Welome 2016 - Happy New Year! So finally I have my word for the year... FOCUS.
Reflecting on 2015 I procrastinated a lot, I made busy work, I multi-tasked to avoid the real work. I didn't sit with my goals and aspirations, I ran around them, literally and figuratively. So for 2016 I am aiming for focus. Less time doing more time seeing.
I have come across a lovely website by a lady called Kim Klassen
. She shares her life story and struggles and her meditative form of therapy still life photography. I love the clean look of her website, but more her words and focus resonate deeply with where I am at. If you are interested she has an online class that starts tomorrow that will help motivate you all year long.
One thing this year is do one thing at a time. To focus on the stillness, the moments in between. To clear the space - declutter - I have a lot of stuff, clutter and things I no longer need. Baby steps is my mantra at the moment when it all looks overwhelming. Pause, breathe and see the beauty in all things.
Simplifying life, my work, my way forward - focusing on the good and aiming for growth. Requires focus and time to reflect. Time to allow my heart to ache for my boy who is spending 7 months in Spain. Time to enjoy where we are at as we enter a new stage of our family cycle. Time to let new ideas develop. Time to expand and develop a new path.
So from Kim's site I am taking many things, time to take the quiet moments, to write down quotes and to complete some personal projects just for me this year. One of which will use still life. Don also gave me a great book for Christmas by Julianne Kost - who I love, her new book Passenger Seat
is a great inspiration and starting point for you if you are interested in pursuing some personal photography projects and just do not where to start.
Another great source that I found last year and still use is Scott Dinsmore's site Live your Legend. Although Scott tragically died last year, his work continues.
There are many great tools to help you focus and keep on track with your dreams and goals.
Finally another focus for the year is to maintain my health and relationships. The best source of connection with friends and family for me is often in the outdoors. We are so lucky to live where we have so much at our doorstep. A new puppy with big eyes helps motivate me when I'm feeling warm and cozy... and always I return from walking revived, refreshed and happy I went. So if you feel the gloom descend or the well of will power depleting, put on your boots and head on outside for a little walk.
Wishing you all the best for 2016 - if you feel like sharing your word for the year of ideas please leave a comment. All the best Crackle