Taking January to Tackle a Big Project

Anyone else have a seemingly giant undertaking that's been looming over your head for years? I have an embarrassing confession: Wednesday's January Cure assignment, Choose a Piece of Artwork and Get Going on Framing It, prompted a mountain of guilt, and then… action. You see, my walls are mostly blank, and I'm finally endeavoring to do something about it.

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For five years since my older daughter was born, I have been buried under family photos, almost all of which are still on my computer. I'm an artist, but I cannot decide what I want to live with on a daily basis. I have a hoard of prints, posters, and postcards I've been collecting since I was a teenager, most of which remains unframed. Why has it been so hard? I have two theories: 1) I am so close to the subjects of the photos (my children) that I love each and every image, making for an emotionally fraught editing process. 2) I am so visual that making a decision can be paralyzing, and picking one image to frame seems to preclude countless other, equally good options. Enough of the paralysis.

Spurred on by this community, I pledge in the next couple of weeks to cover my walls, print those photos, frame that art, and hang it! I'll check in periodically with my findings, and do a big wall "reveal" at the end. Motivate, motivate, motivate…

I'm curious: has one seemingly "simple" daily assignment from the January Cure set off an avalanche of to-do's for you?

(Images: Elisabeth Wilborn)

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