Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
When we moved from Wyoming, I closed down my small but scrappy little photography business with plans to reopen in Louisiana after we got settled in. However, because settling in there was 8000x harder than we expected, I never did. And then we found out we were only going to be there for a year and it wasn't worth it. I looked into reopening in Alabama, but we knew going in that we'd only be there a year and besides, the hoops were trickier to jump through to get set up. So, I never did. Again. I was still teaching at Big Picture Classes at the time so I had my hands full enough. Now that we're in New Mexico, I decided it was time—even though we don't know if we'll be moving again next summer yet. As I've worked through many of these projects this year, I've tried to give some thought to why the thing has been left unfinished; this particular set of related tasks is a no-brainer, though: when you spend 1/3 of the year preparing to move, moving, and recovering from a move (for three years in a row) a lot of things fall by the wayside. No matter, though: October has been the month of fighting off the effects of limbo with some good old-fashioned action. Hooray!
Here's what I did:
+ Made myself be a responsible grownup and learn about New Mexico taxes. I know people who love understanding the intricacies of tax law for individuals and small businesses, but let me tell you: I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. It's enough to make me throw up my hands and run screaming into the night. New Mexico made it as easy as possible with a number of online resources and a full day training workshop, so I gritted my teeth and did my best. It's good to be on the up-and-up when all is said and done.
+ Completely overhauled my photography website. I first designed my site in 2011 and it was fine, but was looking a little on the dated side to me. It is now spruced up and organized in a much better way. I still have many things to do next, but that was a big one that's been living on the "I need to do this soon" list for at least two years. Feel free to check it out! And of course, tell all your New Mexico friends who need a photographer.
+ Completely overhauled my client gallery service. I moved from one service to another, so I had to teach myself how to use the new one. I still have some behind-the-scenes work to do to move some photos around, but I am at least 110% happier with the new set up. It's hard to buckle down and learn a new way of doing things when there is so much other shiny stuff around to distract me, but what a relief it's done.
+ Made a list of what's next. This might sound counter-intuitive to the idea of declaring an unfinished project finished, but it felt exactly the opposite to identify what's next. Substantial forward progress is also the opposite of unfinished inertia. There is plenty on this list to keep me busy.
+ Reorganized the Rubbermaid tubs that hold the saved clothing. This doesn't have anything to do with photography, you say! Au contraire. This task allowed me some productive procrastination time to allow my brain to work through some details. I often do my best work when avoiding it. Ha!
How about you? What unfinished things did you work on? The interview series is back on track for Monday, so be sure to stop by and say hello to November's guest! (NOVEMBER, ACK)