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New Year = New Resolutions

So just  like every other person in the world I have made some New Years Resolutions…

I wonder what yours are? Excersising? Organizing? Saving Money? Those all seem to be popular on the list. The new year is such a great time to look at everything…a change to have a fresh start.

When I started thinking about things I want to do the list is so long and of course…I always aim high! So I not only have my list of resolutions but also a detailed list and plan of how I am going to make it all happen…(for those of you who have ever seen my planner you know what a big list lover I am). And I hope that I will be able to stick to the plan to make this all happen…

Here is a little sneak peek for you…(this is the cliffnotes version, the real list is so long it would probably put you to sleep). Basically I have narrowed it down to 4 Goals…summed up in 4 Words…

Create

This is by far my biggest goal of the year…I think in 2010 I did a lot of growing business wise. New studio, lots of trainings, developing business stuff and more. So 2011 is going to be all about the CREATIVITY! I have been collecting so many ideas and I have so many fun sessions that I can’t wait to bring to life. Everything in 2011 is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to take it all up a level!!! I have spent SO many hours developing my new session prep guides! Working on them has been so fun and exciting! And I can’t wait to share them with my clients…and can’t wait to start shooting again! Stay tuned for what is to come!!!

Simplify

Sometimes more isn’t better, and that has been something I have learned the hard way. I am such a people pleaser and try so hard to be everything to everyone. And it is impossible. But I found this quote by Katherine Heigl the other day and it was like it was meant for me! It read, “If I spread myself to thin, I’m not a good actor (in my case photographer, of course), I’m not a good mother, and I’m just really high strung and everyone pretty much hates me.” So true, right! So in order to simplify my life I have made a few changes that I can’t wait to implement into ak studio. The biggest things are…

I hired a more regular assistant. Her name is Shelley. She is amazing, and has already been such a HUGE help to me. You will love her!!!

I am launching a whole new ordering system that is streamlined and SUPER easy to use!!!

I am also unveiling a whole new client system which will be totally wonderful! Everything will be available in just a click of the mouse! Wait until you see it!

I simplified all my pricing packages. I am totally the person who tries to over explain things to make them easier, and in turn usually makes them more complicated. But I have totally remedied that with my new pricing packages. Easy as 1-2-3! (oh but no portrait price changes…that is one thing that isn’t changing)

Organize

For those of you who know me you are probably scratching your head?  Really? More organized? You? I am kind of an over-organizer! But there is always room for improvement…

And for ak studio the new ordering system and online client system are going to be a huge step to be even more organized. One stop shop! And the super wonderful Shelley will be handling ordering and there to help you with any questions. We have also designated Mondays as orders day. Which in turn frees me up to have more time for creativity…see how all these goals are helping each other…pretty awesome!

Balance

Besides, creativity, balance is probably one of the biggest things I am going to try and master in 2011.

Finding balance between my life and my business is one of the things I struggle the most with…it is so hard. I love my clients and I love this business, but I really really love my husband and my kids. And I have to make sure this year that they are getting as much of me as photography is. So to try and make that happen…I am going to be making a few changes…

Most importantly, AK Studio will be 100% closed on Wednesdays. No sessions, no editing, no phone calls, no emails, no texts, no laptop, no facebook, nothing business related. I may take a quick peek at things during nap time to make sure there are no emergencies… but I can’t make any promises. You see Wednesdays are now officially Mom day! I will be going to the park, reading books, jumping on the tramp, running through the sprinklers, and smothering my kids with kisses all day long.

There are a few more things…really more personal things than business things, and if you really are curious you can totally jump over to my new personal blog the Other Side of ak (another one of my resolutions) and check them out…

So there they are…the goals of 2011…I hope that they will all work out. Its going to be great for everyone! And looking back one last time at 2010, I just have to say a big THANKS to all my clients. I am so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful people as clients. I really count you all as friends and am so grateful for all that you have done to support me and build this little business. I can’t wait for what is in store in the new year and I can’t wait to share it all with you…

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