Here we are at the end of the year already and one of the things I like to do is take a look back at 2022. What are our wins, our challenges and how did the year look overall for our photography business!? This was a transitional year and that often poses challenges, but I know I’m a better person because of it too. I do have a free class for you all about mini sessions. Whether you’ve tried running minis, failed or just want to grow this class is for you! You’ll learn how to structure and market your minis well. It’s definitely a class favorite so check that out! Ok, a look back at 2022… this was a fast yet slow year. We accomplished so much and I wanted to open this up so you can see into what family and business looks like for me.
I was able to hire on two new members. One on the education side and one on the Wisp and Willow side of things. I knew I would hire but didn’t realize we would need two! I was also part of mastermind after saying I wouldn’t be. Last year I was in a mastermind and it was incredible so I thought I would use all of this year to just implement everything I had learned. Well, I was wrong! An opportunity to be in Katelyn James’ mastermind presented itself and I just couldn’t pass it up. I am so glad I didn’t because it was a great way to invest in myself and my photography business. I highly encourage you to check that out and let it add amazing value to what you do! Another new thing for the business front was getting much stricter on my work hours. It was a goal to set rhythms, routines, and boundaries. I enjoy working so placing some work hours and sticking to them have helped me be the best version of myself in all aspects of life.
This one arrived at the end of the year. But I am so glad it has; we’ve found a good family rhythm! After ten months I can confidently say we’ve cracked our family code and know what works. We started my daughter in Acton Academy. It’s a non traditional micro school, that is big on training up independence and giving kids the freedom to learn at their own pace. They truly foster a love for learning and it’s blessed my family so much! There are Acton schools all over so if this peaks your interest I highly suggest looking into it. The one we’re a part of is under a home school umbrella, so three days a week are in school and the other two days we homeschool. We also found a preschool for my son in October that coordinated with my daughter’s school! This was a really big deal and there’s more to it in the podcast so give it a listen!
As I take a look back at 2022 I realized we traveled A LOT. Travel with my husband, for work and for family. I grew up traveling and seriously enjoy it. My husband and I sat down and looked at our calendar to decide when we wanted to travel, how much and what were the best times to do it. This was definitely our most successful year when it comes to coordinating that. We might have traveled more than Daniel, my husband, wanted to, but we planned it all together. That makes a HUGE difference. Doing this opened up the potential for an incredible year in 2023. I encourage you to bring your family into this process, give them ownership and say and you’ll enjoy the planning together!
One of the things we did in 2022 was plan slower days. It’s easy to fly by the seat of your pants and get overwhelmed by the busyness of owning a photography bnbusiness. A benefit of owning a business is determining your schedule. My husband and I created intentional space in our calendar and made sure we set boundaries so rest and slow days actually happened. Especially when you have kids, your pace of life just looks different. Rather than rushing through this season we want to soak it in and get the most out of it. So making a point to have slower days and make space for all the things is important!
Maybe this episode is not one you personal resonate with, but it’s valuable to look back at 2022 and see what all took place. It fuels you to either make changes or celebrate your wins going into the new year! If this spoke to you shoot me a DM and let me know 🙂
New for the Business (3:15)
New for the Family (8:10)
Traveled Happened (16:37)
Scheduled Slow Days (21:24)
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