Monthly Archives: October 2012
I am excited to have a new website design up that highlights my photography. It is a wordpress theme called Photocrati and so far so good. It still has some bugs but the developers are working them out and it looks like it will have support for a long time.
I am excited to be finally stepping out to do some photography projects of my own. Not sure what inspired me but I finally picked up my 35mm prime lens I have had for a year and started using it. Then I bought a used Nikon D40 like the one I already had and got a new 85mm prime lens. The 85mm is AMAZING for taking portrait photos.
I am trying to form a really solid vision for the type of photography I want to do. And that is mainly up close and personal photos with great expressions and great lighting. So far I feel like I am achieving my artistic vision pretty well.
Photography as a trade and skill is always a work in progress. I’m just excited to push the envelope and see how much better my photos get over time! 🙂
So I made myself a list of “current projects” that I wanted to complete this year. So far I haven’t really fully completed any of them. I have procrastinated on writing the books I wanted to write, haven’t met my physical goals, and got just a few things done on the house.
There are a couple of reasons I haven’t really done well at accomplishing my goals for the year. For one, my project to hike the Colorado Trail in June really took a lot of my time. Besides me not being around for the whole month of June, I also spent the months of March-May researching what I needed, and buying stuff to test out before I went. Book writing was put on the back burner.
My weight lifting goals suffered because I started putting emphasis on getting into running shape to break 50 minutes in the Bolder Boulder 10k. My training probably could have gotten me the time I wanted, but I had a severe side stitch the day of the race. I couldn’t believe it. Regardless, I think my days of achieving running related goals are over.
The rest of the summer till now is practically a blur. Between traveling and coming back to 60 hour work weeks I haven’t had the energy to put into my other projects.
Things are finally starting to calm down at work and I am looking at roughly a 2 month window to finish some of the projects I started. We have a few final things to do with the house before we sell it. Looks like we will be selling it without doing the bathroom remodel, but all the little things need done. I still want to finish my personal finance book which looks within reach if I can motivate myself to write just a bit each day. And my time frame is a bit too short to hit my weight lifting goals, but I am well on my way there.
And of course I am adding other projects as usual. The Drench Tees project I have been working on is finally up and running. You can go to our website @ http://www.drenchtees.com. My friend Haylee Powers started this as her senior thesis project and it just took off. We have been selling shirts like crazy and 50% of the profits go to a water related charity. It’s been fun helping her start the business and I am excited to see where it goes.
It has also inspired me to start doing more portrait photography to make a little money on the side. I just bought a new lens for portraits. It is Nikon’s 85mm 1.8G prime lens, and I am so excited to start using it because the test photos look awesome!
Anyhow, that’s the update for now. Lessons learned….
1. Try not to have competing or clashing goals. (i.e. running doesn’t complement weight lifting very well.)
2. Limit the number of simultaneous projects.
3. Split big projects up into chunks where you can accomplish a bit each day (i.e. book writing).
4. Love it all! If I don’t love running all that much, maybe I shouldn’t worry too much about doing it.
5. If they seem worth it, trade one project for another. Hiking the Colorado Trail and helping Haylee start Drench Tees are two of the best decisions I have made in my life. Got to follow your gut instinct and not be afraid to change goals or put aside certain goals till later so you can accomplish some important ones now.
Till next time…