Feeling Successful, Even When You're Not

I write down notes for EVERYthing. I write lists that have vital things like "pay rent" right next to less pressing matters like "eat". I make lists for everything because it makes it easier for me to keep track of what I need to do and helps me feel accomplished when it's done, no matter how small the task. Every year while I’m in school (which granted, has only been two and a half years, thanks homeschooling) I have multiple tasks that I want to accomplish but never have the time for. Once that semester is over and I’m on break - I have no motivation, no desire to get anything done, and I can never remember what those things were that I thirsted for while too busy.  So this year I made it a point to write down everything that I wanted to work on while I was too busy and since the semester has been over I’ve been working on completing them.

I want to work on and continue to edit, refine, and act out my business plan.

I want to edit the photo series that I started this summer and see where it takes me.

I want to watch and read everything Jasmine Star has posted because I adore her and she’s so helpful.

I want to finish my website and have it posted.

I want to submit work to local galleries and cafes and feel as accomplished as I did when I got myself into my first show without help from anyone else last December.

My ultimate goal is to complete these and then continue to make short term goals that are absolutely achievable while at the same time being a challenge for me to reach. What’s the point of having goals that are easy to accomplish?

Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.