New year and so some new plans #ramble
So it’s 2017, I wasn’t expecting to live this long or I would have looked after myself better. Last night my phone said ‘emergency calls only’. I thought maybe the network was overloaded with people wishing each other happy new year. It seems the sim has developed a fault. I have ordered a new one online. My new year isn’t off to a very good start.
Five years old
A Zillion Ideas is 5 years old this month and is now a portfolio not only of my work but how I developed as a writer and photographer. Since 2013 I have been using a Nikon D3200 but my photos were quite good when I was using a bridge camera. I needed a DSLR for events and people to give me a camera that will work in low light and more control over white balance and colour balance. My portfolio doesn’t stop here. I also have a Facebook page for a Zillion Ideas and I have a Pinterest account too. I’m not very active on Twitter and LinkedIn but they add to the online identity too. So where next?
I’ve been taking photographs in the community and I have even done a little writing. I am still helping students occasionally and so that will continue but I shall be seeking out new opportunities. I might even find some that will make me some money so I can buy a new phone! I dropped the one I have trying to take a parcel to the food bank so I do need a new one. I would like one that I can use for Facebook and Twitter more easily. I can tweet Donald Trump every time he tweets something stupid. He will become president of the United States of America this month. Scary or what?
The BBC had a project I was interested in with funding too but I think it was too involved and the brief wasn’t clear. There are always opportunities in life, we just have to recognise the good ones and create a few for ourselves as well. I think I’ll continue to develop my relationship with the local newspaper but there are other publications out there that might use my stuff. I could even look at magazines. I will definitely be shooting more video this year.
Money, Money, Money
Yes, I will have to think about money. Hopefully, some risky investments will come good but I’ll try to use my writing and photography to make a few quid as well. I need to change my car and these smartphones don’t come cheap either.
New year challenge
So the new year will be a challenge, just like every previous year in my life. What’s new? It has always been a battle and in a battle, you can advance or retreat; I intend to advance, as I did last year. There are problems to be solved, challenges to face and there will be things beyond my control that I just have to accept and tolerate. That’s life and this is a new year. I’ll just get on with it. What will you do with your life this year?