The first month of 2015 has passed and we’re heading full steam into February – so how are you and how are those New Year’s resolutions going?
For my part I decided to focus more on my creativity and to that end to write – especially poetry and to take up photography again.
I am pleased with what I have done. I’ve written some more poetry, read some beautiful poems by Mary Oliver, Edward Thomas, and Thomas Hardy – featuring their responses to nature, which I am particularly interested in and have started meeting with a friend, Eliza Dear, to provide supportive criticism for each other’s work. My cameras have been active, as I re-familiarise myself with photography after a long lay off.
What is pleasing is that I’ve made a start and it’s only February. I haven’t spent too much time thinking about what to do, but doing instead.
My next step then? I am aware that my enthusiasm for the new has played a part here, and that to maintain the momentum, regularity of writing and picture taking is a must.
I’ve noticed that I do need to keep focusing, to avoid becoming aimless. To that end, I am encouraging myself to prepare this weekend for my next poetry session with Eliza, by reviewing and completing some of my draft poems. With my photography, I am using my micro four thirds 20mm lens every day at the moment, having become very used to a compact camera with a zoom lens, to familiarise myself with its capabilities; and reviewing what I take – keeping what works and deleting what doesn’t.
With this flow of doing and reflecting, my writing and photography are gradually becoming a ‘normal’ part of what I do.
Over to you…did you start 2015 with good intentions? What’s keeping you on track or making progress difficult? It would be good to read about your experience, in the Comments below 🙂