It’s been a funny start to the year. I caught a cold just after Christmas, the day before we drove to Sydney (who catches one in summer?!) and it lingered for nearly 4 weeks putting a huge dampener on the beginning of the year. It has only been the past week that I have felt my motivation returning to start being productive and plan for the new year.

New Year’s Day used to be a day that I always felt weird about. It felt like the end of something big and the year ahead seemed to loom and felt a bit daunting. Like I was already nostalgic about the year that has passed. In the last couple of years, I have tried to change my perspective and now I love looking back on the year, noting my achievements, seeing what I still need to work on and planning my intentions for the year ahead.



Writing a ‘Ta-Da’ list


At the end of each year, I like to write a quick “ta-da” list of things that I achieved. I guess it makes me stop and think about my life and feel proud of the work I have put into this little business of mine. It helps me feel grateful for the things I have, the people I have met and, for a moment, halt the feeling that life is passing by too quickly with the years running into each other.

Some of the things on my ta-da list were:

  • I moved house to where we now have a little backyard
  • bought a new car
  • introduced some beautiful photography products that suit my brand
  • worked really hard behind the scenes to create a better website that will easier to use and easier to find information (still ongoing)


My 19 for 2019 List


Last year I did a 19 for 2019 list which is something Gretchin Rubin created, author of The Happiness Project and Happier podcast host. It was a list of 19 things you would like to do in 2019. The idea is you have the whole year to achieve them and by creating the list and putting it somewhere you will see throughout the year, it is a constant reminder to work towards them. There are no rules of what your items should be. They can be anything from ‘enrol in an online course’ to ‘buy the perfect gold necklace’. From my list of 19 (plus 2 bonus items), I completed 12 and a half. Half because I started something then let it slide during the second half of the year.

Some of the items I completed were:

  • buy a desk calendar and use throughout the year
  • go on a girls weekend
  • have less digital clutter. Ie emails, things on my desktop, keeping a million tabs open and not closing them for weeks

Some items that I did not complete will roll over to this year. Others, after much thought and research, I decided I no longer wanted to work towards. I think I was a little ambitious with some of the items on my list, especially adding extra items, and have learned from it.



20 for 2020


This year I will be doing 20 for 2020 and after creating my list I put the items into 4 categories: health, home, business, and fun. As it turns out I have double the amount of things in my fun category than the others haha. Seems I want more fun in my life!

The theme in the business category is getting out of my comfort zone. I am naturally an introvert and sometimes I need a little nudge to get out from behind my computer. One thing I would like to do is find a way that I can volunteer or support a charity through my photography. I’m not sure yet what that will look like but I will be putting a lot of thought into it. Another thing I want to do this year means actually getting in front of the camera. My goal is to show my face around here more and for you to get to know me through videos, social media and my website. I think this is one of the scarier things on my list but I’m sure after a while I will stop cringing every time I see myself on video.



So while this is a long post, it is the first step to sharing and being more open.

If you would like to know more about creating a 20 for 2020 list go to Gretchin Rubin’s website here. I highly recommend her podcast Happier and have learnt so much about myself in a fun but very insightful way.

Here’s to a great 2020!



If updating your family photos is something you would like to do this year then please get in touch here. I would love to help you complete something on your list


Family Photography Gold Coast  –  Erin Winsley Photography, Gold Coast, Queensland

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