By Doing…

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It’s getting near that time…  yes Christmas too, but I’m looking even a little further ahead… to when we make all those New Year’s resolutions… and, if we’re lucky, by this time next year, we may actually accomplish one or two of them.   Just like the ones I published here four years ago (http://wp.me/pOD64-9f).  I’m so glad I stopped to check because the original draft of today’s post was almost a complete duplicate… with one exception.

So looking back (to 2011 and probably every year since then) and those photography resolutions, they were rather generic (and safe) resolutions, the kind you see on blog’s everywhere as the New Year approaches.  And to think I almost posted them again…  But in reality, I’ve actually  succeeded at many of those resolutions since then.  Seems I forgot just how much and with how much enthusiasm because the majority of my year(s) is spent being a mom, a wife, a medical transcriptionist, and…  So the photographer, well, she gets what’s left of those little snippets of time here and there.

So you would think that with so little time, I would make the very best use of it… you would think.  This is where a whole new resolution comes in and the only one this year, well, at least as it relates to my photography/art/creativity.

The resolution: I will stop comparing what I am not doing as a photographer/artist to what all the other photographers/artists/instragrammers/bloggers are doing.   In what started as a fun social media community of inspiration has actually turned into a nasty little… habit… no more like a compulsion.  Whew, I think I’ve caught myself in time…  I get that most of what I see or read comes from individuals/communities where this is a large part of their everyday life… for whatever the reasons such that they’ve made it their career, they’ve already had their career and now have the time and opportunities to pursue their interests more fully, or maybe it is that they are just so much better organized the me.   My reality, my days (and some nights) are full… but I can do a lot better on how I spend what spare time I do have.  I’ve actually already started the weening process (like turning off all those social media notifications), but it has not been easy.  More times than not (out of habit) I open that iPad or hop on my smart phone and “check in” and before I know it…  I’ve used up my free time and have nothing to show for it.   So, the goal for the New Year is instead of opening the iPad or turning on my phone (while I’m having breakfast or lunch, or while dinner is cooking, or just taking a break when I get those little snippets of free time) ~ except for when a blog post hits me ~  will be to open my coloring book (yes! it has finally arrived) Coloring-Studio or to read a little of the Artist’s Way and use the journal, and! I’m taking on a 365-day challenge… because underneath it all for me is the photography and everything it brings.

Anyone know of a good 365-day challenge?  Or maybe you have a photographic/creative resolution for the New Year to share?  I’d love to hear it…

So I have 19 days, 16 hours, 26 minutesGet your color on and 30, 29…. seconds (or even less…assuming I actually post this when I’ve written it) to start!   And who knows, maybe between all the Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating…. I might find a snippet of time,  before my head hits the pillow….

“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.”
― Pablo Picasso

Until next time, wishing everyone an enlightening and creative 2016 (why wait)!
Maria

31 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and ….seconds

A Happy Day After Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope everyone is sufficiently stuffed following their Turkey Day feasts.  Heck, some of you may be working off some of those extra calories right now … out shopping the day away.  Me, I plan to thoroughly enjoy this day off.  This is a HUGE deal for me as I am self-employed (i.e., I don’t work, I don’t make money).  And to take a day off with the Christmas gift list growing…. well, that’s a really big do I/ don’t I decision.   And even bigger since it follows the actual Holiday day off; which, just for the record, I don’t really consider a day off… nope, no way …. not with all the visiting, eating, and merriment 😉 … and by day’s end I can’t wait for my head to hit the pillow!

Today is a real day off…a conscious decision not to work (and that includes housework & cooking)…  A day to start off slow, actually enjoy that first cup of  coffee of the day, to allow myself to actually read (not read on the go) and  take in a little inspiration from all my favorite blogs (and find a few freebies, yippee!)… and get a little lost in web where I found this   (https://pinterest.com/pin/145311525448125176/).  Oh my, so much holiday craftiness and eats!  Seriously, how cute is this crafty little edible.   As soon as I finish up here, I’m grabbing another cup of coffee and see what other wonderful finds are out there…

And while I am feeling the spark of that Holiday spirit, I think I’ll head to the attic and see what kind of Christmas props I can come up with for this year’s Christmas card.  Well, that was actually supposed to start last weekend with a family photo shoot.  Keyword:  Was.   We (I) have never done a “professional” photo card like you see from Shutterfly or places like that, and my daughter has always wanted one.  I must admit they’ve really got some awesome looking designs out there.  To my credit, though, I did this homemade one a few years back. Can’t you just feel the love I put into it?  

Back to last weekend …. unfortunately, my son “forgot” and made other plans, and as he was walking out the door said “just Photoshop me in ….”  Oh well, maybe I didn’t fight so hard for the “family portrait” because of how much I really enjoy the process of creating the family Christmas card ….   Here’s a few from Christmas’ past …

 feeling a little more creative.  hahaha… he had no choice…

mixing things up even a little bit more.

 

SO, YES!  today is truly a gift I am giving myself …. a REAL day off.