career life list

5 Goals For the Coming Year

At Camp Mighty every year we talk about our upcoming 5 things that we are going to accomplish in the coming year. This year I’ve departed from my Life List a little and picked five goals that I need to accomplish to feel like I’m progressing as a person. I am totally allowed to do this. Here they are.

1. My big one: Learn “grownup business stuff”. Super boring, but I started my business sort of by stumbling into it, and then never really learned how to do it properly except here and there. There are SEO techniques I’m not using to promote myself, “quarterly taxes” are something I’ve only heard about, and there are all sorts of things I should be doing that I’m not. I want to run an actual real grown up business, and also learn more about equipment and very advanced photography editing techniques, workflow, and running an operation that is tight as a drum. This is hard for me to admit, actually, that I don’t do this right now. 2013 is the first year I’m filing taxes as a single person, and I am L-O-S-T. The kicker is that I’m pretty successful and good at producing quality work, I’m just disorganized behind the scenes.

2. Live in a rockin’ batchelorette pad. Straight from my Life List and scrawled on there at a moment when my entire life was all down around my ears. It’s halfway there at this point, and I cannot wait to show you the photos when I’m done.

3. Expand the boudoir aspect of my photography business. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time, and I have some exciting ideas, but growing my business seems daunting without wrapping my hands around goal number one first. So that’s a secondary goal. I want to work with couples to make sexy, non-sketchy photos, and also women, and men, and people who are gender queer. Human sexuality is so interesting to me, and I want to explore it in a fun, artistic way. If you can help me with this or have ideas, please reach out via email.

4. Write more fun editorial content on my blog. This is lowest on the totem pole, but right now daydreaming about a blog overhaul is keeping me happy. I want to write about fun stuff like books, and cocktails, wine, makeup, and interesting things to do in New York. I have friends doing amazing things and want to introduce readers to them.

5. Get really fit. Self-explanatory. There’s a goal on my Life List that says “be a person that exercises regularly”, something that would have been unthinkable two years ago, and now I think it’s actually starting to happen. I work out at LEAST once a week, if not more, and I see that increasing in the future, because it feels so amazing. I never thought I’d say that, but here I am.


  1. Kizz

    22 October 2013 at 10:36 am

    Brilliant goals. I can’t wait to hear how you move forward! Please let me know if there’s anything I can help with.

  2. Kathryn

    23 October 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Love these goals. I would love to help brainstorm about the boudoir business, but what kind of things would be helpful for you? Ideas on marketing, or artistic decisions, or something else? Also, have you thought about finding a mentor to help you with the grownup business stuff? I bet there are some organizations out there that can help you out! And has some free webinars that might be useful, too. 🙂

  3. Amber Marlow, theAmberShow

    23 October 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I’m looking for a mentor. I have some grownup business stuff down, but not all of it! For boudoir, I need marketing help – I think I want a whole other website that only loosely ties in with my weddings and portraits business, but I still want it to bear my name and be connected. I just don’t want naked ladies next to photos of toddlers. I also need subjects to pose to build a portfolio if you’re feeling brave! I have a meeting with an accountant next Thursday. I’ll check out, too – thank you!

  4. Kathryn

    23 October 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t know much about marketing, unfortunately, but I’d be happy to donate my scantily clad body to art! Not sure if the husband would be on board – I’m guessing nope – but let me know if that’s at all helpful. 😉

  5. Amber Marlow, theAmberShow

    23 October 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I am going to get you naked. Woohoo!

  6. Johanna

    25 October 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The boudoir photos you took of me the first time around were gorgeous. If you want a second go-round with my decidedly-not-in-marathon-shape body, I’m in for portfolio building help!

    I also offer my assistance in any other way that I can, on any of the goals! Especially if you consider bike rides exercise – I’ll ride with you on the weekends!

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