Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Progress??

In my first post of 2010 I listed my “aspirations” for the year. Not very fond of the word “goals”.

Anyway, I decided to revisit that post to see how I was doing. Normally I would wait until the halfway point in the year to do this, but for some reason this just felt like the right time.

So here is what I wrote:

Take more photographs!! - Judging by the small amount of space left on my hard drive and the recent purchase of a terabyte and a half external hard drive, I have to say I am doing this.

I have also been taking advantage of the amazing light I have in my studio and have spent many hours slumped over my tripod, photographing a wide assortment of flowers. (See “projects” below)

• Pay my debt down by $4200 - Afraid this is one place I appear to be missing the mark. After declaring this at the beginning of the year, I started to stress out about it. I am paying it down, (as well as not incurring anymore) but not the way I wanted to.

Be more conscious about my business expenses and how I spend money.I have made progress in this area, but it’s a daily struggle sometimes. No – “struggle” is too negative. How about a “daily creative challenge” instead?

Have a cash reserve at the end of 2010 of $5000. Again, I am having trouble believing this number will show up in my bank account at the end of the year . It doesn’t do any good to have “aspirations” if while trying to reach them, you become grumpy and anxious.

• Continue to offer workshops and come up with ideas for new classes (I am taking suggestions). - Even though I am on a “workshop sabbatical” at the moment, I did offer my new “camera” class this year and had a great time with it. Look for that one to come up again.

Try to stop worrying about what other people think about me and what I write about in this blog.Not doing very well here either, but it’s good to be aware of that.

Work on “projects” instead of random images.Like I mentioned above, my “flower project” has given me many hours of joy in my studio. This feels good and my vision for this project is getting clearer every day.

Practice feeling gratitude every day This can make such a difference in the quality of your life. I have had my shares of ups and downs this year, but when I stop and count all that I have to be grateful for, it’s impossible to feel anything but awe and wonder.

Most important – Have Fun! Working on this one too and it’s one of the reasons I have cleared my schedule this summer.

So - not too bad………………I have admitted and accepted that some of what I wanted to accomplish this year will probably not happen. Most of these items fall under the “financial” category - which is fine. Actually, more than fine. The other areas may not feed my bank account, but they feed my soul and I guess that is what I need right now.

Did any of you have a list for 2010? If so, I would love to hear how it’s going!

PS - Speaking of "progress".........remember my post about gardening? Well, my side yard is looking a little better..........................


2 comments:

  1. What a great idea to revisit your list and be aware of your progress.

    I love how your garden is going - it's lovely.

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  2. Thanks Katherine,
    It felt good to do that and I hope to have more photos of my garden soon. Have a great weekend!

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