Resolutions and Challenges

January 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Some people like to kick off the new year with resolutions. High hopes for big changes. 

Its not easy. Making a commitment, setting a goal, sticking to it. 

I believe that all goals are best met by taking baby steps. So with that, I've decided to start a photography project and get my butt back into blogging. With baby steps. 

Some photographers like to jump into what's called a 365 Challenge. This is where you take a photo every day for an entire year. Seems simple enough, right? Well, its not. Deciding what and where to shoot. Planning, set up, gear prep, editing, uploading. I mean...I miss ONE day and BOOM. Failure! I can't live with that sort of pressure. *eyeroll* NO, FOR REAL. I CAN'T. 

So...baby steps. Instead of a 365 Challenge I'm going to set my goals at an attainable level. I've decided to do a 52 Week Challenge. 

Now this means I will be following a list of ideas that I found real quick on Pinterest. I didn't even look at it. Just picked it. Pinned it. Decided this is happening.

I may regret this. 

I have made this decision based on many reasons. Three of them being Ben, Weston & June. Yes, kids make my life busier. Sometimes its hard to find time for myself. I figure, if I have a full week of being able to plan out my project, I may actually reach my goal. 

I know, its just a photography project. But a very important part of being a photographer is being able to grow, learn new things, apply new concepts, create. There is definitely way more to it than picking up a camera and pushing a button. I have always said I love all types of photography and I believe that this challenge will help push me to try new things. 

Now, blogging. Oh boy. THAT'S the REAL "challenge", or at least it is for me. For whatever reason I struggle to find what to write about. Or find the time to write about the ideas that happen to pop into my head at 3am (Why 3am? Why?). I realize how silly it all is and that really, I have nothing to lose by putting this out there. I figure that by having a list to follow for each week, I could, at a minimum, share what I was able to photograph for that week. My hope is to be able to share more about why I chose the subject or maybe even some behind the scenes...but I'm making no promises. 

So, two of my goals for this year (that I'm willing to make public in hopes it will keep me in check) are to complete a 52 Week Challenge and to blog about it each week. Doable. Totally doable. 

This week's challenge? Self Portrait. Really?! Why did I choose this list?! Everyone knows that I love nothing more than to be BEHIND the camera.

My first challenge could very well be my toughest.

Stay tuned...


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