This time of year

I haven't been as disciplined at posting on my blog, Flickr, or even Facebook as I would have liked to have been this past year. I'm even finding it harder as the year comes to a close. I thought I may do a 'year in review,' but, to be honest, I really don't want to rehash the last 12 months. It's been a good year, don't get me wrong. However, it has had a fair amount of challenges as well. And while I see challenges as a way to grow, I can't deny there are some pains that come along with that too. As I get older and more comfortable with my own self, I find I'm preferring to be in the moment more and move forward into new experiences rather than hang out in the past. I'm trying to use my life time wisely. 

I would, though, like to celebrate a couple things from this year that are helping my forward momentum in the photo world that I love so much. I have the confidence from my first Art Show under my belt, and I have new skills from photo workshops I attended - one in May in the Okanagan, and one in August in Montana. Each provided unique challenges, but thankfully not too many pains. I carry what I learned from them as I work toward the many more goals I have with my photography. I will also continue to invest time in such endeavors as this passion of mine becomes more and more a priority. 

I am very appreciative of all the support from my online and offline friends and family. I've sold photos, gained more of an audience, and made many new friends. When you love something, you want to share it. So I welcome much more sharing and connecting with others into my life. And I am particularly grateful to you for being here with me. 

As I write this, it is cold, and snowy, and also the Winter Solstice. Here we are officially changing seasons. I look forward to this particular switch every year. Winter has it's challenges, but it's also very beautiful in the simplicity it brings. Where I live, snow blankets a lot of the visual distractions, and physical ones when you're best to stay home due to the weather. I keep Christmas as simple as possible too. My decorations this year consist of three sparkly tabletop trees that are my indoor winter forest. However, one accompanied me outside the other day while I shot my "Christmas card" photo.

So, this is my Christmas card delivery to you. I hope the holidays are all that you hope for them to be. 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!