My photo collection is out of control. With Paris being so pretty and my camera being so new, it’s hard not to shoot everything I see. Problem is, I have amassed a giant collection of great photos, not great photos and downright terrible photos.
Some photos are fodder for a Paris Letter.
Some are good for other future products, such as a line of photos to sell at my Etsy store…
Perhaps an even more ambitious online magazine. Here’s a preview of the cover for the first issue:
Or or or or or…. I’ve got ten more plans.
Ugh… exhausting living with my head full of half-baked ideas.
While I’ve been noodling in my noggin ideas for my photos, they sit in my computer taking up valuable gigabytes. All this is fine and good but since my foray into minimalism, I’ve acquired a weird side effect:
Chaos and clutter = discontent in my soul.
Even in my digital space. Yesterday, as I was sitting at the café with my journal, writing my way through my daily three pages, I figured out what to do with the photos. Drumroll please…
I still don’t know.
This may not seem like progress, but I REALIZED that NOT knowing IS the answer for TODAY.
Knowing this, I deduced: Okay, what DO I know?
I know that they aren’t ready for ANY package yet. They need to be sorted, deleted, cropped and edited. They need to be reshuffled and rejigged so I can actually find the great photos in a sea of hohum snapshots. Once I see what I’ve got, I might have a clearer idea of what to do with them. Even if I don’t know, at least I’ll have a collection that fills my heart with joy rather than creating the current chaos in my soul. Progress will have been made.
And that’s how it goes with any big complicated project we can’t figure out. There must be SOMETHING we could do right now to move the project ahead. Hopefully we’ll figure out the next step as we work on this step until eventually we arrive at a clear, obvious answer.
To make sure I got the lesson, an online travel magazine wanted a few photos for an article I’m writing about my book (coming out Feb 4!) and my favourite places in Paris. There I was at midnight scrolling through my photo collection, tired and annoyed at self for not being more organized. Lesson learned!
How could you apply the art of deduction to a project in your life?