Review of 2015 Goals / by Ally Willix

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I can not believe we are three-fourths of the way through 2015! It's officially fall, the air is cooler, the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is back (not much of a coffee drinker ;), and it'll be Christmas before we know it! Then we'll be saying hello to 2016. I think this year has gone by faster than any other year in my life! Since the end of the year will be here soon, I thought it would be a good time to check in on my 2015 goals. I've re-written all of them here and in the italics have explained where I'm at right now. I did not have a month-to-month goal setting plan this year, because when I've tried that in the past it's stressed me out more than helped me. This year I kept a list of my goals close by and kept working on them throughout the span of a year, instead of trying to accomplish them in 30-day increments. Bobby and I have accomplished a lot, and still have much to work on and I'm really proud of where we are!

Buy a car - Yes!!! We just bought a car and now we are officially a 2 car family! We've waited for a long time to do this (10 months) but it was worth the wait, because we saved up and paid for the car completely. We are trying to live our lives debt free and not having a car payment is a huge thing we are so thankful for.

Read the Bible in a year - I have definitely failed on this one. This won't be accomplished in 2015, but I have recently joined a Bible Study and plan to make this my goal again next year.

Be Mentored by a Film Photographer or Attend a Film Photography Workshop - I was mentored by Perry Vaile in film and am so excited to be transitioning to this medium!

Buy a Film Camera (specifically, the Contax 645) - My sweet, amazing husband surprised me and bought me a Contax 645 for my birthday!! I am still over the moon about it and constantly pinch myself that I have my own.

Go to the Biltmore House at Christmas - Right now we're still planning on doing this! And we're turning it into a celebration for our one year anniversary! 

Start paying off Bobby's student loan - We have started doing this, and have also started adding to our 6-8 month emergency fund.

Shoot 12 or more weddings - I booked 13 weddings this year! I am so excited about all of the amazing couples I've been able to serve so far! 

Go on a weekend trip together (I'm thinking NYC or Charleston!) - We went to Nashville and Charleston for a couple of days each! We also did a "stay-cation" for a night in Chapel Hill. There's nothing I love more than exploring new cities with my husband.

Choose a church and become members - We are currently in the membership class at Celebration Church and will become members this month!

Join a small group - While our original goal was to join a small group together, Bobby and I have each joined men's and women's Bible studies for this fall. 

Have my photography featured on two blogs - I was featured on Cottage Hill on Monday! And Chelsea and Jacob's engagement session was featured on Southern Weddings!

Run a 5k - Still haven't done this... and I'm not totally sure it'll happen this year. But I am truly starting to run more in preparation for my father-in-law's Ultraman World Championships next month! 

Fast from social media at least one day a week - I did this earlier this week and I've forgotten how refreshing it is. I really need to pick it back up!

Shoot an Editorial - I shot my first Cottage Hill Original in September and am in the works for a few more before the end of the year!

Be able to touch my toes (ha! that's definitely the funniest goal I have, but it's true; I'm not very flexible and I want to work on it!) - Really need to do this! I did go to the chiropractor for the first time the other day though, which was a big leap for me! Definitely a step in the right direction in regards to my health.

Establish a new business name and brand - This is SO close to happening!! Stay tuned for the new brand launch this fall!

Organize and streamline my workflow - I was mentored by Michelle Boyd earlier this year on business and have changed my workflow a lot based on everything I learned from her! I am so happy about this!!

Have a quiet time every day - I have not been great about being consistent in this. I love using my VMP prayer journal to start the day but I definitely don't have a quiet time as often as I'd like.

Officially change my name on everything - I still need to change my name on my Passport, but I've at least done the big stuff!

This year has truly been a great one. And while the fall seems to always fly by, there's still 3 months to go! I'll be launching our new brand, shooting my last two weddings of the year, traveling to the Cayman Islands, and traveling to Hawaii for the Ultraman Championships. Lots to still look forward to in 2015!!