As many of us embark on reaching goals for the new year, what seems to come up for you? Is it instant excitement and focus to get what needs to done, done? Or is it more like, where you sit at the table, couch, or desk and stare blankly at your goals wondering, “how the hell am I actually going to accomplish this?” I am definitely in the latter, and even more so, I find that sometimes my goals or the ways that I plan on trying to reach my goals doesn’t always fit with who I am, but I am rather trying to do it in a way that everyone else is doing it because it looks and sounds good. Let’s explore what comes up for you and how you can stay true to who you are in the process.
I had the privilege of meeting Jacob and his family in Cheyenne Canyon for his senior photos. We started near Helen Hunt Falls and worked our way up to Gold Camp Road where the road runs through the rocks. We ended at a section of Cheyenne Canyon where we had access to some of the running water from the creek and a stone bridge. Jacob was fun to work with. As the session continued on, we chatted more about some of his goals for the future, and is was easy to tell that he was adventurous - which is how I imagine him to continue on in his future.
Two things that stuck out to me about Jacob was his passion for playing in band and his career goals. He is planning on joining the military to follow in the footsteps of his dad, a person that he truly admires. Throughout his senior questionnaire, Jacob mentions the military often and his desire to travel the world. I think these two things together will bring him many great experiences and opportunities to do just that, adventure and explore the world in a variety of ways. In regards to band, one of his favorite memories in high school was going to his first marching band competition and performing.
Some of Jacob’s best advise to other students in high school is to be proud of who you are and brush it off if someone is picking on you for being different. This is such good wisdom, for really anyone of any age. He would also tell his peers to turn in their school work, that even though it can be tough at times, they can still do it. With an attitude like that, I can see how Jacob will be successful in staying true to who he is, move forward with confidence, and knows what work needs to be done to reach his goals. He thanks his family for helping to shape him into the person that he is today. Jacob has such a great spirit and his outlook on life will help him go far.
I loved how Jacob climbed and walked around among the trees. He loved the new perspective of his surroundings, and it was fun to work with a senior who was adventurous and appreciative of the things around him. I can’t wait for him to take hold of all of life’s opportunities ahead of him!
What comes to mind when you think of the New Year? Many will think about resolutions, but those haven’t worked for me too well in the past. Instead, I have been reflecting on the things that I would like to embrace and the things that I would like to change to help me grow both in my business and in my life. What will you do today that will bring magic into your tomorrow?
Even thought we only met for a mini session to get headshots, those few minutes were so much fun to work with Aurora. She is not only going to be a senior, but she is also going to be a part of the Miss Teen Colorado pageant this fall! I am cheering her on in this new adventure, and there are sure to be many more to come her way in the future!