Is there a single soul who looks back fondly on middle school? The awkward growth spurts that left most girls towering a foot over their male counterparts, the terrible braces that forever ruined thousands of middle school pictures, and goodNESS let’s not forget the ridiculous sense of “adulthood” that made you feel like such a cool rebel for walking down the street to Starbucks for that non-coffee frappuccino instead of attending study hall before your basketball game. Ahh yes, those were the years.
Aside from all of that awfulness that I have long since stashed away in the Do Not Recover file cabinet of my brain, middle school was the also the home of the school assignment that I dreaded most each year: the science fair project. Maybe science just wasn’t my strongest suit. Maybe (probably) I was just waaay too competitive. Or maybe creating an original science fair project these days is just much more difficult than anyone is willing to admit. Whatever the case, when it came time to plan that yearly project, I was sent into panic mode. My mom would ask me what I was planning to do for my experiment, and I would stumble over my words, unable to explain my thought process because I hadn’t fully perfected my ideas and sharing my half-baked plans made me feel vulnerable. To criticism. To being wrong. To feeling stupid. So instead, like any civilized middle schooler would do, I yelled, “I DON’T WANNA TALK ABOUT IT!!” and left it at that. Very smooth, Steph, very smooth.
Thankfully I’ve grown up a bit since then. But I can still hear that middle school girl inside of me yelling anytime I’m asked about my plans for the future. My gut instinct isn’t to share my big exciting plans and goals but to kick and yell in an attempt to scare away any chance of feeling vulnerable. To criticism. To being wrong. To feeling stupid. The thing is, if I’m not putting myself in a place that feels scary and makes me vulnerable, I’m probably not growing. So, I’m putting myself out there and sharing my…
2014 BIG Business Goals
– Finish my new branding and brand new WEBSITE! This one is kind of a cheat because it’s actually almost DONE! I’ve been working with the lovely Ravyn of Three Fifteen Design and I can’t wait to share the incredible work that she’d created. It’s gonna be HUGE!
– Get published. One goal that I did not stick to last year was actively pursuing publishing opportunities. With so much more time available to me this year, that’s not even an option! Submitting weddings is something that I’ll be folding into my workflow in 2014. And when I say published, I’m thinking, big, well-known, national wedding blogs. Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Green Wedding Shoes (!?). Why the heck not?
– Coordinate a styled shoot. As I wrote down each of these goals, this is definitely the one I found myself most excited for. I don’t have plans to execute this bad boy until summertime, but the brainstorming is already well underway and I am doggone excited!
– Create a workable office space! Yes, this was a goal last year and yes, it was accomplished! But with a move comes new space and new needs. I’ll be working here almost every day, so this space needs to inspire me! I also have the potential of hosting clients here in the future, which is a whole new ballgame for me, and I’m excited to have it all come together early this year.
– Find a daily office schedule that works. One of the reasons why I love what I get to do is that it’s never the same day-in and day-out. At the same time, without any structure, I’ll spend days and days pinning to my inspiration boards on Pinterest and not get a thing done. In this new full-time life, my goal is to find the balance between work life and home life without letting the line between the two get too blurred.
– Book a destination wedding. Okay, this is the big one. After my trip in January, a serious case of the traveler’s blues has left me wanting to go everywhere and see everything, and what better way to see the world than through my job? I’m not even going to try to be picky on location, I’d love to shoot in the sunny Caribbean just as much as rainy London. Are you planning a getaway wedding? Let’s talk!!
I promise not to yell at you as I hit send. I think. I’ll try. :)