In three days the year will be over. Three days.
This was both a good year and a not-so-good year:
- Good: I invested in my toolset, greatly extending my technological capabilities far beyond my creative capabilities
- Not so good: That was only possible because of a death in the family
- Good: I attended a music conference in Los Angeles (TAXI Road Rally) where I learned exactly what I need to know in order to succeed in one facet of the music industry
- Not so good: I then promptly went back to my normal routine when I returned
- Good: I finished work with current clients and worked with a new client, Mercy Corps
- Not so good: I did not put my name and skills further out there and shill my wares
The other parts of my life are like my professional one–very much a mixed bag. I was able to get my financial house in order at the start, yet didn’t find steady paid work. Granted, most of that inability to find was due to the fact that I really didn’t look. I thought I’d learned my lesson in 2005 when not finding paid work soon enough essentially cost me the rest of my formal education–obviously not.
Like a lot of people, I’m planning on making changes next year, some small, others not so small. For starters I need to make more, be it money or creative output. Sometimes that creative output will be nothing more than a short post here, at other times it’ll be a bit of music. Regardless, that’s one plan. Also I need to get the house in order. I’ve heard it said that a persons external experience can mirror their internal one. I’ve got a lot of baggage lying around me, most of which needs to be put away somewhere, and some of it probably needs to get out of my life. I don’t know whether that applies more to internal baggage or external. It will take some time, though. It took a long while to build, it’ll take some to remove.
Once I get things lined up, who knows what I’ll be capable of? We’ll find out…