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 I am an artist, writer and chronicler of small moments.  My work is created with love and infused with joy.  I'm so glad you are here!

A New Year

A New Year

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“The new year stands before us like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” ~Melody Beattie

Happy new year and welcome to those of you who have recently signed up to follow my blog! I am happy that you found me.

The new year stands before us, waiting to see how we craft our days. It can be a little daunting, right? That feeling that we should be making resolutions, choosing new words and setting new goals. In the past I have often felt a little anxious around the start of the new year, but this year I am trying a different approach.

This year I am letting go of any goal setting and resolutions. This year I am going to take my life day to day, and stay present as much as possible. This is not to say I don’t have any dreams for the upcoming year, I just mean that I am going to push less towards a single goal and remain open to possibilities.

How do you approach the new year?

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on. ~ Hal Borland

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on. ~ Hal Borland


The first few weeks of the new year are often difficult for me. It is an abrupt transition, going from having my husband and all three of my daughters home back to days spent mostly on my own, with only Popeye for company. I enjoy my solitude but find that I miss their voices, their chatter and laughter. I envy those whose children live near even as I applaud my girls for spreading their wings and flying to new adventures. I know I cannot have it both ways and, in the end, I’m glad they are happily pursuing meaningful lives.

I do make a point of gradually putting away Christmas. The tree first, then the jaunty Santas hanging out together in the family room and finally, around the end of the month, the snowmen. The twinkle lights remain, as do the candles that add cheer to the early evenings. It is a gentler transition for me, a softer start to the colder months of January and February.

One thing I do try to do is focus on a project to keep my mind occupied and engaged. These past few weeks I have been playing with my camera again, play being the operative word:

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(It never ceases to amaze me how much beauty can be found during the barren winter months, if we only take the time to look.)

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There are many blogger/photographers that I admire (such as Cathy Sly, Donna Hopkins and MichelleGD), because of the clarity with which their photographs reveal their creative voices. I have been looking for my own creative voice in my photographs and am realizing that I most enjoy macrophotography, capturing closeups of subjects that enchant me with my camera. I enjoy abstract as well, and the softness of a slightly out of focus lens. Magical.

I realize that this post has been a bit of a rambling, the result of having taken an extended break in blogging. I had debated whether I should continue with my blog, but decided I would miss this space and all of you too much. This space may undergo some iterations, keeping in line with my desire to be open to new possibilities, but it will always emerge from a place of whimsy and joy.

Sending you love,

Grace

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