It's really quite cliche to post about the new year and your upcoming plans. But, it's a good thing to do. I'm a fan of New Year's Eve, it's one of my favorite holidays. Superficially, because I have an excuse to get dressed up, wear shimmery eye shadow, and drink too many Ketel One & tonics (with two lime wedges, please). On a real level, I love New Year's Eve because it's (duh) a new beginning. I believe that time is fluid and moves in a circular pattern more so than a linear one, but there's something about the bench mark of a year and realizing that you can start fresh that excites me.
And then, there's looking back. A year is such a digestible length of time that you can easily review and realize what you have (or haven't) accomplished. This year has been one of discovery for me. A lot of my old paradigms and patterns of thought have changed drastically. I've found an independence in me that I didn't know existed. I've missed my husband during his time of service, but we've had room to grow in our separation. For the first time in my life, I'm sure about who I want to become.
With that being said, some things that are in my mind for 2011 are immersing myself in photography. Shooting more. Producing more. Getting into the darkroom more, both the "digital darkroom" and the chemicals-on-your-hands-listening-to-your-ipod-living-under-safelights darkroom. Building my web presence. Establishing my business as a photographer. Shooting more weddings and making more money.
I also want to establish a community co-op darkroom somewhere in Cleveland. I don't know when or how yet, but I want to do it.
Beauty for Ashes.
Renting/selling our house. Moving to Cleveland, this quirky little city that I've grown to love.
On top of those dreams, I'm going back to school. Thankfully, I will be finishing somewhat soon. I love to learn and I love to meet like-minded people, but I've never been much for structured schooling. But to finish is a strong desire of mine, and that's what I am gonna do.
Speaking of like-minded people, I want to be surrounded with them this year. People with positive energy. Constructive criticism. Open minds. Big hearts. Great stories. Loads of passion.
I'll be closing a beautiful chapter in my life this January. I will be leaving my position as an Activities Director at a local nursing facility in order to pursue my goals. I've learned so much about myself and humanity in my two and a half years there, and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. I've met so many kind and tender friends, most of which happen to be over the age of eighty. It's hard to leave, but in my heart I know that it's time.
I hope that you all have as much to look forward to in this new year as I do.
As my best friend said to me the other day, "2010 was 'You Only Live Once' and 2011 is 'We're Makin' Moves!'"
Sweet blessings and peace.