I have tried to write this post a MILLION times over! I’ve had so much on my mind about 2013. It was full of more ups than downs and we are sooo thankful for that..but I am looking forward to a brand new year and another fresh new outlook that always comes with it! New ideas, new business opportunities, new ways to change and enhance my life and even better?! A NEW FAMILY MEMBER!! πŸ™‚

One example of something I’ve been already trying to do is just carry my phone around less! Why is it always next to me? Who am I waiting to have call? Well, no one. I hardly answer phone calls because there’s a toddler yelling and singing and demanding my attention, it’s to check my notifications. My email, Facebook, Business page, WordPress and Instagram. Checky check check all day long. Why? Simply a habit grown out of addiction to technology and boredom. I have NO reason to do that, I have a little girl that grows physically and developmentally by the SECOND on a daily basis. She’s a little blossoming genius and I’m sick of missing anything she does to check a notification. Every time I miss her eyes meeting mine because I’m looking down, I feel guilty. Those beautiful long eyelashes, beautiful bright blue ocean eyes and crooked smile I must have missed 10000 times because of looking down at my phone. What a waste. This was my biggest New Year’s resolution yet..to just look at my phone less. Way less. Will I still Instagram? You BET I will! I love it! I LOVE documenting our lives in these sweet little quick iPhone pics and you can order them to be printed online! Perfect! But do I need to check it 100 times a day? Nope πŸ™‚ I need to watch her grow. And SOON— teach her how to be a wonderful big sister. Can’t be checking notifications all day with two babies, ain’t nobody got time for that!

Second idea for 2014…to grow an even deeper bond with the man I love. He is so good to me and has really been through it with this pregnancy hahaha! I mean, I know I have too, but he has been there for me through so much. SO many cravings, so many runs to get me things, so many nights rubbing Bio-oil and Palmer’s on this belly. Getting me water in the middle of the night, rubbing my back sooo much every single day. Cleaning and preparing and charging my equipment for weddings. Shooting some weddings with me. Being an amazing father and stepping up to the plate more than ever before. I already blogged about our marriage goals here but I can’t wait to put them into action more and more, starting with those dates! πŸ™‚

Lastly, I want to become even more organized, attentive and structured with my business. I ran everything nicely last year but there were holes in spots that I couldn’t fill when I got super overwhelmed with debilitating morning sickness that lasted for months. I had a nice workflow set up but I wasn’t physically able to take care of everything some days the way I wanted to, even sitting at a computer was too difficult, so this year I am looking SO forward to staying meticulously on track, editing even faster than before (and my turn around has always been quick and quite reasonable!), but getting the USB’s and albums done faster too. That was so difficult for me this year! I am so excited to take on a new year with this new effective workflow while being a mama of TWO πŸ™‚ I love and adore my clients and they deserve the best!!!

Cammy on New Year’s Eve in her delightful little tutu — from my Q+A gals!! πŸ™‚

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So weird to think this is some of the last time just the two of me and my little best friend. Now we’re initiating Ellie into our girls club, named by me and Cammy “ACE” (Amanda Cammy Ellie) — when Daddy’s included, it’s MACE πŸ™‚ hahah, lame but fun!

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And a Cammy photobomb– of course! πŸ˜‰SB9A9596

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<p>Hey there! We’re a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.</p>

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