10 tips on sticking to your New Year's resolutions

It's already been a few weeks since we rang in the New Year, but that doesn't mean that we can't still keep up with our resolutions. Have you already fallen off the wagon? Or are you still keeping up with them? I wanted to give you a few tips to help you either get back on them or keep on going.

1.  Limit your resolutions to 10

Don’t make a laundry list of things that you set out to do. If you have too many things on the list your intention will get diluted. Choosing only ten will force you to limit yourself to things that are at the top of your priority list.

2. Have unavoidable daily reminders

Print a picture of your goal and stick it onto your fridge. Want to take it up a notch? Make a magnet that represents your goal and put that on the fridge. Put it on your calendar so that you get that daily reminder pop up on your phone. Post a motivational quote on your ceiling. This way when you wake up, you're looking at message that makes you want to hustle. Write it down on a post-it note and stick it to your bathroom mirror.

3. Make it data driven and create visuals of your progress

I'll give you an example of how you can do this. Let's say you want to lose weight by running and lifting weights for an entire month. Use a calendar to keep track of your progress and put an X on each day that you complete. Let's say you want to eat healthier. Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your daily calorie intake. Or Aaptiv to get some daily workouts best suited for you. Let's say you want to get a promotion. Use a tool like Prezi or Google Presentations to keep track of all of your great accomplishments for the year.

4. Make your goals VERY specific

It's harder to map out a plan when your New Year's resolution is vague. Here are some examples of vague goals: I want to be in really great shape. I want to be better at work. I want to learn a new language. Here's a tip: Be specific. Here are some examples of specific goals: I want to reduce my cholesterol levels by 10%. I want to become an engineering manager within 12 months. I want to learn how to speak Spanish fluently so that I can hold a decent conversation. Get down to the details and it'll make it easier for you to map out a plan to get to our goals!

5. Break your goal into manageable parts

Making one massive goal can be overwhelming to the point that you don't know where to start. Breaking larger goals down into smaller parts makes them easier to achieve and is more gratifying, as you can check off each achievement as it occurs. For example, if your goal is to donate 100 hours to volunteer work this year, break it down into about two hours a week instead.

6. Write it down

Write your goals and share it with the world so that people can hold you accountable. Want to make it even more intense? Promise a monthly or quarterly update on your progress.

7. Share it with others

Discuss your goals and why you made them with your family and friends. This step is very important! Ask for others’ support on these goals throughout the year. If possible, team up and visit the gym or shop at the health food store together. Ask them to speak up if you slip and order a Diet Coke instead of a water, or forget another goal on your list. People who tell others about their goals are more likely to accomplish them, whether it’s because they have extra support they need, or because they’re afraid of being embarrassed if they don’t accomplish them, it’s hard to say

8. Keep it positive

Focus on what you will do, not what you will not do. What you direct your attention to determines what you will experience. Often times phrasing your goals as a negative leads to more of the very activity that you seek to change. Instead focus on the positive actions that will supplant the negative ones once they are firmly established in your life.

9.  Create an environment so that you will accomplish your goals

It’s also good to get rid of habits that don’t coincide with your goals and may contribute to you being unable to reach them.  For example, set your running shoes next to the door. Put fruits and veggies in the front of the fridge. Get rid of the junk food and don’t buy more. If something you regularly do for fun with family and/or friends includes eating out at places where most of the food is unhealthy, choose a different place that offer healthy meals. Or, don’t eat out at all and do something else like go for a walk or a bike ride instead.

10. Celebrate your wins

As you make progress on your goals, make sure you take a moment to celebrate your wins. Send yourself an e-card. Sing out loud to your favorite song and dance around like no one's watching. Post a celebration photo on Instagram with crazy amounts of hashtags. Enjoy a nice sushi dinner. Or steak. Or grilled veggies. Or whatever you like to eat. Yell out from the rooftops. Because you know what, being awesome deserves a lot of love.

(Tips are from HuffPost, WikiHow, Quora, & Mercola)

When is it time to refresh your photographs?

During this holiday season, when walking throughout my house and my family members houses, I noticed that a lot of the photos throughout the houses were outdated. Not that it is a bad thing what so ever because it shows the history. However, if you are having people over who have never seen your family, they may question how your baby is doing and you may get confused because your "baby" is now a teenager.

That example may be a little dramatic, but you may be asking yourself if it is time to update yours. When is the right time to refresh the photos that you have?

I tend to go for the answer, at least once a year if you have kids. As an adult, at least every time you change your style or every 2 years (especially for professional headshots) - you don't want someone meeting you and not thinking you are who you say you are based off of your photos.

Personally, I love to have new photos each year. It is nice for people to see exactly who they are working with and so I try to get them updated at least once per year. Plus, I love my photographer. I love seeing her and I love how well she does. Any photo of me on my website is her work.

Refreshing your photographs is fun and can give you memories to look back on.

New Year, New Photos Mini Session

This year I have decided to partner with some local charities around Bloomington in order to give back to the community. I have always wanted to do more, but was not sure how to do so. I am going to be offering 5 days of scheduled mini sessions this year which will have all the session fees ($100 each session) donated to the paired charity.

What does that mean for you? All you have to do is schedule a 30 minute session in an open timed slot for the day of the mini session. You would pay the $100 and that will be donated to the organization that is paired. The photos will then be available for purchase. Each scheduled mini session day will have a specific location.

This month's theme is New Year, New Photos! I am pairing with Stone Belt for this session! Start the new year off right by updating your photos. This is open to families, couples, and for individual portraits. This will be held in a photo studio. Since this studio is not mine, but I am borrowing it for the day, the address will be only given to people who book a session.

Stone Belt is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and supports for individuals with disabilities. Stone Belt was established in 1958 and is now the oldest and largest agency of its kind in south central Indiana, currently employing over 500 individuals and serving over 2,000 clients. They offer a full range of programs and services in Monroe county, empowering people to demonstrate self-determination, contribute to the building of community, and experience quality of life. Their services are accredited by CARF (formerly the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), and they are an affiliate of The Arc and United Way of Monroe County.

They provide residential, employment, manufacturing, life skills training, family support, child development and psychological services to help people actively participate in the community. Services are provided with a person-centered, customized approach that focuses on a person's capabilities and interests. Their beliefs are self-determination is essential; learning creates empowerment; all people have contributions to make; housing/home life must be self-directed; employment is a fundamental part of adult life; and social life and relationships help create quality of life. Stone Belt has earned a very positive reputation for assisting individuals with developmental disabilities, especially those with challenging behaviors, to be meaningfully included in community life.

They believe in the uniqueness, worth and right to self-determination of every individual. Therefore, it is their mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower and support persons with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community. Most of their services are paid for with third party reimbursement from Medicaid and other state and federal government sources. But, while vital, state and federal funding only provides for the health and safety of recipients. They rely on community partners to maintain a margin of excellence which allows us to provide appropriate training to staff and more enriching programs to their clients.

In order to book a session, you just click this link to fill out a form! You will then receive a follow up email from me confirming your time with the exact location of the session.

Message me with any questions or if you would like to know more!

Year Round Up & Goals for 2018

So much has happened with Kaytee Lorentzen Photography in 2017 and I am looking forward to 2018 and what there is to come. I wanted to share this all with you!

2017 in Review:

  • I had my 2 year anniversary! 

  • I learned A LOT and came up with many new things to implement next year.

  • Many business behind the scenes items happened. 

  • I held my first drawing and had two great sessions come from it!

2018 Goals:

  • Work with local businesses to help each other out!

  • Donate to at least 3 local organizations from mini session fees!

  • Boost my sessions by at least 10%. 

  • Never stop believing in myself!

I am so excited for the coming year! If you want to see something specific come from Kaytee Lorentzen Photography, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email and I will see what I can do to get the ball rolling on it!

Kaytee Lorentzen | Owner & Photographer