Bring it on 2018!

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Ever feel like it’s the same shit, but a different year?

You know what I’m talking about. In December you begin reflecting and thinking about the year ahead. All those glorious opportunities to seize the day and be successful.

The process is usually the same for most of us. I swear for me, it’s like I’m stuck in a cycle of deja vu. It looks like this:

  • Buy new planners ::check::
  • Choose inspirational word ::check::
  • Write down a crap load of goals ::check and check::
  • Convince myself that next year WILL be my year of SUCCESS ::check::
  • Invest in new workshops, software and annual subscriptions that promise of change or a dramatic shift in my business practices. ::check::
  • Vow to finally get to those neglected projects thats been sitting on the back burner for waaaaaaaaaay too long ::check::

But then this happens – planners sit three quarters empty, my inspirational word is by the wayside, goals are continuously put off and although there may be ‘some’ progress in my business, I still haven’t reached a place where I’m actually profitable.

Oh and the projects, fugetaboutit!

This year in 2018, I’m declaring that I’m getting off the hamster wheel. Mainly because I’ve been on it for almost 6 years and I’m friggin’ tired. But also because now I have some skin in the game and my livelihood depends on me bringing in an actual salary (I’ll share more on that in a later post).

So, instead of creating yet another elaborate plan and setting myself up for failure, I’m simply going to give myself grace.

You know, put one foot forward at a time and try to make slow progress instead of beating myself up about where I’m not at. I won’t lie, I did invest in a new planner, because let’s face it, I have a strong desire to be a pen and paper kind of gal even though that’s not who I currently am. Who knows, maybe after all of my failed attempts, this year will be the year that it finally sticks!

It’s taken me forever, but I’ve learned that there is no one way of doing things. That it’s okay to say something, believe in it, and then completely change my mind at a later point. That doesn’t make me a hypocrite – it makes me human.

If you found this post helpful, share it or pin it so that you can inspire others! Lets start a snowball effect of get shit done.

How are you going to take control of 2018 and make it your b**ch? Comment below. I’d love to hear from ya!

 

Author: Eboni Rivera

I’m a hugger (shaking hands feels too formal). I began learning photography back in 1996, mixing chemicals and developing film in a darkroom. I've spent the past 20+ years observing and learning about different genres but Documentary Family Photography is where I feel the most at home. The best photographs are ones with a real story behind it – the kind that immediately brings you back to that specific time and place, no matter how long ago it happened. I'm a Memory Preservationist. For me, it’s all about reminiscing and feeling nostalgia when you look at photos that make them so incredibly special.

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