So it’s the first day of May and it’s going to be a great month! I have a trip to go on with the Grade 12 class of the school that my husband teaches at, my first wedding to shoot is in a few weeks, and I have several dates of mini sessions planned! It’s just going to be an amazing month professionally. However, that doesn’t mean I should lose sight of my personal goals, and I thought I’d share them with you so it makes it a little more real!
ONE | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Firstly, I really want to work on some of my personal development. Because of a Professional Development Day that my husband attended yesterday, I had to open my heart a little. Let me explain. The PD Day was about the issue of Bullying. That is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, because of my past. Bullying has changed me, and it’s not always easy to live with that history. I’m sometimes disappointed by how this issue is handled, and I think the problem is much worse than it seems.
So I drafted a letter, opening up that I am still living with some of the consequences today of what some of my classmates/schoolmates did to me. Sometimes I wish I knew what I’d be like if I hadn’t lived through that. If I had been more “popular” (I hate that word), maybe I would have a better self-confidence today. But we will never know, so I’m really making the best of my life. And I have a wonderful life, a husband and four beautiful children to show for it, so I have it pretty good!
But it does take work to stay positive, thankfully in the summer less so than in the winter (thanks sunny weather)! I’m planning on taking some me time to really find out what is important to me. One of the things I already have booked is a Pro-life Crash Course. It’s put on by the Canadian Centre of Bio-Ethical Reform and Toronto Right to Life. And I’m so excited to find out more about how to defend my pro-life beliefs.
TWO | FINISH READING DR. LEMAN’S BOOKS
You may have seen my posts about Dr. Kevin Leman’s books on my Instagram. If you didn’t, you should check them out! I’m currently working through “Have a New Kid by Friday”. I am loving the simple reasoning behind the parenting techniques he describes. I can’t wait to get to the other ones I have, and I’ll be sure to share my thoughts about them on Instagram. The reason I ordered these books was because I felt I was raising my voice a little too often. Especially to my youngest son, he’s a little troublemaker, and I want to deal with that without having to get angry.
I don’t like anger, and it’s always wrong to discipline in anger. I’ve been making sure to walk away now if I start to feel it coming, and that is helping. I also want to make sure that our road trip this summer is a positive experience, and am hoping that this will help me come to more peaceful resolutions!
THREE | STAY STRONG IN OUR ORGANIC LIFESTYLE
I’m sure you know by now that we are super passionate about healthy eating, but I just found out it’s about so much more than that! There are the household products we use (which I’ve been careful with for a while now), but there is even your toiletries! Did you know that cotton is one of the products that the most pesticides are used on? I didn’t either! So when I use my toner, I’m adding multiple chemicals to it, which completely undoes the effort I put into choosing the best and healthiest toner. So I had to find organic cotton pads as well.
Our journey continues, and I can’t wait to see where it will go. Is it more expensive? Yes, it is. But at the same time, we all eat less (which cuts down on costs), and we feel so much better, function better and more efficiently (which is just great all around)! To be honest, I saw the biggest difference within the first 3 to 4 weeks. I can still notice it on my body if I let it go for a guilty pleasure or a meal out. I know not everyone can afford to live an organic lifestyle, but if there is one thing you should give up today it’s “regular” corn. Corn chips (Doritos, yes, I know!), corn bread, corn starch, corn anything… From now on, just buy that organic and non-GMO. And let me know how it goes for you!
I can’t wait to see what this year brings. For you and for me. I’d love to serve you on a personal level so you can make an impact on my personal goals. I’d love to get to know you and your loved ones at a family or couple session this summer! And I will probably surprise you on the way, you just watch and see!
Thought that was interesting? Read about my three professional goals HERE!