Win $50 Gift Certificates to MCP by Sharing Your New Year’s Resolutions

When I awoke today, in a bed at my parents’ house in Atlanta, where we are visiting, I started thinking… What will my resolutions be this year. I have some personal and professional goals for this upcoming year.  Call them goals, call them resolutions, call them things to accomplish.

For personal resolutions, I resolve to get back to the gym 4-5 days a week (along with hundreds of millions of others). I just went to a new endocrinologist and plan to work with her to sort out my thyroid and monitor other potential health issues.

As far as family resolutions, I plan to put down the computer more when my kids or husband are around. I am so passionate about my work developing Photoshop actions, blogging and teaching photographers through my MCP Actions business. It is wonderful to love what you do but not at the expense of family.  I use the phrases “in a minute” or “when I am done with this email” far too often.  In this upcoming year, I am going to try very hard to finish my work between 9-4pm, other than the occasional nighttime Photoshop Workshop.

As for professional resolutions, I just launched my new website.  This was a 2009 resolution. The new blog design did not quite make it, so that will move into a 2010 goal (sooner than later). I will continue blogging 5+ days a week, with informative content, fun contests, and more.

I resolve to spend less time on email in 2010.  Email is part of my business, but I need to realize that I cannot answer every photography or Photoshop question.  I now have a FAQs in place on my website, as well as many resources listed throughout. I will add to these as needed, as well as address other FAQs in monthly blog posts.

My new website will help me focus on development instead of fulfillment. This should allow me to create and launch a few new Photoshop action sets for 2010. I may have some products for Elements users too, as I have hired someone to work with me in this arena.

If I cannot accomplish everything, I resolve to either “let it go” or re-work how I do things.  I may look at outsourcing or hiring contractors if needed.


THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION CONTEST

Enough on my resolutions.  What are yours?  Share at least one personal and one professional goal/resolution you have for 2010. To qualify, you must enter these in the comment section of this post on the MCP Blog (NOT on Facebook or Twitter as those comments cannot be integrated).

This contest is a quick one – you have until Midnight eastern time on New Year’s Eve (so just over 14 hours to get your posts in).

Winners will be picked on New Year’s Day.

Please tweet, blog about and/or post to Facebook to let others know of this fun contest.  The more that participate the more prizes available.

Prizes: For every 100 comments – one $50 gift certificate for the MCP Actions Store (good for Photoshop actions and purchases over $50) will be given away.

334 Comments

  1. 1

    My new years resolution, lame as it may sound is to not have any resolution at all. I am tired of setting myself up for failure! All I want for the new year is to stay positive and live it to its fullest with my three boys and husband. Happy New Year Jodi!

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    Ellie says:

    Ellie (age 8) wanted to share her resolutions:

    - Getting to gymnastics on time
    - Getting better at softball
    - Learning to play the drums

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    Get to bed at a decent time, stop staying up late to get “one more thing (dish/edit/laundry/clean/kids paperwork/etc) done.” I work better in the morning anyways when I am fresh and rested!

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    Kathy Krey says:

    Resolutions, oh how I loathe thee! But here we go…. Personal Resolution: To buy only what I love or need and spend less time buying and then returning things! Professional Resolution: To accept my current job situation and stop trying to engineer something “better.”

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    Kylie says:

    my new years resolution are
    * to only eat chocolate after I exercise :-)
    * establish my business, grow and learn as much as I can over the next 12 months
    * cut down/out late nights

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    Tracey Skadberg says:

    I want to touch my feet to the treadmill at least once weekly. I want to buy a new lens (maybe 2) and be inspired again!

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    Angie Sandy says:

    My resolution is to never neglect telling my loved ones how much they mean to me! It seems this sometimes slides through the cracks when the days are chaotic and hectic!

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    Julie Sandlin says:

    To go to bed before midnight, to stop procrastinating as much and to hopefully quit smoking.

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    My NY resolutions are to try to take a picture a day of my girls, they grow up so fast, I really want to document this year and get my camera out more. To drink less Dr. Peppers, those are so addicting! To be a better wife / mother / daughter / sister and to live everyday to the fullest!

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    Whitney Gray says:

    My resolution is similar to yours- I resolve to take control of my business and not let it control me. I can’t continue to work for hours with little exercise. It’s just not healthy and I have to make time for myself to at least take a walk every day! Happy New Year!!

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    Lori Lee S. says:

    My goal this year is to find the courage to go out there and make my business a full-time strong photography business. Wish me luck!!!! This is an awesome contest Jodi.

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    I have so many professional goals in 2010, but I would say one of the most important would be to get a NYC photographers monthly meet-up off the ground. Photographers around here are too competitive, so my hope is to get some photographers together once a month and make everyone see that we don’t have to compete so much; we’re all in this together.

    My main personal goal is to just get my wedding off without a hitch and marry the most wonderful man in the world in nine months. Oh, and fit into my wedding dress. :-)

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    Laurie Flickinger says:

    1. Become more organized. (original, huh)
    2. Keep up with my 365 blog, but not stress too much about it if I don’t.

    Happy New Year!

    **Hope this isn’t duplicate, got some sort of posting too fast, slow down message???

  14. 14
    Teresa Sweet says:

    For personal resolutions, definitely NOT staying up so late. I have insomnia but I need to get it under control. lol Another resolution is to try out Zumba, which I’ve been DYING to try out for a while but always make excuses (don’t have the time/money). We all need to do something for ourselves. Even better if it helps you work out. ;) One last resolution/goal is to have another child…or at least conceive in 2010 ;)

    Business-wise, I need to find a better balance between the photography biz and personal life. I spend way too much time during my wedding season online and doing things for the biz. It is a good thing because it helps me be successful, but I’d like to find more of an equal balance between the two. I think we all struggle with this, esp those with families.

  15. 15

    I have three: 1. to remove ALL cuss words from my vocabulary (it’s so trashy), 2. to stop hounding my husband about not appreciating TODAY, I’m going to appreciate TODAY and maybe my ‘law of attraction’ actions will rub off on him, and last but not least, 3. I will get in shape, not wasting my entire 30′s being 25 lbs over-weight! They say if you write ‘em down, you’re likely to accomplish ‘em! There…they’re written down!!! ;)

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    Mindy says:

    My new year’s resolution is to smile each time one of my sweet children look at me. I am going to “live” the thankfulness I feel, of my families health, and just being together by being happy and giving that happiness to them when they look to their mother.

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    My personal goal is to figure out a way to get myself out of debt. My professional goal is to keep up with my Project 365 and to get my boudior business up and running this year.

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    Jody says:

    Wow I actually was thinking about making some Serious resolutions for this new decade as I worked through the night. I have some personal family issue’s that need some working through and without going into detail..need to be sorted out Soon. I tend to shy away from confrontation, but that has gotten me into more than One problem in my life. So no more! I resolve to heal some wounds and move forward without looking back.

    And I have to laugh Jodi, because my husband goes Nuts when he calls me and I say “In a minute..” He has banned the phrase from my lips =)

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    My personal goal for 2010: Eat healthier and move more, I know a 5k marathon is NOT in my future, but just being more active and not such a computer couch potatoe is very doable!I have alot of weight to lose, but I will break it down into 10 pound increments.

    My business goal: To learn ALL I can and learn and practice more with my studio lights and not be afraid of lighting challenges indoors and out. To be able to create beautiful images no matter what the situation!

    My Family Goal: To actually go on vacation with my husband and 2 kids. We have not been on a vacation since my 10 year old was 9 months old, so my 6 year old has never been on a vacation!! We are going to take a week and actually LEAVE the state!

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    Jody says:

    Hmm well I posted, but I guess it “poofed”.
    I have some family issues to resolve with a few people close to me this year. I tend to shy away from confrontation and this only makes things worse. So No more!

    I also have to laugh because my husband has banned the phrase “Inna minute” I’ve used it so much lol. So I Really try to not go down that road =)

  21. 21

    Jodi, I was also just thinking about New Year’s resolutions … at the top of the list is to be a better mom. I can sooo identify with you on the “in a minute” or “after I’m finished this” scenario. I sit in front of my macbook A LOT, way more than I’d like to admit. On the professional side, I’d like to learn to better utilize photoshop (and actions), learn to use my camera more creatively AND raise my pricing toward the end of the year. Thanks for the contest Jodi, I recently purchased several of your actions and an AMAZED! Happy New Year :-)

  22. 22
    Marci says:

    I normally don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I am with you on the idea of getting work done during specific hours vs. random here and there which runs into evenings. (The exercise thing is always something I start out with in January just to get rid of the pounds added a la Christmas cookies!!)
    Thanks for all you do, Jodi, & Happy New Year!!

  23. 23
    Brad says:

    My personal goals: proactively increasing my health through consistent exercise and healthier eating of mostly vegetables, fruits and grains.
    Professional goals: increase my photography skills through more practice, focusing mostly on composition and further developing my photography style

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    Nikki says:

    I actually have not thought a moment about this. But as I sit here, it will be to promote my business in all ways that I can. I am growing and creating new products for my clients and and hope to make each one of them few unique and special.

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    Crystal says:

    Personal resolutions: Spend more time with my husband and kids; and finish up my school course so that I can *truly* work from home and be with my family more.

    Business resolution: Get back into the swing of things with my camera. I’ve been slacking in the shooting department for almost a year now, due to personal time constraints. I miss it, and I want it back.. for business purposes in the future, or even just as a part-time hobby!

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    Laurie LeBlanc says:

    My personal resolution is to spend less time at work and more with my boys and doing the things I enjoy. I have three photography resolutions: 1) Learn Lightroom 2) Learn all about my new D300! 3) Finalize my photobook project and produce one before the end of the year. Great post, Jodi, and good luck with your new blog. I want to thank you also for all the time you put in to posting such helpful topics for us. Happy New Year!

  27. 27

    personal- to get a grip on my life and get back into running
    professional – to worry less about the things i can’t control, and get the courage to get out and do some local marketing

  28. 28

    Resolutions: get back to exercising (I was good last year & then we moved… sigh)… And as far as professional: Find a few more fun Senior sessions to do. What can I say? I love doing Senior sessions.

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    carrie says:

    I share many of the same goals as you Jodi. Personally I want to get back into excersizing regularily, set specific work hours so I can walk away from work instead of ALWAYS feeling like I’m working.

    Professionally I would like to find an agent to work with on my book project, continue to streamline my workflow with my new assistants, and build a sleady influx of clients for my blog book business.

    Happy New Year!

  30. 30
    Dawn Norris says:

    I have been thinking about this a lot as well. Particularly after seeing my peers, like Jodi:), mention less time in front of the computer, and how family is the one paying the price or our passion for photography. I was talking with a good friend the other day about this and she said “Resolutions are not something I believe in since they always get broken (this friend also has PhD in psychology) but I do believe in INTENTIONS.”

    For 2010 I INTEND to:
    1) Spend less time away from my children and more time being fully present in the moments I have with them.
    2) Scale back my business but be productive – focus on the areas of photography that really matter to ME, not my clients.
    3) Set boundaries – when my heart isn’t really into it (nor my gut/instinct/etc), I’ll listen to my heart. When it just doesn’t feel right – say no or I wish I could (Thanks to Travis Guggelman)
    4) Keep my me time for me – it will keep me a better person, someone I actually like and really true to myself and my needs – this is not being selfish it’s practicing self-care
    5) Enjoy the journey – every day
    6) Breathe deep – lots – every time I need it – it costs nothing
    7) Dive into learning from the best of the best – my peers who truly know how to be teachers/mentors/contibutors – be judicious about workshops/seminars – find the best of the best on all levels – not just looking for a silver bullet

    These are my intentions, no resolutions, just pure intentions to be better on all fronts and maybe to find joy again after a year of losing that somewhere – joy doesn’t mean perfect – it means contentment and waking up in the morning with gratitude for another day:)

  31. 31

    This year I am making an un-resolution! I am picking something that I’ve done this past year (2009) and going to KEEP doing it. It’s about focusing on the positive and not all the negative things that need changed, but encouraging myself to keep doing something positive. So what is that un-resolution? I’m going to keep date night with my husband! My hubby has been laid off for a year, so date night has to be economical…but it’s something positive I want to keep doing this new year…it doesn’t have to be a $120 dinner…ice skating for $4 worked this week. My hubby is so very important to me (obviously), but he often takes the back seat to the kids, my elderly parents, my job and yep even the dogs sometimes (my 3 dogs are pushy when they want a walk). So my un-resolution is to keep date night to focus about the most important man in my life!

  32. 32
    Shelly LeBlanc says:

    Happy New Year, Jodi! Thanks for al you do for us, your followers.
    In my world if “stuff” doesn’t make it to the top half of the list, it can be X’d off or moved to the next day/week/month.

    My personal resolutions are to live in the moment more, and incorporate 30 minutes of relaxation into each day. I’m also renewing my 40th birthday resolution to leave my comfort zone more often.

    My professional goals are to market myself more toward the newborn market. Say “no, thank you” to gigs I don’t want, and to beef up the photo notecard and customs social stationery end of my business.

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    Chris says:

    I am starting my own photography business this year. I have been doing research over the last few months and am hoping to launch in the spring (Aprilish). That’s my BIG resolution this year, though I have some others too.

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    Heather says:

    My new years resolution is that I hope that by doing a 365 blog, I will get the camera out a little bit more for personal growth. I also really want to work on my post processsing skills this year. I work my way around Photoshop, but I really want to expand my “photoshopin’ skillz” this year. ;D

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    Hayley says:

    Professional: Attend more photography workshops!!
    Personal: Pray more diligently and get back to the gym!!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! and Happy New Year!! :)

  36. 36

    My resolution is to relax a little on my stress level, even if everything isn’t finished by the end of the day, its no need to lose sleep. As long as the kids and hubby and I are together, fed, and happy thats all that really matters!

    Professional- Come up with a marketing kit and actually use it!

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    Lizette says:

    My personal resolution is the same as yours, I want to spend more time with my family and less on the computer. I have taken steps this year to make this possible for 2010. My business resolution is to find creative ways to market myself.

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    Jennifer Labre says:

    Actually, I hope to accomplish many of the same things as you. But overall, I’d love to lose 50 pounds – I’ll begin by eating much better in the new year and eventually work in going to the gym. My health issues are also an ongoing battle that I’d love to overcome. I also need to get off the computer more. I like your 9-4 mentality and may give that a try. But I’ll admit, sometimes it’s the outlet I need too! One big thing to accomplish is to continue to learn how to use my camera to it’s fullest extent. I tried last year but dropped the ball. Now I’m pretty much stuck on the same settings for every photo. :( So yeah, lots to work on this year. Happy new year to all!!

  39. 39

    My resolution is to respect my photographic and professional work more, and to not worry about pricing it at the levels it should be at.

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    My personal resolutions are to get my working chore charts back up and running, and to stay decluttered. As for professional resolutions….I’m not a professional yet, but I would love to begin PBing this year. Get a price list going and maybe even a website, other than my blog, up. :o)

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    Sarah says:

    My main goals this year are to exercise more, worry less and declutter my life….and maybe have another baby!

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    GayleV says:

    Launch my photography fully but spend a little less time on the computer when my kids and family are around.

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    Where do I start? I guess my number 1 resolution is to focus more on my health. I’ve neglected it and now I’m facing some serious health challenges. I will be no good to my husband and children if I’m sick! I plan to take time each day to exercise, meditate, and eat healthy. It will be a sacrifice, but one with massive benefits, I’m sure.

    I also plan to be more creative with my photography this year. I’ve sort of become stuck in a creative rut. I want to push my boundaries and learn more about light and composition to really rock the photos this year!

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    Marti says:

    My husband and I both resolved to be more patient and kind with/to each other. I have resolved to simplify…not sure what that means but I see lots of Salvation Army drop offs in my future!

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    Erika says:

    I turn 30 this year. My first goal is to have a style overhaul. I just had my third baby. So the goal is to loose the baby weight and update the wardrobe. One step closer to being 30, flirty and fabulous! Business wise my goal is to be patient. I relocated 6 months ago and am having to start from scratch building a client base. Patience!

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    Jeanine says:

    I resolve to take care of myself, physically and mentally. To me that means, walking more and hitting the gym and investing time in my passions: my family, friends and photography.

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    robin forman says:

    My personal goal is to read more often- I have two young girls and I just don’t make time for it and I am just to dog tired after they go to bed! I am starting a book club to help and have lots of friends signed up already!

    My professional goal is to continue to grow my business, including at least one photoshoot a month. Wish me luck!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Barb Ray says:

    My personal goal is no different than many, get in better shape/lose weight. Saw a photo of me from the other day and realized why I’m BEHIND the camera all of the time! My professional goals are to have the loft of the garage cleaned out so I can start to set up my studio, get my website up and running, and figure out how to better manage my photography life, my 8-5 day job, and still have more time for me and my hubby! Thanks, Jodi, for all you’ve done for me this year to help make my pp much easier! Happy New Year to all!!!!

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    rhonda says:

    Hopefully to be a more patient person. we are adding to our family in April, and I am going to need alot of patience in the year to come.
    Also to keep more active, as usual!

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    Shel says:

    My resolution is very similar to yours – less computer time when kids & husband are home. It’s so easy to become “lost” on the Internet or in photoshop, time really does fly!

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    bdaiss says:

    Personal resolution – focus on the budget. We’ve got some big things we want to do in the next few years and unless we buckle down they won’t be possible.

    Professional resolution – get connected again. I work with people spread all over the U.S. and being out of the office for 3 months on maternity leave, I’ve lost my connection with some of them. The beginning of the year will be spent refocusing on those I work with. Because they’re great folks and I miss them.

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    Andrea Lythgoe says:

    Personally: Help my teenager figure out college stuff: Taking the SAT/ACT, which schools to apply to, scholarships to apply for, etc. etc. Hard to believe my oldest is ready to be thinking of all this!
    Professionally: Do a lot of portfolio building and get everything in place to add photography to my existing doula business.

  53. 53

    1. To get up earlier
    2. To exercise…getting some of those shape up shoes soon!
    3. To work smarter!
    4. To love better~spend more time with those I love!
    5. To make 2010 the best year ever!

  54. 54

    Professional Resolution: get that website up and running, improve the blog to match the new site and logo…get waaay more business~
    Personal Resolution: get pregnant?! But since I am not in control of that, maybe stick to a healthier lifestyle :)

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    Kristie says:

    I really need to lose the baby weight, since its not really baby weight as much as toddler weight, before it turns into school aged weight!
    And to be a happier person

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    Hope says:

    Business resolution:

    –Take one photo a day about my life (and I have to be in it somehow), so at the end of the year I have compiled a picture journal. No words, just pictures. I want to do this to challenge my creative thinking every day and tell a story through my images; also to incorporate new photography techniques. Hopefully my project will also draw and interest new clients who want to see different types of my photography. This is one step in many I want to take in creative marketing strategies.

    Personal resolution:
    –I am one belt away from black in Taekwondo and Hapkido. Because of life circumstances it has been hard for me to want to keep disciplining myself. So my resolution is to persevere and get my black belt.

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    jill t says:

    my professional resolution is to start carrying my camera around with me everywhere i go and to not pay attention to people who stare at my huge dslr. personally, i would like to start a running program with my husband. anyone want to babysit for me hehe!

  58. 58
    Wendy says:

    professional goal: Get the 2nd photo biz going.
    personal goal: Less sugar, more exercise.

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    Becky says:

    Every year I have a long list of resolutions. But the one that’s always near the top is to be more organized.

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    Ginny says:

    My first is to spend more time with God and depend on his guidance and let Him guide me instead of me taking the wheel so much. I plan to get more education on photoshop and photography to better my business and my passion!! Continue the gym workouts and train for a marathon this year!! I will be able to be a better servant, wife, mother, grandmother, business woman, photographer and better my heath!! Happy New Year!!

  61. 61
    Jeri says:

    Great contest and great resolutions! Mine are (personal) to continue on with my exercise program no matter how cold, hot, rainy, dark, etc. it is and (professionally) to not be everything to everyone and to create a better workflow/communication process. Happy New Year everyone!

  62. 62

    I have many New Year’s Resolutions…or goals, as I call them because I never keep my “resolutions”….both in my personal and professional life. The first two major items on my list are 1. Apply for my business license to make my photography business official! and 2. My husband and I hope to purchase a home by April!

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    Krista Lund says:

    thanks for this fun contest!
    i haven’t given them much thought but i hope to get fit in 2010 (lose the baby weight- expecting in Feb 2010), buy our dream home and cook more dinners for my family. that is my list thus far.

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    Dawn Howeth says:

    For 2010.. “to want what I have and to take what I’m given, with grace” for this I pray, on this New Year’s Day. That is my personal goal!
    My professional goal is to be better organized and to find a better ordering system.

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    Laura says:

    To master Photoshop and work on my business branding! And of course to read MCP Actions more for all the right information:) Happy New Year!

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    Jackie Beale says:

    My personal one is to get out of debt which I am on my way at accomplishing this. I can’t wait to be free! As for business, I want to have the opportunity to attend at least one or two workshops in 2010.

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    Kelly K. says:

    Professional: Develop my freelance design business and keep learning as much as I can
    Personal: To exercise more, learn to let go of stress and worry, and organize and finish decorating our office/guest bedroom

  68. 68

    My New Year’s Resolution is to get my closets organized. Not shoe box organized…but cute totes, matching fabrics and sorted items organized :)My other new years resolution is to bump up my “artistic” photography. I do love shooting families, children and people in general but I am going to try my hand at still life, landscapes…just to learn and see something different ;)

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    Denise says:

    Well, each year I try to choose a word for the year to be my guiding focus. Ali Edwards started the trend (I think it was her!) For 2010 my word is Quality… meaning, instead of making it a resolution to create 20 scrapbook layouts a month or take a photo each day… I will instead deliberately try to create quality in whatever I do and not worry about how much I am doing. I do this because last year I approached things from the perspective that if I just did more, I was more likely to strike gold. Well, sometimes I just created garbage, and that didn’t really help me. So my plan now is to approach from the other way… to more narrowly define my focus in the hopes of improving my gold to garbage ratio!

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    Tiffany says:

    Mine: Be more organized, take time for myself: wear nice clothes to work, do my hair, put on a little makeup, take myself more seriously as a business. Get off my bum and DO more.

  71. 71

    For myself personally… is to do something I have always wanted to do and have never done…. go sky diving!

    Professionally – finalize the branding , new look, new logo and new blog of my business by APril 1st. This is going to be THE YEAR! :-)

  72. 72
    Jaclyn says:

    My new year’s resolution is to get off the computer and spend more time with my husband. Hehe. As for professional resolution, since I’m a teacher, I want to create more user-friendly tools/supplemental aids for my students to use.

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    Julie Sam says:

    I will not stress out about the small stuff.

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    Personal. To eat heathier, not too extreme but cutting down carbs and sugar.

    Professional. To be consistant with my blog and to learn to shoot better in camera.

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    Sarah says:

    Personal: Overcome my mental block against running (which I have managed to maintain even while training for half-marathons), eat more healthfully, record more in my blog about my toddler growing up.

    Professional: Complete Project 365 (picture a day for a year), plan better ahead of time before shoots, learn to shoot and edit RAW.

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    Cristy says:

    My resolutions:
    * Breathe. Live in the Moment.
    * Be active and smile!

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    Cassandra says:

    1. Get a passport
    2. Let go of clutter and get organized
    3. Start exercising on a regular basis (again).

  78. 78

    I have had such a rough 2009, 2010 brings new hope and goals.
    1. Spend more time with ever so fast growing toddler.
    2. Grow as a new photographer and branch out into different styles to find my own.
    3. Inspire others to grow and push themselves to greater heights.
    4. Master a workflow
    XOXO Jenessa

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    Pam says:

    I rarely can remember what my resolutions are ,but have already gotten off to a good start. I began this about a month ago and will cont til I am done… I will finish cleaning out my house of all old items, clutter if you must say it…aack.My house needs to breathe!
    Also to tune up my business price structure, and to stream line my post processing so I get back to enjoying shooting more. Happy New Year everyone!

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    JessicaN says:

    Here are mine – start running again and be able to run a 5k by my birthday (May), finally make a decision on whether to move or stay put and put more effort into both my FT job and my photog biz.

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    Mike fiechtner says:

    Professional: get my business started
    personal: continue to have fun with my photography

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    Jill says:

    My Resolutions are:
    “Be” better, “Be” more efficient, “Be” more organized, don’t “be” a procrastinator……my word for 2010 is be.
    Also to keep up with my 365 pictures daily.

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    Tracy says:

    I love goal setting and do it often!!! My main goal is to simplify!!! (housework,clutter, unnessary stuff in my life, so alot of thinking is going on in my head!!) I want less in my life to have more. This will enable me to do more of what I really want, like scrapbook, play in PS, watch a movie, play the WII, most importantly to have quality family time.

    Happy New Year,
    Tracy in AR

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    Leigh says:

    ***got an error message about posting comments too fast…slow down. Hope this isn’t a duplicate post***

    This year, I want to concentrate on becoming a better photographer. I am one year into learning photography and have so far to go!! I want to shoot more and better. That’s my resolutation…MORE and BETTER.

    Oh, and on a personal note, I want to be more patient with my kids.

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    Thauna says:

    What a great contest for today! My personal resolution is to focus more on creating relationships and connections that sustain me and have fun with the people I love. Professionally, in 2010 I want to take my portrait photography to the next level, start charging like a ‘real’ photographer, which also mean working and producing like a ‘real’ photographer.

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    Tracy Larsen says:

    My professional resolutions: to be more creative with my sessions and just let them flow organically and to continue to make my business into what I really want ~ the business of my dreams! My personal resolutions: to take more candid photos of my family to capture the everyday moments that pass by too quickly and to get more organized! Oh, and use the Wii Fit I got for Christmas to get my mind and body calm and healthy again. Hello yoga!

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    My biggest New Year’s Resolution is to cut down my time on Facebook. I do not need to know what everyone is doing every ten minutes… really, I dont :) I will still use my Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.co/robynlouisephotography but will try to cut back on the checking of other’s status updates 57 times every day!

    Instead of other resolutions, I have created a list of 27 things that I want to accomplish by the time I turn 27… which is October 5th (and just about 270 days!). I have organized them by when they will happen in the year, and the two that are happening right away is swim three times a week (already have my pool pass) and do yoga for ten minutes, three times a week. I also have things like read ten local history books, canoe the bowron lakes, go camping, relax at the cabin, visit the VDL and Nihof stud farms in Holland (shooting a wedding there this July!!!), scuba dive in two more tropical destinations, and walk daily… to name a few things!! I am really looking forward to accomplishing these all by next October!

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    susan says:

    Happy New Year Jodi!

    My 2010 Resolutions is to accomplish the following:
    1) to increase my photography business this year. (don’t we all?) but for me to expand it to a point that having a full time is really optional and not a neccessiaty!
    2) to work on my weak area of photography and make them stronger and take my stronger points and define those as well. It’s all about being better the next time!
    3) to work out. work out. work out. work out. I’m on a path that leads to no where and I need to get off of it and get onto the healthier path!
    4) not to beat myself up so much. If the above goals, desires, needs are not completed, it’s ok. There is always next year. I’m still the winner over all and that I made it through another year!
    :)
    - Susan

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    Victoria says:

    I’m not great with resolutions either. I will call them goals instead! :) Personally, my goal for the year is to really focus more on my health. Getting to the gym more often and eating better. Professionally, my goal is to try and get more business outside of “friends” and to improve on my time management!

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    Nancy Ryan says:

    ***I got the same error message about posting comments too fast… urggghhh**

    I want to spend less time at the computer – I am too much of a perfectionist so I plan to have more confidence in what I do, then do it – and then move on to the next project. My business goal is to create a pricing list and put it on my website so people know what I do and how to hire me. I will also create a trifold and a poster and put it in birthing classes, doctors’ offices, etc. I wish all the best to each of you for the New Year, and may all your goals transform into realities!

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    Jamie Shortt says:

    My professional resolution is to, well….become a professional! I just picked up my first dslr last September and I have been constantly learning ever since, and there is still soooo much more to go. I can’t wait to see how much progress I can make in a year – everything needs improving! My personal resolution is to become more organized…again. I’m thinking of taking it slow, maybe one drawer a day to be cleaned out – no more “junk drawers” – I mean I have all year …right! Also, I am a chronic Coke drinker…I definately need to cut back on that. I think this is a great contest and “goood luck” to all who entered.(Good luck on the contest, and your resolutions!!)

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    meagan says:

    I am with the millions of americans that will vow to go to the gym more and eat healthier!
    Professionally, I hope to turn my hobby of taking pictures into an official photography business. I plan to launch a website(other than my blog) where clients can order pictures; develop a price structure; print marketing materials; and shoot waay more!
    Happy new year everyone!
    “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better person” Ben Franklin

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    Kim says:

    My new years resolution is to get my color calibration under control in camera, monitor and printing. Simple enough? Not really! Bring the new year on!

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    Roberta says:

    I’m retired so I’m not making any “professional” resolutions. I think photography-wise (hobby) my goal this year is to complete the 52 weeks photo group that I joined and to learn to use my strobe better.

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    I have been thinking about my resolutions for weeks now! A personal one will be to take a day each week to do something fun with the kids. Whether it be swimming, public skating, biking or going to the zoo, a day each week will be devoted entirely to them! This past year I’ve been really focusing at growing my business and I’m afraid to say that I was also the “in one more minute” mom! In terms of professional goals, I’m committed to getting my lighting down! I’ve been mostly a natural light girl, but it can be limiting for me so I’m planning on attending a few courses to figure out studio lighting and how to take my flash off camera! It’s going to be a great year!!

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    Shelly says:

    For a personal resolution, I plan on getting back on track with keeping and staying fit. I want to do more outside activities (we have at least six months of winter here). For a professional resolution, I will spend more time developing my photography business.

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    Personal goal: teach my toddler to use the potty *shudder* (I think I fear this more than child birth). Professional goal: learn how to use off camera flash.

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    My personal New Year’s Resolution is being more responsible with my finances and using the credit card less! Professionally I would like to successfully market myself and broaden my client base.

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    Professional – Work on focusing my business and not trying to be everything to everyone
    Personal – Not be open 24/7 – Have a family life

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    Vaitiare says:

    Personal: getting fit again after having my 3rd baby.
    Professional: I’m a SAHM, so I guess be a better mom and wife to my hubby.

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    Amy Cameron says:

    I have about a million. But most of all:

    1. I want my home to be more organized. Cleaner, yes, but also organized in the way we run things.
    2. I want to limit my hours working. I’m not sure how to do this quite yet, but working 7 days a week until 1-2 am only to get up with the kids a few hours later is not working.
    3. I want to eat right. I do want to lose weight but more than that…I want to have energy and be healthy.
    4. I want to reach out and help others more. I want to find ways that I can love other people.
    5. And 999,996 others that I won’t bore you with.

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    Adnilklep says:

    My resolution is to launch my photography business. It is long overdue! I need to have the courage to charge an adequate amount and know that I’m worth it. My personal resolution is to spend less time during the day on the computer and more QUALITY time with my children. Leave the computer time to the evenings when they are in bed.

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    Andie says:

    WOW – where do i begin! First and foremost is to take control of my health. After a year of issues I’m going to take time to workout and get monthly massages! Second, work/life balance – work less, enjoy life more! Third, launch my new website! Lastly, learn to take those deep breaths and chill out! Happy New Year – May 2010 be a good and healthy one for all!!!

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    Workwise – to work smarter, not harder.
    Personal – to spend more time really doing things with my girls – they’re only little once – oh, and to get in shape before the photoshoot I have booked with a photographer this summer!!

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    My personal resolution is to do more things for myself. Sometimes as parents(or even single people) I think we tend to forget that we need things too. Not just material but relaxing time and me time. For the professional side…..I really want to get organized. I need to get all my business things in one area and to remember where that area is. Happy New Year Jodi!!!!

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    Allison says:

    To learn exposure completely and thoroughly. Also, to come up with a healthy vegetarian meal plan and exercise six days a week.

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    Elizabeth Albarran says:

    Mine will hands down be to get my photography business up and going. I have spent years being afraid that I might not be as successfull as I am in my dreams. I am my own worst critic and I am going to get over it and just do it………JUMP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR will be my moto for 2010. Watch out, here I come..JBella Photography will be taking Southern California by storm.

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    shannon says:

    my new years resolution: quit the BS and start my business already! happy 2010 everyone!

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    Debbie says:

    Personally, this year I must lose weight. But, this time it truly is for my health (had some problems last year) and I must do it to avoid medication. Photographically, I will continue to learn Photoshop (love your actions, thank you) and this is the year that I will stop reading/researching and actually experiment with off-camera flash!

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    Shauna Renee says:

    I need to get a professional website up and working! I have a blog, but if I am going to grow, I need to get going on the website!

    I also want to get lots of stuff done on our house. We just bought a very old house, and need to update it – inside and out!

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    Tanya T. says:

    I hope to eat more meals at home by planning our weekly menu and sticking to it. I tend to put off making dinner until it is too late and everyone is cranky so we just run to McD’s and eat junk. My professional goal is to get a great start to my new business as a Direct Sales Rep to My Vintage Baby.

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    Crystal Heis says:

    I tend to do birthday resolutions instead of New Year’s resolutions, so I’m a little early. In a broad sense I want to find more balance in my life, have a better sense of self, procrastinate less and show more gratitude.

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    Rebecca says:

    My number 1 personal resolution is to decorate my house! I spend so much time printing for clients, that i forget about myself. My walls are white and bare and i want them colorful and full of decor! I want tile. and hardwood floors too. My photography resolution is to learn off camera flash. I can’t wait!

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    I have a few resolutions. Personally I also would like to lose a little weight, we want to try for another baby this year and I’d like to be as healthy as possible. Family wise, I want to get our budget in place and STICK TO IT, this means no going to Wal-mart for banana’s and walking out $300 poorer, banana’s are not that expensive! For work, I would like to get a marketing plan in place and actually do the marketing, not just talk about it.

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    Katy G says:

    My goal is to spend more quality time w/ my family..just because I’m in the same room as them doesn’t mean I’m engaged in what they’re doing. Less TV at night..more conversations, games, reading together, etc!

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    Morgan G. says:

    This year I want to read the whole Bible, cover to cover, and I’m participating in the “Bible in 90 Days” challenge. I guess that’s more of a goal, not a resolution, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

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    Angela E says:

    In my worklife: Continue to improve my photography skills – through MCP, of course ;)
    In my personal life: To declutter my house and my life… I am hoping that this will allow me to focus more on me and my family.

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    Terry Lee says:

    The New Year is always a great time for fresh start. Professionally, I plan on nurturing my portrait business now that my new website is finally done! lovesomeimages.com…and continue striving to strike a balance between my family and work (always a challenge!). Personally, the serenity prayer comes to mind, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Happy New Year MCP bloggers…sending love & light…Jodi, thank you for being there…your workshops and actions and blog have made it possible for me to get to this point and I am so grateful to be able to learn photoshop, etc in my jammies!! xoxo

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    Last year I resolved to stop stealing pens from the bank, post office, and stores where I write checks. I did that so I am going to move onto bigger things this year.

    I have the same goals as a lot of you. I want to work smarter not harder.

    Personally, I want to be a more thoughtful person. If I did everything that I thought of doing for other people i would be the nicest person I know – lol. So, my goal is to put my thoughts in action. Starting with sending out cards.

    So, I am going today to buy a bunch of cards and a card organizer and a bunch of stamps and i am going to try to send 3 out a week.

    I think I can do that.

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    I resolve to be one of the many to get in better shape & Lose some weight. I want to be healthy so that I have more energy & motivation to pursue my dreams.
    I resolve to continue to continue to strive to put in perspective & ignore the things that really wont matter, and pay more attention to the things that mean a lot to myself, my family & friends.
    Professionally, I resolve to continue to learn, to teach myself & to improve in any way I can. Thank you Jodi, for giving me some of the tools through your blog & actions, to help me accomplish this.

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    Melissa says:

    Personally, I want to go on at least one backpacking trip this year. It is something I sorely miss. It will take some work to get in shape and some planning which will be good for the procrastination bug I have as well.

    Professionally, I want to become a legitimate business and not lose money. :)

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    April W says:

    As opposed to making resolutions this year I decided to pick a word to embrace for the year. My word for 2010 is “Simplify”. I think that will fall in line with my professional goals for this year as well. I always makes things so much harder than they should be. Thank you for the give away!

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    Carolyn says:

    For me – it will to spend more time with my family and be off the computer by 5pm. 2009 flew by and I did not get to enjoy it as I was working all the time. I will not be afraid to turn down shoots.

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    Personal resolution: spending more quality time with my kids individually.
    Professional goal:increase my fees and save for the D700 to purchase by the end of 2010.

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    Amy Dungan says:

    This year I plan to push myself more in regards to photography. Step out of my personal comfort level and see what I can achieve! I also resolve that this year I will take much better care of myself. More sleep, less late night work. Healthy eating and exercise routine – really take care of me so I can be a better person all the way around. It’s hard to care for others when you are tired and feel like you are dragging!

    Happy New Year everyone!

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    michelle says:

    to spend more time with my daughter playing. spend more time getting to know my camera better too!

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    TC says:

    Professional: Blog! Blog! Blog!!
    Personal: Stay positive! I know it is hard to but got to try harder.

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    Chrystal says:

    My goals for the new year:
    Personal – I intend to spend more quality time with my husband remembering what made me fall in love with him 11 years ago.
    Professional – I intend to learn more about posing my families. I know this is my weakness & I WILL master it this year

    Happy New Year to you & yours!

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    Elena says:

    Personal goal: take more risks and do crazy things that I would not normally do [good crazy].

    Professional goal: book more weddings and sessions this year, in spite of recession.!

    Happy new year!

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    Marie says:

    I have a 8 month old son and my daughter is just a little over two, so I don’t get out much. My personal goals are to get them out at least twice a week to story time or other activities, to lose the baby weight (YIKES-25lbs!), and to make more quality time for the family.
    My professional goal is to actually be a working photographer by the year’s end.

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    Linda B says:

    Well like always I plan on losing weight and exercise more. Spend less time playing on the computer and go to bed earlier. I am usually up until 1 or 2 am every night Professional: I just plan on retiring sometime this year, but I have said that for at least for the last 5 years or so

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    My personal goal is definitely to step away from the computer more. I love everything photography. I love to look at other people’s work, read about tips and tricks, play in photoshop, read about photoshop. And I need to make sure to NOT do that when we are all at home. Professionally, I would just like to grow my client base a little. Happy New Year :)

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    Dejah says:

    I am finally going to take care of myself so that I can be around to see my children grow up.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Personal: Finally move from Texas–and it is happening! Also, learn to love vegetables.

    Business: Successfully move my business to another state–it’s intimidating, but I’m determined!

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    Whitney says:

    For my personal goal, I would like to find a steady full-time job & hopefully move out of my parents house once and for all!

    For my business goal, I would like to shoot more weddings than last year & get my website up and running to help promote myself easier! :)

    Happy New Year everybody!

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    personal goal is to cook more and try new recipes (this means eat out less)! professional goal is to set hour limits on work time vs. family time….there was too much overlap this past year and i completely neglected my kiddos and hubby!

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    I want to learn everything about Wedding Photography!!!!!
    I also have a goal of getting published, but that might be 2011 :)
    never too early to start right.

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    One of my personal resolutions for 2010 is to take more snapshots and over all pictures of my family.

    One of my business goals for 2010 is to shoot more photojournalist shots.

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    Annie Cannon says:

    I don’t usually make resolutions, but I think this year, I want to work on being more grateful for what I have.

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    Hey, great idea! I came up with my resolutions last night so this is a real easy one for me. On a personal level one of them is to also put things in the correct priority, God first, then family then work….so more time for family. And Photographically my winter will be spent learning more on photoshop and shooting more intentionally. Thank you for your many tutorials, they are a great source for me to learn and I love your actions, especially MCP magic skin…I use it ALL the time.

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    Melody says:

    Personal: To spend more time with God. Professional: to ‘unplug’ more.

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    Lacey says:

    Personal: Spend more time in the word of God and keep an up to date prayer list of all of my family and friends. Giving thanks to the Lord for all he has provided.

    Professional: Go full time as a photography and make a decent living doing so.

    Wish me luck! :)

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    Jen says:

    Personal: Organize my homeschooling better and pay more attention to my kids by not being on the computer so much. Eat better and plan better meals for my family. Exercise more blah blah blah
    Professional: Work out a marketing calendar and plan. Launch new wedding biz and make more money!

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    My new year’s resolution is to finally attack the daunting task of learning how to process RAW images. I feel like Photoshop has taken me these last few years to navigate without killing someone so the thought of starting with ACR or LR is a bit nauseating!

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    Angie says:

    My resolution, too, is to ‘unplug’ more and be more present with my family. Like you, Jodi, I love what I do, but not at the expense of my family! Happy New Year!

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    Alisa Conn says:

    I want to lose 80lbs. I so determined that I have already lost 12lbs

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    My resolutions are to live every day with authenticity and transparency. I have been way to passive and not always told people how I really feel when pushed. In the long run, it is best to say what’s on your mind, even if it ruffles a few feathers.

    To take better care of myself. More time with God and my children, more sleep, exercise and no meal skipping.

    And to check one thing off my to-do list everyday to build up my business, or improve my skills.

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    Nancy says:

    My resolution this year is to learn how to use my tablet that I bought last year and to read the manual for my camera! (I know, I know…)

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    Adrienne says:

    Happy New Years to you!!! Thank you for the contest….

    Personal: Work out 5 days a week in the gym until I reach my goal weight!
    Professional: Better Time Management, enforce business hours!

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    Galina says:

    Personal: explore San-Francisco finally. I’ve been living here for 6 years, but there is so much to see. I need to cross Golden Gate Bridge. Walking or biking (not in the car :))

    Professional: Redesignupdate my website, get more clients than last year and maybe start shooting weddings again… maybe… not sure about that one :)

    Happy New Year Everybody!

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    My goal for 2010 would be to gain the resources for studio photography. I currently am an on location outdoor photographer and the winter months here are FREEZING! My business slows down quite drastically during the winter. My personal goal would be to be healthier. I am looking forward to the new year and the journeys ahead!

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    Julie says:

    My personal and professional goals are wrapped up together… I want to finish my Ph.D. this year. Of course, the professional side is obvious… but by finishing, I can get a post-doc position in Philadelphia, which means my husband and I can finally live in the same location!

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    My personal New Year’s Resolution is try to relax….I can only control my life not others. And I would have to say for a professional resolution…To NOT wait until the last minute to get things done!!

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    Darlene says:

    Resolutions? I like to think of them as goals, it helps me be more focused. Or at least I like to think it does. Personal goal: Be intentional. Stop letting life slip by me. Make a plan. Set myself up for success instead of sitting around waiting for success to find me. Professional: Hmmm, I haven’t fully developed this one yet. I just want to take more pictures and I want people to love them.

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    Tammy Hudson says:

    My goals for the new year are I want to become an organized person and to grow as a photographer! I am taking steps in both directions as of this month. Here’s hoping for a very Happy New Year for us all!

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    Rose says:

    My personal resolution is to be more positivem, and my professional resolution is to get a job! I’ve been unemployed since June when I lost my job and am feeling a little defeated on that front, so I’m going to stay positive, and get a job. Nothing too complicated, right?!

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    Betty Berg says:

    2010 New Years Resolutions

    1. exercise 4-5 days a week (because a healthy heart is important to me)
    2. eat only one dessert per week & on holidays (because I eat too many sweets)
    3. drink at least 64 oz of water per day (because I should)
    4. keep the kitchen clean & tidy (because a clean kitchen makes me happy)
    5. put clean laundry away daily (because my family deserves to not dig through laundry baskets)
    6. get my 2009 personal photos into a coffee table book by February 28, 2010 (because my personal photography is what matters in the end)
    7. business: move outside my comfort zone — both shooting and editing

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    Jessica says:

    I tried to comment already but got a strange error message about commenting too fast so hopefully this isn’t a duplicate.

    I have many goals and I’m actually doing the 100 in 1001 (100 things in 1001 days) but some of the major things I want to do in the next couple months for 2010 are:
    -Run a 1/2 marathon in May
    -Spiffy up various websites I have sitting on my plate
    -Unleash the new pricing and services combine with better branding/marketing and overall organizationess. (Oh yeah, make up new words too)
    -Continuing education, I have a list of quite a few skills I need to hone and things I want to learn.

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    My personal resolution is to daily seek how simply not to ‘provide’ for my baby boy but how to nurture, inspire, and lead by example to live joyfully and with purpose!

    Professionally with my photography biz, I resolve to harness my artsy, right-brained inspiration into a pattern of daily, measured achievement!

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    Amanda says:

    My resolution is to get my new website up for my photography business and I resolve to post REGULARLY! I love how MCP does that!
    -Amanda

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    Sam says:

    Personal: Say less and listen more.
    Professional: Love the lenses I own now! Quit with all the lense envy!

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    Jennifer H says:

    Personal goals are to 1. lose 10 lbs. I say this every year and darn it, this year it will happen! LOL! 2. Accomplish more organization around the house.
    Professional goals are to 1.officially start PBing and 2. Speed up my workflow! (thank you for those last to blog posts!)

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    Amy says:

    My personal goal is to love even more than I have in the past and try my best to stay present in every fleeting moment of my little ones life. His first year has flown by soooo quickly!
    My professional goal is to invest more in myself and business which would include finding the time and motivation to update the website, to streamline my workflow and to be a Photo lovecat!!
    Happy New Year!

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    Jackie says:

    I personally resolve to be more organized. Professionally, I resolve to get better in Photoshop.

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    My personal goal is to take better care of myself and my family. It covers many things for me eat right, exercise, spend more quality time together, nuture my creative side, maintain a positive environment for us.

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    Lisa says:

    Wow…this is a yearly struggle I deal with – and I don’t like resolutions because I feel like a failure when I don’t commit. HOWEVER, my mind-set is changing because I am seeing the importance of doing better for myself. Therefore, my personal resolution is not to only lose weight, but to become a healthier person: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. My business goal is to take this passion I have for Photography and to fan the flame into a outrageous inferno and learn as much as I can of the art. I want to have a business that is known for not only incredible photography but for capturing the passion of life that I hope each person can achieve.

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    Christi says:

    My new year’s resolution/goal is:
    1. Personal- spend more time having fun with my daughter (games, wii, playing American girl dolls, etc.) I’m always “too busy”. Not anymore!!!
    2. Business- finish getting my photography business set up ( i need a logo and a website) I see it in the near future. I also want to get the rest of the mcp story board actions. I have one so far. Slowly but surely I’m getting one at a time. :0)

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    tanya says:

    Personally I’d like to get to my weight loss goal, I am in the middle right now; organize my time better between homeschooling, toddlers, my home, a part time job and my personal spiritual and professional growth goals. Professionally I’d like to attend a couple of good workshops to give me a needed boost. Happy New Year, Jodi!

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    Courtney says:

    No NY resolutions this year, I’m gonna do 101 in 1,001. I’ll pull 2 off that list… exercise 3x/week for a month and photograph at least one wedding.

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    Melissa says:

    Personal- Last year my goal was to take care of myself on the inside…I worked on my mental and emotional well-being. This year it is to take care of myself on the outside…so that my body can match the new me I discovered last year :)
    Professioal- My goals are to grow my confidence and my new photography business. There is so much to learn and I am looking forward to another amazing year!

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    Angela says:

    I started early for my New Years resolution….. I just couldn’t wait….. But my resolution is to keep it going from here on out. I starting working out again…. not just any workout…. P90X! 6-7 days a week for 90 days…(and you can do as many 90 day workouts you desire…)…. but for me it’s a life change…. along with eating healthy, which is a struggle…. so THAT will be my biggest challenge. I don’t want to look “good” for my age, I want to look and feel GREAT for my age! (ps I am on week 5 of my workout)

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    Michelle says:

    My personal goal for 2010 is quite simple, to live more in the moment as a mom and wife. I always seem to be thinking off a million things at once (as many of us do)and lose the joy of the moment. Professionally I would like to grow my business and improve my photography skills by leaps and bounds. :)

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    Sharon says:

    have a new baby… we’ve been trying but no luck yet. Got my fingers crossed that 2010 is the year!!

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    Catherine V says:

    In 2010, my number one personal goal is to BE POSITIVE. This does not mean to be overly bright about all things, but to just think the best of people, to think positively about situations as they arise. My professional goal is pretty basic: when asked if I’m a photographer, I will say, “YES, I am.” No more minimizing this thing I love.

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    Beck says:

    Personal Resolution- Stop worrying about what didn’t get done and focus on what did get done. Like the stairs may not have gotten vacuumed, but I prepared a home cooked meal that we all sat down at the table and ate as a family.

    Professional Resolution – Use social media marketing to it’s fullest potential to sell my services.

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    Emily H. says:

    My personal resolution is, like most people, to eat healthier and exercise more.
    My professional resolution is to take a picture every day for a year…at least for a year. I think this will help improve my skills, and keep photography in my mind more often. Life can get pretty hectic when you’re a stay at home mom!

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    Hi Jodi, I TRULY have some goals for the new year! As far as my personal life, I wish to spend more time with my mother (in her 80′s) as she is an amazing woman whom I have been ultra blessed to have over my years of life. And for my business, to use my AT-A-GLANCE calandar to its fullest! Write in every day at least ONE GOAL to accomplish with my business and mark it off! May it be to blog, post to facebook, update my website with recient photos, make a flyer, or learn how to send bulk emails through OutLook!
    Thanks for all your great posts…have a Happy and Blessed New Year!
    ~Patti

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    Stefanie says:

    My personal is to get to the gym more and eat better.
    Professional is to get more clients in the door and keep learning!

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    kim smith says:

    One of my personal goals this year (other than the usual goals of losing weight, eating healthy…blah blah blah) is to take more candids of my family…doing every day things. I am so good about capturing the essence of other families with my photography business…I want to make an specific effort to capture the little fun stuff that makes me smile about my own family! One my professional goals is learn more about Photoshop actually (a giftcard would come in handy there!), learn how to use it swiftly and effectively to cut down processing time and make my pictures go WOW…and learn about the cool stuff that it can do! I visit this blog every day and use the actions and have already learned SO much already. Very excited about the New Year!

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    sandra lemin says:

    My 2010 resolutions are:
    Become more organized
    To play more
    To photography for me more
    To spend more time with my family more…this goes back to being more organized!
    To help more!
    Sandra

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    My goals are:
    -Go to bed earlier
    -Get up earlier
    -Go to the gym early in the mornings instead of at night (daily eventually would be nice)
    -Be more punctual
    -Eat more greens and veggies

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    Personal: To better balance work and family life, and to get off my computer chair and exercise!
    Professional; Publication and gallery show (dreaming big for 2010)

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    Jamie Gress says:

    My personal goal for 2010 is to be happier. I have so much to be thankful for and yet I have been so negative this whole year :( So yes my personal goal is to be a happier and a more thankful person.. and maybe start eating right- ice cream for dinner last night was not a good idea.. and I have a cold!!

    My professional goal (the main one anyway) is to be more organized. I am probably the most unorganized person on earth, I dont know how my business made it this far, being that unorganized. But it did (another one of those things I am thankful for :) Yet I know I can’t continue that way for 2010.

    So there it is Professional – Be more organized and Personal – Be happier. :)

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    Rhonda DeMone says:

    *one* of my personal resolutions but by far the most important one is to spend more time with the fam! I spent the last four months working every weekend and feel like I missed out on so much. On a professional level, I bought a MacBook Pro (my first mac) back in September but because I’ve been so busy working, I haven’t spent much time learning the ins and outs of a Mac so that is definately on my list. Happy New Year everyone!!

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    Tina Ryan says:

    My professional resolution is to not be the photographer for everyone. I need to stop saying yes and start being picky.

    My personal resolution is to spend more time at home on weekends with my children.

    If I stick to the professional resolution the personal one will fall right into place :-)

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    Jill says:

    Great idea for a contest!

    Personal goal: spend more time with my son before he starts Kindergarten this fall.

    Professional goal: to book at least 45 photography sessions for the year.

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    Marlie says:

    Awesome contest Jodi

    Personal Goal(s) – to spend more time with my 11 (almost 12yr) old son *while he still wants to* and develop my skills as a photographer

    Professional goal – to have more compassion in my work

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    Beth says:

    Well I would say it is to be more organized, but I think I say that every year…

    So this year my goal is to laugh more, love more, and appreciate all the little things in my life that make it wonderful.

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    Iris Hicks says:

    My personal resolution is to start putting time limits on my computer time so that I can be outside exercising instead of sitting inside so much.
    My business resolution is to focus on one area of my photography that I think will be income producing and learn to excel in that area.

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    My personal goal is to get a gym membership and go at least 3 times a week for at least a month and then 4 times a week for at least a month and then 5 times a week until I reach my goal and maintain it for a few months.

    My professional goal is to increase my sales by refining my senior brand and aggressively marketing myself in the community and directly in the schools and by providing top notch quality and an amazing turn around for sneak peeks, full posts, and finished product that they order.

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    Personal: Stop eating so darned much!!
    Professional: Keep taking my photography to the next level – keep reading, keep learning, keep enjoying!

    Thanks for the opportunity Jodi! Happy New Year!

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    Angela says:

    I am not a professional photographer, so my goal is just to become more focused in the photography feild, to learn the tricks of the trade and be able to become the best “I” can be. As for a personal goal, it’s the same year after year, lose weight, this last year I was able to take off 20lbs, slowly but surely I will get there :)

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    Kelly Ann says:

    I’d like to start going to bed at a normal time… and also waking up at a normal time as well! Also, I’m going to try not to return emails at 3am… I think people think you’re crazy when they see a 3aam timestamp!

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    Kim Willard says:

    My New Years Resolution is to have more faith that God will see me through. 2009 was a tough year for my family. We lost my Brother. 2010 will hopefully bring great things to all of us.

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    My resolution is to get to bed earlier, and read more to my daughter. Simple, but I always manage to not get it done!

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    Alysha S says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Personal goal – more time with my kids and hubby and less on email and facebook.
    Professional – learn as much as I can and apply it!

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    Kacey says:

    My resolution: To finally truly learn how to use Photoshop!

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    rachael schirano says:

    personal resolution: to give more
    professional resolution: to embrace me and build my brand authentically

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    Claire says:

    Personal Goal- My main personal goal is the same as yours! Less time on the computer and more time with my family! I’m due to have my second daughter any moment now (I’m already 2 days late) and I want her and my 3 year old to never realize that I’m a “working mom”. I want to do all my work related things during nap or bedtime, other than photo shoots of course!

    Professional Goal- Keep up on photo editing! I feel like a lot of the time I’m editing photos at the last minute as my deadline approaches. This year I want to do my best to be on top of editing and have photos ready in a timely manner so I’m not stressing over getting them out and I’m able to enjoy the editing process instead of loathing it at times!

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    I resolve to make better food more often for my family by thinking and planning ahead. Not so much throw something together while the kids whine in hunger at my feet.
    For my business I resolve to be as clear as possible in my communications by developing better marketing and business materials most of which will be shared electronically with my clients to save paper.

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    I plan on shooting and posting a photo everyday in an effort to learn something new and push my skills. Even after 30 years, I can still learn new tricks and I want to motivate myself and others to push the comfort zone.

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    for 2010 I resolve to
    1) welcome my baby brother home from Afghanistan – Safe and Sound
    2) give my family 110%
    3) give my business 110%
    4) not take everything so personal
    5) tell my loved ones each and every day that I love them
    6) learn to play hockey
    7) help anyone who needs help
    8) stay on top of editing
    9) live life
    10) not drive myself nuts if I don’t accomplish everything – but go to bed happy each and every night and wake up with a smile!

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    I resolve to eat less, exercise more, and spend less time on the computer when my kids are home. Like right now!

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    Casey Cooper says:

    My new years resolution is to achieve balance. I am a 40-hr/week engineer, photographer whenever I find the time, mother, wife, cook, runner, seamstress, scrapbooker, etc, etc. I strive to achieve balance with all of these in 2010!

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    Karly says:

    My biggest resolution is to get healthier. I’ve got to start eating better and exercising more!

    Thanks for the contest!

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    Kristin Rush says:

    My new years resolution is to learn how to be a better photographer, both behind the camera and in front of the computer!

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    shannon michaelis says:

    To be on the internet a lot less, enjoy my family more, and let my body relax so that hopefully I can get pregnant this next year!

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    Kelly V. says:

    Personal resolution: To not be so hard on myself when things don’t go as I planned. Professional resolution: To give my business even more energy, creativity and passion in 2010 as I did in 2009.

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    Moria Zuriel says:

    Personally, I too, am going to stop spending so much time on the computer and try to soak up and ENJOY the moments with my kids. They are 1 and 3, and I’m really over the itty bitty kid phase. I am hoping I can learn to love watching that airplane fly around the playroom for the 1,200,420,384th time.

    Professionally, I hope to start spending less TIME with each image. Figure out how to do this faster and consistently. And stop giving more than 100 images per session. I can’t keep that up. Even if I have to get my husband to be the one to choose the 40 I do. : )

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    DiAnna Paulk says:

    Professionally, I plan to use info from your recent blog post to develop a business plan. I need to work smarter, not harder.

    Personally, I need to get back to exercising regularaly. Longs hours and heavy equipment for wedding photography makes this a necessity!

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    Wow – there are a lot of great 2010 goals! :)

    One of my gazillion goals for 2010 is to explore my inner must creative person and capture a new, unique and inspiring image everyday than write a post about it on my blog. I’m calling it: 1 Camera + 365 Days = Unlimited Possibilities!

    Can’t wait – I start tomorrow!

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    annie says:

    Jodi- I recall emailing you about your desire to spend more time with family and your hubby- and this is still my goal as well. What a wonderful resolution to start off the year with- keeping family our priority over our businesses! Praying your resolution to do so will be a success! Blessings for a wonderful 2010!

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    Amber says:

    I suppose you can call it a resolution, though I always consider them goals: I will once again shoot every day in 2010. I would consider that both a personal and a professional goal. I also plan to get more exercise.

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    melissa dunne says:

    Keeping it simple with no more fast food! Mcdonalds filet o fish has been getting the best of me! Happy new year!

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    Personal: Get off my a$$ and try to work out once in awhile. :) Okay so three times a week is SOO necessary. :) Professional: Book 10 weddings for 2010! I’m a newbie, so it maybe a lofty goal but I’m shootin for it!

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    Jen says:

    Well, my goals are pretty much the same every year, only I do feel more positive and hopeful this year. 2010 – it’s such a good number, right? Top of my list is working out more and eventually be a runner this year; organize my photos and be done with it ( I tend to get sidetracked with this one); and to take more photos of my daily family life – perfect or not – I just want the memories to look back on.

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    Fun contest!

    Personal Goals include: PHB (“Project Honeymoon Body”) with my husband, spend more time connecting with old friends, do more random acts of kindness. Professional Goals include: Shooting 10 weddings in 2010, attending a photography workshop, learning to use off camera flash

    Best wishes to all for a prosperous and healthy 2010!!!

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    I love making new year’s resolutions . :)

    Personal ones: Cook more, take time to relax, and grow an herb garden.
    Professional: Be productive at my real job, and make time for photography hobby.

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    My goal this year is to simplify my life to what truly matters. That means I need to slow down and fix healthy meals, take the time to exercise, make small routines to keep my house in order and enjoy playing with my two little boys. Professionally, I will price my time as valuable, try not to take too much on and keep inspired and thinking creatively in my work.

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    Fun! My personal goal is still related to photography. To do more with the many images of have of family and friends. They get pushed to the side as I work on client galleries… but I want to have albums for my own family too!!! My goal for 2010 is to hire someone to help me with administrative side of my business so I can focus more on shooting and editing… the parts I love! Happy New Year everyone!

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    Great Contest Jodie!

    I have spoke with my husband and we have together decided that with the new year we are going to try to be closer to God. We have been so far away from him for so long and it is time we took an honest step in making him the major part of our lives. With the plan of having a another child added to our family its time we got our spiritual life straight so that we can be good models for our children.

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    Michele says:

    My professional and personal goals are connected this year. My goal is to get organized both at home and in the office – I need to get organized to reduce my anxiety so that I know things are under control. I want to enjoy spending time with my kids and doing my hobbies without worrying that I’ve misplaced something important or failed to complete a task!

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    Eleni says:

    New Year’s Resolutions are to RELAX and let things come as they may. Whether I agonize or not I have no control over certain things.

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    Elaine says:

    My personal goal this year is to find things to do everyday that i love and am passionate about. I want to make sure that this year is filled with things that will enrich my life.
    My professional goal is to shoot (preferably with a paying client, lol) at least once every week. This is my first year of business, so i’m going to have to work hard!

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    Heather says:

    Personal: To lose some weight and kick the caffeine habit…again…sigh….
    Professional: To kick my photography business into high gear, especially the studio work.

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    I’ve had 4 kids in 5 years so I’m ready to lose this baby weight! Business goal is to get the foundation of my business solid before I take on too many clients!

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    My personal resolution consists of taking some time for myself! I will give all the time needed for my grandbaby and one son still at home but for once in my life I need to remember not to always put my self last. My business resolution is to do more powerful marketing to reach out to a larger area with my studio.

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    Jolene Reed says:

    Personal goal: Like many of you… loose this muffin top that I have goin’ on. And my business related goal would be to get to know my camera better so that I can shoot outside on manual.

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    ashli m says:

    New Years Resolutions: (personal) to have a baby (professional) to blog at least 3 times a week. I’m excited about both.

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    Juri says:

    Personal: Spend more time with my family. Spoil my wife more.
    Professional: Like my job.

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    catherine k smith says:

    Lose that 25 pounds I’ve been talking about losing for the last 3 years. this.is.the.year! Learn to use my camera & upgrade my glass, need at least one better lens this year!

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    Nancy L. says:

    Thanks for having your blog and sharing all things wonderful on here. I just discovered PS and your blog not too long ago. I’m not a pro at taking pics so this has been a huge help! My new year’s resolution will be to get more involved with my kids and enjoy the little moments! Oh and to buy a new camera!!
    Happy New Years to everyone!

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    Eddie says:

    My New Year’s “goal” for this year is to open a new business! Personally, I like to make more time for my wife and kids.

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    Danielle says:

    I have LOVED following your blog! My resolution is to get to bed at a decent time (so many photos to edit!) and to have some more patience with my kiddos!

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    Rachel Durik says:

    A professional goal is to answer all client emails within 24 hours. A personal goal is to get my credit card paid off.

    Happy new year!

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    Brenda says:

    I don’t strictly believe in New Year’s Resolutions, but there’s a particular solidarity in looking towards the future with hope and determination to improve and do better. This year for us is to be the year of order, where the things that deserve priority get priority, and things that don’t are let slide. Happy New Year to all.

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    Personal resolution: spend more time playing with the kids, less time working and editing (I guess that was a little of a professional one too).
    Professional: Be more proficient in administrative skills… setting aside one day a week to keep up.

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    Sarah R says:

    I would lobe to win this, I love your actions.

    This year I have resolved to do a 365project.

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    Amy Hood says:

    For 2009, I plan to make the leap into starting my photography business. I think I am ready. Thanks for all of your amazing actions, which help to make my photography even better!

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    Connye says:

    My personal New Year’s resolution is to get more comfortable in my own skin & just be grateful with what I was born with. My professional resolution is to get serious about my business and stop doing things for free. I am worth what I charge and more.

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    Raine says:

    Oooh, resolutions – I’ve been working on a list!
    Personal – lose 15 lbs – I plan on accomplishing this by cutting soda out of my diet and committing myself to daily walks.
    Professional – build a new website for my gallery, join a local photography group, really work on the “craft” of photography – through books, magazines, and online resources, and make it through a 365-photo-a-day project.

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    dore says:

    My personal resolution is: to start attending church regularly and to set and follow a family budget. My professional resolution is to: upgrade my camera and to raise my prices. =)

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    Jennie says:

    My resolutions this year are to practice my photography more and to believe in myself as a photographer. Oh, and also not to get annoyed at my husband so much! LOL

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    erin says:

    i’ll resolve to exercise every day but break it two weeks in. i’ll resolve to not buy that pair of fabulous red heels that i don’t need but buy them anyway. i’ll resolve not to drink too much wine or eat too much chocolate, but who am i kidding? what i will do, is i’ll live in the now, i’ll not regret the past, and i’ll continue to make mistakes in the future. after a tough 2009, i’ve learned life is way too short not to enjoy it! welcome, 2010!

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    Danielle says:

    new years goals ….. well of course like everyone else to get into shape …. to work on getting caught up on editing the pics I have taken in 2008 and 2009 and get them printed into albums …… do project 52 for 2010 either in just my blog or in an album…. and just to be a little more organized

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    Kellie says:

    Personal goals for 2010 are to pay off both car loans (we can do it!), make at least 3 blog posts a week on my personal blog, and start a Family Cooking Night with my husband and kids one night a week for dinner.

    Professional goals for 2010 include learning to use and feel confident with my flash, and to earn enough money to buy a back up camera body.

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    Rene says:

    My goals are………..to stay positive while going through my cancer treatments. When I have good days, to work on my business. To get to where I can schedule shoots again. To photograph my new grand-daughter more…..not just in-studio.
    Appreciate my wonderful and supportive husband every day! Get my personal project orders in to my lab!

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    I just have one – to live in the moments and stop rushing.

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    Noelle says:

    My goal this coming year is to be a better mother. I feel the same way about being on the computer too much, so I better get off this thing now!

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    Kristal says:

    Well I consider my birthday my new year, that is when I make goals and evaluate the past year, bizarre? Maybe.
    A big one for me is to spend more time with the kids versus the computer and to learn to be myself instead of what others want me to be.

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    Linda says:

    My New Year’s Resolutions: Finish getting my business up and running and stop forgetting to fill out the correct paper work on time, yikes!!! On a personal note, workout, workout, workout….and not beat my self up if I’m just not a good as I used to be about it!

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    Nicole says:

    My New Year’s personal resolution is to get all the “junk” out of the house (ie. extra things that are just collecting dust and sitting in piles – no more piles!). I also want to get back into shape (like many people say this time of year). Professionally, this year I want to master Photoshop (well, at least from a photography needs stand point) and figure out exactly how those color curves work! :) I also need to figure out how to process my photoshoots more efficiently. Thanks for all your help, Jodi! Both your blog & website have been quite helpful and inspiring… keep up the great work in 2010!! :)

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    Julie says:

    This year, I resolve to earn enough with my photography to buy a new camera. Personally, I resolve to get more of a set schedule and menu plan for our family. My husband will be working a regular schedule for the first time in 6 years and that should make it so much easier!

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    Kristy Jo says:

    My personal resolution – to smile more :)

    My professional resolution – to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, such as creating bokeh photos and also different textures on top of my photos.

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    Amy says:

    My New Year’s Resolutions:
    1) Study my Bible more
    2) Do yoga weekly
    3) Set up a more organized home routine

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    E says:

    I have a few New Year’s Resolutions. I would like to be a much better son and treat my parents with more respect. I also want to continue to develop my photography skills and try to learn something new each day. Lastly, I too want to make a better effort in going to the gym at least 4 times a week. Thanks Jodi for all your photography advice and actions!

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    Tara says:

    My new years resoluation is to not be so lazy in terms of housework, and to pick up the camera more during the ‘little’ moments, and try not to let them pass me by.

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    Melissa Brown says:

    My personal goal is to continue exercising and to eat healthier. My professional (and personal) goal is to get a better balance in my life between work and everything else…especially my family. I work full-time and do photography part-time so unfortunately my family often gets the left overs so I hope to balance that better in 2010.

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    Professional resolution is to put the final touches on the website early in the year.
    Personal resolution, spend more time in the gym, and walk outside every day that it’s not icy!

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    Johanna says:

    My number one resolution is to be more thankful. To find something everyday that I can be grateful for and write it down in my journal!

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    Jodie Cowan says:

    I was thinking about this this morning too and I thought how cliche mine sounded, but oh well, it’s good for me to reevaluate my goals each year, why not at New Years. My personal goal is to join the gym and get some energy back. My professional goals are lofty and with small children seem hard to find balance, but I’d love to develop my brand and be more profitable in 2010. Thanks for all your tips and your sharing spirit.

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    Jenny says:

    personal: I want to accomplish my most important things of the day first so that I won’t look back at the end of the day and wonder what I did that meant anything..time with God, Children
    professional: I want to be more organized!!!

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    Jessica says:

    My personal resolution is to lose 30 pounds … and professionally the first is to do a website re-design and get back on the blogging bandwagon!

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    Paige Green says:

    I have many resolutions…
    I suppose the main goal for 2010 is to find my purpose and thrive in it. I feel as if I’ve been dancing around the edge of happiness, afraid to fully dive in. well, look out 2010, because I’m jumping!

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    ShawnaP says:

    This upcoming year my resolutions are to stop procrastinating and to also organize my time better… I want to do better marketing so that I can rely more on my photography than my other job…

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    Tracy YH says:

    I resolve to make 2010 a year of health, positivity and productivity. I resolve to do something kind for someone every single day without expecting anything in return and to encourage my family to do the same.

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    Susanne says:

    Love this giveaway!!! My resolutions are… To cut down on the amount of sugar I consume (because I’m definitely addicted!) and one of my business related resolutions is to work on building a relationship with at least two OB offices in my area to see if I can start leaving promo cards and eventually display my photography. Wish me luck! :-)

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    Elizabeth R says:

    To make a new website and get off the computer more when my children are home. I do the same thing like just a minute or after just one more email. I do not want to do that this new year. I also need to stop eating holiday cookies and candy.

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    Heather Embrey says:

    My New Year’s resolution personally is to become more organized. Professionally I would like to overcome my fears of using photoshop.

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    Adrianne says:

    Personal: To spend more time working on my running. My goal is to run a full 5K in under 40 minutes. I know it’s not much to some but it’s alot to me.

    Professional: To finish my schooling and launch my photography business in earnest. Use my skills to give back to the community, as well.

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    Kate Fortune says:

    Some of my personal resolutions are to lose weight, to get to bed earlier and to spend less time on the computer. Professionally I need to organise my photos and digi stuff and procrastinate less about getting projects off the ground.

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    Tina Palmer says:

    My new year resolution falls along the same lines as yours regarding personal health. I NEED to get back in the gym. The only time I seem to be able to do this is early morning so that will have to be it. Waking up at 5am to get to the gym by 5:30 five mornings a week. My professional goal would just be to to have more of an understanding of Lightroom.

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    wendy mathews says:

    personal: I would like to spend more time with my kids and not work as much…my husband is a fireman and I dispatch at night for a medical helicopter and my daughter (6) told me that me and her daddy are “opposites” when he is at work I am home and when I am at work my husband is at home which meant that with our schedules we are rarely home at the same time…so I want to work on that it melted my heart when she said that….professional: I want to learn how to manage better workflow so it doesnt take as long to edit pictures and also save up for my d700!!

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    Tami Payne says:

    Personal Goal: To remember the great and amazing things in my life especially when negativity is worming it’s way into my mind. To love lots and laugh often. To walk more and get in better shape.
    Professional: To always strive to improve my photography skills, to work more on marketing and branding, and to always give 100% of who I am when working with people.

    Happy New Year everyone, may your 2010 ROCK!

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    Lani says:

    My goals for 2010 are to spend more quality and learningh time with my daughter, to close in and finish off a part of my basement so that I can give a bedroom back to my house, fill that bedroom with (God willing) another healthy and happy child, and take more classes, shoot with other photographers, and overall never stop learning!

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    Keri Cooper says:

    My personal and Biz goal are both very similar. 2009 was a bad year for myself and my children personally, and my photog biz took a back burner to that. My goal/resolution, is to re-organize both. Out with the old in with the new!!! In our everyday life ~ our lives can only get better than what they were. Professionally, I vow to get more organized and keep on track as well re-invent my biz. I figure if I re-organize both personal and professional, I’d be more apt to keep up with both.. hopefully I won’t have the disorganization of one messing up the other this year hehe.

    Happy new year!!!

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    My personal goal is to spend less time working and more time with my daughter during the day. I, too, get stuck in a rut of ‘in a minute’. I resolve to do that a LOT less. My professional goal is to get my business off the ground this year. I’ve got a lot of ideas popping around in this head of mine and need to get them out and in action. SO excited about 2010!!

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    My personal New Years resolution would be to get my butt in shape and change my diet! My resolution for my photography business would be to get my marketing into gear and expand my clientele.

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    Meghan Camino says:

    As for a personal goal/resolution, I would really like to reduce my stress level in 2010. Through deaths, surgeries, unhappy environments and sleepless nights, I have found myself extremely stressed out. I will change my diet a bit, exercise more, and find better outlets for my bad days. As for a professional goal/resolution, I am hoping to have more photo sessions and be able to blog about them. I want to get my business off the ground. My hope is 2 clients/shoots a month and I want to blog at least 3 times a week – even if it’s about personal things. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Happy New Years to you and your family!

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    Clair says:

    personal goal- I, too, am hitting the pavement and/or the exercise videos, etc.
    professional goal- get my bradning decided on and pull everything together! :)
    happy new year!

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    Robin Smith says:

    My new years resolution this year will be to start helping my daughter more with her marketing part of her photographer business and learn more about editing in photoshop so she can focus more on her clients and sessions. My personal would be get back to the gym more than once a week, lol.

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    Jenny Arnez says:

    1)Personal Resolution: to slooooow down & not cram so much in my schedule so that I can breathe, and notice those around me more…to appreciate the irreplaceable relationships in my life 2) Photography Business: to study art – especially paintings and sculpture by visiting galleries, museums & learning about the old masters; By doing this I think I will develop my eye for light & creative posing.

    Thank you!!!

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    natasha says:

    My personal resolution is to be healthier and buy a house =) My professional goal is to try and get my name out more this yr. Im really bad about passing out business cards

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    James Johnson says:

    My goal this year would be to learn more about manual settings and try my hand in doing studio work.

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    Simone says:

    My personal goal is to drop 2 pant sizes so I can feel better about myself. My professional one is to work on a photo book of Senegal when we move there this upcoming year. Thank you for the chance to enter in this give away and for all that you do in sharing your tips and tricks with the rest of us.

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    Personal: Try harder to get my five a day of veggies and fruits.
    Professional: Develop a better workflow. Spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the camera!

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    My New Years resolution is to run my first ever 1/2 marathon, the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, on February 27th. I have personally never run more than 8 miles so this will be a major victory for me. I have lost over 50 lbs in the last six months and am looking forward to a healthy 2010!

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    My New Years resolution is to run my first ever 1/2 marathon, the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, on February 27th. I have personally never run more than 8 miles so this will be a major victory for me. I have lost over 50 lbs in the last six months and am looking forward to a healthy 2010!

    Forgot to mention a professional resolution… It is to work on my marketing skills this year. I have not had to do any advertising in my first year of business but am moving to a new area and starting from the ground up. I will need to learn how to market my business!

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    Sue says:

    Personal goal: To survive my daughter’s wedding. I vow to not get into petty arguments with her and let her do what she wants. This goal may be a bit too lofty, but I will try! hehe

    Pro goal: To at least double what I did in 2009!

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    Maria Adams says:

    My personal new year’s resolution is to start saving money to be able to afford invitro so me and my husband can hopefully start a family before we leave our current duty station overseas.

    My professional goal is to finish my master’s degree in Elementary Education and to start taking photography courses to better myself in photography so hopefully someday I can do this as a job.

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    Theresa Thibodeau says:

    I intend to fully utilize Photoshop CS4 in 2010 since I paid so much money to purchase it in 2009!

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    julie megill says:

    to be content… be happy where I am and with what im doing. Live Love and Laugh more

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    1. Personal: Get organized! As in lists, schedules, and sticking to it. So not my personality.
    2. Professional: Get organized! As in lists, schedules, set work hours. And sticking to it. So not my personality.
    I realized I need to do this to stay focused, stay balanced, and to get more done.
    3. Fun one: Spend more time surfing and getting better at it.

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    My “resolutions” are much the same as most of the people here.

    1) Spend more time with my family, and less with my computer. (A good friend of ours just lost her baby at 6 months pregnant yesterday and is spending today in the hospital giving birth to her son, and it made me realize that I take all the screaming and yelling, kicking, hitting, hugs and kisses for granted…Made me realize that they are growing up too fast, and NOTHING in my world should be more important than they are).
    2) Grow my photography business. I have a great grasp of the technical stuff and after a year of practicing, I am ready for some business to come my way!! :)
    3) Since my youngest is two, I think it *might* be time to lose the “baby weight”… LOL.

    ALL THE BEST IN 2010 Jodi!! :) Love your actions, they are the only ones I own. And I use them on every photo….THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME TIME and helping my photos look pretty!!
    Lisa

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    Ramsey Ray says:

    In 2010, I hope to finish more things I start! Professionally it is following up with staff development, working with classes and takIng care of the constant odds and ends projects that seem to multiply when ignored for a day or two. Personally it is taking time for PSE projects & pottery. : )

    I really enjoy your tips, blogs and postings! Here’s to a great 2010!

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    Kansas A says:

    OOOO wouldn’t this be great to ring in the New Year?! I have only one personal resolution and that is to get back on my treadmill! My professional is to get out and take more pictures, it doesn’t matter who’s watching. :)

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    I have two personal and two professional goals. Personal: Make better choices about food and exercise to become habit so I can get within a healthy weight range. Also, become more organized. Not organized = stress = cranky mommy and wife. My kids and hubby are more deserving of a happy me. Professional: Enter print judging to improve my photography. And start working towards becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. I may not become a CPP in 2010, but I want a solid foundation to get it in 2011.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve! (I hope I didn’t double post. Computer froze up first time I hit “reply”.)

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    My professional (and personal) resoloution is to block off time to be with family and not let this job seep into every aspect of my life! Gotta find the balance!
    My personal resoloution is to learn to let go and to stop over analyzing everything in my life.

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    Jenn says:

    My resolutions include: launching a much needed new website, taking more control of my work hours by keeping my work more between 9-5 except of course for shooting, giving more in terms of charity and to my family and including more exercise. And most important more travel. Happy New Year and thanks Jodi for all of your generosity and hard work!

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    My New Year resolutions are: to improve myself to the best of my ability for my clients, and personal: Because we have a wedding in the planning stages for April of 2011,(my only daughter became engaged the day after Christmas, and we’re all so excited, especially since it was just a week after she graduated from nursing school!) I resolve to get rid if all this excess weight so that I am happy with MYSELF for the wedding, I’m not doing it to please anyone else, only MYSELF, because If I can’t be comfortable with myself, then I don’t feel I can be my best!

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    I couldn’t agree more with the “in a minute” or “just let me finish this photo”…. I’m so there…

    And this year’s goals fall into both categoreis……epecially since I just weirdly & inexplicably lost my beautiful, vibrant 56 year old mommy (who is my absolute bestest girlfriend) over Xmas….. I am absolutely resolved to improve my workflow vs family time experience… life is ridiculously short- and I need to make sure that I continue to make the most of every single minute- get my new website finished and up (gonna have to look like I mean business if I’m gonna make this photo-thing a business) and to streamline my editing and condense my shooting days so that my family doesn’t feel second fiddle to my photo-passions.

    Personally- we are as a whole family going to simply live better- eat better, eat less and move more…. and we will do it together. Another way to spend time together and improve our physical health. :) Happy New Year everyone!

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    Carrie says:

    Personal resolution: Focus on the time that I do have with my children instead of the time that I miss out on while I’m at work. Professional resolution: Soak up every bit of information I can to better my photography and gain confidence with each picture I take.

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    Stacey B. says:

    To shoot 1x a week and to grow my editing skills by better understanding how to control the actions I use

    To learn to wag more and bark less, all around but especially at my children. I don’t my son to think his needs always need to wait “5 more minutes” :)

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    Kansas A says:

    Well something went wrong when I went to post so I’ll try again.
    My personal resolution is to get back on my treadmill… my professional one is to take more pictures, no matter who’s watching.

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    Kanani says:

    Personal – To be more present with my children
    Professional – To keep my business organized so that I can fulfilly personal goal of being more present with my kids!

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    This first one is kind of a crossover between personal and professional resolutions. I want to set specific hours for my business. I work from the home and spend way too much family time doing photography and way too much photography time I spend only paying “half attention” because I’m taking care of the kids. So I want to be a better photographer and a better mom.

    I also want to increase my number of shoots per month on the professional level. And on a personal note, I’d like to lose 30lbs. :)

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    Kerinsa says:

    My new year’s resolution is to figure out ways to quicken my workflow so I can spend more time relaxing and spending time with those I love.

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    Melody says:

    Personal- More quality time with family, and just being in the moment!

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    Kim says:

    My personal resolution is to be the best mother and wife possible. My professional resolution is to try to gain more confidence.

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    kellie says:

    the usual – try and live a healthier lifestyle and lose the few kilos that have built up this year! also, i want to be start editing my sessions earlier and get a photoblog going.

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    Andrea says:

    Andrea’s goals for 2010
    1) eat 5 fruit/veggies everyday
    2) exercise 30 min. per day
    3) date night with hubby once per week
    4) spend one night per week with each child- playing a game, taking a walk, etc.
    5) family night every friday
    6) church 2 x’s per mo.
    7) book 8 weddings
    8) launch new website
    9) new slideshow software
    10) lose this baby weight!!!!

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    Hi there my new years resolution on the personal side is to get my family and I out into the fresh air more and to spend more time with each other creating wonderful memories the kids will look back on in 20 years. As of now my family time is taken over by my business and I want to get back to the family more as the kids grow so quick.

    For my professional resolution I hope to be able to cut my hours back at my regular 8-5 job to be able to have more time to do what my true passion is and that is photography. I want to have a more rigid schedule when it comes to my photography. I want bring in more clients and get the photos out in a more timely manner. No more pushing them off till the last min. I want to gain more confidence in my self when it comes to my work and not always put my self down.

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    Carrie Vines says:

    My New Year’s resolution will be to take better care of me! My health took a turn for the worse, probably aided by the stressful year. This isn’t about weight loss, or dieting, but paying attention to myself, you know?

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    Ivy says:

    My personal resolution – trite as it may be, lose 50 more pounds before I turn 50 in June – I have my work cut out for me. My professional – to continue listening to my inner photographer and keep going in the amazing direction I’m in right now! thanks for all you do! xx

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    Personally: I would like to strive to consciously think every day (discreet sticky notes or other reminders should be put to use) “How can I be a better wife and mommy?” and then of course do something to answer that question. Professionally: I would like to get my SmugMug account decked out/customized to further my marketing and therefore bring in more business.

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    Lisa says:

    My New Year’s resolution this year is to take more risks – and embrace whatever comes from doing so. Happy New Year everyone!

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    My personal resolution is to workout on a REGULAR basis. A business goal is to set up new marketing material by the end of January. Thanks Jodi for all you do. Happy New Year!!

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    Heidi says:

    Personal Resolution: Take the time to blog or somehow record the very fleeting moments of my children’s lives. I want them to be able to have a record of these precious early years.

    Professional Resolution: Expand my photographic horizons and explore new genres in photography. It’s too easy to keep doing the same type of shots over and over.

    Thank you for your work, and happy new year!!!!!

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    Danielle says:

    I resolve to get all of the clutter out of my house (personal) and to learn Adobe Flash (professional).

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    Cyndi Henry says:

    Personal goals for me will be to take better care of my health, I need to get my booty into the gym or doing some kind of exercise 3 x’s a week.
    Professionally, I’m going to be in a new state so will be working on really starting to work my business this year and get myself out there. I also resolve to blog at least once a week, should be more, but that I should be able to keep up with. Happy New Year Jodi! Hope 2010 is a great year for everyone!

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    candice says:

    My personal resolution is to be a healthier me. To not put it off on tomorrow. Dream bigger, laugh until my guts hurt more often, live in the now and listen more:) My professional resolution is to believe in myself more and prepare a solid ground for my future in the photography business.

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    Kristin says:

    My resolution is to become more organized and develop a more streamlined workflow, so that I can spend more time with my family!

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    Kristin says:

    My personal resolution is to lose weight and develop a healthier lifestyle!

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    Amy H. says:

    Personal: to work smarter–not longer and harder–so that I can be the wife and mom that I want to be. To learn to say “no” so that I don’t spread myself too thin.

    Professional: to take myself and my business more seriously and stop practically giving my work away. And, as in my personal goal, to learn it’s okay to say “no”!

    Happy New Year!

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    James Johnson says:

    My new years resolution is to learn more using manual settings and try my hand in studio sessions.

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    Dana says:

    Personally: my family will be relocating to Arizona this year. I resolve to keep my house immaculate till it sells and set my new house up with no delays! Professionally:transition from Fort Hood to Fort Huachuca and update my email and blog!

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    Laura says:

    My personal resolution is to put more money towards vacations to go on every year….my favorite memories of childhood are vacations and road trips and I need to save more so I can continue the tradition. My professional resolution is to improve upon my own style & creativity and stop comparing myself to other photographers…its too self destructive :)

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    Judith says:

    my new year’s resolution is to work smart, not hard in my photography and business.

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    sara says:

    To spend more time with my little boy and less time with my computer. xo

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    Pam says:

    Even though I am too late for the contest I wanted to share as I enjoyed reading all the other resolutions.
    This is the year that I am going to devote to education. Photography, business, and self-growth. I plan on attending workshops, reading all the books I’ve been buying, and writing a new business plan.

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    Jessica O. says:

    Aww shucks! Am I too late to play?

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    Dena says:

    My personal resolution is to be the best person mentally and physically I can be for myself and my children. My professional resolution is to learn as much as I can about photography and be one of the best at it.

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