Archives for January 2016


Aldie Mansion Wedding

by NJ Wedding Photographer, Jessica Lee Photography


PA wedding photographs, Jessica lee photo


Jessica and Brian are married..


I am so excited to share this lovely Aldie Mansion Wedding! Being that I am from New Jersey, occasionally I hop on over to Pennsylvania and get to capture some amazing weddings there! Jessica and Brian’s Doylestown, Pennsylvania wedding was rustic and simply classic. Jessica wore a beautiful LianCarlo wedding gown with a front and back v-neck; it looked stunning on her!  Jessica chose to go with flats (who doesn’t want to be comfortable on their big day?).  [Read more…]


Olde Mill Inn Wedding Photos by Jessica Lee Photography.



I love it when couples have fun on their wedding day!  That is exactly what Angela and Brian did and you can see it throughout their wedding photographs.  They shine and I am so ecstatic to share their wedding day with you!


Our day began at the beautiful Olde Mill Inn, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Angela was stunning in her David’s Bridal wedding gown.  Her bridesmaids stood by her side in their sea blue David’s bridal gowns that complimented the gentlemen wonderfully.  The florals were designed by Apple Blossom and contained simple, elegant white calla lilies with pops of bright yellow from their sunflowers.  I loved how Angela incorporated the yellow with the blue – it was perfect for this summer wedding!

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Every year, I set out with big dreams to have a well organized life. The reality, my life did more of the managing. I rush from one fire to another, trying to put it out before it consumes me entirely. At the end of the year I’m exhausted, left feeling unfulfilled and disappointed I didn’t even scratch my true potential. This year I want my goal setting to shift, to be more intentional, coming from a place of true purpose. I’m a good planner, but when I’m overwhelmed I tend to fight for the urgent vs the important (I need to learn more on how to distinguish between the two). To hold myself accountable, I plan to blog my monthly goals.


I’ve incorporated Lara’s Powersheets in my goal setting before, and it has really has been such a blessing to me.. I’ve seen my life reap a harvest. But, before now, I’ve used them unsuccessfully.


⁃    I would wait to long to fill them out for the following month, get frustrated and discouraged, and say, ‘next month’.

⁃    Next month would come and I wouldn’t fill them out due to being overwhelmed.

⁃    I left them in my binder, with the binder closed.

⁃    The binder lived in my office, I’m not in my office every day. So, checking them on a daily (sometime hourly) basis was not happening.



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How I plan to have more success in 2016.


⁃    Leave my Powersheet Workbook open to the month currently in.

⁃    Keep my workbook in a more common area on a regular basis (probably my kitchen counter or print out my tending list and tape it to my frig)

⁃    Have daily check-ins (set my phone to prompt me in the morning and afternoon or write it in my planner)

⁃    Use both my workbook and my Simplified Planner (I have the pretty pineapple one shown above) as companions (scheduling each goals task into intentional chunks of time)

⁃    Using the hourly schedule to organize my tasks for that day (setting a time limit to work too, especially during office hours)




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While doing the prep work (read Lara’s 2016 goal setting series), I focused on the most important categories of my life (in no particular order) right now:


– Spiritual (cultivating joy & contentment)
– Financial
– Marriage
– Health & Wellness
– Family
– Home
– Business (JLP)


I began to dream in each of these areas of all the things I would love to do in 2016. Then set on a course to break them down into action ideas.


Side Note: The ‘Goal Action Ideas’ is my favorite section in the workbook. As a type-A, planner, need-to-have-it-all-laid-out-in-front-of-me person, this section makes some serious deposits in my tank! Not only does it list your goal but the ‘why’ behind it. I’ll admit, sometimes this part was tough for me. I would stare at it for long periods of time, hoping the words would just pour onto the page, but they never did. When I really dug deep, the true purpose behind the goal was revealed (I did not allow myself to jump ahead to the next goal until that one goal was clearly and intentionally defined. Sometimes, I didn’t revisit my workbook for days as I sat and digested the goal. This set my anxious-heart ablaze, but motivated me to do the hard work!). I loved how each goal has a section to write how it will effect your life long term.. seeing the bigger picture allows you to further define your goal with purpose. After which, the action items become more easily recognizable. The small box, to identify who/what to seek as a resource, is another personal favorite. For me, this is pivotal. When I’m knee deep in the chaos it’s easy to loose sight, coming back to this small step will allow me to get a quick boost of motivation.


After brainstorming, I came up with this list of goals for 2016:


– Work through the Financial Peace University series again


– Determine a ‘duty day’ twice a month (read all about what a duty day is by Katelyn James)


– Plan for retirement


– Go on a date every month


– Learn to play backgammon with Shelvie


– Learn more about/practice the fruits of the spirit


– Work through Search the Scriptures


– Volunteer at church


– Do the Nancy Ray Contentment Challenge


– Read and do Jane Johnson’s devotional, Treasures of Darkness: A Nine Week Bible Study


– Read 10 new + 4 business related books


– Create and use a meal plan


– Hire a personal trainer (July)


– Run a half marathon (by October)


– Buy a trail/road bike.. use it!


– Do a sugar fast twice this year


– Eat more paleo/Whole 30


– Pray through January about moving forward with our adoption


– Honor the Sabboth weekly with no (JLP) work and social media


– Hire a nanny


– Finish Ezra’s and Piper’s first year book


– Take Shelvie to see Walk Off The Earth and Foo Fighters


– Document our 2016 well


– Create a will/living will/estate plan


– Use the Marie Kondo method to tidy the house


– Create a legacy box


– Hang and display more family moments


– Work on the play room (organize and set up/decorate), basement (plumbing, frame + sheet rock), bonus room (finish floor, set up office + determine use for extra space), family command center (purchase desktop + chairs, set up/decorate) and outside flower beds (front + back)


– Plan 2 family vacations (Hershey + one other location) and 5 family day trips (including Sesame Place)


– Create a 12 month marketing plan


– Revise business workflows


– Make the JLP blog and website more SEO friendly


– Visit/revisit family photography


– Streamline JLP products offered




Here are January’s goals to keep me on track (orange is what’s done so far)


  1. Create a family bucket list for 2016  and set dates on the calendar
  2. Start Financial Peace University, invite friends to join us
  3. Have a birthday party for Piper
  4. Determine two ‘duty days’ for each month
  5. Date night with Shelvie
  6. Work on and create a meal plan to follow for the month
  7. Set up Dropbox on both Shelvie and my phone, connect camera (read this, this and this post on how to organize your family media by Kara Layne. #mindblown!!)
  8. Schedule cleaning days
  9. Action plan for work needed on the house: to-do’s, needs/wants, finish interior design plans
  10. Define a social media plan for the next 12 months