Monday, January 4, 2010

Looking Back - Then Forward

©2010 Dianne Poinski

I am back from my little break. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Every year I find myself ready to get back to a routine and love the fresh start a new year brings.

Following the lead of some of my favorite bloggers, I am going to make a couple of lists. Before planning and dreaming about the new year, I think it’s a good idea to reflect a little on the past year. I think it’s especially important to focus on what went right – accomplishments, joyful moments etc. – and to label the less stellar moments as “growth experiences” and not “mistakes”. Performing this little ritual helps me feel gratitude and confidence as I get ready to make 2010 the best year yet.

So with that in mind here are my lists:

2009 Highlights:

· Paid cash for all of my business purchases in 2009.

· Turning 50 in Paris!

· Added more workshops to the list of classes I teach.

· Made many wonderful new friends as a result of these workshops.

· Decided to have professional scans made of my original hand-colored photographs.

· Found a “tribe” - I love the connections I have made online with people here in Sacramento and all over the world!

I could keep going but I think I am ready to look forward.

2010 Aspirations (I don’t like words like “goals” or “resolutions”)

· Take more photographs!!

· Pay my debt down by $4200 ( I changed this from my last post – my intention is to pay $350 a month on the loan)

· Be more conscious about my business expenses and how I spend money.

· Have a cash reserve at the end of 2010 of $5000.

· Continue to offer workshops and come up with ideas for new classes (I am taking suggestions).

· Try to stop worrying about what other people think about me and what I write about in this blog.

· Work on “projects” instead of random images – more on this later.

· Practice feeling gratitude every day.

· Most important – Have Fun!

Looking back on this list I am afraid there is too much emphasis on money, but the truth of the matter is, if I am able to get a handle on my finances, I believe it will free up the parts of my brain that just want to create and make art. The stress, worry and feelings of irresponsibility have taken their toll on my imagination and spirit.

So there it is – putting things in writing is pretty powerful. I would love to hear what other people aspire to in 2010. We are all in this together – let’s make life special every day.


  1. Happy New Year! Here's to a wonderful year for you.

  2. Your work is beautiful, Dianne, and equally important, unique. I am at once transported to a magical place I seem to remember, can briefly visit but long to return again and again.

  3. Dianne:
    This image reminds me of the American River Parkway in Fair Oaks. Am I close?

    Isn't it amazing how when we look back on the things that we did accomplish we can say "well done!" As artists our inner critic seems to always want to chime in "not good enough." I know for me personally I always thought striving for perfection was a blessing. But on the flip side to be perfect we find fault to keep going. Now that's a curse!

  4. Happy New Year Dianne. This is a beautiful photo, takes me to my southern roots of oak alleys. Aspirations as opposed to resolutions, much kinder. Good luck in the coming year, I will be there reading your posts.

  5. Thank you everyone!
    Marianne - the photo was taken on the dead end road that runs along Steamboat Slough in the delta. I love getting out there this time of year

  6. nice post. thanks.

  7. Super image! One of my favorites I have seen of yours.

    And your list is great. The writing/revisiting is the key to accomplishing.

    Best of luck with 2010!