I wrote a mid-yearprogress report back in May, which showed that some items on my list were working out better than others, but I was happy with what I had accomplished up to that point.
For this year-end review, I will revisit that same list to see what I need to work on in 2011.
• Take more photographs!! I think I nailed this one. In May my hard drive was full and in November I upgraded my computer and now have 3 times as much storage. I recently spent a weekend "keywording" over 3000 images. So feeling good here......• Pay my debt down by $4200 - I had to adjust this figure a few times to reflect a more "realistic" goal, but I am excited to report that I have reduced my debt by almost $3500! Not what I planned, but I am thrilled by that number anyway.• Be more conscious about my business expenses and how I spend money. –I have seen improvement here, but I still need to work on making better choices.• Have a cash reserve at the end of 2010 of $5000. – Simply not going to happen...........oh well. This item will have to be totally revised for next year.• Continue to offer workshops and come up with ideas for new classes. -I did offer a new "camera" class this year and will be announcing my 2011 workshop schedule this week. What I didn't talk about here earlier was my plan to offer an e-book on my hand-coloring process. Announcement: It will be finished in early January!• Try to stop worrying about what other people think about me and what I write about in this blog. – Wrote a whole blog post on this subject: "Holding Back"• Work on “projects” instead of random images. – I got a little off track with this intention and started to spend too much time "putting out fires" instead of having a clear focus. My "flower book" project suffered as a result, and I have pushed that release back to February 2011.• Practice feeling gratitude every day – I have revived my practice of writing down at least 3 things I am grateful for everyday. One of my "good" habits.• Most important – Have Fun! – I feel like I am making progress here. I took a wonderful 2 week road trip with my husband and have gotten better at scheduling more "off" time. Funny how this tends to make me more productive!I find this exercise very satisfying and I have learned quite a bit about myself this year. I will spend the next few weeks reflecting on this list and getting clear about where I want to be at this time next year.
I won't be doing this alone however. I am signing up to be part of the "Thriving Artists Project" where I will be inspired, guided and armed with the information I need to make 2011 an awesome year. Check out the website if you want more information: www.thrivingartistsproject.com
P.S. I also wanted to share that the "gardening" project I mentioned earlier in the year (but was not included here) won't be showing up on my 2011 list. Time to let that one go. Bottom line, I don't really know what I am doing when I am out there, and (here's the real truth) I would rather be working on my photography than in the dirt. I think I liked the "idea" of gardening more than the reality. Again - a little clarity. Feels good....................