It takes time and energy to grow, but sometimes it also takes pushing yourself a little more. For me it was pushing myself out of my comfort zone, renting some space and organizing people to get together to make images, and trying to create images above and beyond what I do as a standard. Go more fashion, go more fitness, go more dark, try different light, try more light, try no light, just keep going - keep pushing - keep moving the shutter count higher and higher. Just doing.
I had the chance to work with five different people a little while ago on one of these rare self-improvement days and it was awesome. I had a blast. I learned some things to keep doing, and I learned a lot of things NOT to do (I think those are the most important lessons).
A day in the studio was a success in my books, and I'm expanding on the idea with "A Day on the Farm" where I hope to learn more of the things NOT to do, and hopefully keep a note of the things to keep on doing.
Looking forward to the next outing of learning and pushing myself further.