The 2014 Directive started on January 1st as a “modern new year’s resolution.” It’s an Instagram & blog link-up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis. Whether you need to lose a couple pounds, organize your closet, or save a bit of cash, The 2014 Directive structure will get you there.
There are no strict guidelines for participating and you set your own goals. Whatever is relevant to your life each month!
Read more about The 2014 Directive here.
How I did in April
A huge part of my goals for April was to try out some new recipes and share them here on the blog. Done and done y'all! A big part of the reason food was center stage was definitely the hubby's birthday and, even though his cake ended up being prettier than it tasted (which isn't saying much), I think he liked the other recipes we've tried. And just in case you've missed them.....
Blue Ribbon Strawberry Shortcake--Zach's absolute favorite dessert
Herb-Crusted Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce--the highlight of this is definitely the sauce
General Tso's Chicken--the answer to your Chinese cuisine cravings
Melt-in-your-Mouth Steak Marinade--Zach's birthday dinner and our new favorite grilling recipe
Honey Chipotle Chicken Tenders--sweet with a little bit of kick equals delicious
Oh just looking at those recipes again is making my mouth water!!! YUMMY!!! The second part of the directive was exercise and I did a fairly good job at keeping up with my exercise plan and I did manage to tone. I have, however, slacked on it this week (thanks Mother Nature). This is definitely going to be carried on into May....after all I have to keep up with my #1800minutechallenge, right!!
My third goal, as a continuation of my directive from waaay back in January, was to write at least 10 content-heavy posts for the blog. Done and done. Thanks in part to Jessica's Blog Planner, I was able to schedule all but three of this month's blog posts in advance! Gasp!! Huge win on this one and definitely a trend I'm hoping to continue!!! And my five favorites of the month are.....
And that's what I call a slam dunk!!!
What I'm Doing in May
-Making my Photography Better-
a-Learn how to shoot in manual mode
b-Practice editing my blog photos and work on making them more professional
c-Take on the picture-a-day challenge
-Continue exercising with Jillian at least 3 times a week-
-Schedule and write at least 10 content-heavy posts-
Alright so obviously the main focus for the month is my photography. Zach bought me my DSLR almost two years ago but I still find myself relying on all its automatic settings. I really REALLY want to make my blog photos, and really all of my photos, better and I'm certain that getting a good grasp of shooting in manual will allow me to do that. Mostly I'll be relying on Pinterest and it's never ending supply of tutorials (and a few pointers from the hubs) but I'd love to get some feedback from people I know too soooo if you have any tips, please share!!
The second part of making my photography better is editing my photos. You might have noticed that I've already been working on this a little in my last few posts but I'm planning on putting everything I've gleaned so far together and working a little editing magic.
And of course, what better way to get myself comfortable with photography than taking on a photo-a-day challenge. I'm going to be using this as kind of a starter but I think I might stray from it a little bit. Also I'm not limiting myself to just using the DSLR and opening it up to my phone camera too. Follow me on Instagram to check on my progress and of course, I'll be posting an update on this at the end of the month.
The rest of my directive for May is pretty much continuing the goals I've set for myself in previous directives--exercising and toning more plus keeping up with this here bloggy blog. May is actually turning out to be one of those months of change that I talked about at the beginning of the year so I'm definitely excited to see where my goals take me this month!
Are you an amateur photographer? What is your tip for shooting in manual mode (or what would you love to learn more about)?