A New Year

As January 1 inexorably approaches, one tends to contemplate the year ahead. This inevitably leads to setting goals and defining expectations for what the new year will bring – goals and ambitions that often turn out to be unreasonably ambitious. I am not immune to these tendencies and so I have begun to reflect on what the new year has in store for me.

As I consider what I may accomplish in 2014, I find the common thread to be one of growth and experimentation. I hope that my 2014 is filled with new things learned, new experiences had, and new challenges overcome. I have many specific goals – some that will be fulfilled and others that will fall prey to the inevitable combination of procrastination, lack of time, and maybe a touch of laziness. Of my many goals for next year, two are relevant here.

First, I plan on doing a better job of keeping up with posting fresh content here. This may entail a subtle shift in focus from the historical context of my posts. I haven’t entirely figured out what that means but I plan to let things organically develop. While I have tended to mostly post thoughts on crafting a humane human habitat, I feel that my future posts will be much more broad and personal. I would expect future Studio Stoop posts to encompass a wide range of creative endeavors – design at all scales, photography, typography, graphic design, music, and more.

Related to the expanded context of The Studio Stoop and my renewed committment to keeping up with updates, my second goal for the new year is to embark on a photographic project: 52 Portraits. This is one portrait a week, every week, for the entirety of 2014. I’m working through what that actually entails and will devote a post to fully exploring the details soon.

As I look toward the new year, I am optimistic that 2014 will be a good year, maybe even a great year. It will be a busy year for me – my list of professional and personal goals is perhaps the longest it has ever been. But I feel energized and confident. I’m looking forward to the great things 2014 has to offer and I wish for a happy and successful new year for all.

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