Out with some of the old. Keep some of the best of the old. On to new journeys! That is my outlook on this first day of 2016.
I knew that I wanted to use my enthusiasm for photography to expand my horizon. Just before the start of that year I traded one camera for another. I just wasn’t feeling good about the results from my Nikon full frame D600. So I sold my full frame dslr and replaced it with the crop sensor D7100. Now I was feeling better. It was a matter of perspective. One change led to another, and soon I got out to shoot with others.
I met Anne early in January and by the end of the year I was out shooting regularly and capturing more than double the images from the years before.
Tuesday with Seniors took me to many new places, many new images, and many new people to share my time.
I blogged more, posted more on Flickr, started a scrapbook of my images, and connected with more people. I treasure these times and plan to keep on this path.
I moved my parents into an assisted living home, and I work on giving up the guilt I feel when I see their life as they continue to decline. I know that I have little control over this. Out with the guilt and past resentments. It serves no positive purpose for anyone. They are safe, and cared for. I visit regularly, and watch over their care. Often I bring my dog Libby with me for extra support. The other residents make a fuss over her, and she enjoys the attention. This makes the visits more enjoyable for me as well.
Anne helps me to see that my time and space is valuable, and this is my journey. My family grew in 2015. My grandson is now 6 weeks old, and the beginning of this year may test my resolve. Childcare, making time for each grandchild, taking care of an adult grandson living with us, and providing couple time can be complicated. But I now have a voice to help me proceed with moderation.
What do I want in this year? I definitely want to continue with my photography. Taking time to go out shooting (the non-combative kind). I hope to share these images in both my blog, and on my Flickr page. Last year I planned on participating with a 52 week project, but events quickly made this difficult. Later today, I will select a project and maybe with the help of my friends I can complete it.
My husband continues to help me daily. I am thankful.
As a couple, so much is expected from us. I hope that we take time to make our own time and space valuable.
Happy New Year. I’m ready for 2016.