Sunday, January 4, 2009

Best Wishes for Your New Year!

I hope all is well for you as you find yourself at the start of a new year. I don't generally make resolutions, but I find myself thinking about what was good about 2008 and what I want to change in my life this year. One of the things I enjoyed tremendously was blogging, So many nice people to meet, and so many creative inspirations. I felt like I stumbled onto something I have been looking for for years. I really enjoyed visiting other blogs, reading heartfelt stories shared by some wonderful people, being challanged to get art, beauty and creativity into my regular life, and even learning a little to let other people see more of who I am.

I found a website this year called flickr.com and what a fun place that is! My sister had given me a camera a while back and it opened up a whole new world for me. One of the groups I belong to on Flickr is Shades of Inspiriation-it gives you a different color or color combo to take pics of each week and share with the group. It helps you to see things in a new way. No longer is anything ordinary-you don't just pass the world by anymore. It forces you to be on the lookout, be more aware of your surroundings.

Some mornings I get up early by myself and go out and take pics of the sunrise, or the foggy river, or whatever grabs me that day. A few times I have been able to gather my neices to go with me and we pick a theme, like water, and look for things to shoot. It is so fun to be able to share something with them, something creative that bridges the difference in our years.
I guess one of my resolutions is to continue to work to get creativity into my weekly life. That can be a bit of a challange sometimes. Some days I just find myself wrung out. Still, something to work on. One of my other resolutions is to work towards making healthier choices for myself. I am talking about healthier all around- including diet, exercise, how I spend my time, finances, etc.


One thing I have learned as I have gotten older is to count my victories throughout the day instead of my failings. It definitly helps me stay more postive and helps me to keep going. Another thing is to have people in your life who build you up as a general rule instead of tear you down. I find that as a single woman with no children it is very essential to have friends you touch base with through out the week. It isn't easy. People tend to be so busy with their own lives and you with yours that it can be very hard to connect. When I was younger I took this way too personally, for the most part I don't now.



I must admit for me having animals to come home to is essesntial as well. I never feel alone with them here. It isn't the same as living with people of course but they are good company if a bit messy at times and they are often good for a laugh.





Well, I think I better go now. I've got some pies in the oven I have to go check on. More cooking and baking this year. Another resolution. Basically do more of what I enjoy and not let daily life run me into the ground so easily. Now that might be a hard one to keep. Thanks for coming by and all the best to you throughout this new year.
Sue




























12 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Your song, "Come to Jesus" is the answer to life's problems.

caren said...

Sue ~ beautiful photos! I also love what you said about enjoying what you want instead of letting daily life get you down - love it!!!! Now can I do that?

imjacobsmom said...

What beautiful photos. What type of camera do you use? It's nice to meet a fellow dental asst. Do you work in a general dentistry office, a single dr. practice or a large HMO? I'm in a single general dentist office. It was sure nice to have the past 5 days in a row away from the office. ~ Robyn

Marina said...

that brown face in the last photo is just gorgeous, the other little white doggie is beautiful too... :-)
marina@milepebbles

Neabear said...

Good post! It is true that one needs to enjoy things as best as one can. You got some beautiful pictures here. I love the last one of one of your pooches. So cute!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

More pies is one of the best resolutions I have heard!

g said...

A good resolution, to bring more creativity to life. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.

The Muse said...

some of the most gorgeous pics and poignant words i have read this day :)

Beverly said...

I'm still out making Pink Saturday rounds. I hope everything is good with you.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love all of your animals! They are great to come home to, aren't they? These are also some beautiful photos, Sue.

Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

g said...

What a nice assortment of views. I love the train track picture, and the roots of the trees.

Lana said...

Lovely photos, and such a variety. Happy Pink Saturday!

All the best, Lana