I do athletics.
Some years, I do a lot of athletics. The last two years, not so much. I tried to make it a priority to exercise more last year, but let’s just face it: I was overworked and tired most of the year. Somewhere in the last year I realized that maybe I should quit my job and just be a photographer. And so I’m going to do that. I worked REALLY hard last year at both my jobs to get to the position I’m in today and I’m pretty proud of myself. If some exercising went by the wayside, well, that’s what this year is for. Right?
Among other informal goals, I try to visit at least one foreign country a year (didn’t happen) and one new ski resort a year (did happen).
My goals for 2013 were as follows. Here’s how I fared:
1. Become more proficient at Photoshop.
Success. Not a total I’m-a-Photoshop-wiz and I no longer scream and want to throw my computer when I’m trying to super-impose my face to Olivia Newton John’s, but better. I took an online course through LTCC and while the first half of it went really well, things went a bit wayside in the 2nd half while I was shooting multiple weddings, running a marathon, vacationing, fighting with my old landlord, traveling for work and moving. I’m glad all that is over and I still have the textbook which I plan on going back through and spending some loving quality time with.
2. I thought I wanted to take on another photo project for the year. Last year I started a project through a website where you took one shot a month based on the word they chose. They lost me in August though when they started having a different word for every day. That was too much. I thought that perhaps I might want to take on a self-portrait a month project, but I think I’ll just end up over-extending myself. Instead, I think I should focus my energy into committing to photo sessions at least once a month during the winter with Megs. It will help both of us reach our mutual goals.
Success. I’m not sure if we managed EVERY month, but we did have a pretty good run of photos from last year. I would really like for it to snow so that we can go out and get some amazing photos THIS year.
3. 60 days on the mountain.
Um, no. Most underwhelming winter ever. Until this one.
4. Pay off the credit card. I am the WORST at this. Most of the time, I feel like life is too short to be ridiculously responsible. I do things like pay it off and then put a really awesome trip on there. There will always be more money. There will not always be fun trips with your friends. But for real, I really want to pay it off. Kinda.
EPIC fail. Pretty sure I put more stuff on there. Well, hell, there’s always money in the banana stand.
5. Legitimately train for the marathon. Perhaps run more than 30 miles in the six weeks leading up to it.
Ha! Just this week, my marathon running partner wrote a very eloquent post about why she puts herself through the torment of running a marathon every year. I didn’t actually realize it prior to reading it, but our feelings towards it are the same. Although I totally improperly train or fail to train at all or just stop training or whatever throughout the course of my marathon training season when push comes to shove there’s this: I run marathons because at the end of the year if I have completely and totally failed in some partial or entire sense of my goals for the year, I always have the marathon. And you know what, marathons are fucking hard.
6. Consistently: swim more, run more, ride my bike more. Make sure that I schedule in time to exercise, time to work and time to learn and frankly, time to do nothing. Time to veg on the couch is sometimes needed and I think the only days this year that I had literally nothing to do where the days that I was on vacation.
None of this happened. At all. At any time this year. I’m just going to leave it at that.
7. Read more non-photography books.
I actually did fairly well with this one. That being said, it wasn’t quite as many as I would have liked but still a reasonable attempt and moderately successful.
8. Photograph more music festivals. Seriously! Two of my most favorite loves: live music + photography. So awesomely fun I wish I could do it full time.
This happened. I photographed a LOT of music this year and it was rad.
My goals for 2014:
1. Read 20 pages a day. One of my wedding clients started a group on the FB to help keep her accountable for a promise to hike for 30 days straight. It piqued my interest and I decided I would join in on her goal, but instead read 20 pages a day. It’s been such an enjoyable experience, I think I’m going to keep it going all year long. I haven’t missed a day yet.
2. Exercise 5 days a week. I have to start making time for myself a priority again, regardless of how many hours a week I am working. I sleep better and my stress levels are lower if I just force myself out the door in a timely manner to sneak a little cardio in.
3. Stop interneting in bed in the morning and after 6 PM. I have a tendency to wake up and bring my coffee and laptop into my giant cozy amazing bed in my big dark wonderful bedroom. This keeps me from wanting to get out of bed in the cold to go run or swim or ride my bike. I need better work-life balance and keeping myself to this along with a commitment to exercise and a pledge to read every day is going to get me there.
4. Run another marathon. Because after all, I always have that.
5. 24 weddings in 2014. My calendar is filling up fast – 11 dates are already taken!
6. Go to Moab with the Purvis-Daniels clan. For years I have been promising to tag along on this trip and this year I’m going to make it happen. You can hold me to it friends!
7. Cook more. My boyfriend is the most supportive boyfriend in the world and all last summer while I worked 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, he would make me dinner. It was an amazing relief in a summer that was super stressful. I appreciate it, but I also don’t want to work that hard this year which means I get to spend more time in a place that I love: our kitchen.
Here’s to another awesome amazing super crazy insane fun filled adventurous year that only I know how to do. 2014, lets do this!