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Dear 2017..I’m Reclaiming my Time

August 7, 2017

Happy August!

This year has come and gone in such a whirlwind I can’t believe we are almost at Christmas again….I mean you might as well say you are the way the time is moving. 2017 was a great year so far here is what I’ve done

  • I spoke at my first blog conference in May. It was scary but I think I did good. I spoke with my Fab Five girls and it was fabulous to speak with my sisters.
  • I attended Blogher….that conference….I wasn’t happy at all with the results but more on that later. I did meet a lot of people and my network of folks went up so that was a good thing from the conference
  • I took the kids to Busch Gardens for the first time
  • Starred in a couple of videos this one is my Favorite
  • Photography has shot me through the roof. Funny…I didn’t start off ever thinking I wanted to be a photographer I always did it for fun but photography has surpassed my blog in a huge way and it’s scary
  • I cut out a lot of after school activities for the kids because I was tired going from place to place
  • I became best friends with someone who was always my friend but we actually got to know each other better this year and we can officially say we are besties lol

I have done a lot and I want to do more but I think fear stands in my way. Here is what I want more of for the 2nd half of 2017

I want to take my photography to new heights. I want to become thee commercial photographer for brands. I take photos of families, I do senior portraits, I do events but I really really want to do brand photography or what some would call…commercial photography. I love small businesses so that is who I want to work with. I want to take photos of their product or service and become the photographer for certain brands. One brand that I absolutely love is the Dry Bar. I stalk their instagram daily and I want to do what they have done for a client where I come up with creative ways to showcase their product or service by taking fun and exciting photos. I am scared y’all…..I am scared that I am not good enough. Sure people have said so but I look at others and think to hell with it. I think it’s one reason I charge so little because I fear that I am not that good to charge more. It’s hard admitting that but even though my photos are good to me they aren’t great and I get discouraged all the time. So in order to boost my confidence I will do a challenge starting at the end of the year to hold myself accountable to take more intentional photos and connect with more people. It’s time to kick my own butt into gear! I am going to start by cleaning out my Instagram and getting rid of people whom I just don’t want to see in my feed and only following those whom I connect with and find appealing. I have started to do that more and more these days. I am reclaiming my time and cleaning up my act when it comes to photography.

My blog posts have gotten out of hand just a tad bit. I was trying to push out content after content earlier this year until my girls said hey Kita….you are going back to that magazine voice again. I had to sit down and think do I just want to push out good content or great content so I decided to take a step back and write less posts with more intentions on who I am. I am now writing on Mondays, Wed., and Fridays of every week! Wed will always be some type of business related posts and Mondays will be all about travel, parenting, or hot topic. Fridays I will leave for the food side of me because I can’t let that go. I was a caterer at one point in my life and I love food so I want to be more intentional with my food posts. A lot of people have asked me well what is It’s Really Kita all about. It’s simple…..a blog about my life which includes everything that I love in my voice. It’s really about me….I don’t think I need any other explanation. I want people to know me for the crazy cussing fool that they always see. I want people to see my posts and relate to something. I want people to laugh, cry, and learn a lesson. That is my goal with my blog posts…..to write about something going on in my life that maybe you can relate to and apply to your life. I am starting to reclaim my time on blog posts and write whats going on in my life

I want to sell a product. Dammit…..I don’t want to sell tshirts though. You know who I love? I love Ashley Brooke Designs! This company is a beast and sells almost everything I want to sell. I love their mugs and their clear cups but I don’t want to sell notebooks because I don’t write lol. I want to sell something but I don’t know what I want to sell. Some people tell me to just do the service part of my blog and don’t sell anything but I am itching to have more money coming in and something that can make me money in my sleep without me having to do much just put it up on a website and sell it. I am not crafty but I do love cups and I do love bags. I like tshirts but I don’t want to sell a 30 dollar shirt because I myself don’t wanna pay that much for shirts. You see how confusing this is……*cries* My goal is to come up with some type of product by the end of the year even if I have to partner with someone. I want to sell something…SHAT

I have two VA’s so don’t think I do all of this alone but even with them I want them to be more intentional on what they do so I can drive more traffic to my site. As a blogger my main money comes from the services I offer…not from my blog so while I love to blog I just don’t make any money from it. I sometimes want to start a photography blog/website separate from my blog but I am afraid to run more things…..I don’t want to start a whole new website and new social media channel just to talk about photography when I love to talk about other things as well. I am on the fence about starting a photography website separate from this site but I might take the plunge at the end of the year…..might. I don’t even know what I would call it but for now I am happy to have everything on one site!

The rest of my 2017 goes like this

  • More intentional blog posts
  • Incorporating more behind the scenes on social media and using instagram stories more for business
  • Taking photographs that speak to my audience a little better and have an action plan on what to posts. I might start doing days like Truth Tuesday, What I’m doing Wed. product of the week, what I am doing all weekend, etc.
  • No more following the rules….I create my own rules and follow what works for me
  • Spend more time one on one with my kids
  • Have the kids help out more with my business and involve them. My daughter has the task of creating ideas for photos from my blog posts and my son is starting to take photos of me more
  • Read more….I am reading a book a month but I think I can find the time to do two a month BTW….what are you reading? I need to add some more books to my list
  • Attend a photography conference
  • Find a mentor for business
  • Find out what the heck I want to sell
  • Lose at least 15lbs I know I was going to do 50lbs but I think 15 is more reasonable at the rate I am going
  • Laugh more and be more real

I want to thank you all for sticking with me for this past year. I know I talk about losing my family a lot and stuff so for those that have stuck with me a huge huge thank you. The best way to keep up with me is to sign up for my  newsletter at the bottom of the page. It comes out every Tuesday with a giveaway in every newsletter. It’s where you get me unfiltered and raw about life’s happening. I am on snapchat but the name is hidden because y’all don’t wanna see what I do over there at all. Remember to put me in your feedly and as always if you have any questions about photography email me at kita@itsreallykita.com or hello@itsreallykita.com Thanks again and stay tuned for more Kita in 2017.

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    robin rue
    August 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    It sounds like you have a good handle on what you want to do. I am sure with the help of your VA’s you will get exactly where you want to.

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    Alli Smith
    August 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    OK – now I’m impatiently waiting to hear why you were not happy with the results of Blogher. I’ve never been to a blogging conference. I have taken several blogging e-courses that were a total waste of money and time.

    Congrats on speaking at a conference and for reclaiming your time. I’ve cut back to blogging three days a week and I’m loving it. Sometimes less is more.

    I want to sell a product too. If I could just think of one that would fit my niche.

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    Natasha
    August 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This entire post is giving me my life, and in a way that it hurts my toes because you stepped all over them. It’s kind of difficult being in this space and wanting to be the best, but also knowing that you have limitations because there will always be someone around telling you that you AREN’T doing enough when YOU know you’re doing TOO much! Great job for outlining exactly how you’re going to reclaim your time, and I can’t wait to see how that catapults you to even greater heights!

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    Mimi
    August 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Life takes turns we don’t expect but when we listen the outcome can be great. I can remember when you weren’t interested in photography at all, now look at you. Can’t wait to see your next steps!

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    Franc Ramon
    August 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I have the same mindset on contents. I am also writing fewer contents too that’s more on my flavor and better reach. It’s nice that you’ve accomplished a lot this year and good luck in the photography.

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    Jeanette
    August 7, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I love the goals you set for yourself. I think anything is attainable if you have a focus. Sometimes you just need that kick in the butt to move forward. I hope you taking all the goals you have this year.

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    LaShawn
    August 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Proud of you. #thatisall

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    candy
    August 7, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds like you are really changing it up and making great strides in your career. Sounds like your on fire.

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    Bernetta
    August 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I think you’re on the steady path of growth and it’s amazing to see all the things you’ve been able to accomplish. Congrats on stepping out so far, the new bestie and reclaiming your time.

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    Jennifer
    August 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Love this post and your list of goals. You’ve accomplished so much and I know the best is still yet to come!

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    Yum Yucky
    August 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I think your goals are great. As for myself, I’m feeling pretty focused and on track right now, but it wouldn’t hurt for me to re-assess my goals and become even more strategic. Thanks for the nudge, Kita!

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    Anosa
    August 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I felt like I could have written the part about wanting to share something as I have had the same thoughts too. Hope you photography continues to blossom.

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    lisa
    August 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I have found myself in a similar place recently. I almost feel out of body. I need to find myself and my time again.

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    Kim LaCoste
    August 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Time does fly way too fast…I am a teacher and have the summer off from school, but I did a lot of freelancing this summer so it went even faster because I was busy.

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    Sarah Bailey
    August 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    It looks like you have really taken a step back and decided what you want to do for the rest of the year, it is something I should think about doing myself.

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    Pam
    August 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    It is really important to know what you want to do with your time. Glad you figured it out before it got too out of hand.

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    Bren Pace | Designs by Virtual Bren
    August 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Kita,

    You are kicking it girl! I’m so proud of you! Yes, I need deets on Blogher! Not that I would ever go but really curious! 🙂

    B

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    Lori Vachon
    August 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Goals are great, but often it is truly beneficial to take a step back and reassess. Sometimes the target we’re aiming for isn’t really what’s best for us.

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    Toni
    August 8, 2017 at 12:22 am

    You know what you want and seem to have a very solid plan. It’s ok to be fearful, as long as you don’t allow it to hold you back. I am sure you will be fine. And good luck!

    PS: We are our worst critics.

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    Jasmine Eclipse
    August 8, 2017 at 12:29 am

    This was such an inspirational read! I CAN’T believe it’s already August, this year has FLOWN by and it’s not okay. I think I’m going to make a list like this for myself so I live the rest of 2017 intentionally and with purpose.

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    Ali || Veggies by Candlelight
    August 8, 2017 at 12:43 am

    These are great goals! Sometimes you really just need to take a step back to see if your goals are really what you want to be the end result. When we look at it differently we realize that our goals need to change. And that’s okay! I can’t wait to read your blog post about BlogHer, you’re not the first person to say you weren’t satisfied. I’m interested!

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    Carol Cassara
    August 8, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I love it! It’s awesome to be able to asses your year and check on what you need to improve on. It’s definitely going to make it easier for you to achieve your goals. This is definitely something that I’d love to do. I hope you take on the last part of 2017 like the boss you are!

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    Stacie
    August 8, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Boy, you have really been busy! I think it’s awesome that your photography is taking off like it is. Congrats!

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    August 8, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Best of luck reaching your newly defined goals. I did Blogher a number of years back and did not enjoy the experience.

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    Betty
    August 8, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Wow that’s great to look back at what you have achieved so far in 2017 because you did a lot! What great accomplishments! And how great that you have goals for the rest of the year to look forward to!

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    Olivia
    August 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Love this mid year recap! It’s great you are accomplishing so much and have more you want to do! I’m inspired! Congrats on all your accomplishments!

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    Lou
    August 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Girl…do you!! I don’t listen to rules either, never have and it brought me far along. Yeah, I may not get invited to many events because of the type of blog I have but I don’t mind, as long as I’m happy, have more time with my family, and making passive income that is all that matters. Look at those you admire, maybe seek out to them for advice. Or listen to your gut, pray to God to help lead your way to the right path.

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    Shantel
    August 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Yes!!!! I need to reclaim my time as well. I find myself loosing interest in what I’m doing and it’s definitely affecting my bottom line.

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    Our Family World
    August 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    This is an eye opening post. Sometimes we do have to step back and not be engulfed with all the work we are doing. I know we all have big dreams but if we don’t “stop and smell the flowers” we’re not going to get anywhere. Wishing you the best always.

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    Kristin
    August 9, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Well Reclaim that time girl!! Congrats on your successes and definitely praying you reach that rest of your goals and more!! And I absolutely love the “no more following the rules” goal…..adding that one!! Ive definitely have to carve my own path! Thanks for sharing

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    Eva
    August 9, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I think the goals you have set are definitely reasonable, and they make me want to go back and figure out what I need to do/change. I think Auntie Maxine said a word. We all have to sit back, assess, and reclaim our time!

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    Courtney CJ
    August 9, 2017 at 2:12 am

    I’d definitely love to hear more about your experiences at BlogHer. I’ve yet to invest in a conference because I want to make sure I am getting my bang for my buck. Congratulations on speaking at an event though! How awesome is that? I think it’s always best for bloggers to focus on what brings them joy and the rest will come.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    August 9, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I love this post. Focus and passion are what we always need. Once we know what we want to achieve it is easier to go after it passionately. Congrats for speaking at the conference.

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    August 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Congratulations. I agree that finding a mentor could be a real game changer. I wish you much success!

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    KiSheyna
    August 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    What an awesome half a year recap of your blog and photography business. I think you are doing so well claim your commerical photography increase. I self-doubt a lot too like beating myself over the head for wanting to upgrade to a new camera model and buying more elaborate lenses. Just be consistent and everything else will fall into place rooting for you!

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    Tiffany H.
    August 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats on what you have done thus far, you have accomplished alot. In regards to taking the photos, speak to yourself and say I am a great photographer and I am worthy of charging x amount of prices, If you don’t believe it no one will and even if people tell you still wont believe. Good luch and cheers to completing the rest of your goals.

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    Terri Beavers
    August 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Blogging can suck up all of our time if we don’t schedule it carefully. Like you, I’m reclaiming some of my time. I had a ticket to BlogHer and planned to go but my daughter had an emergency and I didn’t make it. My sister went and she was really pleased with the conference. I’m going to be watching to see why you weren’t that satisfied.

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    Sabrina
    August 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I love the passion in this post! It is always a great thing when you are surprised with a passion and a talent. Taking stock of your year is a great way of making sure you are moving forward. Thank you for sharing.

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    August 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    You have had quite the year so far and I agree that it is amazing how quickly this year is passing by! I too have considered getting more serious about photography and pursuing it further outside of my blog. Hope you enjoy the rest of your year!

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