Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Back...................

I love beginning a new year! I am filled with hope and optimism and excited about the possibilities. Many years however, I look back on the past year with regret and frustration and this year was no exception.

The other day I was sharing with a friend my laundry list of unfinished projects and my failure to achieve a few of the goals I had set for myself. She was kind enough to remind me that while some of what I said was true, why not list what I did manage to accomplish and use that to measure my progress instead.

This is not my natural way of being in the world. I have a tendency to be more of a "half empty" type of person. My first thoughts always go to what didn't work instead of what did, but I am willing to mix things up a bit and try something different.

So with that being said, here is a list of what I am feeling good about as we approach the end of the year.
  • Almost 400 people downloaded my free "Intro to Hand Coloring" e-book.
  • I launched Photo Artistry Workshop and exceeded my estimate of how many people would join.
  • Moved my studio.
  • Had a successful 2 person gallery show with 20+ new images
  • Two images were accepted for licensing by Marian Heath Greeting Card Company.
  • Created a calendar.......finally (I have been wanting to do this for 10 years and actually made it happen this year!)
  • Decreased my debt by $1700.

©2011 Dianne Poinski 
 another "iPhone Instagram"........ 
Now for the more pessimistic view of the last year.........The funny thing is, most of these can be spun, twisted and viewed in a more positive light. Again, not something I am use to doing.........
  • You knew what would make it to the top of the list - the book. All year I said it was going to happen and it did not. Positive spin: As one very good friend pointed out, I did the work of compiling the images and designing the book, it's just not printed yet. I will have an update about the book in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned...............
  • My expenses were close to the same amount as last year. My goal was to reduce my expenses significantly and was disappointed at first to see that dollar amount not really change. Positive spin: Moving my studio contributed to part of that number and the scanning, printing and framing for the show in September was more than I thought it would be. You take those events out of the equation and I did pretty good.
  • Still in debt. Positive spin: The amount I owe is less than the amount I owed this time last year.
  • Some things did not go as well as I thought they would. No need to go into a lot of detail, but a couple of my ideas turned out to consume more time and energy than I thought they would. Positive spin: I gained a lot of clarity as a result and learned from the experiences.
I think I feel pretty good now...................I believe this is an exercise I should complete every year. This is also a something I can do every day. List what I am grateful for, and learn from the less than ideal situations.

Next week I will talk a little bit about my intentions for 2012. I will give you a hint; one word - "simplify".

So until then, best wishes for a new year filled with adventures, health and happiness!

2012 -  bring it on!!


    1. I love all the positives, especially the positive spins you put on things that might not have brought a smile to your face.

      Just started following you, I'm looking forward to learning more in the coming year.

    2. Congrats on everything, but especially reducing the debt. I had accumulated a large debt, and there was no greater feeling of bliss when that burden was finally finally lifted!

    3. Dianne--I can relate--often when I look at what I did do, what I didn't do soon follows. However, when I think of you, I am always completely blown away by what you are able to accomplish. I think you put in a Herculean effort my dear!

    4. Thank you Daniel! I am soooo looking forward to the day I write the last check.

    5. Thanks for cheering me on all year Hannah! I am inspired by what you are able to accomplish while having a "day" job as well! Not sure how you do that.......Happy New Year!

    6. Wonderful achievements and experiences Dianne - congratulations! And all done while adding beauty to the world.
      Wishing you all the best in 2012!

    7. Thank you for your comment Katherine. I really appreciate what you said. Happy New Year to you too!

    8. First thing you did right: set goals.

      Second thing you did right: evaluate progress, reset goals.

      This is more than 99% of people do. And the 1% that do - don't just march through the todo list checking items off. It's not a straight path.

      You should be SO proud!

    9. Thank you Bob! I appreciate the reminder too that "it is not a straight path"! Happy New Year!