Just let that sink in for a moment.

Whether you had a good or bad year, 2017 has come to a close. We are facing new days and with that, comes hope. It gives people hope they can finally lose the weight, take the trip, and/or achieve that big goal. That always rejuvenates me a bit in the blues of Winter. When I see people becoming more active or setting goals, I am infectiously more inclined to do the same.

So, here we are. It’s officially January 1st, and it’s time to think about the year ahead. I have a hard time setting goals. As someone who wants to do it all, it is difficult for me to focus on committing to an entire year of vision. Knowing that things will change, I have instead opted to share my monthly goals today!



  1. Get a physical. I just had a birthday, so it seems like the perfect time to make that dreaded doctor’s appointment to make sure everything checks out. Time for a check up!
  2. Black out one weekend to be off EVERY month. One of my big goals this year is to have more time for me, my husband, and my social life. I’ve already got this month’s weekend OFF the books, but I am challenging myself to go ahead and pick a tentative weekend for each month of 2018 now.
  3. Increase physical activity. This is something I’ve already started working towards, so that I could simply keep up the momentum in the new year. While I’m not setting a specific weight or exercise goal, I am going to keep a closer eye on my Apple watch rings each day!



  1. Start an email list. This has long been on my to-do list and NOW is the time. I am moving this up into the priority zone this January. I hope to implement subscriber lists on both the AKP website as well as the AKP retreat website.
  2. Give website a refresh. Throughout January, I am going to attempt to update all of the imagery on the AKP website. This means new galleries, link checking, and adding a few new features!
  3. Host an online collective for the AKP Retreat. In an attempt to reach those who don’t have as much access to travel, I want to launch an online collective for AKP Retreat material. I am already chatting with my team on how to make this happen, and I have high hopes that this will roll out SOON! <3


So, what does January look like for me?

While many will be celebrating a continuation of their off season, I will be back on the road! Early next week, I am heading to Florida to begin preparation for our ninth destination workshop in Miramar Beach. I’ll be visiting with my family in Orlando the few days before, but I am so excited to host 30 talented photographers in the off-season by the beach.

What’s the highlight of your month ahead? Leave a comment below and fill me in!





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  1. Audrey

    January 1st, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    My highlight this upcoming month… going to Destin for my very first AKP retreat!!! It’s going to be AMAZING, and I’m sooo pysched for it!!!

  2. Kaitlin

    January 1st, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Your goals are awesome and I have not doubt that you’ll reach every single one!

  3. Sharron

    January 1st, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I love this post! It’s so focused amd filled with intention! I want to focus on more shooting, refresh my website and blogging weekly (which is more realistic than daily). Blogging has always been a challenge for me…but I am ready for 2018! ????

  4. Joanna

    January 1st, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    These are great! I love how you have them broken down for the different areas of your life. Especially love planning to be off one weekend a month. That planned down time will be amazing!


    January 1st, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    These are great goals, Ash! I can’t wait to walk beside you and help you reach them.

  6. Lindsay

    January 1st, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Loving your goals, and definitely mirroring some in my own life this year!

  7. Valerie Shaney

    January 1st, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Have so much fun in Florida! Enjoy some warm weather for those of us back here in MD!

    Also, definitely schedule an off weekend, You deserve it!!

  8. Angie

    January 2nd, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Happy New Year Love! You are going to crush 2018!!