blessed with! <3

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  11. I have seriously been waiting for Hattie's official introduction. Love your list girl. And the last item on your list had me laughing. Definitely smack that bum. Haha.

  12. Love this list! Yay for December and finally (maybe?) getting to meet Hattie ;)

  13. I love your goals & I love you!! You did SO awesome in November though, seriously!! I have no doubt you'll knock out December too!! Muah!

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