There's something about a new season kicking in that feels a bit like a fresh start. Some people love the New Year, and don't get me wrong, I do too, but I like to break my year into small chunks. Life just feels a bit more manageable like that. Remember that post I wrote a few weeks ago about setting goals. Well, in honour of that post, I thought I'd set myself a new challenge: to set myself seasonal goals. Or not even "goals" as such, but a short to do list of things that I want to do each season, which I will share with you all!
- Give Calligraphy A Go: I attended my lovely friend Alex's wedding last weekend, and I was amazed by how much beautiful calligraphy she had done all by herself. Alex spent months learning the art just for her wedding day, and it struck me what a lovely skill she now had... for life! She completely inspired me, and now I'd like to give it a go myself. I've already taken my first step and bought a book called "Nib + Ink" by Chiara Perano from Lamplighter London. I haven't ordered my nibs or penholder yet though... so watch this space!
- Even More Photoshoots!: I am feeling SO inspired right now, it's unreal. But more than that, I'm feeling incredibly motivated. I've been watching lots of behind the scenes videos of photoshoots, looking at far too much of the work of my favourite photographers, and just letting my mind wonder. I've been writing down every single idea that comes to my mind, and have started to make plans to put some of them in place. For a long time I've let the fact that I live in Cornwall, which is so secluded from the industry up in London, really get to me and feel like it holds me back. But thanks to some research, and some creative thinking, I'm finding that there's no reason for it to hold me back one single bit. Watch this space!
- Create A Solid Business Plan: Back to my photography here, but I recently enrolled myself in an online business course, created by Jenna Kutcher. I discovered Jenna a few weeks ago, and was intrigued immediately by her course. There are SO many courses floating about on the internet promising that if you follow their steps, you'll be making millions of pounds in weeks. It's so easy to get sucked in, and I held back for a long time (bar one mishap where I signed up to something and immediately regretted it... I cancelled that subscription sharpish!). I kept an eye on Jenna's things for a while, and after a webinar, I was finally convinced that her course was the one I wanted to try. Its been wonderful so far, and I'm taking my time with it. I have a tendency to rush through things like this out of pure excitement, but I'm really doing my best to take all of Jenna's advice on board, and mould it into what fits me and my business.
- Go for Autumnal Walks!: It's so cliché, but autumn is so beautiful. Just as Spring is colourful and Summer is warm, Autumn has that golden light to it that I adore so much. I might be colder, and windier, and even rainier, but if there are golden afternoons and evenings that I can be outside to enjoy, I'll be out enjoying them (and probably taking lots of photos again, lets face it).
There you go. It's a short list, but I think it's varied enough, and gives me a few little things to focus on. I'm a firm believer in taking small steps in the direction of where you want to be, and I know that if I set myself too long a list of things to do, I'll never get them done. So hello Autumn! I'm excited you're here.