We made it through the year. The good, the bad and the downright ugly and I’ve compiled a couple of lists. Because I can.
The five best things I discovered last year:
- Podcasts. Yes, I was late to the party. My absolute favourite is Ben Smith’s A Small Voice, conversations with photographers. I also quite like some of (not all of) Make It Happen and 30 days of Genius. I’d love suggestions for others, please!
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp Made me get so regular about my creativity that bordered on OCD. FYI I shot over 50 rolls of film last year. 5 times more than 2015 and clocked up countless hours in the darkroom, hence the podcasts.
- Skillshare. I got the 3 months free trial and learnt many things in that time. Best one was Jennifer Schwartz – Crusade for Your Art. I got so much from it that I bought her book too. If you want a code to have Skillshare premium for 3 months trial and do the course, or any course for that matter, send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll give you the code.
- Juicing and walking daily. Duh.
- Bullet Journal. Planners, diaries, systems from Hipster PDAs to Trello, calenders, digital downloads; you name it, I’ve done it. Then I discovered the joy of bujo. I haven’t however adopted the washi tape, coloured markers and hand lettering way. My way is the straightforward, frill-free and oh so simple version.
And here’s the ten things I’m taking into 2017:
- Dreaming big. And those long term goals broken down into bite-size chunks I can manage and then seem doable
- No more making excuses. Procrastination, let’s be having you. You go that way, I’ll go over there.
- Create something everyday. And if I can’t, get over it.
- Make more time for the people and things I truly love, thus…
- …learning to say NO. Tricky for this people-pleaser.
- Allowing for growth, change and learning. Slightly contradicts the no procrastination vow but it just means I have to be more quick-witted.
- I’m a Virgo. But I must accept I can’t multi-task and stop being a perfectionist.
- Not caring if people ‘like’ my work and/or allowing that to influence what I create. That’s not hubris talking, just a realisation that there are those out in the world that do and others that don’t. Haters gonna hate…
- …so therefore I’m continuing with my big step away from social media. Got stuff to say about this below.
- Be vulnerable, be real, be honest. Embrace fear. As Elin says:
“Being brave is a choice, not a personality trait”
So. Social media. I never say never but for now, I’m going to try to continue to keep social media at arm’s length during the coming year. Instead, I’m going to blog, send out newsletters and write personal emails. I’ll concentrate on making my bodies of work have deeper meaning that hopefully will resonate, or move you, or tell you a fascinating story. I’m not alone in feeling tired of the merry-go-round, timesucking and gorgeous sunsets. I’ve noticed a few people ditching social media and shock horror, working. Am I scared? Oh flip yeah. The tiny smattering of people interested in me will at least half when they think I’m no longer active. Those who stay with me, thank you in advance, you are brilliant stars. All 3 of you 😉