It's that time of the year again where people are talking about the goals and resolutions they are setting for 2014. In the past I've never set any serious annual goals for myself but rather simple guidelines. Honestly, though, I've just lived my life and never set annual goals - whenever I reached the goal, I reached it. Done. This time I'd like to make a list that I am also posting publicly that I can revisit at the end of the year publicly, too. Put my feet to the fire, so to say. Here are my goals for 2014 in no particular order:
- Finish university This will actually happen in January 2015, but I suppose it still counts as a goal for 2014.
- Get married I popped the question on 31 August 2013 and the wedding is later this year. Not really a goal, though, I suppose, but whatever.
- Gain full-time employment This goal clashes with completing university, unfortunately, but once I am married I will be allowed to work in Austria and I'm kind of tired of living purely as a student. It's time for me to contribute more to the household and I'd like to get into the proper workforce and do something that really interests me other than photography. I've met a great group of people that work as project managers and my interest in enterprise IT/business informatics has been reawakened, so hopefully something in either of those directions. It's time to start focusing more on my career and my future more than I've done in the past. I want to have kids before I'm 35, so the clock is ticking (I'm turning 27 in March).
- Develop my first roll of black & white film on my own and make my first print My future wife is picking up a small piece of real estate and we've set a room off to the side that I will be able to turn into a darkroom; the only hitch in this plan is getting an enlarger since they can be a bit expensive. What I would like to do is make a number of portraits in B&W throughout the year and then print and frame them to be sent out as Christmas presents. I've always wanted to make gifts for someone but I am so terrible at it but I think this is something I can do very well.
- Complete a 365 day photo project One photo a day starting on 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2014. It's going to be entirely digital because I want to use this as an opportunity to experiment. Experiments won't be done daily but forcing myself to constantly shoot even when I don't want to will keep me creative and that's a thought process that I hope will bleed into other aspects of my life. Not only that, but I hope that it will also be therapeutic at times and I can make photos now and again that are an express of my emotional state.
- Learn flash photography I want to buy a pair of speedlights in February and learn to use them. It's time to take my photography up a notch.
- Start my own business I won't be able to work full-time prior to the wedding, I want to contribute more money towards the wedding and our household, I have a part-time job at Raiffeisen Bank International already but I want to earn more money. My first thought is taking advantage of my language skills and doing translation and perhaps correction work. My best (wo)man already does correction but doesn't do translation, so we've talked about a partnership of sorts. Maybe I can also get the odd job as a photographer here and there, but I'm not expecting anything like that.
My first three goals are obviously my most important but two of them are almost mutually exclusive, unfortunately. We'll see where the second half of the year takes me since the wedding is in July and after that I'll have more options available to me. If I have to sacrifice a semester but then have a "real" job, then so be it. I've been working since I was 15 and since then I've been unemployed for a cumulative time of maybe 12 months in the past 11.5 years. I'm no stranger to working and studying, so if it has to be like that, no problem.