A long time ago I resolved never to make another resolution. Decided in haste they are too easily broken and discarded. I do however, love the idea of choosing a word for the year which I have seen all over the blogosphere. Christine Kane gives a good explanation but essentially your chosen word is intended to guide you over the coming year. I have been considering mine for a while. So, here it is. My word for 2012 is grow.
Planning is not something I'm all that great at (ahem...a bit of an understatement.....) but I think my tendency to drift has a lot to do with the fact that I never really have a plan and I find that really frustrating. In an attempt to rectify this, at least in part, here are some of the things I am using to create a plan and some focus to my growth this year.
Regular visitors will know that I have suffered something of a creativity slump over the past few weeks and I'm not entirely convinced that I'm over it. I have to keep reminding myself that I have achieved a lot in the last year - starting my creative journey, beginning this blog, developing my photography. I did some amazing courses in 2011 both locally and online and I've made some amazing connections along the way. I am so grateful to be able to take them forward with me in 2012.
But I guess you can't always be experiencing the thrill of the steep upward slope. At some point you have to plateau, take it a bit slower. I think the trick is to use the plateaus as an opportunity to consolidate all you have and all that you've learnt. So when I use the word grow, I guess some of that growth is growth from within. To spend some time considering and reviewing all that I've learnt and to use those tools to build and move forward.
- I'm already a huge fan of Julia Cameron's morning pages and did them for several months last year. A bout of illness brought that to a temporary (but lengthier than anticipated) halt. I am determined make these into a morning ritual once again. Jamie Ridler has a set of creative practises, this is one of them and you can sign up your commitment to do them here. Come and join us - I can't stress enough how brilliant they are in unlocking and nurturing creativity.
- Also from Julia Cameron's Artist's Way, I am reintroducing the artist date. This is where you set time aside each week and take yourself on an artist date. It can be anything that nurtures your soul from a galley trip, a photography walk to painting your nails in sparkly polish or watching a movie. I have marked time out in my diary for this.
- Susannah Conway has a great (and free!) little workbook to 'unravel' the year ahead. You can find it here. I also love her photography manifesto which I will be keeping on hand too.
- I have signed up to Creative Every Day. I hope this will be a fun and useful tool in encouraging my creative growth.
- Kat Sloma is introducing a monthly blog feature called the Photo-Heart Connection. The idea is to choose one of your photos from that month that gives you the strongest heart-soul connection, post it and write about that connection. I loved Kat's Find Your Eye course last year and this sounds like a great way to continue that journey. There is nothing more creatively inspiring than making a connection with like-minded people and this sounds like a brilliant way to do it.
All of the above are intended to grow my creativity and my creative connections. I also have a very specific goal for 2012 which is to grow in my photography - across the board but particularly technically.
So, here's to it......growth and creativity for 2012.
What's your word?