Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thoughts and decisions for 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you celebrated with some bubbly!

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012 My evening was lovely and I spent it with friends (and bubbly). You can't go wrong with that.

Last year I made some resolutions for the upcoming year. I didn't make any personal ones, but concentrated more on my business. I made five resolutions and I think it's time to take a look back and, perhaps, make some new ones too!

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012 The first resolution was to revamp the blog. I did that and have been tweaking it a few times since then. I feel like it's reflecting the vision I have much more closely than before, but there are still things to be done. I absolutely did accomplish this, but I feel more needs to be done still. So, I think I need to make a resolution for 2013 to keep working on the look of the blog. I want to streamline the content too. I have some new ideas that I will slowly start introducing in the upcoming year, so stay tuned for that. I love blogging even more than I did this time last year, so I will keep at it. I might have to stop writing every day though as I have some more time consuming ideas, but I think it'll be worth it in the end. All this is to say that the resolution for 2013 is to:

1. Concentrate on all the aspects of the blog, the texts, the look, the photos and make sure they all show more personality.

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012
The second resolution was to learn how to take better photos. Well, that I can confidently say I've gotten much, much better at. I've taken a few photos this year that even people who very rarely compliment anyone have told me they are good. More importantly, I am happy with those photos. I need to do a lot less editing than before and there are several photos where the only editing I did was cropping. However, there are many things to learn still. I want to get better! To continue from last year, my resolution for 2013 is to:

2. Learn to be more consistent when taking photos and keep continuously improving.

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012

The third resolution was to think less and create more. That was a tough one. I have improved on this aspect a lot! I am proud to say that I tried many things that didn't work and I shrugged them off and went off to make something else. I tried to plan less, but the list-maker in me still takes hold sometimes. However, the improvement from last year is significant. There were things that worked out well without too much planning. All in all, I did get better, but there is much more to do. In the end, I can't change who I am, so the resolution for 2013 is to:

3. Create more.

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012 The fourth resolution was to participate in more craft fairs. Which I did. Done and Done! I don't think I need to make this a resolution any longer, this is now an ongoing plan. Keep doing more fairs. Not a resolution, but a part of the business plan.

My fifth and final resolution was to stress less. Yeah... No easy feat that one. I do think I developed leaps and bounds on this one as well. I have been feeling much better in 2012 compared to 2011. However, I am nowhere near where I need to be. One major thing I did realize this year was the cause of most of my stress. So, the resolution for 2013 is to:

4. Concentrate more on me and worry less about others.

Fireworks in Montreal, summer 2012 Looking at these resolutions makes me feel pretty good. I can compare these to the ones from last year and I can see how they are becoming more specific. Which really means that I am getting more specific on the things I need to work on. I like the trend, so I am super excited to see what they will be next year.

Like I mentioned before, I do have some cool plans for my blog for this year. I want to make sure that I feel inspired writing and that there is something interesting for all of you to read about.

I've realized that for those of you who know me personally, this blog makes a lot of sense. You know who I am and how everything I write about falls into place with my personality. However, I also realize that all of you who don't know me, and there's quite a few of you, this is a rather superficial peek into who I am. I always enjoy reading blogs where you get more of a feeling who the writer is, so I promise to exercise a little less censorship on my own writing.

Perhaps try to be less wordy...

Have you made any resolutions/decisions for 2013?


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