Happy New Year! I hope 2018 has kicked off to a great start for you.

I don’t know what it is about a new year that brings so much excitement… is it the feels for a clean start? A new year, new me, type of thing? Or is it the unknown of what is to come? I don’t know about you but I love to look back on the year been, write goals and set out to achieve them! Before I share my own personal goals with you I thought I’d share this 2017 highlights video from my wedding season.

I’ve never put my goals out to the world wide web before so it’s a little daunting but I’m doing it to seek accountability and in the attempt that it may motivate you too! Lets make 2018 our best year yet! Here are my top 3 goals… let me know yours in the comments! x


My goals for 2018


GOAL: To make our house a home.

Matt and I accomplished a big goal in 2017… we built our very own first house! It is one of my biggest accomplishments to date, we worked very hard for three years to save for a house and were lucky enough to be able to build. We have been settling in for 4 months now and while the inside is nearly there the landscaping needs a bit of work. You can see from the image above it already has come a long way, the left hand side was in October 2017 and the right hand side January 2018. So far I have planted two plants which I really enjoyed doing and cannot wait to plant many more.

BY DATE: January 2019.


– Continue to put photos of ourselves and family on the walls as well as artworks that we love.

– Finish our landscaping. Fences, gates, letterbox, lay grass and plant trees.

– Grow a vege garden.


– That time will slip away and I/we wont put in the effort.

CELEBRATE HOW: Drinks with family and friends on the lawn and deck! Because that’s what it’s all about right!

South Island Self Portrait


GOAL: Work on my business just as much as I work in my business.

Being a wedding and portrait photographer it’s super easy to get bogged down in the everyday admin of running a business. Culling and editing photos, answering emails, FB and Instagram messages, juggling accounts, sending invoices and contracts, location scouting, posting on social media etc etc… the list goes on. This year I really want to focus on the bigger picture of running a business.

BY DATE: Starting from today!


– Service comes first!

– Blog more! At least once a month maybe even twice a month.

– Create a marketing plan and action it.

– Show up consistently in social media, post at least 2x a week.

– Grow an email list.

– Get featured in blogs and or wedding/baby magazines.

– Feel ahead of the game, try not to always be catching up!


– I fear I could get overwhelmed and swamped IN my business with the amount of work on my plate.

– I fear saying “no”.

– Don’t be afraid to look into outsourcing.

– Comparing my work to others.

CELEBRATE HOW: Invest in a Photography/Business workshop.


South Island


GOAL: Become a slimmer stronger version of myself.

“Shredding for the wedding” is a term that is frequently used these days. With only one year until my own big day I want to look and feel healthy on the inside and out. This is a common goal for most woman, but I truly am determined to stay on this path. I love my body and I don’t need to lose much weight its more about toning in the right places. Feeling energised, glowing hair and skin with a positive healthy mindset.

BY DATE: Starting from today


– Continue to practice yoga at least 2x a week.

– Get back into running. Complete a 10k run without stopping.

– Drink more water and green tea.

– Step away from the computer more often and don’t feel guilty about it. It does more good then harm.

– Take time to relax, run a bath and read books.

– Go to bed earlier.

– Meal prep and have healthy snacks in the fridge/pantry on hand to avoid bad food choices.


– I will use the excuse “I’m too busy” to get out of the house to exercise.

– I wont look good in my wedding dress! Lol!

CELEBRATE HOW: A spa afternoon getting a massage and pedicure! My favourite!


So there they are! I hope this has inspired you to create goals for yourself in 2018?! Thanks to my girl Jenna Kutcher for inspiring me… she’s not really “my girl” but she’s amazing.


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January 11, 2018
Looove this girl!! So inspiring to write my own. 2018 here we come 😁
    January 11, 2018
    Thanks Shar! I'll be following up with you to make sure you do :P