New Year resolutions: Are you making plans for 2021?

Today is the day where society tells us to make plans for 2021. Some people enjoy setting goals and see this time of year to make a fresh start. Others think there is no point as you will not stick to them anyway. There is some argument to the suggestion that this is the wrong time to make plans, as there is too much pressure. And that you can make your own goals at any time of year. Whatever your thoughts on make new year resolutions, it is a time for reflection. A time to review the year that has past and look forward to the year ahead.

What has 2020 taught us about making plans for 2021?

However, this year is a little different from previous years. Whatever plans you made for 2020, it is safe to say probably didn’t happen. Or at least not how you envisaged them! Does this mean we shouldn’t make plans? I don’t think so! I think it is important to have an idea of what you want to do in the future. Just right now we all need to be willing to be flexible with these plans.

Reflecting on 2020

At the start of 2020, I had plans to get my art “out there”. And to a small degree, I did manage this. I have had some success with my stock photographs and have plans to build on my library of images. In particular, my science-based images have proven to be really popular.

Although I have not been able to exhibit my art in physical exhibitions as much as I would have liked, there have still been some positives come out of the year. I got involved in the LOCA art trail in Littlehampton and had my work exhibited at Bad Saint restaurant. This was a fantastic experience and I received some positive feedback on my art from this.

I have also featured in two online exhibitions in 2020. One for the Photography Show, and one for Littlehampton Museum.

digital art influenced by the concept of joining a support bubble on the easing of lockdown. Looking ahead at plans for 2021

What are my plans for 2021 look like for me?

So what are my plans for the coming year? I will be completely honest here. I am not entirely sure right now. For me, I need to take a few weeks out to research some of my options. Something 2020 did teach me is to take more time for me. I have been able to look at my priorities and see what is important to me.

The build-up to Christmas has meant I have not been taking as many photographs as I would like. This is definitely something I need to address! Photography is my therapy! I need to schedule in more time to just create!

Also, I want to do some research and find out if there are any more venues for me to exhibit. So I will be spending the winter months making my plans for the year ahead. Hopefully, by then we will have some good news of life returning back to normal.

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