In America as soon as Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is upon people's minds. And while Thanksgiving comes and goes, signs of Christmas are everywhere. Now that Christmas has been celebrated, bits of wrapping paper and holiday trinkets will linger, Hanukah will persist for two more nights, and thoughts of the coming new year are even stronger.
The new year offers the sense of opportunity for renewal. The date marker not only the start to a new calendar where the cycle starts anew, but the commencement of a fresh period of time. An occasion for changes. I like to think every day of the year can be a day to modify your life to live to the fullest, but if a concrete break from old and new is helpful, I can embrace that (this is, after all, tradition). I, too, am cooking up a list of goals for 2012 - professionally and personally. Are you?
A year ago I had it all figured out. Or at least, I had my general schedule worked out to have me work nonstop in 2010 and to jet to South America come the start of 2011. I was to embark in a 6 month backpacking trip and spend as much time speaking Spanish and as little time speaking English as possible. Then life happened.
I am spending the bulk of January in Europe. A plane ticket and a shoot goes a long way. If anyone here reading this has ever wanted me to come shoot with you - make it happen! This is going to be my year of a bit more spontaneity.
Today I commence my journey home. After a full day of travel, I will return from the future and be in Oakland to once again experience today. Crossing the international date line make possible bizarre statements like this.
Lisa Jupiter lives in Sacramento, which conveniently enough is only a train ride away from Oakland where I will be spending a fair amount of time this winter (December through February). If anyone is traveling through the San Francisco Bay Area, I think it would be wonderful to team up with her for another shoot. (hint, hint)