This year is about setting intentionsâ€¦and actually following through with them.
At the end of 2014, I set a simple yet power-packed intention for the new year: to create more. During 2014, Iâ€™d felt myself fall into the trap of spending too much time sitting on other blogs and social media and getting caught up in busy work that often filled my days in ways that I didnâ€™t really want to be spending it. Life is too short.
Then, January 1st came. The universe must have heard my intention loud and clear because I havenâ€™t stopped since. Well, I did take a break earlier in the week to make a trip to IKEA â€” and while killing time with my aunt in a returns line that didnâ€™t seem to budge, we started talking about 9 Star Ki. â€œThis is your year to make things happen,â€ she said. Youâ€™ve been building up to itâ€¦itâ€™s going to be a full one.â€
I may have said, â€œI know.â€ Or at least, thatâ€™s what I was thinking.
I spent last year sitting next to a handwritten list of products I wanted to makeâ€¦and not a single one happened. I collected folders of inspiration and made outlines but actually getting the hard work done? Not even close.
It was my own fault â€” I didnâ€™t make the time or set priorities. Instead, I jumped from one new client project to the next and traveled the world â€” both are amazing but I didnâ€™t stop long enough to have this conversation with myself:
â€œWhat do you want to do?
Everything on that list.
Okay, then go do it.â€
In the first year of launching a new business, it often comes down to putting all of your time and effort into other peopleâ€™s brands and that in turn builds your own through word of mouth, exposure and notoriety. It was a good year. But, that list of projects I want to launch is still taped to my wall.
This year, in an effort to create more, Iâ€™m going to be blogging here a little less. My focus has always been quality over quantity so I want to do fewer, but higher quality posts that give you more value.
Much of the content here will be the same. Link Love will still be every Thursday. Fridays will still be The Week in Pictures but I want to focus on sharing just 3 to 4 really great shots (quality over quantity once again) and then include a personal story at the end with insight into what goes on over here day-to-day. The real stuff. And then, the most exciting addition is a new column Iâ€™ve been planning for the last month â€” Branded will feature the photos and details of brands I love. I shot photos of many products and shops during my time in Australia and New Zealand that I canâ€™t wait to start sharing with you next week.
Iâ€™m still settling into the post-holiday break and trying to find my blogging and work grooveâ€¦.but Iâ€™ve been glancing over my shoulder at that list. And by the end of this year, I hope to have a whole bunch of offerings that will make your creative / small business existence a whole lot easier. Good, useful stuff.
Now, itâ€™s time to dig in and create.
My challenge for you is to simply ask yourself what you really want to do with your time. And then, go do it.
Photos: Urban Safari.