I feel as though I have a rocket up my butt! I think the disappointment of not having a New years celebration and the negative whirlwind that followed has refocused me and made me incredibly motivated to achieve and progress this year.
Let’s talk Instagram. I use to use it for events, money off clothes and product and destination inspiration whether that be a country, restaurant or shop. Now I feel more engaged I still use it for those reasons but now I actually talk to people I don’t know about interiors, parenting or travel for example or just everyday stuff. I’m attempting to work on my interpersonal and networking abilities. In the past week I’ve discovered a funky expressive business Muck n brass that upcycles furniture in the most vibrant and expressive way it is like they had been camping out in my head. I found out they do workshops so hopefully I’ll get involved in a few as I love learning a new skill or polishing an existing one. I’ve also been talking to other mothers who are on maternity leave and to small businesses it’s all rather interesting as I like getting to know people and hearing about how they got to where they are and what inspires them.
Determined to shake that negative mindset I had entered the year in I set about getting the house in order one room at a time at least then if everything was done and in its place there would be no excuses from anyone why they couldn’t keep it tidy as the initial hard work has been done so all everyone needs to do is maintain it. When I started I didn’t factor in my bouncing, screaming bundle of joy so what would have usually taken a day took me 3 days to complete but it was so worth it. I moved the furniture around so now even though my big cabinet is partially obstructing a window it actually does restrict the light as that comes in via the window on the other side of the room. The room has a different feel now it’s spacious, light and nice to spend time in now. Tidy house tody mind! Now I feel open to new things and creative processes. I used the opportunity to take a few pictures something I am planning on continuing in order to build my portfolio.
My Marvel mannequin lamp I made years ago (with help from my electrician friend) is now in use instead of being a statue gathering dust. My Tardis print is finally in a frame and on display (I love Doctor Who would love a Trensalor print). As I am attempting to build a portfolio I used this opportunity to take some photographs. This was another reason for the reshuffle so I had space to take pictures. I have a way to go regarding my photography skills but that’s ok I just have to do a little each day practice, practice, practice then one day I’ll look back at my photography with pride at how far I came from today’s shooting capabilities. I need to step up my game when it comes to my page and do what I know I can and more! I need to take higher res images in the creative way I have in my head instead of just point and shoot. My images are considered but I feel moving forward they need to be much more professional and fun.
To keep me focused on my goals for the year I have created a Visionboard this is somethimg i usually do every January but haven’t the past 2 years. On my board I like to put goals that are in regards to Relationship, Career, Adventures and Personal aims. Finding images that embody those goals and key words and phrases to home in and be specific. This really gets me excited for the year ahead and keeps me motivated. Along with the board I’ll have a book or journal where I plan and log what I hope to achieve and how I’m going to achieve it then any ideas I may get along the way or the refocusing of goals.
To improve my photography skills I have joined a group on Instagram called the slow photography movement where we will be given a topic and 8 weeks to produce a body of work. I’m very excited and a little apprehensive as I’m not a fan of being vulnerable but I guess it’s part of the process and something that I will have to embrace. The group is very inclusive, supportive and diverse and Laura the photographer who came up with the concept and launched it all is very down to earth extremely talented and I feel I could learn a lot from her. There are also a few courses at London institute of photography I feel will greatly improve my skills and push me out of my comfort zone which is a good thing as I’ve been in that zone too long now.
I am making active decisions to gain knowledge, skills, experiences and more this year it’s time to feel more like myself than the boring hermit putting things off to satisfy others. I need to put the blinkers on and emerse myself in investing in me, doing things I enjoy and practice practice practice until it all clicks into place then maybe look up at the end of the year to see how far I have gone. Time to live, time to succeed!