Welcome to the first blog post of 2015!
I like to start out each new year with some goals to strive for, both in my personal life, and in my modeling/blogging. Aside from giving me a direction to head when I am having off days and am feeling down or out of sorts, goals are the chance to push oneself to find new or hidden qualities and prove not to others, but most importantly to yourself the things you can accomplish.
...It's also a chance to make another list (yay lists!). Because this website has grown to not only be a portfolio showcasing my modeling work, but a blog to share my thoughts, ideas, and various creations/DIY attempts, I have two goal lists for 2015. One for modeling, and one for blogging.
Modeling Goals for 2015:
- Now that I have had the chance to be published, I have more confidence in my work, and know that I can do it again. I would love to create another publication this year to showcase the work of myself and those I collaborate with.
- This was on my list last year as well, but seeing as it was not something I was able to accomplish in 2014, it's appearing on my 2015 list. Perhaps this will be the year for underwater adventures!
Work with at least 3 new Artists
- This goal is a bit more general because I'd love to meet new photographers, makeup artists, designers, models, and bloggers. I haven't worked with a lot of other models, so I would love to do more "duo" imagery this year.
- I really enjoy fashion photography, and boudoir is fun too, but what I truly love is creating characters and concepts with a backstory. Adding imagery to a story is like icing on the cake for me. I've always loved fantasy tales and basing my sketches off heroines from my favorite books, so I'd love to bring those ideas to life through my modeling.
Blogging Goals for 2015
Fun filled posts
- One of my favorite things to write for this blog are pro con lists. Most of the time they're filled with humor and my own ridiculous thoughts while dealing with whatever I am writing about, be it wardrobe or hair length. I'd love to write more of these types of posts (they're good laugh if nothing else).
- I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I finally purchased a camera of my own. Not only does this open up a whole new world for better quality images of my various creations and makeup/nail/hair/etc, but it will give me a chance to see things from a different point of view. I'm hoping that being behind the camera instead of just in front of it will expand my horizons and help in both fields.
- Something I've been working on the last few months is getting to know others in the art world of collaboration. I've had a chance to meet photographers, models, makeup artist, hair stylists, designers, crafters, and more. But aside from my short behind the scenes blips, and the images we create together, a lot of viewers may not know much more about these wonderful people. I want to start sitting down and talking to these artists one on one, get to know them better, and share these more in depth thoughts and conversations with our collective audiences (that and my own personal curiosity drives me to want to know more about these individuals!).
- Last year I ran a contest for the One year anniversary of my blog. Not only did I have a blast creating a gift for the winner, but hearing the feedback and suggestions from those who have continued following this site thrilled me. It gave me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and ask the opinion of those around me, to stop and see things from another perspective. I have kept every idea suggested to me in a notebook and check each off when I complete it. I would love to continue involving my viewers and not only sharing with them, but having them share back with me (I sense more contests in our future!) and creating something together.
- I started reading "The Art of Asking" this weekend, and so many things have already hit me so strongly, I've begun writing them down for future reference. One of these "hard-hitting" thoughts was in regards to one's audience: "It is essential to feel thankful for the few who stop to watch or listen, instead of wasting energy on resenting the majority who pass by." I want every single one of you who follows me, or even those who may only browse these posts to know, I am SO thankful for your support. Each and every one of you has helped me to push myself and strive for things I never thought possible. Thank you.
Further suggestions for various posts, photo shoots, or just your thoughts are welcome - I'd love to hear your feedback! Feel free to comment or send an email!
All right 2015, now that I've written my goals out, get ready, cause I'm coming for you!