I'm notorious for making lists. Lists for the grocery store, packing lists when I go on vacation, lists for when I go to multiday barrel races, etc. (you get the drift.)
This past year has been one for - well chilling out. I feel like I've been in a hurry to get somewhere since I graduated high school in 2000. Five years of college, three years of running my own photography business, and a year of learning my way in a brand new extremely stressful job all lead to 2010 being the year of my burnout finally catching up with me. I put aside my camera and photography for the first time in probably 15 years. I did exactly one wedding and two other small photo jobs this year. I was uninspired and truthfully I was just plain tired of worrying what people thought and trying to make other people happy. I just wanted a year for me. I feel like it's the best thing I ever did. I have sewn and grown leaps and bounds as a seamstress. I made a ball gown in January which I am truly proud of. I've started really feeling comfortable with my serger, and I also made my first coat which I have worn the tail off of. All in all I am very happy with the skills I have gained over the past year.
Not to say I haven't taken any photographs, I have but just not at my usual rate.
As I do at this time every year I sit down and try to set some goals for the following year. This is a personal list that I aspire to, but hardly ever do everything on the list. That's not the point. The point is to have goals to reach toward.
I want to begin to compete more with my horses. I have three really wonderful furry kids that need to get out there and shine. We've done all the training there is to do; now it's time to get out there, haul, and compete.
Photography is going to take a numero uno position in my artistic pursuits. I have several wonderful books that I got for Christmas that are really inspiring and I think are going to lead me down a new path for my artwork.
Sewing is going to continue to be something I am pursuing, of course. My fabric bins brimmith over and I can't wait to cut into them.
And the list could go on and on.
Last but not least, I would like to really begin to blog again. I used to love sharing what I did on livejournal, and blogger has taken some getting used to.
Looks like I have my work cut out for me this coming year. Enjoy the rest of your week kittens!
I need a plan for my life I think, or at least a plan for my time after work. I have a tendency to let the the boho hippie part of myself take over after 5 o'clock which means I just float along and tackle whatever tickles my fancy that afternoon.
I used to be so diciplined and always had a plan as to what I was going to do every day when I was in college. Maybe that had something to do with the boatload of stuff I had to accomplish every week which pretty much meant that I had to schedule every spare minute of my life.
Me thinks I need to sit down and really think about this.