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The last week of the year for so many, myself included, is used as a time to reflect on the past. It's like time gives you the chance to start fresh and wipe the slate.
I tend to use the term resolution loosely because I think they are a bit pointless. You make them and within a week or two you you've forgotten all about it.
Instead, I like to reflect and to find places in my life to purge - relationships carrying dead weight, excess clutter, undo stress, etc.
Once I start letting go of a lot of things I often I wonder why I didn't do it sooner or better yet, how I let these things creep into my life in the first place.
One of the things I regret not doing more last year was allowing myself to grow as an artist. I focused more so on the selling aspect of it instead of the enriching aspect and in the end it left me feeling a little burnt out.
I will do a few shows in the Spring and a small handful in the Fall but that's it for this coming year.
One of the other things I regret is not focusing on myself as much as I should have. It may sound more than a bit selfish but I have a tendency to allow things to consume me once I start focusing on them.
EFW did that a bit to me this past year. I got so caught up in trying to move the group forward and all the planning, the weeding and the organizing that I think I lost a part of myself in it all.
However, with as much time as EFW took from me this past year I'm very proud at how far the group has grown. This year was truly the year our little group started making strides and we can only hope for that stride to continue into the new year.
Also, EFW allowed me to get to know and become friends with some truly awesome people I wouldn't have otherwise. For someone that's completely and totally socially awkward, that's a huge deal.
The biggest thing I'm proud of for this year? Getting my butt in school. It took having a little crisis over turning 30 to get there but I'm there and I'm enjoying it.
What have you decided to do differently this year?