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  • Writer's picturePamela Buddenhagen

To a brand new year

As 2023 gets under way, most of us have made some type of new year's resolution. The last day of the calendar year is widely celebrated as a day to look back on progress we've made, trips we've taken, new people we have brought into our lives and so on. It's a time to reflect on what we want more of and what we want to improve upon. Do we want to start that new business venture this year, learn to garden or start a family. Some say "I don't make new year's resolutions, I make my goals throughout the year as I see fit". However you think about goals and plans, and whenever you write them down and begin working towards them doesn't so much matter. All that matters is you don't stop dreaming, wishing, and wanting. Oh and most importantly, THINK about what you want often. Visualize it before you fall asleep at night. Make it yours. Make it feel like it's yours. I love to read and I have read so many times "whether you think you can or you think you cannot, you are right" It's hard work, but always work on yourself.

One year ago, I made my resolutions or plans for the next 12 months for a better choice of words. I had ideas for mini sessions and what I wanted to order for my upcoming newborn sessions, and I knew what my goal income was for the calendar year too. What I was? I was focused, I was excited, I believed I had what it took to accomplish what I had in mind. What I didn't realize at the time was that I was going to do so much more. That by going for what I wanted and doing the work was going to put me exactly where I needed to be, to get what was meant for me. Over the past 2 years I have read so many books, joined so many groups and put my focus in the right direction until I was proud of who I was, until I truly LIKED myself. I love who I am. I love who I've become. We all need to start there. Do I wish I felt this way when I was 25 or 30, heck yes, but if I was 50 right now I'd be saying I wish I felt this way when I was 40 right? So, here I am, 41, and happily trucking along. Have I reached my goal? nope, not even close. Am I going to? Yes I am. Whether what we want is business related or personal, it all starts with liking who we are, even loving who we are.

I ended up photographing a birth this year. This experience changed my life. It opened my eyes to what I wanted my future to hold. I was ready for something good to come my way and it did. After this experience, I knew I was meant to be even more involved with newborns and new moms than I already was. I am now 2-3 weeks away from becoming a Certified Labor Doula. I am in the process of changing some things around on my website to reflect this new service and I'm even thinking about bigger plans for the future. One year at a time! So, where am I going with all of my rambling? Well, do big things. Do what makes YOU happy. We're all worthy of having what we want and we're all unique in WHAT it is that we want. Another thing I have read a lot is to ask yourself, "What do I find myself daydreaming about, or visualizing when I'm trying to go to sleep at night". We all do it. Where do your thoughts go? That's what you most desire. Again... where am I going with this? I don't know, just wanted to jot down some wisdom I have picked up over the years. If some of you are familiar with Tony Robbins, Mel Robbins and Dean Graziosi you probably already know what my library and play list is full of haha.

So this year I wish all of you a great one. Go get what you want. You'll never be as young as you are today (That's a Mel Robbins right there)

I know I am going to be aiming towards being the best person I can be. For others to see me as kind and caring. I will be the best Doula I know and I will make my expectant and laboring moms feel comforted, safe and in control. I will also be taking a newborn photography course I have always wanted to take. I will always love and never stop photographing sweet new babies, and I will constantly be improving here as well

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