In yesterday’s post, I wrote a little bit about my intentions for the month, and I thought today that I’d like to spend a little bit of time thinking through them in a little bit more detail.
- One of my intentions for the month is to make some changes here. I’m investigating a different theme and perhaps a different lay-out. I’d also really like to think about getting a logo designed. I’ve used that little pink typewriter for an incredibly long time now, but I’m not sure that it totally fits anymore. Plus there’s the issue that when I right-clicked on it and saved it all those years ago, I did nothing to work through giving credit or securing permission for the image’s use. And at this point in time, I’d have no idea where I got it from. I want to say that I got it from a stock photo service that I had to pay for (or the school I was working for at the time paid for), but I can’t remember now. It’s been a decade ago. And in thinking that it’s been a decade ago, perhaps it’s time for a change. The problem comes in my budget and figuring out how much I can reasonably afford to put into changes in this space. But. That’s one of the things that I want to figure out this month. What do I want and where do I want to go?
Along with the idea of changing the visuals of the space, I’m also thinking about a posting schedule as well as regular features. I have noticed that it gets difficult for me to post later in the week. One of the thoughts in my head is whether I need to post every day. Or if I’m going to be posting every day, then I need to figure out what sparks my passion enough to actually carve out the time to get the writing done, making it a priority.
Particularly with trying to decide what I want to share and how I want to share it, I’ve been working through it in my morning pages. I intend to keep coming back to it, trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to say. I figure that eventually I’m going to get to the answers to help me figure out where it is I want to go. To that end, this morning in my bloglovin’ feed, I saw a post from Be More With Less about starting a blog. I’ve already got the blog and have been writing here for a really long time, but I figured that all the things Courtney Carver is talking about can help me make decisions about my own blog and where it’s going to wind up.
- I also said that this is the month that I need to get busy on making my job applications on the coast. When I did Susannah Conway’s Unraveling 2014, I said that in March I needed to make my preparations for the coming year. I’m not looking forward to the process of putting myself out there and waiting for someone to decide that I might fit in with their scheme. I hate the process of trying to find a new job. But I really want to be hoe with Sweet Husband. I really do not want to move to Stone County (which is our option if I do not find a job on the Coast). I’ve got to get my resume updated as well as start filling out the many, many online applications.
I also need to set up weekly reminders to check for positions at local colleges and universities as well as other options that might be available. I’m open to casting a wide net. It’s burned me before, but I’m thinking positively – that this is the year that things work out for us exactly the way they are supposed to. So. That means that I need to spend a bunch of time over the next week or so getting those things taken care of. Like I said, not looking forward to it, but absolutely necessary.
- Another big intention for this month is to take pictures. I think I’m off to a good start with the almost 500 shots I took this past weekend. I need to get to it the rest of the month. I need someway to easily remember all the various photo challenges I come across. I’ve tried to set up calendar reminders. I’ve set the lists as my wallpaper on my phone. I think maybe I’m going to start printing them off and then on the weekends when I’m off on a photo walk, taking them out with me so I can remember them. Or I could just forget about all those photo challenges and instead work on taking pictures of the things that catch my eye, kinda like You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.
I also want to start playing around with Photoshop, but I think I’m going to leave that for another month. First I need to really work on shooting and getting some great pictures.
- This month also feels like the perfect time to focus on my health. I’ve been talking for a long time about getting some walking in. Beyond more physical activity, I want to make sure that I’m taking all of my medication like I’m supposed to, and by medication I mean my supplements and herbs too. The medication is doing its work. I’m just not doing all that I can to help it. If I’m putting this effort and energy (and money) into going to the doctor and all the other stuff that goes along with it, then I owe it to myself to be doing everything I can to get the results that I want.
- Lastly, I want to make the house we live in feel more like a home. To that end, I’ve got a ton of projects to tackle this month. It’s a good thing that there’s a spring break in there – a week to make everything happen. I think my big projects for the break are the tryptic paintings for the bedroom, the drapes for the living room, the drop cloth drapes for the front porch and the cover for the daybed on the front porch. I’d also like to paint the rocking chair and perhaps the porch swing. If I had a chest of drawers for Sweet Husband, then painting the bedroom furniture would be on the list of things to do as well. I’m still searching and hope is springing eternal that I’ll be able to find something worth putting my effort into in the next week. It’s a lot, I know. But I think that most of the sewing can be knocked out in one day. The tryptic paintings will be trickier. I can visualize how that’s going to work in theory, and I know what I want to paint. The problem is that I don’t know exactly how it’s going to work in practice.
What are you looking to accomplish in March? What are your intentions for yourself for the next few weeks?