Normal life is a constant battle to construct the smallest opportunity for creativity to seep in. What I’ve consistently found helps is a totally foreign environment, with nothing familiar and no usual distractions. Somewhere in the middle of all the holiday festivities and commitments I snuck away to downtown Los Angeles for 48 hours of relaxation, exploration and rumination (and, of course, libations). On the first day I woke up early enough to watch a sunrise of peaches and cream from the top floor of the Hotel Figueroa, before setting out for a day of cafe-browsing with my notebook and macbook. I tried to look over and then get a handle on 2014; rummaging through emails, day one entries, journal notes, blog posts. Shaking everything out, seeing what sticks (#I’vebeenlisteningtotoomuchserial).
A lot of things happened this year. On the somber note it began and ended with deaths in the family, and not a month went by that someone I knew didn’t experience a loss. It seems like it was not an easy year overall for many people I know. I don’t want to dismiss this, but I also don’t dwell on this at length right now either. Instead, I’ll look at my goals and what I did or didn’t accomplish. Despite the fact that this was a year of a lot (a lot) of work, I did more than I at first realized. In the beginning of the year during my slow season I wrote daily for Curbed SF as an exercise in writing, deadlines and critique; throughout the year I studied and practiced in photography religiously, and I worked on my blog’s tone and visuals and even tried my hand at networking and social media. More than anything else, 2014 was a year of meeting new people, connecting with folks in the blogging community, and spending a lot of time with friends and family. I explored Northern California a little more, SF a lot more, and — somewhat to my surprise — Seattle; and I slowly and thoroughly settled in to my relatively new home; rearranging furniture, collecting and gathering pretty things, ordering a CSA; putting down roots in my garden and with neighbors; layering myself into a space and making it mine.
What lies ahead for 2015? Honestly, I have no idea. Last year I had a lot more plans and goals — re-focusing my time and energies, continuing to study and learn but outside of a classroom, and (I thought) returning to Europe and other travel. This year I haven’t figured out my goals, except to take on fewer commitments and work less overall. Doing less, but doing it better. To have more (or any) leisure time.
Well, we’ll see how long that lasts!
It’s been such a joy to watch this blog grow this year and connect more and more with you — on this blog and even sometimes in the real world. When I started this blog I thought it would be more of a creative outlet, but it’s grown into my community. My connection to kindred spirits and inspirational humans. Thank you so much for sharing your time with me in 2014, and I hope 2015 dawns brightly for all of us. Do you have your New Year’s Eve plans settled yet? Thinking about this year in review, or your goals for 2015? Please feel free to share your thoughts with me, and until next time if you’d like to stay in touch find me over at instagram, pinterest, twitter, or facebook.
Happy New Year!
Thanks to MB Maher for the photography in this post