Every year about this time I look forward to doing my “annual report”. I spend a day reviewing the past year:
- personal creative projects
- what went well (or didn’t)
- what I really enjoyed doing (or didn’t)
Then I develop a list of the common themes that run through all the best projects and activities of the past year. All of this is very helpful for the next step: planning next year.
Since I travel for my job, I mark down any extended periods that I’ll be on the road or on vacation. Then I go through these steps:
- list every conceivable creative project I can think of
- estimate what kind of time each one will take
- run them through the filter of common themes (see above)
- make a final decision on what I’ll commit to
I’m very blessed to have a wide variety of opportunities from theater to band gigs to photography projects. So many in fact, that my “annual report” gives me clarity on when to say no so I can actually complete what I commit to.
We spent time with family over the holidays and I captured this hutch in my sister-in-law's new home. It seemed to be smiling at all the laughter and conversation taking place at the dining room table.