It's been about six months so I decided to check in with my checklist that I started right after my birthday. The results are a little depressing.
1.) Pay off my credit card - I thought I would definitely be done by April, but I don't think so. Credit cards are evil. Having to buy a new TV didn't help. I'm not sure what the new target date is going to be. Will depend on my tax refund.
2.) Buy a new camera body - Well with the credit card payment not going as well I'm not so sure about whether I will be able to do this by April 25th. I hear rumors of another stimulus package and I may decide to use it for that although I'm very, very tempted to get a 10-20mm lens. Or put it all towards my credit card. Again, that will depend on where my credit card balance is.
3.) Sell a photograph - Bah. Not happening.
4.) Enter at least 5 "call for entries" - I've entered one so far and will be entering another one before December. I think this goal may actually be accomplished by the deadline.
5.) Take a photography class - This shouldn't be so hard to do, but I have to find a class that is going to be interesting to me. Nothing overly technical as I'm more interested in the compositional aspect. I haven't really looked around yet.
6.) Participate in at least 3 5K fun walks - I had such grand plans for this. Walking was going to become a way of life. I had a chart and schedule and everything. This is the hardest thing for me to do, especially when work is the way it is now and I'm only have about 4 hours of downtime each night.
7.) Go on a date - Haha.... I know I really meant this when I wrote it but I feel so far from even the glimmer of this goal it is depressing. I think it would be better for my sanity to cross it off completely.
8.) Take some road trips around Texas - Money is tight, as it is for all, so I'm not sure how feasible this is. I may be able to do something during Spring Break so we will see.
9.) Grow my viewership on my photoblog by 100%. - I'm well on my way to this one. The move to Pixyblog has really reenergized my commitment to my photoblog and I enjoy promoting it because I know people will see a beautiful, polished product. About 1/2 of any given month my viewership has increased by 100%. I think this one is the most achievable.
10.) Ride a bike - This one is so whimsical I have to do it. Have to!
11.) Go out shooting with someone new every few months.- Haven't done this at all. In fact I've retreated from the online community in the last year or so. Not sure what's going to happen.
It seems that I was in such a positive place when I created this list and I am in such a non-positive place right now. I think some of that has to be the sheer exhaustion from the intense work schedule. Hopefully my outlook will improve after November 1st.