Here’s my charge to you, Creative Mamas:
You’ve got ideas. Lots of them. House ideas, business ideas, vacation ideas, project ideas, personal growth ideas …
There’s that piece of furniture you keep thinking about painting, that art book you dream of putting together, the unique and possibly risky vacation you know would be quite the adventure, that service project you’ve considered starting as a family, the childhood hang-up that always seems to be lingering around. Those ideas. You know the ones I’m talking about.
Ideas are things all of us have swimming in our brains. And, the #1 reason they do not come to fruition is simply because we are all so darn busy. The days come and go and all of a sudden it’s Friday and the weekend is here. A minute later it’s Sunday afternoon and you’re trying to scrounge up a quick dinner. Then … it’s summer, a new school year … Christmas … gasp!
Boy, life truly flies by, doesn’t it?
So, I’ve been thinking a lot this week about my 2011 and what I hope to accomplish. They’re not resolutions, they’re simply goals. And, they’re not all goals that are going to change the world for the better. They’re just goals that I know are things I will enjoy doing. Goals that will force me to take a risk. Goals that will force me to dream and create and possibly screw something up really bad. Goals that will take just a day of work and some that will take the entire year.
So, as the holidays have officially come and gone and the cold, winter air is still blanketing us all I’m allowing my brain to breath. Dream. Be creative. Think of life moving forward.
Then, as they come I’ve written them down. And, this is what I’ve decided to do: For 2011 I am going to share my creative goals coming to fruition right here on this website. This is to keep me accountable to not let this year fly by without moving forward. This is to keep me on track all year long. This is also to challenge you to join me!
Allow your creative self to dream. What are some things you’d like to do this year (big and small)? Write them down and formulate a little plan. For me, I’ve simply thought of things I can do during the winter, others I will do in the spring and so on. Some I am going to do this weekend, others I am going to plan and work on all year long.
Want to know the types of things I’m talking about? Here goes …
- Turn the basement into a family room where we can all hang out, play and rest together.
- Turn the dressing table into a desk for Charley.
- Move the TV (somewhere, anywhere!) from the main level – create a space where family time does not have any electronic interruptions (minus music).
- Find and buy large galvanized buckets. Grow a garden.
- Build drawers on casters to hold magazines, books and toys under our bed.
- Refinish and paint the stairs.
- Create a unique way to display photos leading upstairs to our bedroom.
- Turn my 7-10 year old photography workshop into a book that families can do together during the summer months.
- Brainstorm the possibility of hosting a workshop live so that I can meet some of the 300+ students I’ve had.
- Formulate a marketing plan to book more senior photo shoots.
- Collect more recipes and be better at planning a week’s worth of dinners so that we’re not always trying to think of something last minute (I’m a terrible wife when it comes to this!).
- Create a photo book of black and white headshots of every single person that plays a significant role in my life. (Woh. This is a HUGE one and honestly one that might not happen – or take years to do. But, it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing for so long and I’ve decided to just add it to the list.)
- Get family photos taken of us and create a 2010 book of memories.
- Return to the city where Charley was born and take pictures documenting the weekend during her birth, adoption and coming home.
- Care more for others – make unhurried visits, mail gifts, write cards, drop off food, etc, etc.
- Spend more intentional, unhurried time with God.
Here are the stipulations with all of these: I have intentions right now of doing all of these this year, but that simply might not happen and that is 100% okay by me. I am not creating a to-do list. I am creating a personal goals/dreams list. Some will be easy and others – like returning to the city where my daughter was born – simply might not be good timing this year. That’s okay!
So, here it is! I hope you, Creative Mamas, will join me. I’ve created a PDF document for you to print out and make your own list just like I have done. Until then, in the comment section, let’s all join one another for the 2011 year! What is ONE thing you’d like to do or work on before the year is over? It will be fun to revisit this post at the year’s end to see what we’ve all done in 2011!
Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!