When Brandyn came to me with the idea of announcing that her and her husband, Justin, are expecting, I could not have been more thrilled – not only for the two of them and their little one on the way, but also for the heart behind it. We were fortunate enough to return to their wedding venue, a beautiful and unique barn, as well as a few other spots. I could not have thought of a more meaningful location to help remember such an exciting time. Brandyn and Justin, thank you for braving the snow and bitter cold for this session. I am so excited for the both of you and for your future family!

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photo by Rebecca Fullan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Hello 2015! What a beautiful, intentional, life-giving 12 months you are going to be. For most of 2014, I started writing and subsequently sharing monthly goals. Today, January 1st, I’m excited to start with goals for the entire year. My plan is for my daily habits and monthly goals to reflect my yearly goals. I don’t like to think of these as ‘resolutions’, and although many of them may look like simple to-dos, I have prayed over each of these, and truly believe that God has set many of these desires in my heart. Ultimately, it will be up to Him, but without this process of planning, praying, and writing down goals, I know I personally feel a little lost when it comes to the end of the week, month, or year.

When writing these goals, the word intention was on my heart and running through my mind. To paraphrase Kristin Armstrong in Mile Markers, when I work, I want to work, when I’m done, I want to be done. This year, I want to be present in every situation, whether I’m spending time with Jake, running, or doing the dishes. To me, being intentional looks like setting a plan, and going after what matters most. It is refusing to allow ourselves to get caught up in the day-to-day and watch life simply pass by. Being intentional means setting boundaries and being wise with our time, energy, finances, and resources. When we do this, we are able to say no to the unimportant, and yes to what means the most for us – our friends, family, church, and the heart of our work.

I choose to share these goals here, on a blog intended for my business, because I see them as integral part of what I do. In my opinion, being a photographer is much more fun when it’s centred around relationship, not just a simple exchange of goods. By allowing the threads of my life come together, my intention is for those around me to see not just what I love to do, but the heart of why I do it.

2015 Goals

Memorize 52 verses from John (one verse per week)
Work through Jesus Calling with Jake
Read 20 books
Log 1000+ miles
Complete six road races
Start strength training weekly
Set a half marathon PR
Run a marathon (hopefully two!)
Move back to Huntsville
Graduate from university
Fast from social media one day per week
Cleaner eating – fruit and/or vegetables at every meal
Meal plan every Sunday, grocery shopping on Mondays
Launch a Facebook page for KBP
Start shooting weddings
Continue to shoot in film
Solidify workflow
Budget every month and follow Dave Ramsey’s teachings
Open a savings account for future children after graduating, make small contributions
Continue to save for retirement by investing in an RRSP monthly

Daily habits

Use a real alarm clock, not my phone
Make our bed every morning
Quick check on finances
Reading before bed on weekdays, avoid ending the day with screen time

January goals

20 in 2015: Read Make it Happen and Eat and Run
Start Jesus Calling every evening
Begin meal planning on January 4th
Incorporate strength training on Mondays
Log 136 miles
Begin fasting from social media on Fridays
Memorize 4 verses: John 1:1, 1:5, 1:14, and 1:16
Start the winter semester strong


From our Christmas card this year – one of my favourite holiday traditions!

And just like that, December is almost over. Looking back at the last twelve months, our hearts are full. God has been so gracious and faithful to our little family, and it makes me excited for 2015 and all that the year will bring. As a little recap, a few of my favourite things from 2014:

– starting a photography business (hello!)

– running my first and second half marathons

– continuing to save for a down payment on a house

– completing the first semester of the LAST year of my undergrad

– travelling with Jake to the east and west coasts

– meaningful time with family and friends, new and old

This evening over dinner, Jake and I discussed 2015, and what entering the new year looked like for each of us. I am a planner to the core. Over the last few days of this month, I look forward to going over my goals for 2015, and eventually sharing them here. This process (whether it be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually) has been so helpful for me, and I encourage you to try it for yourself. If you feel comfortable sharing, feel free to leave one or two of your goals in the comments, I would love to read them!

  • I love the idea of creating goals for yourself regularly. I have started doing seasonal goals, I print out a list and keep it on my refrigerator. It has really helped me focus on what I want to accomplish, wether it’s something fun or sticking to a new good habit! A few times I have come home from work and Kyle has surprised me with an evening of completing one of my goals. Seriously has changed my life, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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December Goals

Run the Santa Shuffle 5k
Celebrate Jake’s birthday
Write December exams and finish the semester well
Read Mile Markers
Re-read The Greatest Gift
Complete Christmas shopping by the 10th and wrapping by the 15th
Celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Saviour, with our families

I met one of closest friends, Rebecca, her brother Josh, and their two family dogs a few weeks ago to take some photos in time for Christmas. Just when I thought the leaves were all gone, we were treated with the last of the fall colours at one of my favourite spots nearby. The dogs seemed to love it, and I am so thankful they decided to bring them along! Josh and Rebecca are pretty hilarious together and I can’t wait until their parents get to see the outtakes. For now, here are some of my favourites from back in October.

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