Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Start of a New Year

Just as January 1st is the start of a new year for health goals; healthy eating, exercise, losing weight, etc. September 1st is the start of my Creative New Year.


September just seems like a good time to start anew. My daughter is back at school. A somewhat normal routine returns to my life, and I have extra time to work on new projects.

Just like setting goals for my physical health, I am also setting goals for my creative health. Here are some of the things that are in the works:


  • 365 Photography Project. I am joining my friend Susan, who has put together a small intimate group of us to participate in the project together. I like being part of a group of 10 vs. a group of 5,000. This will be my first 365 project. I am confident that with the support of this group, that I will be able to complete it.
  • Printing. It's not that I think that my stuff isn't good enough, it's that the printing process scares me. It is time though to move some of my favorite photographs from my external hard drive unto my walls. The hardest part might be picking my favorites.
  • Creative Inspiration Days. My goal is to make every Friday my day. A day to go out and photograph, explore, observe, write and interact with the world around me.
  • New Blog Series. I was inspired while we were traveling some backroads on our recent vacation to get out at home and explore the backroads near me. There are so many interesting things to see once you get off the expressways. I want to interact with the locals of the town and explore their local establishments.  I lean towards calling this series "Small Towns and Backroads of Michigan" and shooting it exclusively in Black and White. 


Those are the big goals. I am sure some new ones will appear as I get going. I feel these are good ones to start with and they will hopefully continue to push me to grow and learn new creative things.

14 comments:

  1. love the idea of Small Towns and 365 which I have never managed to keep up with. I look forward to seeing what you get up to.

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  2. Sounds like great ideas Sarah! I love the Friday creative days. Might have to try to work that it my schedule :)

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  3. September always feels like the start of a new year to me, too. I love your Creative Inspiration Days idea! And I'm really looking forward to sharing the 365 with you. (You've just given me an idea for my first image.)

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  4. Love your paisley toes! September has always felt like the new year to me. My birthday, the whole back to school thing-I taught for 15 years, plus all the years I went to school...it's when new things happen, and you get new shoes too. : )
    I hope this new years serves you well. Thanks for the shout out.

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  5. I've always found September to be a time for new beginnings more so than January - maybe it's the school year influence that seems to govern our lives for so many years. Best of luck with all your new projects! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  6. Wow - you've got a lot planned for yourself - good luck!

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  7. I like you ideas Sarah especially your blog series - I've started looking closer to home - there's so much I want to record.

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  8. Although I've never lived in Michigan, I have a love for the state. I'm looking forward to your new series.

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  9. I love your goals, and I too always look at the beginning of September as a time for new starts. One of your goals is similar to mine... I plan to take day trips right here in my own area and shoot what I see. Can't wait to see yours!

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  10. Love your ideas for the next 365 days! I'll be looking forward to your new series and also your every day images!

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  11. September is like a new year in so many ways...time to settle into structure after the carefree days of summer. And I SO get your like of a smaller group...you're singin' my song.

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  12. Great and inspiring post about setting creative goals. I too get a boost from this time of year and making new plans and setting new goals. Yours sound exciting. I'm hoping to do more printing too! And I want to learn more processing software and improve my technical skills. And a few other things....Enjoy this wonderful time of year.

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  13. A Creative New Year... SUCH a great idea! Your projects sound awesome. I am looking forward to your backroads pictures.

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  14. I always wish my husband, the usual driver when we go out, would take the backroads. I keep telling him there is so much more to life than getting there fast.

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