Sunday, 30 December 2012

submissive to every thing, open, listening

The title of this post is taken from Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, List of Essentials by Jack Kerouac, a list that I have had taped to the walls of my various homes for almost 15 years.  It continues to be full of sage advice for surviving creatively.  This particular advice, #2 on his list, is how I'm approaching the end of 2012 as I prepare to set goals and clear my vision for the new year ahead.  As we all know, the end of a calendar is an arbitrary marker of time, but it also provides a defined moment in which to reflect, process, and gather one's strength to move forward.

Þhingvellir National Park, Iceland - mrll 2012
I know many people who beat themselves up for making the same resolutions year after year, but I think that renewing your resolve to be always improving is not something to be ashamed of, it is something to celebrate and a reminder of the power of our will and discipline.

After a wonderfully stimulating and lengthy phone conversation yesterday with one of my closest friends, I have a bit of a list for myself; a basic daily structure around which I can build my goals and plans for the new year.  She reminded me about the potent exercise of Morning Pages, taken from The Artist's Way, a book on my own personal list of essentials for creativity.  We encouraged each other to have faith in ourselves, to believe in possibility, and to persevere when things get tough.  We talked about going on a diet from the Internet (imagine!) and the amount of time that would free up for productive endeavours.  We discussed starting the day with yoga & a protein shake rather than coffee & sugary cereal.  She is a fellow photographer, and we will be collaborating on a photo-a-day project beginning January 1st that we will post on our respective blogs.

As 2013 rapidly approaches, I am taking the time to be thankful for the blessings that came into my life in 2012, and for all the successes and lessons of the past year.  I am looking for patterns and indicators of the direction to head next, for signs and signals, for opportunities and collaborations, for wonder and knowledge, for challenges and goals.  Most of all at the close of the year I feel thankful for the people in my life, my amazing friends and family, colleagues, mentors, and acquaintances, who are making this life so exciting, so uplifting, and so truly magical.  Happy New Year.


  1. ohhhhhh...i felt excited just reading this.
    january and september are both happy times
    of the year for me...i like the idea of clean slates and new resolutions and fresh beginnings.
    annnnnnnnd i am so jealous that you have someone
    to do a photo-a-day colab with! :)
    i look forward to seeing what you guys do!
    happy new year!

    1. we'll be posting the themes for each day, so if you want to join in on the photo project, you can!

  2. Ohhhhhh....i might check into that...
    i am going to try to do a 365 photo a day
    (a first for me) so inspiration may come in very handy!!