I chose to be by myself tonight. I had no desire to go out and party. I’ve been traveling and recovering from a stomach virus for the past week. Alcohol and loud music and lots of people just didn’t sound like my idea of fun. So I decided to stay in and reflect about this past year and the year to come.

And since I’m having a hard time staying awake (I only have 33 minutes to go), I thought I’d write a bit.

This year was rough. I lost my job in February, moved on to a new job and a new home in March. I basically stopped blogging then because I was so busy with work. And as I look back on this I completely regret it. I started this blog to keep me in line. To keep up with the world of design and remain a student in my field. While my new job has taught me many things, I feel I have lost a bit of my creative soul. So 2010 I’m going to gain it back. My only resolution is to be more creative.

My drawing professor in college told us one thing that none of us took very seriously at the time: “Draw every day.” I’m finally going to take him up on this. I went to Borders this evening and purchased 6 blank Moleskin notebooks. Each has 64 pages. I didn’t have a calculator on me and I’m terrible at math but I figured that would be enough to start. I’ll do my best to post every day’s sketch on my tumblr site.

But that’s not all. I want to become a better photographer. I’m saving up for a new camera (if anyone wants a Nikon D50 let me know) and an iMac (so I also have a MacBook for sale as well). I’ll be taking a picture every day too of my brontosaurus friend (found here), though I need to find a name for him…

I’ll also be writing more hand-written letters. I have a good friend who sends me a notecard or a letter every so often, and it’s about time I return the favor. To her and others.

As for this blog, I’m going to do my best to keep it up. I need to read more design books (I have about a million on my shelves) and report back on them and the design world in general.

I know making my self sketch every single day and take a photo of a small plastic dinosaur every single day is actually a huge undertaking, but I’m incredibly excited about the possibilities and where these projects will lead me.

Happy 2010 to you and yours.