Resolution Update

By February 2, 2012 resolutions

It’s been a busy month! January marked my last day as a condo owner, my first day as a business owner, and finally the day that some huge proposals I had been working on were due. I’m working on my first wedding photography contract, designing some tickets for the Hands to Angels benefit dinner this month, and starting to get some trips planned for the year. A few of my friends’ weddings are coming up, and I’m really excited to help them celebrate their big days — bachelorette parties and showers are in the pipeline, too. I was right about 2012 — it’s off to a good start. =)

People to see:
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Joelle in California
Visit Stephen in Pensacola
Visit Grace in New Hampshire
Visit Andrea in Roanoke
Visit as many people as possible in New Jersey

Places to go:
Soak up some rays at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola
Gamble at the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas
Dance the night away at a bachelorette party in Atlantic City
Take a long walk through Central Park
Go shopping in Chicago
Ride bikes at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Taste wine in Napa Valley
Ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens
Spend a weekend in at least one other Northeast and/or Southeast city (Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; Newport, RI…)

Things to do:
Attend a few good concerts – Attended A Tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk, January 6.
See a few good plays
Teach Diesel more tricks
Set up a photography website/portfolio
Volunteer for something
Join a gym
Keep up my monthly facials
Host a dinner party
Get contacts
Read at least 10 good books – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Memoirs of a Bad Girl by Michelle Ferreira
Fit back into my Diesel jeans (again)
Frame some of my photos to hang up at my house
Learn something new every month and write about it

Old hobbies to keep up with:
Go horseback riding
Go ice skating
Go surfing
Go snowboarding
Run in a race
Draw a picture
Write poem
Do yoga

Wish list:
Get a white 16GB iPhone – White 16GB iPhone acquired, January 10.
Replace my favorite Ugg boots
Replace my favorite Tory Burch Reva flats
Acquire a bounce flash for my camera
Pick out a longer lens for my camera
Get a pretty camera bag
And a functional camera bag
Get a monogram necklace
Own a pair of diamond earrings

Financial goals:
Plan out a budget for the year
Stick to the budget using weekly and monthly cash allowances
Up my monthly TD Ameritrade transfer to $225 in January and $250 in July – Upped my monthly transfer to $225, January 1.
Open a Roth IRA
Get a raise
Start a business – Started Lisa DeNoia Photography LLC, January 24.

Monthly resolutions:
January – One month, no new clothes. ACCOMPLISHED.  
February – Go running before work at least five times.
March –
April –
May –
June –
July –
August –
September –
October –
November –
December-

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