A Great Week Ahead.

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but I looked at the forecast this morning and it’s going to be a great week weather-wise – at least in terms of “Rochester weather.”

Now, backing up somewhat, allow me to give a brief update on the past few weeks. For the past 20 days or so, maybe longer I forget, I’ve been working steadfast on a business plan for my event photography venture. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I finished my plan on Saturday. Actually, it was a little bittersweet. When you work on a project, any project, for an extended period of time it starts to become a part of your daily routine. Once you’ve completed that project that’s been such a large part of you for the better part of a month, you’re a bit out of sorts when you no longer have to work on it.

I’m looking forward to implementing my photography plan now; I feel I have a very comprehensive plan and I’ve done my research. Unfortunately, I still have a few more weeks of school left and another large project for another one of my business classes. That will cut into the time I want to be focused on marketing my photography business. While I’m torn, I also recognize the need to prioritize – right now, I have to do the things I need to do, in order to do the things I want to do. Such is life.

So, what’s next? What lies ahead?

First off is my shadowing project where I interviewed a friend of mine about his wedding photography company and analyzed his business afterward. I have already started transcribing the first part of the recorded interview, and I have about another hour or so left to do. I’ll need to spend the next 2 weeks diligently working on this to finish it by April 27 – God, help me! :D

Concurrent with that project is my regular class workload in which I have papers due on April 27 for my intro course. The following week in May, I have another “career” paper due for the intro course. I swear, I’m beginning to feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing between classes and college papers!

That’s all the school work I need to concern myself with for now, but I have a few other pokers in my project fire. There just isn’t enough time in the day! I’d love to take a month sabbatical just to finish up these projects I’ve been developing for the past few months.

One of the most purposeful projects I’m involved in is developing a scholarship in the name of a high school friend, Lindsay Graygo, who was murdered February 19, 2008 in Ypsilanti Township in Michigan. A group of friends from high school and I are organizing efforts to raise money for the Lindsay Graygo Empowerment Scholarship. That project is the one I’m most excited about and feel the best working on. I’ve been experiencing a bit of cognitive dissonance lately though, as I’ve been unable to really focus on bringing those efforts to fruition as quickly as I’d like. But, I also have the peace of mind knowing things progress organically and at a pace they were meant to progress at. :)

The last cluster of projects are a potpourri of things I’ve started over the past 6 months but have put on the back burner as I’ve shifted my focus to returning to school – prioritizing schoolwork over recreational projects. Once the semester is over, I hope to reprioritize some of my “hanging chads.” :D

When the weather gets warmer, I’ll be able to finish the remaining baseboard trim for the master bedroom – a project started back over the Christmas break! I also really, really, really, really, really want to start maintaining a more active, healthy lifestyle. With all these school projects and papers plus working full-time, it’s really difficult to not only start going to the gym, but to maintain going on a regular, semi-daily basis. I know, I know, excuses, excuses. :p

Well, there you have it. Probably one of the longest posts since my initial post back on January 1, 2008, but a post that needed to be written. When I set out on my blogging, I knew it would be difficult maintaining writing every day. What I didn’t know was just how difficult it would be to maintain every day.

The single largest obstacle: time. Also, another overlooked factor is mental freshness. Honestly, there are days when my brain is completely tapped. I’m out of words. All I want is to not think, type, or be on the computer at all. Other days, I feel I could write until my fingers cramp up. Ever feel like that? Let me know so I don’t feel like I’m the only one!

So, here’s to a great week ahead, a fantastic look back on past weeks, and looking forward to an amazing, productive summer! :D

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