Here are 5 lessons 2015 taught me, that I won't soon forget:
1 - This year was all about kick starting businesses and collaboration. I had the pleasure of working with a number of friends to create imagery for their entrepreneur endeavours. The process of brainstorming, and being able to communicate ideas together is essential. I became a big fan of sketching photo ideas and making mood boards for each project, thanks Ben Sasso! It's a great way to stay organized, and makes it an easy way to share your ideas with others. Lesson: Create vision boards for your projects.
2 - As a person involved in the arts, I struggle with the 'I'm filled with creativity / I have no real creative ideas' debate that happens in my head. Good news is, I'm not alone. It happens to everyone; from people who are just starting out in the arts, to those who are well regarded in their industry. It's not an easy task, but i'm trying to turn off that chatter and just create....create something....anything. Some of what I end of making turns out to be shit, and sometimes I surprise myself. But constantly debating if I am worthy of creating is a waste of time. Lesson: Everyone doubts themselves...just keep creating, and it will pass.
3 - This year my grandpa passed away suddenly. He was an active, healthy man. He played golf most days of the week, and has for years. I had been trying to plan a trip back east to visit my family, but time got away from me, as it does....and I didn't make it back last year. This spring he passed away. We had a beautiful celebration for him on PEI. His friends came from all over the island to give their condolences and it felt so good to be surrounded by my family, once again. It's a sad lesson to learn...visit your elderly loved ones while you still have the chance.
4 - Burnout.....it's a real thing. Yes, this year I became very aware that I am not a superhero. I need sleep, downtime, breaks from thinking about work...and these things can not be neglected! I learned the hard way that ignoring that little voice in my head that says, 'Girl, you need a break.' is only going to make the crash much worse when it happens. Lesson: Beware of burnout. Listen to your body - it knows best.
5 - I like to dream big! I tend to take on big projects, diving in head first. But I also know that I can bite off more than I can chew. This year I wrapped up the We Are Revellers tour. Throughout the two year project, I took over 750 portraits of festival goers, at 11 different festivals, and shared them with the community. But I could not have done it alone! In fact, if I had, the whole project would have crashed and burned. Thankfully, I realized early on that I had a network of talented friends, who each had a specific set of skills to offer. Divide and conquer, as the saying goes...and that's what we did. Lesson: You're not an expert at everything. Create a team. Find out people's strengths, and trust in their abilities.
There you have it. Thanks for reading and thanks for 2015.