- Travel. I need to get out of the house/immediate area more. A trip constitutes a minimum of 65 miles (less if a ferry is involved to get there). Last year, I did that maybe three times. I would like to make it a minimum of 8 times. 8 out of 52 weekends is not unreasonable.
- Wardrobe. As anyone who knows me knows, I don't have a wardrobe. I have clothes I wear regularly. Mainly, I keep putting it off convinced I'll lose weight and it will be a waste of money. As my weight has remained unchanged in two years, I need to get over this and actually start building more than just a few pieces I wear until they are in tatters. Money is a factor, but I can slowly add items for work and play. Personally, if money wasn't an issue, my wardrobe would be all Eddie Bauer, Burberry and argyle. I do loves me some argyle. However, I reserve the right to immediately change into my yoga pants and t-shirt when I come home. The t-shirt I am currently living in says "It's all fun until Skynet goes active." It was a birthday gift from my friend Martha.
- Communication. I am pretty good about sending thank you cards and, up until this year, Christmas cards, but I am god awful at sending physical birthday cards and taking the time to write an actual letter or email to someone I haven't talked to in a while. Facebook has taken over that, but for those not on facebook, I have been neglectful.
- Personal Photos. I have become very lax at printing out my photos. I also have none of them hanging in my own apartment. My bedroom is filled with geek artwork. Mainly, THESE, THISish (It's the same artist, but a better print of the crew. I couldn't find a link to the one I have) and THIS. The main room just has an autographed Clerks poster and an autographed Middleman poster. I do have THIS framed and hanging in the kitchen.
- Balance school and photography with my interests. One of the things that I did in college was get immersed in what I was learning and everything else just sort of froze. This is why almost all film students want to make movies about making movies. I want to make sure my influences come from all aspects of life and not just other photos and photographers.
- Separation of church and state (so to speak). I need to have separate internet lives as myself and my photographer self. This means having a place to send people to look at my photos, blog, tweets, etc. that is more about my photos and less about me. With my photos, I try to use the by-line "Kathy Ann Bugajsky" which just makes it more google-able when searching for my stuff.
- Read manuals. Not necessarily as a book, but actually looking at the actual manual or multiple sources on the internet to learn more about what I am doing. I'm sure with certain programs there are short cuts I am missing solely because I never took the time to research them properly.
- Listen to photography podcasts to stay in touch with current issues and gear. Specifically, This Week in Photography and Photofocus.
- Keep accurate and clear records of spending for tax purposes. This means keeping a good calendar, receipts and using a program like Quicken or Mint.com.
- Return and send emails to people requesting photos in a prompt manner. Do not let them sit and have to apologize for the delay.
**If any of you actually read my previous resolutions, how hard did you laugh? I kept 6 of the 36 I listed (16%). Let's see if I can do better.**