welcome twenty twelve

I’m so excited to begin this new year, there are so many things that I am looking forward to doing and seeing and experiencing this year. 2011 was a great year both personally and professionally for me and I plan on having another great year in twenty twelve. Last year I took on some great challenges with some of my photography friends and although I didn’t finish out the year with them I enjoyed the process very much. This new year brings new challenges that I am looking to take on and I’m excited to get on my way.

 

project one:

twenty in twelve graphic for salt lake city utah family photographer

I love the start of a new year. Such a fresh new beginning with many possibilities. This year I am approaching my typical new years resolution a bit differently. The main resolution that I gravitate towards is simply making myself better. So many aspects in my life go into that challenge. There are many areas in my life that need work and so instead of overwhelming myself (in typical Carrie fashion) I’ve decided to focus on one area per month. That doesn’t mean that the other areas slide during that time, it just means that for one month one particular area of my life gets to be front and center. Here is my list for the year:

january=eating

february=fitness

march=creativity (paper)

april=creativity (photography)

may=finances

june=fashion

july=family

august=love

september=health

october=friendships

november=gratitude

december=tradition

 

So we’re on day 2 of January and my focus this month is eating. I made the conscious choice to NOT start yesterday as Sunday is our family’s weekly dinner out with Grandpa and other family members. Last night I began reading the book This is Why You’re Fat. Not the most fun title, but the book is good with some really great concepts. Late last year I had begun eating clean and saw the immediate effects – all good!! I have read all of Tosca Reno’s books and needed a little pick me up for the new year to help me get back on track. This morning I began my day doing exactly what Jackie Warner suggested in her book…adding in some great foods to help my body. It feels so good to take control over my food intake especially after the craziness of the holiday season. I’m happy to be on the right track again and will post updates as I progress.

 

project two:

one little word graphic for salt lake city utah family photographer

If you’ve seen hashtags like #olw and wondered what you were missing out on, check out Ali Edwards blog post about her One Little Word concept and see what all the talk is about. Like last year I have selected a word to carry me through the year. Last year I chose the word focus and I wore the word around my neck and this year I will continue to do so. Focus is still something I struggle with and this year I really wanted to commit myself to following through with the areas in my life that I want to improve on. I wrote several lists trying to find the right word and would check the words in the dictionary to see if their definitions fit the direction I was hoping to go this year. Commit is the right word for me. If you’re interested in a class to help keep you on track check out Ali’s class at Big Picture.

1. to give in trust or charge; consign.
2.to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
3.to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question; express (one’s intention, feeling, etc.)
4.to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
5.to pledge or engage oneself

 

 

project three:

cultivate a good life by Becky Higgins

If you are not familiar with this concept, it’s certainly worth a look. Becky Higgins has created an amazing product that has me so excited about recording my family’s memories and little moments again. I’m thrilled to be back on this path and so grateful for an easy and fun and beautiful way to go about it. I began this journey in November (there’s no right or wrong way or time to start – if you miss starting at the first of the year, don’t worry!! Start when you can, start how you can) and am loving the process. It’s simple and easy and you can give as much to the concept as you want. I love it. There are several resources out there to help get your creative juices flowing with this project. Check out the Project Life Creative Team and see their blogs for their takes on the project. And if you’re on Pinterest simply type in “project life” into the search bar and you’ve got lots of great ideas at your fingertips.

 

There are new things to come this year from Carrie Owens Photography too…stay tuned and Happy New Year!

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