January 11th

Here I am again,

January 11th.

Back where I began,

But not.

New year, new world

New ideas from old suggestions.

What have you got?

Carefully

I’ve been collecting,

Curating all the lost little pieces.

The tiny moment glimpses.

Now the puzzle

Reveals another level.

And all the pieces line up

Waiting for their new beginning.

This is the year it all comes together.

This is the year I put myself in charge.

This is the year I choose the celebrations.

January 11th.

The day to begin again.

Begin Again

To begin again is the promise of every new year.

Last night, at the last moment of last year, we gathered around our family fire and held a handful of powder. Quietly we took turns approaching the fire, tossing in our share, changing the color of the flames from orange to blue and purple and green. We said goodbye to resentments and entanglements of last year and opened our hearts to what we would do better in the new.

Personally, I realized that I miss the creative pressure of the 365 Project I started 4 years ago. For 2 years I pursued it religiously and found it rewarding to my head and heart. Keeping my eye always open for the day’s best moment and the challenge of interpreting it. Then we moved and things got weird. I gave myself a break and enjoyed letting the current of life drag me along, putting up one thing or another when it struck me, but with no consistency it somehow felt less special.  So 2014 sees the return of the Asheville CLicKs 365!!!! Everyday there will be something new for me to make and for you to look at, I promise.

See you tomorrow.

Begin Again

Completing My Circle

So here I am.  Back at the beginning – January 11 – completeing the second full year of this “little” project.

Looking back on 2011 one month at a time was an excellent opportunity for me to put the year into scope.  I truly appreciated the break from the daily creation for a minute while getting a chance to review what I’ve accomplished.  Perspective is everything and those daily little steps sure can add up to some long miles.  2011 was a fabulous year of making friends, exploring places and trying new things.  This project continues to be a great outlet as well as a challenge for me; a daily motivator to get up and look for something new and think a little more thoroughly about what I see.

Real and wonderful changes are happening in our lives right now and I am deeply grateful for all the blessings we are experiencing.  My schedule, however, is becoming increasingly more demanding with work and family life; the upcoming move (which was also the most popular post of Dec.) is about to put a real hitch in my giddy-up.  So I’m shifting the focus of the project a bit to give myself some air.  For 2012 Asheville CLicKs will be a 52 week project. This will keep me regularly updated and still curious, without the daily deadline pressure, as well as allowing for some more flexibility with the layout and focus on the places and events of the most interest.  I’ll post a new set of shots along with some notes for the week every Saturday.  As always, if there’s a place you think I should go see, or an event you’d like me to attend or mention just drop me a note here.  I’m always looking for new suggestions!

And while I’m thinking about new things, 2012 will definitely be a growing year as I work to build my own studio space and take aim at the next set of goals to become more self sustainable and  successful here in Asheville.  I’m looking forward to documenting this next rotation of the sun over these mountains with a skip in my step and a gleam in my eye.  Honestly, I can’t wait to find out where I end up next.  Look for me, I’ll see you Saturday!

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