12 Jan 2011
One of the things I want to focus on this year is a personal project… a photo a day. I tried last year and failed miserably. This year, I have a goals. I always have goals. Goals are good. My 2010 business goals were motivating me all the way to the very end. I completed the studio, but moved (wahh), I completed 3 amazing workshops-2 by Wendy Schulz and 1 by Kelli France of France Photography, I updated my website-phew, I haven’t quite mastered my workflow since that is always a work in progress (I believe there is always room to grow and improve) but I have streamlined it, I decided not to join PPA, I also decided NOT to second shoot a wedding-I am not a wedding photographer at this time in my business, I read 3 new books (1. Visionmongers by David duChemin 2. Purple Cow by Seth Godin 3. Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington, The Big Moo by Seth Godin, and listened to The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber ), I have certainly updated my business plan and goals and continue to do so almost every 6 months, and I traveled with my camera (in the very last month of the year) and was paid for it : ) and last but not least, I have ordered several photos and displayed them throughout my home. So, If I only look at the goals for 2010, I am feeling pretty good. If I consider anything more-well, I am not feeling so good. I want to take more time for this personal project and document change. I want to try to balance better and you know what is at the top of my list for 2011… Stop working and get to bed. I am far from having a regular sleep routine and I want that to change.
So, here I am kicking off 2011 with a (an attempt) photo a day.
Day one and two was spent in AZ. I was very unprepared for 2011, as a matter of fact-it was after midnight when I realized that I needed a picture for day one. So, I didn’t start the year with a pow for sure. Quite the opposite. My hair was crazy, I had eaten myself into an oblivion and it was late. All I knew was suitcases and folded clothes (not the ideal for 10 days). I loved being with my family, it actually started to feel as though I was back for good. : ) BUT, real life was starting to hit me and I wanted so much for 2011- “There is always week 2,” is what I kept telling myself.
By day 3, I was still forgetting about my daily project UNTIL I saw my dad draping blankets over the bushes. I thought it was so funny and struck me as such a funny thing that we do in AZ. Supposedly, the blankets protect the landscape from the freeze. Well, I can testify that the plants were tucked in and ready for bed. I think we only see these things in AZ??? And then, day 4 was time to get back to WA and play catch up… I left AZ very early in the morning and hit the ground running. Seriously.