resolutions for September + other randomness!!

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August was honestly a crazy blur.

I was anticipating only going to family camp in northern Iowa for a week..
- And then a dear friend got engaged which called for road-tripping to WI for a visit/doing her engagement photos!
- And then I was down in TN for a bridal shower for my almost-sister Kari (!!) with my Mom and grandparents!
- And then last weekend I was up in northern Iowa again doing a few photo sessions and attending a Labor Day picnic 
some sweet friends hosted!
Seriously -- I felt like every time I turned around it was time for me to leave again, haha!
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed road tripping around, but am also looking forward to letting my suitcase sit dormant for a bit. :)

So grateful that September will more home-y, but yet busy!!
And speaking of this month..I'M SO EXCITED FOR FALL.
Like once September 1st hits each year I breathe this mental sigh of relief that
"hallelujah it is now publicly acceptable to wear boots, corduroy and beanies."
I guess I just feel a little self-conscious wearing boots in the summer.
(and feel like people are mentally judging me or something) :)

Let's look back at my goals from July/August, and lay out things for this month, shall we?


do stuff that is relaxing. I did take time to do 'chill' things and not wrap my whole life around editing/emails/work stuff. 

So important to build rest into your schedule -- especially when you work for yourself!!
write 4 letters per week. Welllll, I wrote 7 total over the whole month. So there's that.

create one handmade project. My handmade project ended up being this...
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I recently was feeling like I really needed some inspiration for myself, so when my printing place had a free shipping sale I bought a bunch of prints in various sizes!!
When I've printed work for myself in the past, I typically just have gotten 4x6 prints..and so this time I got a few of those, but also other sizes like 8x12, 4x4, and as large as a 10x13!
Originally I taped these up on the wall with washi tape..and then they all fell down.
So I hammered in a couple nails, strung some orange velvet ribbon and clipped them all up on here -- WA LA!
I don't know why I didn't do this a long time ago..because it has given me so much motivation and joy just having some of my favorite photos printed in front of me.

I also framed a couple..my Mom got me this wood frame at a garage sale, and the more I look at it the more I adore it..
especially with little Harper inside there. :)
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go through inventory. I went through my packaging inventory, and am finishing this goal up within the next week here for September! Just have to place orders on a few things.

1 hour work session each day. When I was home (which wasn't much!!) this happened pretty regularly. It's amazing how refreshing it is to shut your phone off, block out the world and just WORK for a solid hour. 
Reminds you how social media/text messaging/etc is really not that important.

make headway in "Grow Your Handmade Business." Sadly I only opened this book once last month..but what I did read has impacted me a lot. Kari Chapin was talking about how you need to think of where you want to end up, and work backwards from there. 
[i.e. what can you do to channel your business NOW so it can look like you want it to in 5 years?]

Okay, September...


running goal. This goal is actually going to be until the end of November, but I'm just blogging about it now. By the end of this fall, I would like to be able to run all the way around a nearby lake without stopping, which is a couple miles. I'm definitely going to have to work up to this, as when I "run" it basically means : run for a short distance, slow down and power walk. (repeat) I used to get side aches when I was younger and ran for too long, so we'll see how this goes. But I want to shoot for this, anyways!

have fun with a secret project. I have a pretty exciting blog post coming up that I have really enjoyed working on so far..can't wait to post it!! Lots more prep to do with this, and sometimes I almost can't handle how stoked I am for it. ;)


new locations. Planning to do some research into other locations in the area for fall sessions..LOVE shooting in new places, so I'm thrilled to look into this more. :)

practice. I know it won't happen every single day, but my goal is practice photography around my house as much as possible this month. Need to push myself!!

shoot 2 weddings + several sessions. This weekend I am second shooting a wedding, and then photographing my brother's later this month. Cannot. Wait. 

work 2 hours. Going to shoot for working 2 solid hours on weekdays, with my phone off/no checking internet, unless I'm conquering the e-mail inbox. My editing pile is becoming a mountain, and I'm taking dominion over that before I have a meltdown, ha!

So among other randomness, I just purchased the 35 mm 1.4 lens -- CHEERS!!
In light of that, I am selling my Canon 24 mm 2.8 lens, if anyone is interested.
I bought it brand new from BHPhoto in 2012, as I wanted some type of wide angle since my only other lens at the time was the 50 mm.
I have very rarely used it, I've just kept it on hand as more an 'emergency' lens if I got in tight spots while shooting 
and needed something wider.
So it is in excellent condition, and comes with both lens caps and a lens filter I bought for it.
Selling for $250 plus shipping, and please e-mail me asap if you are interested in purchasing!
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When I was in TN a few weeks ago, "for the first time in forEVER" I went to Anthropologie.
I have dreamed of going to this place for a very long time, and I almost couldn't believe it that I was walking through the doors.
*cue pixie dust*
What a store..so obsessed.
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I may have spent $50 there on these orange bowls, this belt, (and a couple other things that were gifts for friends) 
because obviously if it's your first time at Anthro, you're going to get something to remember the experience by.
#hello :P
And then when I got home I thought the bag of my purchases was lost, 
and praise the Lord they weren't.
Because, keeping it real, I almost cried when the bag wasn't found, 
(hey, I was worn out, $50 is a lot of money and this is Anthropologie items we're talking about)
but then I gave myself a pep talk that it was just STUFF, Hannah,
and people and memories are what matter.
Important reminders to have.
[And basically I've never been so happy to see a crumpled paper bag until that day, guys.]
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What are you excited about for September?!

~H. Elise
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