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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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The Importance of Setting Goals

Gina Todorovich

Some say it takes around 21 days to form a habit. We're just over that far into 2013. And we all know what happens every new year...


The start of a new year is a time of reflection on the year that just passed and on ideas, hopes, aspirations for the new one. Many resolutions are goals that we hope will become good habits. 

Now I've strayed away from doing this myself mostly, in large part due to my belief that ANY time is good to aim for improvement. Then again, I've struggled to really define my goals any time of any year. In fact, at the close of 2011, I wrote about my set goals.

Someone came across that post and got in touch with me recently about the topic of goal-setting and the impact it can have on our lives. They shared an infographic on the topic, posted below. It really puts things in perspective and makes me want to set some concrete goals for myself and my photographyand write them down.

I want to create ambitious, attainable goals and then hold myself accountable in pursuing them. This will go beyond anything that can be accomplished in 21 days, and I hope it will motivate me to go even further than I previously imagined. 

Setting the goals is just the start, of course. Then comes the action...

Graphic provided by OnlineEducation.netSetting Goals Infographic

I definitely plan to brainstorm and really focus on just what my goals are exactly. Maybe I'll share them once I do. Maybe. :) In the meantime...

What are your goals and how are you working to attain them?

Todo's To Do List

Gina Todorovich

So after some thought (and a delightful afternoon/evening blogging at Tryst with friends), I've got my starter list of goals. Keeping it simple at the start. And without further ado...

1. Exhibit my photos in a gallery.

I know some talented, inspiring people. People who accomplish great things and continue to take their artistic work to the next level when I thought they had already reached the top. Sometimes these people do things I never thought about pursuing myself because I apparently assumed, on some level, that they were outside of my reach.

One of those things is to have my photos displayed in a gallery. It's not something I thought I could never do. It's something I never thought about doing in the first place. That's an option?! How did that not cross my mind? I'm not sure, but I have my first goal now. Bam.

2. Redesign/move my website.

I first set up my website, inspired by my friend Milli, in January 2010. I chose to use SquareSpace to set up and host my site, and it treated me well for a while. Then I started to hear more and more about WordPress (.org, as I later learned), and my curiosity was piqued. This was amplified by the fact that I started to notice the slew of spam comments on my blog posts. I have wanted to move my site over to WordPress for months now, and I think it's time to make myself make that happen. And while I'm at it, review my site architecture, design, look and feel. (Nerd!)

3. Photo book follow through.

Years ago, I had an idea for a photo book. It would explore the idea of body image and the importance of perspective. I mentioned the idea in a bit more detail to some friends and got varied responses, all somewhat skeptical, I'd say. In part because of those responses and in part because of my inability to complete my vision even within my own head, I never pursued it. But sometimes my visions begin in my head with a vague semblance of a shape (not the most marketable material), and then naturally take form seemingly on their own as I begin work on them. So I am going to give this photo book idea a chance and see how it develops.

4. Photo project follow through.

When I went to NYC in April to take my friend from California around the city, I went up the Empire State Building for the first time. All these trips over all these years and I had never been. When I saw the view of Manhattan from the 102nd floor, I got an idea for a photo project—a layered collage, inspired by my experiment with the NYC Street Sunset—and tons of pictures of lower Manhattan. Unedited. Untouched. Not for long...

(P.S.-Todo is one of my nicknames. You know, because I don't have enough names I go by already.) :)

Goal: Set Goals

Gina Todorovich

I’ve never considered myself the goal-setting type. It’s not that I don’t want to accomplish great things. I just struggle to set goals. To commit myself to wanting something bad enough to claim that I will pursue it—and to set a bar that I can potentially fall short of.

Much of my life I have feared what I perceived as inevitable disappointment (that’s probably another blog post and possibly a therapy session’s worth in and of itself…I’ll save it). I’ve operated under the bloom where planted mindset. And I’ve enjoyed my life immensely and had some amazing experiences and opportunities. 

But I feel like I am nowhere near reaching my full potential.

I realized that as much of a struggle as it is for me (and as much as I think that’s a by-product of my inherently adaptable and go-with-the-flow nature), I have to set goals and pursue them or I may never actually go anywhere.

One of the problems I encounter when trying to make myself set goals—because it doesn’t happen naturally for me and I have to make a conscious effort—is that I can’t see a thought all the way through to come out with an actual goal.

I think about something I’d like to do, and my mind starts exploring a thought—a doubt, a potential obstacle, a fear—that triggers another and then another.

I stop myself.

I reset.

And my mind starts doing it all over again, just with a different thought, going a different direction. I get stuck in semi-circular thoughts and a general state of agitation over my inability to set simple goals.

So where does that take (or leave) me? Determined to overcome these internal and self-imposed obstacles and to set goals…then pursue them. And with direction for my next blog post.

Let’s just not call it a new year’s resolution one. It’s more of a “to do” list that happens to be coming about during the transition to a new year. (Semantics your face! And no, YOU are immature.)

Rule #76

Gina Todorovich

I have been slacking on the photography front.

In fact, when I really think about it, I've been quite lazy in general. I mean, I keep quite busy, but it's mostly on the social front, which I love (and I love all of you dear friends of mine).

But very little that I've done has stemmed from me pursuing my dreams and being intentional.

I've never been the goal-setting type. I pride myself on being very flexible--able to go with the flow. But if I go with the flow, I may never actually GO anywhere at all. Just drifting from one thing to the next, but with no promise of any…accomplishment.

Now I could go into why I don't set goals, but despite how absolutely scintillating and entertaining that might be, it won't reap results.

And it is time for results.

In the words immortalized by Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers...

"No excuses. Play like a champion."


That's right. I'm referencing Wedding Crashers in my serious talk about life, goals and making things happen.

And I'm applying Rule #76.

It's time to hustle. It's time to WANT. It's time to pursue.

Stay tuned...