OH. MY. WORD.
2012, you seriously couldn't leave soon enough. I think you left a sock here and maybe your toothbrush as well. Can I scrub the toilet with it? Let's just pretend you never happened and just mosey along now. I will admit, I am one of those super cool people that make resolutions. I actually enjoy looking at the things I want to accomplish in the coming year and it gives me at least a skeletal structure to work with. But in the long run, I honestly do believe that setting more short term goals with detailed steps are a great way to actually add meat to the bones of that structure and start building the life you want. Here is my outline for the year:
Spend money on experiences, not things.
When I do actually buy things, buy ones with substance (or if I think it's incredibly beautiful). I want to live by the term: "Have nothing in your house that you do not consider beautiful or useful," and I think that will help me save some money in the long run so I can plan a beautiful trip somewhere (like, um, PARIS) or something where I am investing in myself (language lessons, painting classes, etc.).
Embrace my femininity.
This one sounds so dumb, I know. Obviously I'm aware that I am a female and I do enjoy make up and hair, that is a no-brainer. I think the revelation came when I want cleaning out my closet and I realized about 80% of my clothing was unflattering and just not exactly me. I wasn't respecting the shape of my body and what I felt was my personality. I think being feminine also goes into the area of dating. This year I finally realized that guy that I was head over heels for (this was a three year affair) was never going to want me. Ever. Can you feel the sting? It felt like my heart was covered in paper cuts and dipped in nail polish remover. But looking back, I realize I wasn't respecting myself by prolonging my feelings and he didn't respect me either. I think he still thinks he does but really, he doesn't. Why would I subject myself to that? Girls need to realize we are so much more than how someone makes us feel. We need to be comfortable with ourselves. So cliche but true.
Earn back all the money I spent on photography gear.
Tired of people expecting me to do work for very little (or, nothing at all!), I did my expenses a few weeks back and I learned what the true cost was of running my (side) business. It wasn't pretty. I want to make all of my money back so I can actually start earning money from the hard work I put in and talent that I have. As much as I hate saying "no," to friends and people who want me to photograph them, I hate having the reputation of being cheap more.
Open my Etsy shop for business.
I've had all these items in my garage piled up in boxes to sell and I've been talking about it. it's time to let go and flourish!
Get involved with my local community.
I love Venice. I love Los Angeles. I love California. Why not serve, build and protect the community that is so important to me?
Create more art.
I am not kidding when I say I only drew about two things this year. How sad! Especially since I used to draw in numerous sketchbooks all throughout my life.
Spend less time on the internet.
For real, yo. This one is just draining.
Create an editorial calendar monthly for Davy & stick to it.
Man, online blogging sources really weren't kidding when they've said an editorial calendar makes blogging less daunting. I've put it into my calendar to sit down mid-month (every month) and brainstorm when and what I will cover for the upcoming month. I've already scheduled all of January... HUZZAH!