Happy New Year’s Eve! Wow… I cannot believe another year has come and gone. Wasn’t it just 2010? Or better yet, 2000? What will I accomplish in another year?
I spent half of 2010 in China. I traveled to Cabo San Lucas, California and Arizona. I photographed Kings of Leon, John Mayer, Keith Urban and Jack Johnson, all at the Gorge. I bought a new camera. I rekindled old friendships, discovered a love of DIY and carried out elaborate photo shoots like this, this and this! How can I top that!?
2011 is a goal setting year. With hard work and lots of studying, I hope to kick off my career. Here’s a few aspirations for the upcoming year:
Finish One Book Draft- I have a few book drafts in the works. One is a photo book (hardcover, big pictures) from travels abroad. The other is a fiction novel. I like to write, so why not aim to be published? In 2011 I hope to finish at least one book draft. My novel has a lot of chapters, so I need to dissect that goal into objectives, tasks, etc.
Improve Design Skills- In China I worked for an advertising and design firm. My design skills began to grow, as did my imagination. My dad subscribes to an amazing site called Kelby Training. It has video tutorials on everything from the Adobe Creative Suite, to photography and videography. I want to improve my drawing skills in Illustrator, create clean page layouts and familiarize myself with Dreamweaver. I’ve got the tools to achieve this goal. To do so, I’m setting aside a few hours every Sunday to study. Follow my progress in 2011!
Photo Shoots-It’s amazing how much my photography progressed in 2010. In China I found my love of photos and fashion. I saw inspiration everywhere. Fast forward a few months. I’m part of an amazing team [Teresa, Brittanie, Annie, Doug] and we balance each other well. Our ideas are already flowing into the new year. I would like to do photos for a fashion magazine in 2011. Hopefully the new year brings business connections into my life.
Stop Stressing- I’m a busy woman. I’m a working woman. I’m a traveling woman. The combination results in occasional stress. In 2011 I vow to chill out. If I’m working, and doing what I love, I’m always going to be busy. Will I ever actually be caught up on work? As long as I have ideas, no. Time management, prioritization and a clutter-free work zone will help me reduce stress in 2011.
Move- I’m a 20-something creative. I went from a city of 20 million to 200,000. I need to get the hell out. Like now. I’ve been working, freelancing and saving money for a move. In China I felt alive. I made priceless friendships and business connections. I love the city and belong in an urban area. I enjoy meeting people, networking and covering events. Tri-Cities is not the place for this. A city like Seattle, Portland, LA, Dallas or NYC is the place for this. I kicked down doors in 2010. I realized I can live anywhere. 2011 will be a big move, so stay tuned.
2010 brought big changes. I can only imagine what 2011 will bring. I hope everyone has a very happy new year. Stay safe and please don’t drink and drive!
What are your goals for the new year? What are you doing to achieve them?