New Years was a quiet one (we were down two kids; Ross was at Dylan's and Courtney Lee was at her Mom's).
But we spent the night at our new, old house, wore party hats and made cookies (my idea of making cookies involves buying pre-made dough and letting the kids arrange them on the cookie sheet) and drank sparkling cider.
And were in bed by 9pm (technically, it was midnight on the East Coast).
No New Years resolutions (since I've failed at the same one; working out 3-5 times a week for like the last 15 years in a row).
But lots of changes in 2009.
I am taking a break from designing scrapbooking products with Creative Imaginations and from teaching scrapbooking classes in order to completely focus on photography and teaching photography classes (which is completely where my heart is right now).
I'll have new scrapbooking products coming out with Creative Imaginations for CHA Winter 2009 but won't have a CHA Summer 2009 collection and I'm not sure when I'll be adding to my line after that. And I'll be teaching those scrapbooking classes I already have scheduled (I've got a new class called A Year in the Making that I'll be teaching on a cruise this month and will be teaching a few more classes in Florida in March) but those will be my last scrapbooking classes for awhile too.
In general, I'm not so good with change (I have a tendency to find a comfort zone and to cling to it for dear life) but I feel good (though a little nervous) about the changes I'm making in 2009. I like the idea of kind of consolidating my energy into photography and all it's potential as I feel like I've been focusing my energy in too many different directions over the last few years.
I've increased the number of seats in my online photography classes in order to accommodate more students on the wait list (the wait list currently has about 350 students on it) and while I currently teach a One Day Photographers' Workshop in stores, I feel like I've kind of pushed it's limits as far as I can (it's 9-10 hours which I'm finding is just too long of a day for most people) and am considering creating some weekend workshops instead that spread out the information over two days (which would also allow me to add more information to the course) while allowing me more time to work hands on with everyone, putting what we've learned into practice.
I've got a few more photography related ideas bouncing around in my head too but will wait to share those until I make some progress with them.
Would love to hear your input and suggestions since it was all of your requests and suggestions that got me started with teaching online photography classes in the first place. Just wondering what I could do to help all of you who are interested in improving your photography skills achieve your goals (A book? Weekend workshops? More online classes? Any other suggestions?)
Happy New Year and thanks to all of you who were persistent enough in your requests for online photography classes to push me out of my comfort zone to make it happen. It's been a really wonderful thing to see it something that I love so much and something that I really poured myself into become a success (many thanks).