Setting Intentions – The Year Ahead

I’ve never been much of a planner. For most of my life, I preferred letting the days, months, and years unfold as they would, believing that planning took the spontaneity out of life, leaving no room for unexpected opportunities. My husband, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. It makes for a good balance. We celebrate 45 years of marriage January 1st. Strange day to marry isn’t it? But how we happened to marry on New Years Day is a story for another time.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago that I discovered the power of setting intentions. I took an online class from Christina Greve, photographer, and life coach who’s work I fell in love with. She teaches the idea of turning dreams into reality by imaging your dream life and then setting out to accomplish it. Her focus not only included what you might want for your business but also what you desired for yourself personally, emotionally and creatively. I have to admit, the concept was completely foreign to me. I always felt you got the hand you were dealt in life. You just had to make the best of it.

From then on, I set monthly goals for myself designed to reach a larger more specific goal by then end of the year. I quickly realized results and made it a continued practice. I still found plenty of room to grab hold of opportunity when it presented itself, even more so, I think.

Last year turned out to be so much more than I ever could have dreamed. I am so happy to look back over my images and remember with fondness photo shoots, delightful summer days, and personal connections. I’ve met some amazingly creative people. Kim Klassen’s Finding Stillness was the highlight of my year, no doubt the highlight of my entire creative life. I connected with wonderful individuals who have helped me realize and solidify the direction I want my work to take.


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting Intentions - Renuko Style


Setting intentions for this year was easy. Connect with as many creative individuals as possible either by attending more workshops or designing my own. As I was imaging my dream life for 2017, another inspiring individual popped in and offered to craft a workshop for me abroad. Sharon from Arts and Cultural Travel focuses on experiential travel through cultural explorations, the arts, culinary samplings, and wellness workshops. I am so thrilled to be partnering with Sharon on a still life photography workshop in Tuscany!

Get all the Tuscany details here.

And here’s a cool little video as a teaser.



I also was able to arrange another ‘It’s a Still Life’ photography workshop here in Maine this summer. The details are

The Maine Still Life Photography Workshop details are here.

Several other blogging and photography related classes are listed here.


To celebrate, I am doing a little giveaway over on Instagram here.


As we each take a few moments to reflect on the people and events that have impacted our lives, lessons learned and insight gained, my hope is that we can look to the next year with intention, and realize all that is in our heart to do.



I would absolutely love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your thoughts.

  1. Karen, I am so thrilled for your opportunity! Such a dream come true, and I know those attending will be rewarded with your style and information on making photography special!