The last few weeks have been busy filming, editing and delivering holiday video gifts to families. Parent reviews and holiday wishes are rolling in, and we are booking portrait shoots for next year.
In the midst of all the busy-ness of work and celebration and family time, it is important to enter the new year with a clear mind and a clear heart, ready to take on new challenges and to grow professionally and personally, all without losing sight of what matters most. So often, parents share with us that they feel like time is passing them by. They look at videos we created for them last year and compare them to the films we made this year and realize how, in what feels like an instant, their children have grown - and changed - so much.
It is in this spirit that I am outlining my 3 goals for 2016, and I encourage all of you to do the same.
3 New Year Goals for a Joy Filled 2016
1. Celebrate and document everyday moments
Want to remember how your kids are right now? Take a moment to snap a photo. Write down a funny anecdote or one of their favorite phrases. Capture moving images with us and on your own. Next year at this time, and years from now, you will be so glad that you did.
2. Prioritize family care AND self care
The adage is true, and the advice is worth taking: care for yourself so that you can care for others. Allow yourself to take the time you need to care for, spend time with, and support your family. This will bring you joy, confidence and comfort, and it will do the same for your kids.
3. Stop to acknowledge how your family is growing, communicating and connecting with each other
Instead of hurrying from task to task and moment to moment without reflection or appreciation, in the new year, commit yourself to taking time to look at, appreciate and connect with your family. You will be amazed to see the daily changes in your children, and inspired by how they experience the world - their ideas, the stories they tell, the ways in which they open our eyes to the world around us.
What are your New Year's resolutions? Share with us and let's be accountable - and joyful - together in 2016.