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Family Date Night: Santa Monica Pier

Posted by: Maggie

As part of my resolution to spend more quality time with Josh and Eleanor I decided we should start having more family outings on weekend evenings, rather than our usual sitting around the house. Our first Family Date Night was to the Santa Monica Pier. We intended to do a picnic on the beach and then hit the carousel. But neither of those things worked out.

We arrived later than we planned so it was almost dark and had grown pretty cold and windy. So instead we decided to grab a hot meal at Bubba Gump. It was decent, nothing to rave about. After dinner we headed to the carousel only to discover that they had just closed, at 7pm! On a Saturday Night! Ridiculous! Of course, Eleanor was very disappointed, and the screaming fit rather than sulking kind of disappointment. To appease her we found something more fun to do, a night time walk on the beach.

It was so cold, but Eleanor was thrilled! And it was actually a lot of fun to dip our toes in the water by the light of the ferris wheel. Lovely!

We ran from the incoming waves for a while then headed back to the car. We were parked on the opposite side of the pier, right near the beach so we decided to walk underneath it rather back up the beach and around. It was very dark and creepy under the pier at night! But we used our iphones to light our way! Spooky fun!

Fun was had by all and we even made it home by Eleanor’s bedtime! A successful first family date night!

2011 Resolutions

Posted by: Maggie

What I’ll be working on this year:

1. Lose 20 Pounds

After gaining back the 15 I lost last year, I’m going to set an even higher goal for this year. I’ve been going to the gym for 30-60 minutes Mon-Thurs, and Saturday. I’m giving myself a break on Fridays, and trying to do something physical with the family on Sundays if I skip the gym (in case you were wondering, cleaning the house counts!).

2. Make My Photo Business Successful

I just finished doing my books for my business for 2010 in preparation for filing my quarterly business taxes and yearly income taxes. While doing this, I discovered that I invested about twice as much into it as the revenue I got out of it. This is great for tax liability, but not so great for the success of my business. I think it’s been a slow start and I’ve put a lot of time and money into it. But I am very optimistic for the upcoming year. 2011 will be a great year for Maggie Keegan Gross Photography!

I’ve been working on my business and marketing plans. I’ve set goals for the number of clients I’d like to have monthly and for the year, my goal for per client sales, monthly revenue and profits, and yearly revenue and profits. I’m going to keep those to myself, but I do have them written down. And I’m working on my marketing and sales strategies to get there. My goals are challenging, but I think I can meet them.  And really I’ll just be happy if I end this year in the Black.

3. Give More of my Time to Josh and Eleanor

Last year I spent a lot of time working on myself and my business, and my legal work. I know that I did not spend as much time working on making a happy home life for Josh and Eleanor. I needed that year for myself, I know that I did. I needed to experience what I did to get to the place I’m in now, which is a really great place. Now that I’ve taken that time and worked through what I needed to work through and really figured out what I want my work and home and social life to look like, this is the year to make it happen.

I’ll be posting more about this later. For now, I will tell you that prioritizing my time will be my focus. I will be giving my time to what I feel is really important. And the most important thing in my life is my family. I’m starting with Eleanor. Now that I’m no longer working downtown, I have set a new daily schedule for myself which includes more time with Eleanor. She’s no longer on an 8-5pm preschool schedule. Instead she’s on a more normal school schedule of 8:30am-3pm Monday through Thursday and on Friday she goes to dance class in the morning and then is at school from 11am-5pm. That gives me a whole two extra hours with Eleanor every day!

I’m also going to give Josh more time. I’m going to shut down my computer an hour before we go to bed and try to work less on the weekend. And I’d like to continue our monthly date nights, and up it to two a month! I just decided this, so Josh should be excited. He loves date night!

4. Give More of my Time to My Friends

Along the same theme of prioritizing my time I’m going to give more of it to my friends. Like last year, I’m going to attempt to return emails and phone calls and I’d like to see friends a couple times month even if I can’t afford to go out. This year I will try to invite people over for dinner parties and movie nights. And I will try to keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a big production when people come over, a movie and a pizza and a bottle of wine will do. Who wants an invite?

I have a really good feeling about 2011! I think this will be my year! (It’s also the last year of my 20s by the way! Yikes! It better be good!)

2010 Resolutions in Review

Posted by: Maggie

Ok, so I meant to write this post about three weeks ago, but January has just blown by before I knew it. I apologize for being so behind on posting. I’ve been terribly busy ramping up both of my business ventures for the New Year. But I’ll try to get back to regular posting starting this week.

I want to start out 2011 by reviewing my resolutions from 2010. You may remember that last January I decided to get serious about my resolutions and dedicated a post to each. I’ll link to those below in case you want to go back and read them.

1. Lose 10 pounds

Success! I actually lost about 15 pounds and gained a lot of muscle! But ummmmm I have a terrible confession to make. I gained it back since November. Yep, I gain weight so easily that when I decided to not be so strict about what I ate and neglected the gym the weight went right back on! Oooops! Oh, well, I don’t feel too bad about it. Just annoyed to have to do the work all over again. I bet you can guess what will be on my list of resolutions for 2011!

2. Get Serious About Photography

Hell yes! I may have quit my daily photo projects sometime in February, but I sure did master my skills, rediscovered my style (I may write a post on this some day, I have so much to say about it), and got my business up and running. And I definitely surpassed my goal of one session a month!

3. Spend More Alone Time with My Husband

I’m pretty sure I succeeded with this one. If I remember correctly we did have at least one date night a month throughout the year. I think we need to work a little more on this though. You may see yet another repeat for 2011’s list.

4. See Friends Twice a Month

I did pretty okay on this one. The year started strong. I saw friends a lot over the first half of the year, but when my work situation changed in July I just got busy and tired and and visits with friends got fewer and farther between. This definitely had a detrimental effect on me. I need my friends. I just need that outlet to relax and laugh and not be taking care of a kid or a husband for an evening. Can you see 2011’s list forming?

5. Be A Better Friend

Wow, I really, truly failed at this one. This was the busiest year of my life. Even worse than my first year of law school. And I let that get in the way of keeping this resolution. I didn’t return phone calls or emails, I didn’t send the weekly email that I intended. I didn’t see those friends that I haven’t seen in forever. And I feel horribly about it. So, all I can think to do is quote myself from last year and try harder this year:

“I want to apologize to my friends for not being a better friend to each of you. I love you all so much, you don’t even know, you can’t even imagine how often I really do think about you and miss you and want to see you and laugh with you. You each bring something special and important to my life and my life wouldn’t be the same without you! I love you! Sorry I don’t always show it!”

6. Get Happier

This one is a really tough one. And it needs it’s own post. For now I’ll say that I succeeded, after a very difficult year, and not in the way I thought I would. Maybe we’ll talk about it tomorrow. We’ll see.

Overall, I think I was pretty successful. It was a very busy, very tiring year and I think that I made a very good effort. Although, I know I can do better. After all, that’s what new years are for, right?

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