More of Faerie from some shots I’m just now getting to edit
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
– Erma Bombeck

That is a good question. The goal is to definitely implement travel into my business and integrate it into my lifestyle. I already mentioned my desire to head back to Guatemala with a model for two weeks. But beyond that, I’m not certain. I can’t say that I feel done with Central America just yet. There are 7 countries there and I’ve only visited 2. I’d think Honduras would be a priority. Can’t say I’m feeling Costa Rica has been on my mind to do some volunteering. El Salvador and Nicaragua would be next. I’ve been to Panama already, but only from a military perspective.

I think of everywhere I could travel, Central and South America appeal to me most. I need to get serious about learning Spanish. I mean, dang. I was raised in Texas. I’ve been in Las Vegas for 5 years. How is it that I don’t already speak the language? You’d think just from hearing it so often you’d learn it like a baby. I even got German down fairly well while I was there for almost 4 years. Wait…let me take that back. I could order food and tell a cab driver where I wanted to go. But I was getting it down. Don’t ask me anything in German now, though. That was 20 years ago. But back to my point, I need to make a more concerted effort to prioritize my language skills. And why stop with just Spanish?

Art Model, Faerie

In the meantime, what’s next is getting back to work and building my photography business with the core and staple services I known for. I need to push myself in ways that go beyond the typical and outside my comfort zone. Granted, I believe I’ve been doing that, but in the process I got comfortable again, so its time for another evolution. I still feel behind for the year. I missed the first 4 months of the year. I did a teaching assignment for a month in May and had about 4 projects or so between mid-April til I left in July for Central America. From an artistic perspective, I talked a few months back about doing more self-portraits. I need to work some nudes in there too. We’re in month 9 of this year and I think I’ve only done a single nude project with a model. Make that two. I got to work with Panda a week after my surgery in January, just before all the real pain started kicking in. I only did 7 nudes all of last year, which is the least amount of projects I’ve ever done since I first began shooting nudes. So between now and the end of the year, I need to get at least 10 more.

“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.”
– Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Art Model, Faerie

What else is next? Outside of travel, doing my art, and working my business… nothing. That’s where all my concentration is for now and I’ve got lots more to do. There’s enough on my plate to keep me occupied and gainfully-employed if I can just handle those aforementioned taskings. Maybe I can add in there objectives to maintain my sanity and minimize the disturbance to my calm. I think better that way and thus increase creativeness, efficiency, and productivity. Oh, I guess I can add in there getting healthy. The knee surgery didn’t pan out as well as hoped and now I have some rotator cuff issues in my right shoulder. I hate being slowed down this much, but I am trying not to push it. Too look at me, you’d never be able to tell I am so broken. Just last night, talking to a couple at a bar, they commented that I obviously must work out. Yeah, right. At the moment I’m running off a lifestyle of strenuous physical activity, genetics, and God’s Grace. But all that ain’t going to hold up if I don’t get fixed and get back to my regular activities soon. So I guess I had better add that onto the list of priorities. Be cool. Get healthy. Oh and also get the iPhone 5. Yeah, that’s all.