2013 has already been pretty lively; well, at least the last 4 days. I bought a car, had invasive foot surgery where my BIG toe actually stands a little shorter now, and watched 27 episodes of Homeland. Shortening of the toe? No big deal, but 27 episodes of Homeland??? Obvious response would be, that’s too much TV… and there’s only been 24. I decided to pack a punch by rewatching the last 3 episodes. The shit is good, scary good. There really isn’t anything better than getting into an amazing show a couple of seasons after it aired, and rifling through the episodes like you’re on assignment. I would now like to take the time to thank my foot for never healing properly after an old field hockey injury to give me the opportunity to indulge in yet another reason why this clearly is the golden age of television.
But back to it being 2013, being unable to move and sitting on my ass this week made me think about what lies ahead. 2012 was by far my most successful year thus far in my career. If I could put my disc man on repeat (90’s!) I certainly would. The strange thing about the past year was the busier I was with assignments, the fewer ideas I had to share on my blog and the less creative tasks I did on my own. I could point my finger at being creatively drained, but if I was the equivalent stylist as Carrie is a CIA agent (get in on Homeland, NOW), I’d be spewing out styling chants every night before bed on my blog, I’d be testing for my portfolio the few microseconds I have in a month, and I wouldn’t sigh at standing on my feet for 4 hours after I shopped for 10 to see a band. Sadly, it shows the most on this blog. It has turned to posting only a few random jobs, which makes me BbbboooOOOrring. I’ve been told by people in emails who want to get into styling that The Returnist is one of the few outlets online that gives a little insight to the styling world (Rachel Zoe and Brad Brad World aren’t exactly representative of what goes on). Yet another reason I need to get back on this internet high horse.
So here it goes, my 2013 goal is to not let being super busy make me mentally lazy. The weird thing about freelancing is that it’s less taxing to be busy all of the time with projects [insert first world problems joke here]. You have people telling you where to pour your creative juices all day, everyday, which is mentally easy. The real gains for me happen when I step outside of that agenda filled box, remember why I got here, and look elsewhere for creative inspiration. If you truly are passionate about your job and don’t feel that you’re at work when you’re working, there shouldn’t be a box. That’s my real 2013 resolution; no box, more Carrie.