New Years Solutions Suck | Denver Elopement Photographer

About this time every year, posts start popping up about New Years Resolutions. “This year I’m going to lose 30 lbs” or “My New Years Resolution is to hike more”. Well, let me tell you something. New Years Resolutions suck. They’re just another way to pretend you’re actually going to do something about something you’re never going to do anything about.

I know, I know, I sound like a Debbie Downer, but it’s the truth. If you REALLY wanted to change something, you wouldn’t have to wait until the New Years to do it. In fact, if it was that important to you or you wanted it that much, you’d have started yesterday.

Denver Elopement Photographer 2017 Goals ListBut Rayna, you’re obsessed with goals! 

Why yes, yes I am. But do you know what goals are? They’re objective, measurable, and time dependent. And you know what else I am obsessed with. Planning. You’ll never hear me say, this year I’m going to lose 30 lbs because I’d say “I’m going to lose thirty pounds by December 31st, 2017 by exercising for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week, and I’m going to start today”.

So I say, screw New Years Resolutions!!! Instead, make annual goals. Believe in what you want and make it happen. Define your goals in detail, set checkpoints throughout the year and more importantly, FOLLOW THROUGH.  And also, start today. And work towards it every single week, if not every single day. Because if you truly want it, you will find a way to make it happen. And if life gets in the way, you’ll get up and punch back.

And because my 101 Goals list wasn’t enough to keep me busy this year, here are a few of my personal and professional goals for 2017.

My word for 2017 is SIMPLIFY.


By December 31st, 2017, I plan to transition into being a full time Destination + Denver Elopement Photographer. I am phasing out of small, intimate weddings to photograph elopements full time. I am doing this by updating my website, changing over my social media and by reaching out to elopement vendors to collaborate. My entire process will be streamlined by the end of the year.


By December 31st, 2017, my living space will be decluttered. I will complete this by going through one room every month throughout the year and spending two hours eliminating, donating and selling things that I do not need.


By December 31st, 2017, I plan to travel at least 75 days. I have already scheduled 32 days of travel for 2017 (Naples FL, Pittsburgh + Switzerland), the rest will be weekend trips throughout the United States and to rock climbing destinations. I will make sure to travel at least three days every single month and to take at least one more one week travel vacation.

Rock Climbing: 

By December 31st, 2017, I plan to rock climb at least 150 days. I always plan to exercise 200 days of the year, but I will prioritize rock climbing. I will rock climb at the gym an average of 2 days every single week, plus climb at least one weekend of every month, and two weekends every other month.

Tell me one of your goals for 2017. Make sure to be specific, so that your goal is measurable, attainable and objective. And if you don’t have a goal for 2017, tell me your word and why you picked it. 🙂