This past year seemed like a non-stop roller coaster. Very few things went as planned, and the year just seemed to zip past along with any plans I had made. Reverie didn’t get written or published, the Zine plans were dropped like a brick, my blogging schedule went to hell, and instead of adopting a workout routine I tossed fitness right out the window.
But, I’m not one to dwell on things that went wrong. So, what went right in 2016? I did a lot of soul searching. I discovered a direction for my creative works and resolved to make some changes. I published The Sun Rises: Using Nature as a Foundation for Happy Living. I was amazed at how much fun writing that small 60 page non-fiction book was. I’m looking forward to writing more in the future.
Onward and upward to 2017.
Each year I develop a theme or focus for the year. Last year was Organization. I’m not sure I succeed at that one, but in a way I did. I spent the past year focus on what I needed to do to organize my life, even though no actual organization happened. So, what do I plan on focusing on in 2017?
Patience, Understanding, and Flexibility
If 2016 taught me anything, it was to roll with the punches. I have always prided myself on being adaptable, but sometimes I’m still too hard on myself and forget I need time out to relax and recover as well. I have a hard time remembering my time is limited and I can’t always get everything done (it’s not always a time management issue, sometimes it’s actually a time issue).
My broad goals for 2017:
- Write more frequently – try to set aside 30 minutes twice a week to focus solely on writing
- Finish Reverie
- Plan a new photo inspired book
- Reorganize and relaunch the Zine projects
- Pick up a couple clients to beta test creative business coaching
- Branch out in my creative endeavors
- Try hand at visual arts outside of photography