May 2016 Goals

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Hi, friends!! I’m attempting to get back on board with posting my monthly goals on here, and I’m excited to do so! I probably say this every month, but I’m not quite sure how it’s already May… this year is positively flying by! Springtime is my favorite, and these past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful in so many ways.

April was busy (isn’t every month somehow a busy one, though?) in the best way possible. Spring in North Carolina is the best, and the flowers, trees, and city has come alive lately. I could talk for days about how much I adore Springtime, but suffice it to say it makes me super happy. I even feel so much more energized and excited about my work… which is great, since wedding season is officially upon us! I’ve had eleven editorial + styled shoots in a three month window of time, which is a little ridiculous but a whole lot of fun. I could talk for a very long time about how much I love doing all of these shoots and how endlessly beneficial and wonderful they are. And I’m thrilled to have so many sure-to-be wonderful, beautiful, and meaningful weddings coming up this year, as well!

Personal Goals

  1. Get back into a routine with my prayer journal
  2. Take a beach trip
  3. Read three books
  4. Buy herbs (mint, cilantro, & basil!) + keep them alive
  5. Buy flowers for someone just because
  6. Make a Spring in Raleigh to-do list + start checking things off
  7. Play tennis weekly
  8. Learn how to shag (Thursday nights in North Hills!)
  9. Go to the farmer’s market + cook a meal from scratch
  10. Be outside as much as humanly possible (running, tennis, meals, walks, adventures)

Business Goals

  1. I need an intern/assistant for the summer – decide on that process & make it official
  2. Update the front page of my website with new images
  3. Mail all client gifts for new clients
  4. Update my pricing guide for 2017
  5. Write in this blog weekly
  6. Share those eleven editorial + styled shoots on my blog
  7. Throw a launch party for one of my favorite businesses
  8. Plan one more fabulous styled shoot

What about you? I’d love to hear your goals for the upcoming month & see what you’re up to! May is another one of my favorite months of the year, and I’m eagerly anticipating all that it holds!

Life Lately

A snippet of all of the fun + travel that’s been happening in the last week or two in my world:

A trip to the University of Virginia for my amazing brother-in-law’s MBA graduation from the Darden School of Business…

Graduation day celebrations with the family (so proud of his exceptional accomplishments!!)…

An afternoon introducing my parents to my favorite Pippin Hill Farm & Winery in Charlottesville…

Enjoying some al fresco happy hours with friends…

Stopping to (literally) smell the roses – and azaleas and peonies – on Capitol Hill…

A venue site visit for my July Charlottesville wedding at the Chapel at UVA…

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Hearing Tim Keller speak live at a fantastic church event…

timkellerA much-needed reunion with some dear friends…

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 What have you been up to lately? I’d love to hear!

Cherry Blossoms in DC

cherryblossom4 cherryblossom3This is my sixth cherry blossom season living in Washington, DC, and somehow, each year gets better and better. Maybe it was the long winter, or maybe it’s seeing the blooms with fresh eyes, but this year’s cherry blossoms were stunning in their display! Thousands upon thousands of people flock to DC from all over the world to witness the beauty of the cherry blossoms blooming around the city and around the Tidal Basin, and it hits me time and time again that this is my city and my backyard. It’s a magical, unreal display of such natural beauty, and I look forward to witnessing the blooms for many months beforehand!

cherryblossom5 cherryblossom6My friends and I have always done an annual cherry blossom picnic, and it’s one of my favorite activities throughout the year. We always make sure to go after work (the weekends are insanely busy with tourists + I’m out of town every weekend this Spring), when the crowds are a little less chaotic. And going after work gives you the best of it all – sunshine, golden hour, sunset, and twilight. Magical, indeed! If you’re ever in town or free during cherry blossom season, you should definitely pack a picnic, head down towards the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial, bring your camera, and enjoy see God’s glorious design at hand!

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 This last picture is beyond amazing – and no filter needed! Took my breath away.

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson