Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Thus today (Jan 1) I begin the journey of accomplishing the things listed on my Goals List for 2010!  If you've known me long enough - you know I make lists all the time (I love crossing things off a "to do" list).  So I don't really know what makes today any different than the beginning of yesterday or the day before, but somehow I guess we're all contented to feel we woke up today to a clean slate...  With that said - here's a sneak peek of what I'll be up to this year...

#1 - Read more (not necessarily in this order):
What is the What - Dave Eggers
Fortunate Son - Walter Mosley
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
A Bound Man - Shelby Steele
The Sunflower - Richard Paul Evans
The One Year Bible - ESV
Becoming a Prayer Warrior - Elizabeth Alves
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Sons and Other Flammable Objects - Porochista Khakpour
Zag - Marty Neumeier
Love is the Killer App - Tim Sanders
Never Eat Alone - Keith Ferrazzi
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity - Hugh MacLeod
A Million Times in a Thousand Years - Donald Miller
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Purple Cow - Seth Codin
Start With Why - Simon Sinek

#2 - Blog More - Wait!  What?  I only have 52 posts for the year!?  What's that now...???  There's 365 days in a year!  Shoot - I've got some work to do...

#3 - Shoot more - I've got my 40D, I've got my eye on the 5D Mark II, I've got my film camera and I just bought the Fuji Instax 210 - that's right a Polaroid - bring it!

#4 - Travel more - Hmmmm...this one is always tough because I'm always so busy...  So looks like I'll have to be busy shooting outside of LA...  New Zealand comes to mind, Ireland comes to mind...  Shooting weddings in Vermont, New Jersey and Palm Springs this year - does that count?  Of course it does!

#5 - Create more balance in my life! - EGADS...this is a BIG one for me.  More balance in my business, my lifestyle and my personal life...  Does that mean I can't stay up til 3:30am anymore obssesing over my website???

#6 - Enter more of my work into contests - there are plenty out there.  I read about them all the time - I just never stop to take the time to do anything about it.  That changes TODAY!

#7 - Get published baby!  That's right - you heard me...  Ok - maybe you didn't hear me...  But you will!

#8 - Attract more clients - #9 on my list should help with this one...

#9 - LAUNCH MY WEBSITE! - My website will be launched in 3 days - so I can cross this one off my list already!  Ok - I kinda' cheated...  I've been working non-stop on my website for the past two weeks - so I kinda' started this one in 2009 - but that's ok because it's today that counts...and today I'm only 3 days away from crossing this off my "to do" list.

I'm noticing that the word "more" shows up a lot on my goals list...and I'm ok with that.  Not in any egotistical way - in a good way.  More of a positive esteem way...I'm ok with wanting more...  It's also ok if I don't get "more" all the time - but I'm certainly not going to ask for less of the things I love.

Here's to MORE years of happiness, health, joy, love, laughter, peace, balance, perseverance, innocence, patience, good-will, commitment, tolerance, forgiveness, hope and imagination!

Love,
Karen

8 comments:

  1. Love it GIRL, Where did you get all that knowledge and know how? Did you say your Mother?
    Well I'm proud of you, along with the energy,the thoughtfulnes, the love and your free spirt.

    May GOD substain you and keep you during your quest.

    Love Mommy

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  2. I love this! You are always such an inspiration... I'm right there with you on the website tip, I started re-designing mine 2 weeks ago too, and am adding a kamaliminter.com to the mix to share more of me! Thank you for sharing you, with such generous abandon, you're the best!

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  3. Can I steal your list? BTW - I don't know anyone who travels MORE than you already do! Your exuberance exhausts me - and that's what I LOVE about you! There are few people who live their life so fully and fill each day from start to finish as you do! And how's that tree? Going strong for year 2? lots of love and cheering you on to complete your list in 2010!!
    Happy New Year - Therese

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  4. My dear KK,

    Wow... another year for you to be an inspiration. You are a blessing to us all.

    Happy New Year - here's to a new decade too

    Love,

    Debby

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  5. Hey Karen,

    I just love the fact that you have it all together. You truly inspire me and you certainly send out such positive vibes. I hope to see more of you in 2010, and to all a "Happy New Year".

    Love ya,
    Linda

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  6. Happy New Year! I checked out your pictures yesterday and Wow. You keep growing... the lighting in some of the pictures are just beautiful! Your composition is great... I thought I was looking at high end magazine...I love the wedding pictures. You should have a very pleased client.
    Michelle

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  7. How do you like the Fuji Instax 210? I was thinking about getting one.

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  8. Hey Christina,
    I absolutely love the Fuji Instax...especially for the price you can't beat it. The polaroids come out great. The only thing is that it's not as compact as the Polaroid One600 Classic, it's a lot more bulky. I was comparing it last night to my Polaroid Land and my Polaroid 635CL and they seem so much smaller compared to the Instax... But with all that said - I'd still buy it again. Something about the bulkiness of it makes it feel different, special - not like the others and I like that. I feel like in 10 years I'll be looking at it just as fondly as I look at the others...

    BTW - August is so absolutely adorable!
    KK

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