Dec 16, 2011

try in 2012

With 2012 approaching on the horizon, I am feeling really optimistic about what it is going to bring about. I found #WEverb11 via {un}commonplace and was really inspired by all of their December prompts. Since December is already halfway over (OMG!) I decided to choose just one prompt to write about. Day 11 is called Try. and prompts to write about 12 things to do or be accomplished in 2012.

Here is my list:

1. Officially start a photography business.
During this year I was given several opportunities to take pictures for friends including engagement sessions, a family session, and one for some pictures for a musicians facebook page. I discovered my true love for photography and why I love it. I can't wait to make it a bigger part of my life.
from Boutwell Studio

2. Get a new vehicle.
I have had this car since I was 16 years old and while it has served me well and probably saved me a ton on gas, the last two years of owning it has had a lot of problems. My transmission recently going out was what finally pushed me over the edge. I plan to keep the car while commuting to class, but we are hoping to get me something else whenever we think the time is right. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can find me a jeep. I've always wanted one.
via Pinterest source unknown (please contact me if you know)

3. Read more books after graduation.
It's so commonly said that the life of college students ruins your reading habits. And it's true. I haven't felt much like reading for enjoyment because of the overwhelming amount of reading and writing I have to do for school. I hope to change that after I graduate. And I have full intentions of re-reading the Twilight series before the last movie comes out next year.
from Coralie Bickford-Smith

4. Cook more. Cook better.
Being a newlywed + a college student means that my cooking skills are very limited and I hardly have time to learn anything new. I'm hoping that after graduation I will have more time to improve my cooking skills and actually know how to cook a variety of things. I think it will be easier to enjoy cooking when I'm not trying to rush through it so I can eat and get my studying done at a reasonable hour to go to bed.
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5. Focus more on my Etsy shop.
I want to devote more time to my Etsy shop so that I can learn things about running my own business and to keep myself creatively challenged. And to have lots of fun product photoshoots.
from chronicle Books

6. Blog consistently and with purpose.
Starting the jessica chronicled blog was something in steering myself in blogging about things that are personal to me and that I feel passionately about. That being fashion, photography, and faith. I have found the world of blogging to be so inspiring with all the friendships that can be made the stories that can be read used to inspire. Plus, it's good eye candy. But my goal is to continue blogging about what I am passionate about and to not slack off or loose sight of why I started blogging in the first place.
from marta writes

7. Restyle myself and my closet.
I definitely want to restyle myself after I graduate and incorporate more pieces that speak to the style I love and that are beyond the t-shirts, cardigans, and flats that I like to wear to class.
from The Daybook - I love her style!

8. Pay off all our student loans.
This might be a little overly optimistic to accomplish within the first year, but I would still like to try for it. We've both worked hard to save, so I think anything is possible!
via Pinterest (source unknown, please contact me if you know)

9. Do something drastic with my hair.
(Again.) This year I cut off about 12 inches of my hair! It was really fun to do and I loved having the drastic change. I want to do something like that again in 2012. Maybe I will dye it a completely different color.
from marie claire

10. Decorate our house.
The house husband and I live in is just something we are renting. I think for that reason I have been really timid about doing a ton of decorating (and even unpacking some things) because I keep thinking of it as temporary. But, when I'm honest with myself, we have no living plans as of right now, so who knows how long we will be in this house! It could be a few more months, it could be a few more years. I just want to stop thinking of it as temporary and actually make it home-y.
from Country Home

11. Take more pictures.
As much as I love photography and capturing moments, you would think that I would take more pictures during everyday life. But I don't. No matter how much I want to, I just don't think about going and grabbing that camera and taking pictures of what we had for dinner or the two of us washing dishes. It's simple things like that that you sometimes cherish the most, and I want to capture those moments for us to keep forever. I'm even debating doing a 365 challenge (a photo every day for a year).
from Mike Peters Photography

12. Graduate.
Sometimes I think I take it for granted that I am going to be graduating in May, but it really is a goal that I am going to have to continue working at for another semester.
via Pinterest uploaded by user


  1. Thanks for the mention! Love your list! A lot of ours overlap, which makes sense since we are in similar-ish stages of life. Can't wait to see the results of your list on your blog. Good luck!

  2. I know! Whenever I was reading yours I was like, "oh, that would be one of my goals, too. oh, and that one. and that one." Haha. :)

  3. well you are going to have a super fun 2012!!!

  4. Mr. Taylor and his LadyDecember 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    adore this post so much! i have something a little similiar lined up for my blog too! i love that you are going to start getting into photography! i wish i had the money to buy those really get photo editing things, because that would be such a great job! i definitely want to take more pictures, do something drastic with my hair, get a whole new wardrobe, and cook more! ;)
    xo TJ

  5. Those are awesome goals to set! :)

  6. I like your heart.... Not really sure how else to put it. But the goals that you have all seem to be healthy and good. It's important to express ourselves and pursue what God's called us to do and enjoy.
    Can't wait to see where life takes you... but too, remember that the best you is RIGHT NOW. ;) Don't try to jump too far ahead.

  7. Thank you so much, that means a lot to hear you say that. I do have to always remind myself not to look too far ahead! Thank you for helping me with that, too! :)