Happy New Year!

Today is my first day back at work after a 16 day vacation (during which time I took the above photo). Before it started, I was already starting to think about the year ahead. I don’t typically do what I would consider an official New Year’s resolution. Maybe because I think of a resolution as something one thinks of doing but doesn’t actually do. Instead, what I’ve found myself doing for the past few years – because I like the fresh start that is the New Year – is coming up with one or two big goals for the coming year. In ’08 it was weight loss, in ’09 it was classes and school, and last year I resolved NOT to take any classes or go back to school and just see where life took me. I ended up spending most of my non-work time renovating our bathroom and doing other DIY projects. I learned a lot about home renovation, and I also learned that it’s not really my passion.

At the same time, about a year ago, I started this blog. It started off as a way to share our home renovation projects. As it turns out, it seems that I tended to be less excited about writing lengthy home improvement posts and more likely to share about whatever project or interest I had going on when I felt like posting. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that  I published 32 posts. I really never would have guessed I’d done so many.

So, what’s my goal for this next year? That’s really what I’ve been mulling over for the past two weeks. I just recently watched Julie and Julia which is about a woman who decides to blog her way though all of the recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook over the course of a year. I did something similar in ’08. Along with my weight loss goal, I also completed the 365 project. The idea of doing something in small steps still really appeals to me. I tend to get overwhelmed with the idea of  a big project, but if I take it one day, one step, at a time, it becomes so much more doable for me.

As NYE approached this year, I started getting a little frantic because I still hadn’t determined my goal. But you know what I realized? It doesn’t matter if I decide on the 1st or the 2nd or the 23rd. I remembered that, even in the past few years, I didn’t always started my plan on the 1st of the year. But usually by the end of January, I was on track.

So here I am on the 3rd, still mulling it over, but I’m starting to get a little closer to making a decision. And I think it might be photography related yet again. It’s something I keep coming back to, and yet I still have so much to learn. I have two photography books that have sat unused for over 2 years, and it’s because of that “getting overwhelmed” feeling I was talking about. I think I could definitely handle working through these books by learning or reading about one technique a day. I’ve also always wanted to work my way through this website to learn more about my camera.

But I have a few other ideas too, such as making a goal of posting here on a more regular basis. So we’ll see. I’ve still got some time. What am I saying? I’ve got as much time as I want!

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