As mentioned briefly in my newsletter last month, I set aside time in December to reviewing and setting personal, as well as creative goals for 2017. I wanted to share a few highlights.
* #52weeksofprint - See my post from 1/12. Link HERE
* "Find My People" - I need to find more creative and like-minded folks with whom I can share experiences, ideas, education etc. It's often times lonely working by yourself so in addition to the company of new friends, I do need a peer group to offer suggestions and critiques to keep my work more balanced. A second set of eyes will help to broaden my perspective.
* Learn Basic Photography - I love my iphone and think it takes great images however at the end of the day, it is really a "point and shoot" option. I'm recently received a "real" camera (with ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings) as a very generous gift from my BBF Bonnie. I'm looking forward to taking my photography to the next level.
* "12 Months of KonMari" - Last year around this time, I read Marie Kondo's book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" Although not everything she suggests resonated with me, more did than not. As a result, I undertook several projects to dispose of or donate items from around the house. This year I am committing to spending one day a month to decluttering and simplifying. For January I am going thru my clothes closet...Yikes
* Maintain A Regular Exercise Routine - I discovered a new app called "Aaptiv" and I love it! I've never been much for exercise - I do not enjoy exercise so it's very difficult for me to keep up a regular practice. The app is easy to use, there are several exercise options (I typically select Walk or Elliptical) with different programs that vary the intensity/duration. I like the fact that there is a "coach" through out the workout so you do not feel alone and the music variety is never boring. I am committing to 3 days a week at least 1/2 hour each session. To keep myself accountable, I will include a summary of my exercise activity with each monthly newsletter-nothing crazy detailed, just days missed vs. not. I'm hoping this public declaration will keep me on track.